Brayden Hoggarth probably thought his box lacrosse season had peaked when he joined Team B.C. at the Midget nationals in Whitby, Ont. in August.
But there was a little more good news awaiting the Armstrong native after he returned from Whitby with a bronze medal.
Hoggarth, a Grade 11 student at Pleasant Valley Secondary, was named Midget Player of the Year for the Thompson Okanagan region by the B.C. Lacrosse Association. He was chosen among eligible players ranging from Penticton to Kamloops.
“I was quite surprised. There’s so many good kids in the district,” said Hoggarth, who earned a jacket and $500 bursary for post-secondary education as part of the award.
Hoggarth, a constant offensive threat with the North Okanagan Legends, figures his team’s results against top league competition helped secure him the award.
“We won most our games against Kelowna and Kamloops, which are our two main rivals,” said the modest teen.
Hoggarth’s field lacrosse season with the Under 16 Legends came to an abrupt halt recently when he broke his wrist during a scrum.
Next year, he hopes to make the jump up to the Armstrong Junior B Shamrocks.