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Galvin claims three team awards at annual Raiders banquet

Tyrone Galvin accepts one of three awards he received at the Raiders recognition banquet.It was a perfect season for the Racine Raiders and rookie Tyrone Galvin couldn’t have scripted a better finish. Galvin earned an unprecedented three awards at the team’s annual awards and recognition banquet held at Infusino’s Banquet Hall on December 6, 2014.

Galvin was named the special teams player of the year, rookie of the year, and team most valuable player following his tremendous rookie campaign. Galvin also earned league honors this year, being named rookie of the year in the MidStates Football League earlier this year.

“I’m just glad that I did my research,” said the soft-spoken Galvin who travels from Madison for practices and games. I’m happy that Coach Kennedy called me back right away and that I chose to come here.”

Galvin rushed for 580 yards on just 84 carries (6.9 average) ans scored eight rushing touchdowns. He added 16 receptions for 257 yards and another touchdown. The receiving touchdown was the longest offensive scoring play of the year for the Raiders, going 89 yards.

J.R. Taylor, Eddie Hernandez and Marcus Fletcher order their 2014 national championship rings.Galvin averaged 31 yards per punt return with three touchdowns and 47.4 yards per kickoff return with three more touchdowns. He was second on the team in scoring with 90 points, trailing rookie kicker Justin Schoepke who had 122 points. The 47.4 yards per kick return ranks second in Raiders history and seventh in semi-pro history. John Strickland averaged 52.2 yards per kick return for the Raiders in 1996.

Galvin’s 1,127 combined return yards ranks fourth all-time in semi-pro football history and is the best in Raiders history. His six combined return touchdowns is tied for fifth place all-time. It’s been done one other time in Raiders history. Charles Goodwin had four interception returns, one kickoff and one punt return for a touchdown in 1993.

Raiders quarterback Craig McClelland was named the offensive player of the year and linebacker Nate Harris earned defensive player of the year. All five awards were voted on by other players.

The team also awarded three community service awards to players who made a commitment to serving in the community. Linebacker Deveron Davis and offensive linemen Ryan Gails and Josh Willis were recognized for their commitment to service in the Racine community.

Paul Junio receives Mike Wheeler volunteer of the year award.Raiders president Matt Nelson also presented a special President’s Award to wide receiver Sam D’Alie for his commitment to the Raiders for over a decade. Nelson said he hopes D’Alie continues with the team after his playing days.

The Raiders also recognized two volunteers for their dedication to the team during the 2014 season. The Mike Wheeler Award was given to statistician Paul Junio, who travels from Oconomowoc to volunteer with the team and travels to all road games.

“Paul is an integral member of our media operations,” said Raiders broadcaster Don Wadewitz. “When other teams visit, they’re impressed and amazed that they can get live stats. It’s also extremely helpful for our media partners.”

Ronnie Lollis shows off his poster.The Fred Vance Award was presented to equipment team member Greg Simon.

“I called Greg on his vacation,” recalls manager Mike Peterson, “and told Greg we need to build a shed. Greg told me, ‘Okay,’ and got it done.”

The evening’s program included talks from board president Matt Nelson and head coach Wilbert Kennedy. Everyone in attendance was given a video of the National Football Events national championship game against the Detroit Seminoles that was filmed and edited by Tait Media. In addition, all players received a 18″x24″ poster of themself created by local graphic artist, Kris Martinez.

2014 National Championship ringsGuests also watched two videos recapping the season and national championship game and could be fitted for and order national championship rings from Jostens. The evening concluded with Kennedy addressing the crowd.

“You guys were perfect this season,” said Kennedy. “Some people will try and minimize your accomplishments. Don’t let them. You earned your national championship.”

The Racine Raiders will announce 2015 tryout dates shortly. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to tryout for the team. The team is also looking for additional volunteers for the 2015 season.