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HARRIS A KEEPER
Fourth-year goalkeeper Rowan Harris of Ottawa, the backbone of the perennial champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds women’s field hockey team, has been named the Canada West and U Sports player of the year. In the regular season, she had four wins, including three shutouts, and one tie with a 0.40 goals against average. Harris made multiple saves under pressure to register two shutouts over the York University Lions by identical 2-0 scores in the national championship. It was Harris’s fourth straight U Sports title.
GITTENS THE OUA MVP
Kurleigh Gittens, Jr., of Ottawa has had an exceptional year for the Laurier Golden Hawks (second place, 6-2), winning the OUA most valuable player award, being selected to the first allstar team as a receiver and a special teams returner, setting an OUA and U Sports record for most receptions in one season at 75, leading the OUA with a school-record 953 receiving yards, being ranked No. 1 in the country with 1,665 all-purpose yards and scoring seven touchdowns. He was joined on the first OUA all-star team by Carleton University’s centre Zach Annen, tackle Nolan McGreer and defensive end Kene Onyeka as well as University of Ottawa defensive halfback Jackson Bennett and cornerback Jamie Harry. Onyeka also was named OUA lineman of the year and is nominated for the national J.P. Metras Trophy. Bennett found a home on the second all-star team as well as a returner and was the OUA’s President’s Trophy winner for being the outstanding stand-up defensive player. Carleton had Nathan Carter on the second all-star team at running back, Phil Iloke at receiver, KC Bakker at guard and Michael Domogala at punter.
QUEEN OF QUEEN’S
Fifth-year striker and Queen’s University captain Laura Callender of Ottawa was named the OUA East Division’s most valuable player in women’s soccer and a first team all-star along with the University of Ottawa’s Miranda Smith, Cooper Lee, Kayla DaCosta-Pacheco and Katherine Bearne and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Katherine KoehlerGrassau. The OUA second team included Carleton University’s Melat Cherent and Emily Copeland and Ottawa’s Margot Shore and Katerin Delev. Ottawa’s Hannah Landry of Elmsdale, N.S., won the community services award. Queen’s won its third OUA medal in as many years, blanking UOIT 3-0 in the bronze-medal match. At the U Sports awards gathering, Callender was a first-team all-star along with Cape Breton midfielder Ciera Disipio of Ottawa, while Koehler-Grassau and Bearne made the second team and Delev was selected to the rookie roster.
ROOKIES RUN WILD
The Carleton University Ravens men’s soccer team had 14 freshmen on its 24-player roster for 2017. What appeared to be a negative proved otherwise. The Ravens placed first overall in the OUA at 13-1-2, scored the most goals at 57, allowed the fewest at seven, had Kwesi Loney named OUA coach of the year, lost the league final to York, and reached the U Sports national championships, placing sixth. Their high level of play earned them many awards: Rookie striker Gabriel Bitar of Ottawa was the OUA East most valuable player, U Sports and OUA East rookie of the year, first in OUA goals at 16 and an OUA first-team all-star and a U Sports first-team All-Canadian and rookie team member. The five other Ravens on the OUA first all-star team were rookies Stefan Karajovanovic of Gatineau (15 goals), Cristopher Malekos of Saint-Hyppolyte, Que., Diego Politis and Mario Conte, both of Ottawa, and fourth-year Tristan St. Pierre of Ottawa.
For the second consecutive year, fifth-year runner Yves Sikubwabo of Ottawa was a double medallist at the U Sports cross-country running championships in Victoria, where he won his second straight men’s individual title and led Laval University to its third team bronze medal in a row.
Dominic Oliveri, who guided the Algonquin College women’s soccer team to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association regular season pennant (12-0) and the playoff championship (3-0), was selected the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association coach of the year, after winning the same honour in the OCAA East division ... Cumberland Panthers won two National Capital Amateur Football Association A-division championships, defeating Cornwall Wildcats 46-20 in the tyke 10 vs. 10 final (quarterback/place kicker Shilo Mukendy scored 40 points) and the Kanata Knights 39-12 in the mosquito final (Marvyn Larozar had four touchdowns), but lost in the bantam title match to the Knights 17-13. The other three finals saw Nepean Eagles upset undefeated Bel-Air Norsemen 7-6 in the midget final, West Carleton Wolverines down East Ottawa Generals 20-7 in tyke 6 vs. 6, and Myers Riders defeat Orleans Bengals 20-13.
Alexandra Paquette conquered her fear of heights, shooting off a 15-foot-high platform.