University honours top student athletes
Mount Allison honoured its top student athletes with Jordan Botel and Emily Van Diepen among those receiving major awards.
ACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University held its annual Night of the Mounties on Thursday to honour its athletes and their special Mountie moments over the past season. It was a stand-out year for Mountie athletics and the resurgence of Mountie Pride.
“The 2013-2014 season has been a momentous one for Mountie athletics. Our teams have all come together and embodied the true spirit of Mountie Pride,” Mount Allison director of athletics and recreation Pierre Arsenault said. “They have won games and captured championships, but most importantly they have been exceptional representatives for Mount Allison athletics and the entire university.”
Mount Allison Athletes of the Year
Hockey and soccer Mountie Emily Van Diepen was named the female athlete of the year for the second consecutive year.
The female athlete of the year award is presented to a student who best displays outstanding athletic ability in her sport. Also taken into consideration is attitude towards fellow teammates, dedication to the program, and a display of sportsmanship qualities in competition.
An AUS soccer and hockey all-star, Van Diepen, from Morell, P.E.I., has had an impressive career at Mount Allison.
She is a third year student, a dual-sport athlete who has excelled in both sports and who has helped put her teams in the spotlight, while also succeeding academically. She has led her team in +/- points and led the team in regular season and was third overall in the league for points as a defensive player.
She has been a team and overall rookie of the year, a Canada games athlete, an AUS and championship All-Star, and came very close to being a conference champion in 2014.
Football Mountie Jordan Botel was named the male athlete of the year.
The male athlete of the year award is presented to a student who best displays outstanding athletic ability in his sport. Also taken into consideration is attitude towards fellow teammates, dedication to the program, and a display of sportsmanship qualities in competition.
Botel, from Prince George, B.C., is an AUS All-Star, AUS Most Outstanding Player, and received a CFL Combine Invitation.
This season he had 758 yards rushing, which placed him first in the AUS and sixth in the CIS. He was first in the AUS with six touchdowns and zero fumbles and this is the second consecutive year that he led the country in most carries.
He has helped advance his team from fourth to first in conference standings, then went on to be a leader in the winning of the AUS football championship and a very respectable finish in the national semi-final against Laval.
Outstanding Senior Scholar Athletes
Winning the outstanding senior scholar athlete awards this year were soccer Mountie Robin Bessemer and badminton Mountie Bryan Downey.
This award goes to a graduating senior student in a recognized undergraduate degree program who has been a varsity athlete at Mount Allison for a minimum of two years. He/she must have shown extraordinary accomplishments both academically and athletically.
Bessemer, from Calgary, Alta., is a Bell Scholar, an Academic All-Canadian, a longevity award winner, and varsity soccer player with a 4.2 GPA.
Downey, from Stephenville, N.L., has been a Canada Games badminton player for the province of Newfoundland, a team and overall rookie of the year, and a three year academic All-Canadian with a 4.15 GPA.
Outstanding Senior Athletes
Selected as the outstanding senior male athlete was soccer Mountie Jonas Hammar.
The men’s outstanding senior award is the Gus MacFarlane Trophy, which is given to a senior athlete who best exemplifies what a Mount Allison athlete should be.
Hammar, from Moncton, came to Mount Allison after a very successful high school career in athletics where he was a multi-sport athlete, a league and regional champion, an athlete of the year, and a merit award winner.
Throughout his years at Mount Allison he worked his way into a starting position with the varsity soccer team and was a solid player in his position as goalkeeper with the Mounties.
Selected as the outstanding senior female athlete was volleyball Mountie Caitlin MacDonald, receiving the Joy Taylor Memorial Award.
MacDonald, from Sussex, N.B., is a volleyball co-captain and over her years at Mount Allison she has been involved with the athletic affairs committee, Mounties in Motion, and tutored children in middle school.
She has volunteered at the local hospital, tutored other Mount Allison athletes, worked as an intramural official, and also found time to take part with other Mountie athletes to promote anti-bullying. With all of these extracurricular activities she has maintained a strong presence on her team, achieving second in passing and defensive digs.
Overall University Rookies of the Year
Overall University Rookie of the Year honours went to swimming Mountie Allison Loewen and football Mountie Devante Sampson.
Rookie of the Year honours are awarded to students who contribute the most to their teams in their first year of university competition.
Loewen, from Westmount, Que., was a stand-out member with the swimming Mounties and, in her first season, won six medals at the AUS Swim Championships, was an AUS All-Star, and was a national qualifier. In addition, she has raised the bar by setting four Mount Allison swim records this year.
Sampson, from Mississauga, Ont., started in seven football games this season and had 37.5 tackles, which ranked him 12th in the AUS and 48th in the CIS. He also had two forced fumbles and two pass break –ups.
Joey’s Drover Leadership Award
The Joey’s Drover Leadership Award was presented to badminton Mountie Gillian Tetlow of Port Williams, N.S.
The award honours a returning athlete who shows a combination of leadership, commitment to team, academics, and athletic ability, and who represents all of the positive attributes of the Mountie family.
Gigi Hicks and Gilmour Sportsmanship Awards
The women’s sportsmanship award, named in honour of the late Virginia Anne (Gigi) Hicks (’81), was presented to hockey Mountie Courtney King.
King, a fourth-year hockey Mountie from St. John’s, N.L, has been an impact player since her first year.
At the end of this season she was selected as a second team AUS All-Star and awarded the most sportsmanlike player in the conference. She led the team in points, was a ‘go to’ player on the ice, and assistant captain.
The men’s sportsmanship award was presented to basketball Mountie Jordan Bedard.
This award was donated by the Paikin family in the name of Harvey Gilmour. It is awarded to an individual who puts his heart and soul into practices and games, while positively contributing to his team in every way.
Bedard, from Moncton, is a team captain who is always a positive influence on and off the court. His coach speaks of him as an extremely hard-working player who displays the characteristics needed for the team to be successful.
As a player he started all 21 games this season, averaging 21 minutes per game, eight points and three rebounds per game.
Bubsy Grant Award
Winning the prestigious Bubsy Grant Award was retired sports information director Sue Seaborn.
The Bubsy Grant Award was established in honour of Alexander Grant (Bubsy), a dedicated employee for 36 years at the Mount Allison Athletic Centre. The award is presented to a deserving individual who has, through time and effort, made significant contribution to Mount Allison athletics.
Seaborn was part of the Mountie family for 32 years, retiring this past fall from her position as sports information director.
She was an AUS Women’s volleyball coach, was inducted into the Volleyball New Brunswick Hall of Fame, and was the 2008 Purdy Crawford Award recipient for staff excellence at Mount Allison.
Managers of the Year
The men’s team manager of the year was presented to Royogo Kanda from Osaka, Japan (men’s soccer) and the women’s team manager of the year was presented to Morgan Morrissey from Sackville, N.B. (women’s soccer).
Billy Johnstone Merit Awards
Billy Johnstone Merit Awards went to Martin Omes for webcasting /media, Paul and Lissa Lynch for photography, and Jill Yorke for athletics.
In honouring the memory of Billy Johnstone, one of the Mounties’ biggest supporters and friends, these awards are presented in recognition of outstanding contribution to the athletic programs at Mount Allison.
Distinguished Therapy Award
The distinguished therapy award was presented to first-time student trainer Marlee Rideout from Lower Brighton, N.B.
The award is presented to an individual who has distinguished themselves through outstanding dedication and quality of care.
Team Rookies of the Year were: Brittany Hicks (badminton); Bradley Fuller (basketball); Devante Sampson (football); Mario Hennessey (soccer), Claire Neufeld (soccer); Jane Rouse (basketball); Katia McKercher (volleyball); Jennifer Bell (hockey); Dylan Wooley-Berry (swimming), and Allison Loewen (swimming).
Team Most Valuable Players
Most Valuable team members were: Jordan Botel (football overall MVP); Brandon Leyh (football MVP offence); Kwame Adjei (football MVP defence); Adrian Crace (soccer); Joe Blackwood (swimming); Kaleefah Henry (basketball); Greg McGuire (badminton); Georgia Sibold (volleyball); Marya Peters (swimming); Gillian Tetlow (badminton); Charlotte Martin (soccer); Brooke Kelly (basketball); and Courtney King (hockey).