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Batavia City Council honors high school football team

Batavia Bulldogs were undefeated in the 2021 season

The Batavia City Council unanimously voted to approve a proclamation honoring the Batavia High School football team’s accomplishments during the 2021 football season at its Jan. 18 meeting.

“The mayor and the members of the City Council, by passage of this official proclamation, wish to express our admiration and pride in the outstanding record of accomplishment attained by the 2021 Batavia Senior High School football team,” said Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke. “The intense physical fitness, strong attitude towards daily practices, willingness to undertake serious studies of each and every challenging team and display of true dedication on the field to the best each player could be where all traits of a high-quality athletic performance that set the Batavia Bulldogs in a class of excellence.”

The Batavia Bulldogs enjoyed an undefeated 2021 season that culminated in a conference championship win that earned the team a spot in the Illinois High School Association playoffs.

Despite a promising win against Lake Zurich in their first round of the playoffs, the Bulldog’s hopes of post-season hot streak were dashed by with a loss to Mt. Carmel.

Varsity team captains were each given a copy of the proclamation, which included a sketch taken from the athletics section of the 1917 Batavia High School yearbook.

“Their football season ended in identical circumstances as happened in 2021,” Schielke said. “The drawing was published to illustrate that despite what negative situations occur during a football game, Batavia football players, given their talents attitudes and commitment towards sportsmanship, always end up at the top over their opponents.”

The team was also presented with a street sign commemorating their conference championship status.

“I think what’s most important from a competitive standpoint is that every year, these guys wanted to truly say, in earnest and without bragging ‘we believe we can be state champions,’” said Batavia head coach Dennis Piron. “To get to a point where you can have a community and friends and family believing you can do that every year is pretty special, and I’m just honored to be part of it.”

Piron extended a special thanks to offensive coordinator and Batavia High School teacher Sean Anderson, who was also in attendance, for his work with the team.

“He came along right when Coach Gaspari left us,” said Piron. “Sean is someone I’m very proud to coach with.”

When they’re not on the field, the Batavia High School Football team actively participates in local charities and programs, including the Batavia Toy Drive.

“The football stuff is great, and we enjoy it,” said Piron. “But I think the better part of it is these guys are Batavians.”