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Eric McMillan Legacy Award Presented to Murrieta's Top Student Athletes
The Broncos’ Mason Evans and Nighthawks’ Michael Robles are this years winners
Friday, October 25th, 2013
Issue 43, Volume 17.
Every year, Murrieta Valley and Vista Murrieta high schools award the Eric McMillan Legacy Award and scholarships to a student athlete that exemplifies the standards and qualities that Eric, a fallen past student, set and represented. The plaque reads: "A positive example of team leadership, scholarship and community service in the memory of Eric McMillan."
Michael Robles of the Nighthawks and Mason Evans of the Broncos are this years recipients of the award.
"It's obvious how good of a player Michael is. He is our engine offensively" said Murrieta Valley Coach Vinny Fazio. "What is less obvious is his leadership both on the football team and on campus. He is the senior class president and is involved in numerous clubs and activities. Michael represents everything that is good about MVHS and Murrieta Valley Unified School District He is a perfect choice for this award as he stands for everything that Eric McMillan stood for".
"Mason Evans is a student athlete that everyone would love to have on their team. He cares more about team success then individual performance’ said Bronco Coach Coley Candaele. "The true character of a young man should not be based on what he does when things are going his way, but what he does when things get tough and life knock him down. Mason has been knocked many times with adversity in his life and each time he fights through it and comes out a better person".
In 2004, Eric was tragically taken from us all. This event is one way to keep his wonderful spirit alive. Eric was an outstanding representative of the Murrieta family in athletics, academics, and in the community.
Eric graduated in 2003 from Murrieta Valley High School,where he was an exceptional football player and leader. He then played cornerback at the University of Idaho, starting as a freshman.
His life came to abrupt end on Sept. 19, 2004, when he was shot in his Idaho apartment following a football game. He died the next day after surgery.
Along with Murrieta Valley and Vista Murrieta, the University of Idaho has also since given out an award each year in his honor.
Eric was widely known in Murrieta not only for his performance on the field but for the great person he was off the field. A leader and overachiever, Eric was always going out of his way to make friends and inspire teammates.
Past Eric McMillan Legacy Award Recipients
Murrieta Valley Vista Murrieta
2005 Chad Hansen Terry Washington
2006 Ethan Schillinger Preston Ayer
2007 J.R. Gray Kavon Seaton
2008 Dennis Johnson Owen Weissberg
2009 Andrew Fuerst Emil Mejares
2010 Garret Stratford Shane Paulson
2011 Brandon Finnie Randy Perez
2012 Kody Thornburg Bryce Smith
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