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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.


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.


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.


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.


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