Muskies up for football awards

Four Muskies have been nominated for five awards after the team’s inaugural season in the Winnipeg High School Football League.
Running back Jock Gemmell was nominated for the Harry Mood Memorial Trophy for highest standard in playing ability, school citizenship, sportsmanship, and scholastic standing.
Quarterback Andrew George is up for the Bob Whitlaw Memorial Award for best player in grade nine or 10 in their first year of league play, while Kris Esselink is in the running for the Kas Vidruk Trophy as best lineman.
And Muskie wide receiver/kicker Adam McTavish was nominated for two awards—the John Potter/D’Arcy Bain Sport Physiotherapy Bursary to a graduating player of a high school career and the Jim Foubister Award to a graduating player for sportsmanship and ability.
The awards will be announced at the WHSFL banquet Nov. 16.
On the field, the WHSFL will wrap up its playoff action this weekend. Defending ‘AA’ champs Oak Park will meet St. Paul’s in the ‘AA’ final at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg.
In the ‘A’ division, the Kenora Broncos, who beat the Dryden Eagles 40-23 in the semi-finals last weekend, will meet St. John’s in the final Saturday.
In related news, McTavish and Gemmell will attend the NFL/CFL “test to be the west” evaluation session Dec. 1 at SkyDome in Toronto.
The session aims to gather the country’s top high school football players in one spot. University and college recruiters from all major Canadian and U.S. football schools will be on hand to evaluate the athletes.
The session, which begins at 9 a.m., is part of the CIS Vanier Cup weekend, with the players then staying to watch the university national championship game.