While the season may have ended in disappointment for the Muskie football team, its star player left a lasting impression in the eyes of the WHSFL.
Sekina Scheibler was presented with the Elite Performance Center Offensive Player of the Year award for the Andy Currie Division ('A') at the WHSFL's annual awards banquet, which was held last Wednesday in Winnipeg.
The Grade 12 running back had a tremendous season for the Muskies, leading the Currie Division in rushing yards (1,787) while also recording the second-most touchdowns (13) and total points (78).
“I was pretty pumped,” Scheibler said in a phone interview Friday.
“I believe I'm only the second player in Muskies' history to be named for the award so I feel pretty honoured about that,” he added.
Scheibler also was nominated for the Bomber Alumni Most Outstanding Player award, and was selected to the All-Division team on offence.
Muskie head coach Mike Cuzzolino had a front-row seat to the “Scheibler Show” from the sideline and couldn't be happier for his star running back.
“I'm beyond thrilled for him,” Cuzzolino said via e-mail.
“He works so hard, and he eats, sleeps, and breathes this team and the sport of football,” he noted.
“So it's nice to see him get acknowledged for his hard work and dedication.”
As for potentially having to move the program forward without Scheibler in the fold, as he's considering his options between going on to university or staying an extra year in high school, Cuzzolino knows it won't be an easy task.
“He's a once-in-a-generation kind of talent," he remarked. ”You can't just replace a guy like that.
“But it's the nature of the game, and it will allow others to step up and keep pushing our program forward,” Cuzzolino reasoned.
Scheibler said he's in the process of filing an appeal with the WHSFL, as he may still have a year of playing eligibility after missing his Grade 11 year while dealing with an injury.
Depending on how that goes, Scheibler said the choice for his academic and athletic future will be between “enrolling in more classes at Fort High" or "going off to university and playing on a varsity team while getting my teaching degree.”
As for the potential of the appeal falling through, what would Scheibler miss most about playing for the Muskies?
“Just playing football and the camaraderie I had with my teammates,” he remarked.
“I'll definitely miss playing with those guys.”