SACKVILLE, N.B. — Mount Allison University held its annual athletic awards night last evening.
Major awards were presented to football great Gary Ross, standout swimmer Mitchell Peters, and volleyball star Laurie Marchbank.
The three were named Mount Allison’s male and female athletes of the year. Ross was also one of the university’s most oustanding senior scholar athletes.
The football team’s most valuable player, Ross broke several school and Atlantic University Sport records along the way. The five-foot-nine Ross was selected the AUS MVP and received two all-Canadian awards for the second consecutive season.
He led the Atlantic conference in receptions (60), receiving yards (818 yards), receiving touchdowns (four), and all-purpose yards (1,423 yards). He has been an all-star receiver and the conference’s top special teams player in each of his four years at Mount Allison, and is the AUS career leader in receptions (172), receiving yards (2,582), and all-purpose yards (5,990).
This season, he was the only Atlantic conference player to average more than 100 yards receiving per game (102.2) and his 60 receptions are also a new AUS single-season record, smashing the previous mark of 48. His 818 receiving yards are a new Mounties’ single-season school record and the fourth-highest total in league history.
He ranks second in AUS history with 1,679 career punt return yards and 1,403 career kickoff return yards.
The Windsor, Ont., native is a fourth-year science student and has been an academic all-Canadian every year. His future plans include pursuing a career in dentistry.
Peters, this year’s swim team MVP, put in a four-medal performance at the AUS championships where he earned gold in the 400- and 200-metre freestyle races, a silver in the 100-metre free, and a bronze as an anchor in the 800-metre free relay.
In his gold-medal 200-metre free swim, Peters made the Canadian Interuniversity Sport qualifying standard, qualified for the senior nationals, and broke his own school record.
He also made the CIS standard for the 400-metre free, dropping 12 seconds off his personal best time and breaking his own university record again.
In the silver-medal swim, Peters broke the 100-metre free Mount Allison record and made the CIS standard by a full second.
Peters, a Sackville resident, was named a three-time AUS all-star this season, and represented Mount Allison at the national championships.
It had been five years since a Mount Allison swimmer qualified for the CIS championships and more than 20 years since a Mountie was represented in the freestyle events.
Mitchell is a second-year arts student majoring in archaeology.
Marchbank rebounded from a serious leg injury and led her team back to the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association playoffs. Her gritty play resulted in her recognition as a first-team all-star and as the conference’s MVP. Marchbank was also selected as an all-Canadian and earned academic All-Canadian status.
A Kensington, P.E.I., resident, Marchbank was also named as the university’s Mountie of the month in January. On pace for a Dean’s List standing, she will graduate in May with a degree in commerce and hopes to continue her studies in an MBA program.
Joining Ross as outstanding senior scholar athlete was basketball player Kristen Atkins, a fourth-year fine arts student from Moncton.
Selected as the outstanding senior athletes this year were Jillian Greee (hockey, Fogo Island, N.L.), Carrie Murray (badminton, Belleisle, N.S.) and Josh Graham (basketball, Quispamsis, N.B.).
Rookie of the year honours went volleyballer Allison Settle of Debert and soccer standout Patrick Burtt of Fredericton.
Soccer players Lauren Ledwell of Charlottetown and Trevey Davis of Hope, Me. were honoured with the Gigi Hicks and the Harvey Gilmour sportsmanship awards, respectively.
Winning the Bubsy Grant Award this year was Mounties’ football running back Scott Brady of Oakville, Ont.