Seward's Draper named coach of year

GLC honors its best

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Nobody dominated the Great Land Conference this year. Accordingly, nobody dominated the post-season awards, either.

Houston, Seward and Nikiski were all co-champions of the league this year with 3-1 records. In post-season awards voting announced Saturday, no one school laid claim to more than one of the major awards.

Quarterback Peter Clemons of Houston was the offensive player of the year, inside linebacker Bobby Dunbar of ACS was the defensive player of the year, Mike Loucks of Sitka was the lineman of the year and Seward's Cliff Draper was coach of the year.

Seward had six slots on the first team, while Nikiski had four.

Seward senior Jonah Swiderski nailed down two of those slots, taking home honors at halfback and at defensive back for the Seahawks, who finished with a 4-5 record.

Swiderski rushed 73 times for 136 yards in the regular season, but those numbers don't accurately reflect his performance at halfback because he spent some time getting sacked at quarterback. The versatile Swiderski also caught 12 balls for 74 yards and scored five total touchdowns in the regular season.

Other Seahawks on first-team offense were tackle Ray Lewdet, guard Doug Jones and long snapper Charles Logan. Jones also got the call on defense as an interior defensive lineman.

Chris Parrish was the only Nikiski player to receive double honors. Parrish earned laurels at tackle on offense and interior lineman on defense.

Nikiski's other two slots went to halfback Josh Winters and punter Kevin Gerke.

Winters missed two games in the regular season due to an injured ankle.

However, he still was the fifth-leading rusher on the peninsula, gaining 503 yards on 92 carries. Winters also had a total of six touchdowns on the season.

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