Richfield held its annual football post-season awards banquet recently and many Spartan players received honors for their efforts this past season.
Five Richfield players earned All-Classic Suburban Conference honors. Those honorees were senior DeShawn Jones, senior Ed Guyton, senior Devon Schilla-Robinson, senior Corban Halbur and junior Michael Jacobs.
Four Spartans received all-conference honorable mention. Those selections were seniors Chandler Arrendondo, Cam Dearing, Jared Mullen and Andrew Allen.
Senior Tyler Stresnak was named the team’s Most Improved Player.
Red Dawg Scout Players of the Year honors went to senior Scott Thomas (offense) and senior Abeille Tamirat (defense) and senior Kevin Krohn (defense).
Allen was the recipient of the Randy Lopko Spartan Spirit Award.
Junior Jack Stellon was presented the Special Forces Player of the Year award.
Dick Walker Academic Achievement awards were given to senior Dan Opitz (4.329), junior Ascher Johnson (3.724) and sophomore Marcus Voight (4.686).
Richfield finished its season with a 3-6 record after losing to Holy Family in the section quarterfinals. Holy Family has kept winning since and will play in the Prep Bowl Class 4A title game this week.
“We had tremendous senior leadership,” said Richfield head coach Todd Olson. “Our guys showed up and played hard throughout the season.”
Olson is pleased with the direction Richfield’s football program is headed.
“I am encouraged by the support of the Richfield Football League and junior high teams,” said Olson. “We have coaching stability at the junior high level and our participation numbers are solid.
“It should be fun to watch those young players progress before reaching our high school program.”