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Racine Raiders Announce 2012 Individual Awards

Racine Raiders give out individual awards

Seven different Racine Raiders players, head coach Gino Perfetto and one volunteer were recognized for their efforts during the team's historic 2012 national championship season at the annual team banquet held on Saturday, February 9, 2012, at Infusino's Banquet Hall in Racine.

The player awards were voted on by the players as part of an anonymous vote held near the end of the season. The following awards were given out Saturday night:

  • Most Valuable Player: Quarterback Craig McClelland
  • Offensive Player of the Year: Quarterback Craig McClelland
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Linebacker Nate Harris
  • Special Teams Player of the Year: Kicker/Punter Joel DaPra
  • Offensive Lineman of the Year: Ronald Lollis
  • Defensive Lineman of the Year: Larry Williams
  • Rookie of the Year: Quarterback Craig McClelland

The board of directors also named Raiders radio broadcaster and webmaster, Don Wadewitz, as the volunteer of the year. It's the second time Wadewitz was named volunteer of the year in his decade with the team.

In addition to the team-specific awards, two awards were also presented to individual players for their efforts in the Semi-Pro BCS national championship game. Running back J.R. Taylor was named the offensive most valuable player and defensive lineman Ardray Jarrett received defensive most valuable player. The Semi-Pro BCS Committee named Gino Perfetto as the National Coach of the Year.

Board of directors president Matthew Snyder also unveiled two additional team trophies. The  Mid-States Football League (MSFL) presented the Raiders with trophies for winning the team's division and conference.

The banquet was attended by over 40 players, dozens of volunteers, board members and coaches as well as their spouses and significant others. Snyder served as emcee for the evening and City of Racine Mayor John Dickert attended and spoke at the event.

The evening also included a short recap of the 60-year history of the team as well as the 2012 national championship season. Barry Tait of Tait Media showed a 15 minute highlight video of the Semi-Pro BCS National Championship game. Players, staff and volunteers were also given an embroidered fleece blanket.

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