Heather, Bucholtz Named Bishop’s Gaiters Athletes Of The Year
DecoratedGaiters quarterback Jordan Heather added more hardware to an already bursting trophy case as he was named the 201314 Bishop’s University Male Athlete of the Year on Monday night. The Gaiters held their annual awards gala at the Delta Hotel in Sherbrooke, Que. Joining Heather as a headliner was Molly Bucholtz, goalie of the women’s soccer team. She was named Female Athlete of the Year. Other major award winners were David Belanger (Male Freshman of the Year), Mara Lis Marchizotti (Female Freshmen of the Year), Scott Ring (Male Academic Student Athlete of the Year), Michelle Gnyra (Female Academic Student Athlete) and Sue Hylland Ring (Ray Almond Award).
Heather (Oromocto, N.B.) was unable to attend the event due to playing semi-professional football in France however he sent along a thank you note. The fifth year quarterback was a run-away winner as male athlete of the year. He became the first ever Gaiter to win the Hec Crighton Trophy as the CIS Football player of the year. Heather, who graduates this spring with a history degree, set the CIS single-season record for passing yards and re-wrote the Bishop’s Gaiters passing record book.
The Peterborough, Ont. native Bucholtz was a brick wall in net for the Gaiters women’s soccer team. Despite their struggles (2-11-1), Bucholtz was solid for the Gaiters. She made an astonishing 93 saves while playing in 13 games. The fourth-year education major will be back between the pipes for the purple and silver in 2014.
The freshmen of the year both came from the gymnasium. Belanger (Sherbrooke) was outstanding for the Gaiters men’s basketball team. He helped lead the Gaiters back to the RSEQ championship. His 8.4 points per game and 4 rebounds per game in 20.6 minutes per game earned him a spot on the RSEQ allrookie team. Belanger also led the RSEQ in field goal percentage (52.7%).
Marchizotti (Buenos Aries, Argentina) was a huge presence on the women’s basketball team and despite playing just 10 regular season games due to injury. She earns the award as Bishop’s University Female Freshmen of the Year. The 6’4 Marchizotti played 25.1 minutes per game. She averaged 6.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and over a block per game. Her performance earned her a spot on the RSEQ all-rookie team.
Turning to the classroom a pair of outstanding student-athletes were honoured as the Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.
Ring (Ottawa), an academic all-Canadian, maintained a 83% average in 2012-13 and only helped his cause out with an 85% average in the Fall 2013 semester. The fourth-year business major will graduate this spring. He also won the RSEQ Leadership award for basketball and was nominated for the Ken Shields Award.
Gnyra (Calgary) earns top student-athlete honours for the second straight year. She also took home the team award from the women’s rugby team. The Biochemistry major was an academic all-Canadian last year with an 88.6% average. This Fall, while playing rugby she took a full course load of 15 credits and maintained a 92.8% average. Gnyra graduates this year.
The Ray Almond Award is awarded annually to a dedicated member of the Bishop’s athletic community who rises above the expected to deliver an invaluable service for Gaiter Athletics. Hylland Ring has done it all for Bishop’s. She is a former athlete, a donor, a supporter and more recently a parent (Scott Ring). Hylland Ring is also the President and CEO of the Canada Games Council and was ecstatic with the job that Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University did for the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games. Hylland Ring also is a member of the Gaiter Classic organizing committee and has recently been the force behind creating the Diane Murphy Scrubb Memorial Award to be given annually to a women’s basketball player.
A COMPLETE LIST OF TEAM WINNERS Male Athlete of the Year – Jordan Heather, Football Female Athlete of the Year – Molly Bucholtz, Women’s Soccer Male Freshman of the Year – David Belanger, Men’s Basketball Female Freshman of the Year – Mara Lis Marchizotti, Women’s Basketball Male Academic Athlete of the Year – Scott Ring, Men’s Basketball Female Academic Athlete of the Year – Michelle Gnyra, Women’s Rugby Ray Almond Award – Sue Hylland Ring FOOTBALL Most Outstanding Player – Jordan Heather (Oromocto, N.B.) Offensive Player of the Year – Alexander Fox (Montreal) Brian Morley Defensive Player of the Year – O’Shane Daley (Scarbrough, Ont.) Special Teams Player of the Year – Mathieu Paquette (Magog, QC) Best Lineman of the Year – Kyle Handy (Cornwall, Ont.) Marcel Lebrun Award – Maxime D. Fortin (Bringham, QC) GOLF MVP (Women) – Shannon Lee Greenshields (Pincourt, QC) MVP (Men) – Scott Latter (Toronto) LACROSSE MVP (Chris Lesenko Award) – Alex Henderson (Enniskillen, Ont.) Defensive Player of the Year – Ross Wills (Regina) Rookie of the Year – Simon Winquist (Sherbrooke, QC) WOMEN’S SOCCER MVP – Molly Buchlotz (Peterborough, Ont.) Most Improved – Brett McCavour (Truro, N.S.) Rookie of the Year – Tiffany Smith (Oshawa, Ont.) Women’s Ice Hockey (Polar Bears) MVP – Sara Madaleno (Aurora, Ont.) Most Improved – Marah Even (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Charles Chapman Award – Jess Kipping (Ottawa) Rookie of the Year – Caitlin McCavour (Montreal) WOMEN’S RUGBY MVP – Rachel Boersma (Arnprior, Ont.) Team Award – Michelle Gnyra (Calgary) Most Improved – Stephanie Tavares-Dagenais (Vaudreuil, QC) Miriam Cozen-McNally Memorial Award – Andi Smith (Martinville, Que.) Most Valuable Back – Andi Smith (Martinville, QC) Most Valuable Forward – Becky Knox (Saint John, N.B.) Rookie of the Year – Sherri Stratton (Stanstead, QC) MEN’S BASKETBALL MVP – Matt McLean (Ottawa) Garth Smith Award – David Belanger (Sherbrooke, QC) Most Improved Player (Michel Fontaine Memorial Award) – Matt McLean (Ottawa) Newcomer of the Year (Brad Jones Award) – David Belanger (Sherbrooke, QC) MEN’S RUGBY MVP ‘A’ Team – Max Grouette (Fleetwood, B.C.) MVP ‘B’ Team – Blake Drohan (Toronto) Best Back – Josh Quirion (Dixville, QC) Best Forward – Devin Cattelan (Toronto) Coach’s Award – Mark Gandy (Sherbrooke, QC) Cody Triggs Award – Derek Allen (Port Hope, Ont.) Rookie of the Year – Mike Izzard (Oakville, Ont.) WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MVP – Danielle Lumley (Sherbrooke, QC) Team Award (Nancy Knowlton Award) – Danielle Lumley (Sherbrooke, QC) Most Improved – Genevieve Onyeka (Toronto) Rookie of the Year – Edith Noblecilla Varela (Quito, Ecuador)
With the athletic banquet wrapping up, the Bishop’s Gaiters 2013-14 varsity seasons officially come to an end. Stay tuned to www.gaiters.ca for all the latest news and information on the purple and silver.