The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 27, 2013


Hellwig, Barna earn honors at WNY Football Banquet

Medina Journal-Register — Two Medina football players were recognized Saturday afternoon on a regional level, for their accomplishments as standout athletes who played a large role in leading the Mustangs to a winning season in 2013 — both on and off the field.

Senior running back/receiver/linebacker Kyle Barna was honored as co-offensive Most Valuable Player for Class B North, while junior quarterback Jason Hellwig was named co-recipient of the Jerry Butler Award for performance, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.

The two were recognized at the 27th annual Western New York Football Banquet, which brought together athletes, coaches and parents from across Section VI to recognize notable achievements earned this fall season. The event took place at Classics Banquet Hall on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst.

Hellwig shared the Jerry Butler Award with Kevin Mason Jr. of Williamsville South. The award was shared last year by Kolbe Hughes of Williamsville North and Khalil Sommerville of Bennett, and in 2011 by Maurice Howie of South Park and Ryan Radke of Lancaster.

Barna, who was also named to the All-Western New York second team as a utility offensive player, finished the season with 1,370 all-purpose yards, including 587 rushing and 523 receiving, as well as 13 touchdowns.

Directing the Medina offense from under center, Hellwig became Medina’s career passing touchdown leader (29), as he threw for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns on 83-of-153 passing.

Hellwig also received All-Western New York honorable mention recognition this season, and both players received Class B North first-team honors.

Under the guidance of veteran head coach Eric Valley, Medina opened the season 3-0 on the strength of blowout wins over Amherst, Maryvale and Akron. The Mustangs struggled in a three-game losing streak at the hands of Burgard, Lew-Port and Bennett — with the Lew-Port game being a heartbreaking one-point defeat that came down to the game’s final seconds — but redeemed themselves with a thrilling 38-31 win over rival Albion that clinched a berth in the sectional playoffs.

Medina lost to Class B powerhouse Alden, 25-0, in the sectional quarterfinals, before demolishing hapless Wilson in the season finale.

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