Campbell leaves Mohawk with Mitminger award

MohawkMountaineers women’s basketball player Megan Campbell capped her Mohawk athletic career being the recipient of the Dr. Sam Mitminger Award, which goes to a graduating player who has achieved consistent academic and athletic excellence. The award was presented Saturday (April 6) during Mohawk’s 46th athletics annual awards banquet.

Campbell played all 18 games in each of the last two seasons when the Mountaineers were 8 and 10 in 2012 and 10 and 8 this year. Last year she averaged 6.2 rebounds a game, including 28 offensive boards and 74 on the defensive glass and this year she averaged 6.6 rebounds with 45 offensive and 74 defensive. During the 2011-2012 season she had 12 assists, five blocks and 15 steals and this past campaign she recorded 11 assists, 16 blocks and 12 steals. Campbell averaged 4.8 points per game last year and this year she had 3.8. Last year she was her team’s rookie of the year and the female freshman award winner. This year she helped get her team to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association playoffs.

Campbell was also the recipient of the Ray Lewis Award which goes to a college or university student athlete who has made a significant volunteer contribution to the Hamilton community.

In the classroom, Campbell averaged 91 per cent in the Recreation and Leisure Services course.

The Mountaineers’ Outstanding Female Athlete – deemed best in all competitive sports – is Nicole Leitch. While the women’s fastball team had a tough season on the diamond – one-third (five) of its losses were by one run, Leitch was a model of consistency at the plate and on the field. She played all 15 games, scoring 13 runs on 17 hits and delivered 10 runs-batted-in. She led Mohawk with a solid .368 batting average, putting her 16th place in the OCAA. Leitch was an OCAA all-star and was the team MVP.

Taking home the Outstanding Male Athlete award was Manny Campbell. He led the men’s basketball team to a 16-4 regular season record and was second on the team with an average of 13.7 points per game. Campbell had 13 offensive and 63 defensive rebounds for a total of 76 – an average of 4.2 rebounds in the 18 games he played. He had 57 steals, 69 assists and three blocked shots. He was an OCAA West Division First Team All-Star, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian. He and his mates picked up the Silver Medal at the OCAA men’s basketball championship. Campbell was the Mountaineers’ OCAA Championship Player of the Game in the 69-62 win over Algonquin, when he scored 24 points.

Earlier in the year he was an All-Star at the George Brown Tournament. Campbell was also the team’s MVP.

Mohawk award winners Manny Campbell, Megan Campbell and Nicole Leitch (Photo: Elia Koolsbergen)
Mohawk award winners Manny Campbell, Megan Campbell and Nicole Leitch (Photo: Elia Koolsbergen)

The All-Round Male Athlete award, presented to an individual for his excellence in participating in more than one varsity sport, went to Luc Seguin, who also won the individual sport’s coaches award for curling. Seguin was also a member of Mohawk’s Cross Country team, which earned a fourth place finish at the OCAA finals. Of 102 competitors he placed 29th in the provincial championship and finished 65th at the Canadian event where 137 runner took to the field. He was the Most Improved Runner for Mohawk as he bettered every race throughout the season. Last year he was 80th in a field of 91. This year he was 29th in a field of 102 and shaved off more than seven minutes in his time.

Mohawk’s Female Freshman Athlete honour goes to women’s basketball player Lacey Wolters. She averaged 9.1 points per game, which was third best on the Mountaineers, who had a 10-8 season for a playoff appearance. In her first year of OCAA play, she recorded 18 blocks, 58 offensive and 81 defensive rebounds,17 steals and nine assists. In addition to the rookie of the year award, she was also selected to the OCAA West Division All-Rookie Team.

Her male counterpart award winner is volleyball player Eric Danecke. He played in 17 of the 18 OCAA league matches and put together impressive stats which included 110 kills, 32 stuff blocks, and 12 service aces for a total of 154 offensive points. Danecke’s 2.6 points per game tied him for second with the Mountaineers, who had a modest regular season at 9- 9. The team went into playoffs as under dogs and captured the silver medal at the OCAA final losing a close five-setter.

He also played well on defense, recording 36 digs and helped his squad to second place finishes in tournaments at Fanshawe and Durham and was a tournament all-star in the Fanshawe event. He was his team’s rookie of the year.

Forty-one full-time Mohawk student athletes received OCAA All-Academic Awards, presented to those meeting honour standards at Mohawk.

Women’s soccer player Jody Hagen received a CCAA Academic All Canadian Award, which goes to athletes who must attain academic honours in addition to athletic success. And for the second year in a row, a men’s basketball player from Mohawk College – Manny Campbell – was recognized as a CCAA All Canadian. OCAA coaches within the varsity sports that lead to national championships select OCAA all stars at the end of the season. Only two of the top Ontario basketball all stars are selected and named a CCAA All Canadian.

Mohawk’s Department of Athletics and Recreation Award was taken by Stephanie Accomando. The award recognizes Outstanding Participation in both the varsity and campus recreation programs. Accomando was involved in coed frisbee, coed volleyball and was a member of the extramural hockey team. Her varsity participation was with the women’s fastball team, where the Recreation and Leisure Services student played in15 games, had five hits and scored nine runs and was named an OCAA all-star.

The Hap Holman Business Award, which recognizes outstanding participation in varsity athletics and academic excellence in a business program, went to cross country runner John Miles. He was a team member for two years and was 32nd at the OCAA championship in a field of 102 runners and 78th at the CCAA championships where 137 runners took to the course. He shaved off nearly three minutes from his best result in 2011-12.

Over three semesters at Mohawk College, he has maintained an average of 83 percent.

The Barb Moore Spirit of Athletics Award goes to a student involved in athletics as a non-participant and who demonstrates dedication in support of athletics. Patrick Tang attended almost every home basketball and volleyball game with his horn, sign and even body painted himself on occasion. He also attended a number of rugby games and our tailgate function and in support of the Mountaineers he travelled to the OCAA volleyball championships at Sheridan College.

During Mohawk’s last home volleyball game against Fanshawe, Tang stood up during a time out and started a dance off with a Fanshawe fan.

The campus recreation participant played coed volleyball, extramural volleyball, football, and basketball.

OCAA All-Academic Awards

Cross Country
Sarah Bush, Hassan Ishaq, Kassandra O’Reilly, John Miles, Luc Seguin, and Jessica Walton.

Women’s Fastball
Jennifer Butson, Marley Butt, Amber Silversmith, and Ashley Verrall.

Rob Vachon.

Men’s Rugby
Brandon Bennett, Brady Kemp, Matt Henderson, Giani Marcini, Byron Martinez, Thomas Piche, and Erick Valladares.

Women’s Rugby
Danika Faucon, Rebecca Halliwell, Samantha Lampkin, Shawna Scott, and Erin Ward.

Men’s Soccer
Simon Garcia and Awer Wel.

Women’s Soccer
Jody Hagen, Hillary Keyes, Shari Leavitt and Nicole Roberts.

Men’s Basketball
Braedon Lenters.

Women’s Basketball
Megan Campbell, Cynthia Mosca, and Lacey Wolters.

James Moser

Men’s Volleyball
Jeremy Bochenek, Bart Jedrzejewski, Cory Hansen, and Kyle Hussey.

Women’s Volleyball
Chantal Baker, Melanie Patenaude, and Kristin VanHartingsveldt.

Mohawk Coaches Awards

Mohawk also presented varsity coaches awards, which are presented to the player or players who have demonstrated dedication, leadership and have an all round positive attitude towards their sport. The recipients are chosen by their coaches.

Badminton (Coaches Tony Leite, Jay Barrientos, Jose Morales, Krystal Lumaoang): Rookie of the Year- Eikcaj Navarro; Most Improved Player – Tallia Bezemer; Most Valuable Player – Bert Miciano.

Men’s Basketball (Coaches Brian Jonker, Mike Woodburn, Mac Akrong and Colin Baylay): Coaches Award – Alex Reis; Defensive Player of the Year -Taylor Dowhaniuk; Most Valuable Player – Manny Campbell.

Women’s Basketball (Coaches Kevin Duffy, Kelly Dunham, Megan Reid, Alison Drury, Kevin Karl): Rookie of the Year – Lacey Wolters; Most Improved Player – Carissa Browne; Most Valuable Player – Natalie Fisher.

Cross Country (Coaches Andre Simon and Kim Volterman): Rookie of the Year – Bradley Wilcox; Most Improved Player – Luc Seguin; Most Valuable Player – Jessie Wilcox; Most Valuable Player – Kassandra O’Reilly.

Curling (Coaches Betty Wackley, Matthew Kimber): Coaches Award – Luc Seguin; Most Improved Player – James Moser; Most Valuable Player – Erin Walker.

Women’s Fastball (Coaches Brian Weller, Marc Ceci, John Paul, Katie Westoby): Coaches Award -Jessica Denstedt; Rookie of the Year – Lindsey Rivet; Most Valuable Player – Nicole Leitch.

Golf (Coach Deborah Eldridge): Coaches Award – Connor Wilks; Most Improved Player – Jessica Fell; Most Valuable Player – Mike Rizzetto.

Men’s Rugby (Coaches Bill Stuart, John Vanderzan): Coaches Award -Hector Garcia; Rookie of the Year -Thomas Piche; Most Valuable Player – Eric Moyer.

Women’s Rugby (Coaches John Guilfoyle, Ahink Hussein, Kaitlyn Putz): Coaches Award – Samantha Benoit; Rookie of the Year – Brandy Trudel; Most Valuable Player – Stephanie Draper .

Men’s Soccer (Coaches Richard Bennett, Anthony Giaitzis): The Tom Bell Coaches Award – Momo Veljko and Andrew Gravett; Most Valuable Player – Dejan Dejanovic.

Women’s Soccer (Coaches Renzo, Michael Castellani, Lana Martin, Leah Maurzio): Coaches Award – Jody Hagen; Most Improved Player – Kaitlynn Staniuk; Most Valuable Player -Shelby Dawdy.

Men’s Volleyball (Coaches Matthew Schnarr, Jonathan Hillis, Jay MacCulloch, Ryan DelaRosa): Coaches Award -Kyle Hussey; Rookie of the Year – Eric Danecke; Most Valuable Player – Mohamed Sulaiman.

Women’s Volleyball (Coaches Andy Nicholson, Jennifer Marson): Coaches Award – Julie Gagnon; Rookie of the Year – Lynsay Collette; Most Valuable Player – Kristin VanHartingsveldt.