The Regina Thunder Football Team closed off a record-breaking season by recognizing several outstanding players who have put in a tremendous effort both on and off the field.
Four scholarships were awarded to several young men who all displayed exemplary character throughout the season.
The Regina Sports Performance Centre Scholarship was awarded courtesy of the Steadman family to a player who showcased true GRIT this year, Eric Maximuik.
The President’s Scholarship, courtesy of Murad and Michelle Al-Katib was awarded to Rylan Sokul, Reed Rabbetz, and Carter Shewchuk.
The Sask Rural Roots Football Scholarship, which recognizes rural athletes who strive for excellence both on and off the gridiron for the betterment of the team and community was awarded to Stephen Smith, Ryland Leichert, and Ryan Mills.
The Football Saskatchewan retention award, which helps to offset the costs to play post-secondary football for those players that grew up in Saskatchewan was awarded to Reece McCormick
The various team awards were presented to players who had an incredible season and set high standards for the rest of their teammates to strive for.
The Campbell Tartans Alumni - Defensive Lineman of the Year award was presented to team captain, Jordan Tholl.
The Sheldon Neald - Offensive Lineman of the Year award was presented to team captain, Riley Schick who was also named as a PFC All-Star.
The 2021 Barker`s Trophy - Linebacker of the year was Stephen Smith, who additionally earned a spot on the PFC All-Rookie Team.
The Dick Livingstone - Offensive Back of the Year Award was presented to PFC All-Star Quarterback Carter Shewchuk who completed 104 passes, threw a total of 1630 yards, and was additionally named the PFC Most Outstanding Quarterback.
The 2021 Chris Sullivan - Defensive Back of the Year was team captain, Myles Bistritzan with 15 tackles.
The Forsberg Financial - Receiver of the Year Award was presented to team captain, Isaac Foord with an impressive 28 receptions and 536 receiving yards. Foord was also named a PFC All-star for his second consecutive season.
The 2021 Rookie of the Year was Reece McCormick who was also named the PFC Rookie of the Year with an outstanding 16 tackles in his very first CJFL season. McCormick additionally earned the accolades of CJFL All-Canadian, PFC All-Star, and a spot on the PFC All-Rookie Team.
The Outlaw Communications Off-Season Award was presented to defensive lineman, Reed Rabbetz.
The Randy Shaw Coaches Leadership Award was presented to team captain, Davin Williamson with 15 tackles.
The title of 2021 Most Improved Player was presented to Connor Klassen, who was also recognized as a PFC All-Star.
The Peter Woldu Home Expert Team - Defensive Player of the Year award was presented to Ryan Mills who had 32 tackles and was also recognized as a PFC All-Star.
The Regina Thunder Alumni - Special Teams Player of the Year Award was presented to Eric Maximuik, who had an exemplary season by kicking 20 field goals and punting a total of 1712 yards. Maximuik was also named the PFC Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, PFC All-Star, and CJFL All-Canadian.
The 2021 Outlaw Communications - Offensive Player of the Year title was awarded to team captain, Rylan Sokul who led the league with an exceptional 621 receiving yards and 38 receptions. Sokul was also presented with several CJFL accolades including All-Star Reciever, PFC Outstanding Receiver, PFC Outstanding Offensive Player, PFC Most Valuable Player, and was named a CJFL All-Canadian.
In addition to this list of titles, Sokul’s Thunder teammates voted to award him the 2021 Most Valuable Player Award.
Through their tireless hard work and dedication, the 2021 Coldwell Banker Local Realty Community Award was awarded to the entire team thanks to their passion for bettering their community through football, and the strong character this season required from each and every player.