Creighton, VanSickle top Mountaineers

Mohawk 2010-11 athletic award winners: At left, curler Karen Creighton (Outstanding Female Athlete), centre Volleyball player Jennifer Knowles (Athletics and Academics) and on right, rugby player Chris VanSickle (Outstanding Male Athlete)

Curler Karen Creighton and rugby player Chris VanSickle were named the 2010-11 Outstanding Athletes at Mohawk College’s 44th annual Athletics Awards Banquet at Michelangelo’s on Saturday night (April 9).

VanSickle won the ‘Wes Hicks’ Outstanding Male Athlete honour after a season which saw him named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Player of the Year and OCAA All-Star. He was the league’s top scorer and led the Mountaineers to an OCAA silver medal.

Creighton skipped the Mohawk women’s rink to the silver medal at the OCAA Curling Championships. A virtual walk-on, as she was not recruited for curling, Creighton showed she had the mental toughness and could make the shots required to medal in her sport.

The Female Freshman Athlete award was captured by Rachelle Abella of the women’s basketball team. She was named to the OCAA All-Rookie Team.

The men’s honour went to Justin Scapinello of the bronze medal winning volleyball team. Scapinello was the OCAA Rookie of the Year and was the West Region scoring champion.

Women’s soccer and volleyball player Ashley Hagen was selected the All Round Female Athlete. Hagen had seven goals in eight games for the soccer squad.

Volleyball star Jennifer Knowles won the prestigious Dr. Sam Mitminger award for academic and athletic excellence. Knowles, a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association and OCAA All-Academic, scored 276 offensive points and added 164 digs leading the Mountaineers to the bronze medal match at the OCAA Championship.

Varsity Coaches Awards

Coaches Award – Chris Hong
Most Improved Player – Alicia Jenkins
Most Valuable Player – Mohammed Nazimuddin

Men’s Basketball
Coaches Award – Tanner Lane
Rookie of the Year – Taylor Dowhaniuk
Most Valuable Player – Aminu Bello

Women’s Basketball
Coaches Award – Joanna Brown
Rookie of the Year – Rachelle Abella
Most Valuable Player – Morgan Taylor

Cross Country
Most Improved Runner – Sandi Bryce
Most Valuable Player – Emily Hicks
Most Valuable Player – Jonathan Redfearn

Coaches Award – James Maslen
Coaches Award – Jennifer Montgomery
Most Valuable Player – Karen Creighton

Coaches Award – JD Shaw
Most Valuable Player – Kyle Harber

Men’s Rugby
Most Improved Player – John Packer
Rookie of the Year – Phil Jackson
Most Valuable Player – Chris VanSickle

Men’s Soccer
Tom Bell Coaches Award – Jordan Dykstra
Tom Bell Coaches Award – Matthew Kernick
Rookie of the Year – Mark Vanduyvenvoorde

Women’s Fastball
Coaches Award – Melanie White
Most Improved Player – Natalie Crane
Most Valuable Player – Katie Kropf

Women’s Soccer
Coaches Award – Lana Martin
Rookie of the Year – Ashley Hagen
Most Valuable Player – Carlee Myles

Men’s Volleyball
Coaches Award – Mo Sulaiman
Coaches Award – Can Henschel
Most Valuable Player – Ryan dela Rosa

Women’s Volleyball
Coaches Award – Jenna Gignac
Rookie of the Year – Kristie Crnic
Most Valuable Player – Kellie Crnic

Other award winners:

Alicia Jenkins – Dept. of Athletics and Recreation Award
Amanda DeHaan (Volleyball) – Hap Holman Business Award
Wade Marquardt – Dr. Keith McIntyre Athletic Leadership Award
Adam Njauw – Barb Moore Spirit of Athletics Award