Turnbull helps Redeemer right ship

Redeemer University College Royals’ Calvin Turnbull has been recognized by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association as this week’s men’s basketball player of the week for the seven-day period ending Sunday, Nov. 11.

After starting the season with four straight losses, Redeemer got on the right track with a pair of home wins against Lambton and St. Clair.

Turnbull, a third-year forward from Burlington, averaged 13.5 points, six rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals in both victories.

In the OCAA’s other weekly honours, two males shared the overall athlete award – Andrew deGroot of the Windsor St. Clair cross country team, and Eugenio Garro of Humber’s soccer squad.

DeGroot, a native of Barrie, took the silver medal at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association’s to become St. Clair’s first cross country national champion. He completed the 8km course in 24:54 – 47 seconds faster than his closest rival.

He became the first OCAA runner to win at nationals since OCAA Hall of Famer Deng Kuol Marial in 2003.

Humber goalkeeper Garro (Woodbridge) was named tournament MVP as he led his Hawks to their third national championship in men’s soccer. Garro earned two shutouts, and came up with a key save in penalty kicks during the championship finale against Vancouver Island.

The overall female athlete of the week, is Kirsten Talsma, Loyalist women’s volleyball.

Talsma (Kirby) is now the all-time OCAA leader with 198 service aces in five seasons. Talsma almost tied the single-game record with 12 aces in a four-set victory over former team Fleming. Talsma is two aces away from becoming the first to reach 200. She was also the women’s volleyball player of the week.

The men’s teams of the week honour goes to Fanshawe’s men’s cross country and Humber’s men’s soccer team
Led by two-time individual silver medalist Clint Smith (Bridgen), the Fanshawe team earned a national title for the second time in three years. The men also kept their medal streak alive at nationals, earning gold, silver or bronze in each of the past eight seasons. The Humber Hawks won their third national championship in men’s soccer, a first for OCAA since 2009. Humber outlasted Vancouver Island 7-6 in penalty kicks to win the finale 3-2. Third-year midfielder Yousif Yousif (Toronto) booted the golden goal for Humber.

The women’s team of the week is Cambrian’s women’s basketball players.

The last time the Cambrian Golden Shield won an OCAA women’s basketball game, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was Prime Minister of Canada. Cambrian now has two victories in its return to the hard court following a 31-season hiatus from varsity competition.

The women basketball athlete of the week is Trish Taylor, Cambrian.

Second-year player Taylor (Sudbury) was one board shy of consecutive double-doubles, totaling 36 points and 19 rebounds in Cambrian’s first two wins since rejoining the OCAA women’s basketball circuit after a 31-year absence. Taylor is averaging 15.7 points in three games.

In men’s rugby, Graham Abbott, Trent, stood out. The fourth-year student-athlete from Peterborough scored 12 points to lift Trent to a 22-12 win over Algonquin in an OCAA semifinal. Abbott scored two tries, and added a convert. Trent will make its first-ever appearance in a OCAA final when it hosts Humber on Nov. 18.

In women’s rugby, Lindsey Bradbury (Humber) gets the nod. The fifth-year player contributed 20 points in Humber’s 50-0 semi-final victory over St. Lawrence-Kingston. Bradbury scored two tries, while adding five converts. Humber will look to defend its OCAA title at Algonquin on Nov. 17 in a battle of the unbeatens.

In men’s volleyball, Jordan Boucher, Nipissing, was best. The second-year setter from Cobourg was a key cog in Nipissing’s 3-1 win over Humber in a rematch of last year’s OCAA final. Boucher distributed the ball evenly throughout the line-up, as five different Lakers hit double digits in scoring. He also added two aces and one block.