Merrill football held their year end banquet Sunday night at St. Johns where many awards were given out including 30 varsity letters.
The Bluejays had 15 players earn their first varsity letter this year. To earn a Varsity Letter in football each player had to play in 14 or more of the 36 quarters played this season. The 15 first time Letterman include: Tyler Baade, Kade Bonnell, Kobe Blake, Connor Mootz, Holden Smith, Chase Bonnell, Dominic Leistikow, Jake Spoehr, James Pawlicki, Dawson Dengel, Bryce Dresen, Vaughn Albrecht, Luke Baker, Brant Raleigh, Jackson Vandervelde and Jacob Leopold (Manager). The returning Letterman include: Quinn Steckbauer, Kole Meyer, Zach Mootz, Rob Oestreich, Adam Detert, Nate Grefe, Isaac Meyer, Josiah Nohr, Noah Bolling, Jared Olhoff, Riley Young, Cade Rajek, Nevada Laabs and Hunter Hintz.
There were nine other individual awards given out at the banquet. The winners of each award include: Hill Award- Riley Young, Buck Award- Adam Detert, Lucas Anderson Award- Nevada Laabs, Silver “M” Offensive MVP- Zach Mootz, Silver “M” Defensive MVP- Noah Bolling, Booster Club Most Improved Offense- Tyler Baade, Booster Club Most Improved Defense- Brant Raleigh and Booster Club Special Teams P.O.Y.- Quinn Steckbauer.
The Bluejays finished their season with a regular season record of 3-5, good enough for the even seed in the playoffs where they lost in the first round to Rice Lake by a score of 35-7.