Redeemer’s Heidbuurt gets Royal treatment


Eric Heidbuurt of the Redeemer Royals has been recognized as this week’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Men’s Volleyball Athlete of the Week.

The Waterdown resident led Redeemer to its biggest win of the season, a 3-1 road victory over last year’s OCAA silver medalist and this year’s No. 1 nationally-ranked Nipissing. Heidbuurt contributed a team-high 17 points on 12 kills, three service aces and two blocks.

Other players noted in the OCAA’s weekly spotlight included:

OVERALL MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: OCAA men’s rugby player of the year Phil Boone (Brampton) was also Humber’s man of the match in the gold medal finale against Trent. Boone scored a pair of tries and contributed two converts for a match-high 14 points in Humber’s 39-22 victory.

OVERALL FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: First-year middle Allison Marshall (Orillia) struck for 19 kills in Georgian’s 3-1 win over Seneca. Marshall also contributed three blocks and one ace for a 23-point effort. The Grizzlies have lost just four sets in five matches for a 4-1 record, good for a share of third place in the OCAA East. Marshall was also the Women’s Volleyball player of the Week.

MEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: Humber won a third straight OCAA rugby title, defeating Trent, 39-22, in the gold medal match. The Hawks set a trio of OCAA regular season team records – scoring 663 points, 107 tries and 64 converts in six matches. Humber went undefeated with an overall record of 8-0-0.

WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE WEEK: The St. Lawrence-Kingston Vikings were 0-16 last season in basketball. This season, the Vikings are undefeated at home after back-to-back wins over Durham and Centennial. Third-year guard Lacey Knox (Kingston) averaged 28 points in each victory. St. Lawrence has an overall record of 3-2.

MEN’S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: First-year forward Chavaun Miller-Bennett (London) scored 20 points against defending national champion Mohawk in Fanshawe’s 95-88 road victory. Miller-Bennett also contributed four rebounds, two steals and one assist, shooting 67 percent (8-of-12). Fanshawe is a perfect 5-0.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Second-year guard Sharika Smith (Mississauga) knocked down a three-point buzzer beater to erase a two-point deficit and give Seneca a 54-53 win and Loyalist its first loss. Smith contributed a total of eight points, three assists, two steals and two rebounds.

MEN’S RUGBY ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: OCAA men’s rugby player of the year Phil Boone (Brampton) was also Humber’s man of the match in the gold medal finale against Trent. Boone scored a pair of tries and contributed two converts for a match-high 14 points in Humber’s 39-22 victory.