Well it took two nights, five full sheet cakes, gallons of sauce, countless bread sticks and about a million meatballs and chicken fingers for us to celebrate the 2013 season. We are too big to fit into the cafeteria at LHS for one night so we split the teams and spirit squads up and turned it into a two day celebration.
We awarded trophies, medals, certificates and t-shirts to the teams and celebrated our Division-8 Red teams visit to the Cheer Nationals in Florida; the Grade 3 Super Bowl Champions, and our Grade 6 football teams perfect 8-0 regular season record and their trip to the football regionals.
We also gave out some awards !!
LYFS Chris Fitzpatrick - Coach of the Year - Coach Kerin Brown - D8-Red
Nominated by the players they coach several coaches this year were nominated for the Chris Fitzpatrick Coach of the Year Award. The review group had a difficult time selecting a winner, but from one of her own team members the following quote set her apart from her coaching peers.
"Coach Kerin was our friend and our coach. We had so much fun and
we learned how to be better cheerleaders. I can't wait for next year"
From all of LYFS - Thank you Coach Kerin !!!
Volunteer of the Year - 2013 - Renee Rheaume
With so many volunteers - and remember we are all volunteers - the board decided this year to create a NEW annual award for the Volunteer of the Year. We asked for nominations and boy did the nominations just flow in. The review team of Ryan Ouellette, Lisa Hynes, Jim Loiselle, and Eric Morin had a very difficult time in selecting our first winner. It was the WIDE variety of nominations that tipped the award to Renee. From kudos from being Team Mom for the Grade-3 team, from the "official" photographer for both the Grade-3 and Grade-6 teams - and what WONDERFUL pictures she takes. And she did not stop there - who hasn't seen her web-pages of pictures for those games, other team games, and parties.....we could go on and on !
From all of LYFS - Thank You Renee !!!
Volunteer of the Decade - YES THE DECADE - Pat Cady & Bruce Lyskawa
The VOY Committee in selecting a volunteer of the year for 2013 was presented with an interesting problem. We had multiple nominations but one special one stuck out. For the past 15+ years the WildCats (Panthers, Jr. Lancers, and Titans) have seen the four Lyskawa boys come through our program. For all those years a constant and behind the scenes resource was the Lyskawa family. In the course of the past 10+ plus years whenever we had a unique problem Pat and Bruce stepped up to help the organization.
When our cheerleaders advanced to regionals about 10 years ago for the first time in decades we needed transportation. Bruce and Pat donated the busses to transport the teams and famalies. When a few years later our cheerleaders advanced to the nationals in Florida Bruce and Pat donated the funds that allowed famalies that could not afford the costs - to send their girls to Florida. We could go on and on. But we note now that Kevin is in the 8th grade and moving on to high school in 2014 it will be the first time in a long time we will not have a Lyskawa in the program. We will miss them all !!
Thank You Coach Wendy !!
For over a decade our friend, coach and fellow board member Wendy Noll-Cole has been a constant presence for the WildCats. As a coach she has taken teams through multiple state championships and national competitions. She has served as a board member in various roles and was instrumental in our fundraising activities that has placed LYFS on solid financial footings today and tomorrow.
Wendy has decided to step down both as a board member and as a coach. A sad day indeed for all of LYFS.
Thank you Wendy - We will miss you !!!
Of course all photos are courtesy of Renee Rheaume