Mountaineers send 15 to OCAA Hall of Fame

Fourteen Mohawk Mountaineers players and one coach will enter the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association’s Hall of Fame this year.

The Class of 2009, as those in previous years, honours athletes, coaches and builders who have made significant contributions to the OCAA throughout their careers. The individuals will be formally inducted at the Hall of Fame Awards Gala and Ceremony on Wednesday, April 29, at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor.

Since 2003 the OCAA has inducted 170 individuals into the Hall of Fame and will add another 88 members this year. This year’s group will consist of two builders, seven coaches and 79 athletes.

First announced in 2000, the OCAA All-Millennium Teams will continue honouring those who played prior to the turn of the century. This group will see 69 members of the women’s fastball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s badminton All-Millennium teams recognized. Twelve members of the OCAA Hall of Fame have also been named to their respective All-Millennium team.

The Mohawk inductees this year are soccer players Jerry Cipriani, Rob Cleugh, Anthony Notarianni, Ardo Perri, Dennis Piccolotto, John Sozio, Christine Stoneman, Ray Trevisan, Josie Tucceri, Carrie Wooloff, badminton players Wendy Mabson, Brad Paul, Grace Siu, and fastball player Alison Diplock. Barry Hutton enters the hall as a coach. All the players were also named to their All-Millennium teams.

Entering the hall from Niagara College are badminton players Mark Nelson and Tom Peat, coach Randy Conlon, and volleyball player Graeme Gaunt.

Soccer players Terry Talsma and Tracy VanDijk will represent Redeemer University College.

Sheridan will send badminton player Sherry Metheringham-Simmons to the hall.

The 2008-2009 Male and Female Athletes of the Year will also be honoured at the event. They will officially be announced on Wednesday, April 8.

The OCAA governs intercollegiate sports and promotes physical activity in its member institutions through quality athletic and campus recreation programs. It offers 14 varsity sports to 30 member institutions throughout Ontario.