Boise High boys soccer alums honor past, salute 2011 team

Here is a press release I received a few weeks ago from former Boise High soccer player Andrew Hawes regarding the team's season-ending banquet in November. Hawes and several alums have kept in touch with their former team and took the time to continue one long-standing award and introduce a new one. Here is Hawes' press release:

On November 10, the Boise High boys soccer team celebrated their championship at their season ending banquet at the school. It was a remarkable year as the Brave boys captured yet another state championship, adding yet another historic chapter to the program's storied history in soccer.

Boise High Soccer is indeed storied. Besides winning many state championships throughout its history, the program is deeply committed to embracing its past successes and also honoring its soccer alums in order to emphasize the program and the school's commitment to excellence to its players and the community.

This was highlighted November 10 when 1988 alum Andy Hawes presented the Scott Donnelley Most Inspirational Player Award and Cory Braddock, another 1988 Alum, presented the newly established 1980s Legacy Scholarship Award.

Scott Donnelley Award

The Scott Donnelley award is named after Scott Donnelley, a Boise High soccer player who died in a 1984 car accident just after the Braves had won a state championship that year. The award was established by Scott's parents, Bruce and Betty Lou Donnelley, in order to honor the most inspirational player of the team. It was exactly 27 years from the date of the banquet that Scott's life was taken.

"On behalf of Bruce and Betty Lou Donnelley, it is truly an honor to present the Scott Donnelley award tonight," said Hawes, a 1987 Scott Donnelley Award winner. "In having two little girls myself, I cannot even begin to imagine losing a child. The fact that this award was established by Scott's parents in itself highlights how special Scott was. Even though I never met Scott personally, his life continues to inspire others, including me. I have learned through this experience that no man can inspire on an island and that the source of inspiration simply comes from taking care of and loving one another. "

Hawes, also passed on a message from Bruce and Betty Lou Donnelley: "(today) is the anniversary of the car accident that took his life, but his larger than life personality lives on in my heart and keeps the smile on my face when I think about him daily. Congratulations from Bruce and I to the very special 2011 recipient. Betty Lou."

The 2011 Scott Donnelley Award recipient is Nick Davey. Nick will be attending Harvard next year and playing soccer there. Last year Nick was the offensive player of the year as a junior where he played as a forward. However, this year he bounced around playing mid-field and forward and even playing center back in a game due to injuries.

Even though not always in his element on the field, "he always did what was asked of him and to his fullest potential," according to Boise High Soccer Coach Mike Darrow, a 1989 Boise High Grad.

Darrow added, "His scoring production was down but he never worried about that, he did what was best for the team. He's very supportive of his teammates and towards the end of the year became one of our captains. He worked hard at practice and was quiet and very coachable. He has a great sense of humor, an intelligent wit. His leadership and example elevated those around him. Very humble and respectful of others."

Boise High Soccer Legacy Award

The evening was also highlighted by the announcement of the new Boise High Soccer Legacy Scholarship Award. Cory Braddock, the scholarship's director, stated that the scholarship was founded by BHS soccer alums from the 80s in order to honor the teams from the 1980s of which truly set the tone for a commitment in excellence for Boise High soccer.

This newly formed scholarship will initially provide a one year financial commitment and the group will look to expend the size of the scholarship in the years to come.

According to Braddock, "The Boise High Soccer Legacy Scholarship is a way for past players to foster continued commitment to Boise High's legacy in boys soccer. Soccer alums from the 80s wanted to find a way to better support Coach Darrow's efforts with these fine young men. Boise High Soccer teams from the 1980s set the foundation for Boise High's soccer success on the field, these same players believe they now need to set the example for supporting Boise High Soccer off the field."

Braddock emphasized that the Boise High Soccer's legacy encompasses three things: (1) Great play on the field; (2) honoring past teams efforts; and (3) contributing to the team's future successes.

Braddock presented this years Legacy Scholarship Award to Bryson Pavel.

Braddock emphasized that Bryson was well deserving of the award as according to Coach Darrow he exhibited great character, was a leader and delivered in big games and that he also worked hard in the classroom.

Braddock went on to say "he is not only a great example of a well rounded player, he is a great example of a well rounded student-athlete. Bryson will be a fantastic ambassador for all the best attributes of a Boise High Soccer player."