Editor’s note: The seasonal sports winners are chosen by the Northeast Times’ sports staff based on both excellence on the field and strong leadership ability off of it.
Last December, Andrew Guckin figured he had reached football heaven.
At George Washington High School, the highly successful football and boys soccer programs tend to grab the most headlines when it comes to fall sports.
The game had not even begun, but the buzz was already present.
Don’t bother to tell Archbishop Ryan High School senior Joe Ruskowski that Thanksgiving football games don’t mean a heck of a lot in the grand scheme of things, because he won’t believe you.
The Father Judge Crusaders started the football season by flying to Ireland for a Labor Day weekend game and ended it by walking back to school along Rowland Avenue after an overwhelming victory over Abraham Lincoln on Thanksgiving.
In the moments following Northeast’s thrilling, come-from-behind 14-12 Thanksgiving victory over Central, it was easy to forgive Shimeek Carter and his teammates for being a tad overexcited.
Thanksgiving football fans attending the showdown between Archbishop Ryan and host George Washington will probably recognize the uniforms on the field during this 36th annual contest.
The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters and Father Judge Crusaders both have losing records, but one of them will have a happy Thanksgiving.
Samuel Fels High School athletic director Mark Heimerdinger has a saying he likes to use when describing the sports foundation he has been attempting to build from the ground up.