Salem (WSLS-10 SPORTS)-the annual 1st and 10 Player of the Year banquet marks the end of the 2016 High school football season. Held at Hidden Valley Country Club our 12 Players of the Week are honored with a special night, then one player, and one coach selected as tops for this season.
Ferrum head coach Rob Grande was the keynote speaker. He brought his message to the local players. Many of which will be headed off to play at the next level in the next year or two. Our own Erin Brookshier presented the first annual Spirit award to Magna Vista high for their efforts in the Friday 1st and ten kickoff segment,
which airs during Virginia Today.
All of which led up to Staunton River’s Grayson Overstreet taking home Player of the Year honors.
He rolled up nearly 3000 yards and 46 scores, and added 62 2-point conversions to set a new VHSL state record scoring record
for their state runner-up team. Coach of the year goes to Salem’s Stephen Magenbauer–for his Spartans back-to-back Group 4A state titles. The Spartans followed up a 15-0 season a year ago with a 13-1 repeat for the school’s 8th overall state football title.
“It’s a really big honor. It means the world to me, but that trophy goes as much to me as my coach and my teammates they help me do everything that I accomplished. Especially with this year we had a great year I just thank them. I hope to see us just keep going and being one and oh at the end of the week like we always say. You know we always have something to do it’s always hard work but you work hard and try to get there and I just hope to see this program keep building,” explains Overstreet, who has just completed his junior season.
“We’re gonna miss our seniors so much and what they did for us and we know it’s the players that make this thing go. To win an award like this is fantastic, but really it’s what the players have done for our football team in our community that what makes it easy for us to be coaches. I think it’s two things I mean– first of all they have great character and character is what wins championships over talent in my opinion and then they are heavily invested you know, they’re invested all season long so when they put that much time effort and energy into it they’re not gonna fold or flinch when bad things happen they’re just gonna keep playing the game they love,” explains coach Magenbauer.
And Roanoke Catholic coach Bob Price is this year’s recipient of the Joshua Leonard Courage and Commitment award.
Price’s Celtics won a second state title in three seasons–and he built that program from the ground up beginning in 2003.