As has become the trend in the past several months, tonight’s abbreviated Sonny Unger Awards celebration was held over Zoom. This in no way diminishes the outstanding accomplishments of this year’s winners, Connor Hundley and Bryce McMahon. Both of these fine young men have been outstanding ambassadors for their families, their community, their high school and the Centerville football program. They will both be greatly missed next season and we wish them both nothing but success in all of their future endeavours.
The evening started with a welcome from Athletic Director Rob Dement. That was followed by comments from Centerville High School Coordinating Principal, John Carroll. Following Mr. Carroll’s remarks, some background on the award and an introduction of both winners was made by Head Coach Brent Ullery.
Up first, McMahon thanked his family, coaches and teammates for a fantastic ride these past four years and said he would not trade the experience for anything. He talked about something he learned from Coach Ullery called delayed gratification and was very thankful for his years in the program and what it has meant to his life and development as a young man.
Bryce was followed by Connor who also thanked his family, coaches and teammates and then talked about how he almost quit, but then thought about everyone he would be letting down and decided to go back. That decision played a key role in his maturation throughout his remaining years in high school and reaffirmed that the team is, without a doubt, an extension of your family. He talked about being committed and staying strong throughout the four-year process and how doing so will provide you with the ultimate feeling of pride and success.
After both winners spoke, longtime committee member Beef Ellinger addressed the crowd and congratulated the winners.
If you missed tonight’s speeches, you can watch them by clicking here.
Congratulations, Bryce and Connor!