Var­sity ath­letes saluted

In­ter­col­le­giate hon­ours to be pre­sented at Sport P.E.I. ban­quet on Feb. 3

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Sport P.E.I.’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Nick Mur­ray.

Is­land ath­letes ex­celling on the var­sity stage will be rec­og­nized on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 3, when Sport P.E.I. hosts its an­nual am­a­teur sport awards ban­quet at the Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel.

Fi­nal­ists for the in­ter­col­le­giate male ath­lete of the year are Trevor Banks (Con­cor­dia, wrestling), Ibrahima Sanoh (Hol­land Col­lege, soc­cer) and J.P. Steven­son (Cani­sius Col­lege, base­ball) while the fe­male hon­our will be de­cided be­tween Quincy Beck (Brown, squash ), Veron­ica Keefe( Con­cord ia, wrestling) and Keirstin Visser (UPEI, hockey).

Banks, a Char­lot­te­town na­tive, has en­joyed a fine wrestling ca­reer at Con­cor­dia, and 2015 saw his most suc­cess­ful yet, when he won a Cana­dian In­teruni­ver­sity Sport (CIS) sil­ver medal in the 54-kilo­gram divi­sion. Twice dur­ing the year he was rec­og­nized with the school’s ath­lete of the week hon­our, and with some fine tour­na­ment wins be­hind him, he will be ap­proach­ing his fi­nal CIS cham­pi­onship as the No. 1-ranked wrestler for his cat­e­gory in the coun­try.

The Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes men’s soc­cer team went un­beaten in the re­gion again in 2015, thanks mainly to the goals and as­sists of Sanoh.

The Hur­ri­canes ath­lete of the year, Sanoh net­ted 12 times and cre­ated nu­mer­ous oth­ers as the Hur­ri­canes won the At­lantic Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ACAA) ti­tle, earn­ing him­self a se­cond suc­ces­sive con­fer­ence MVP award. At the na­tion­als, he scored in all three of the Hur­ri­canes games, and for the se­cond suc­ces­sive sea­son he was named all-Cana­dian.

Steven­son en­joyed a fine rookie sea­son at NCAA Divi­sion 1 Cani­sius Col­lege, go­ing 7-4 in 18 ap­pear­ances, and win­ning two games in the play­offs to help his team with the Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (MAAC) ti­tle. For his ef­forts the New Glas­gow na­tive was named to the MAAC tour­na­ment team, to go along with the rookie of the week, and pitcher of the week hon­ours he also earned.

His num­bers on the year were very good, lim­it­ing op­po­nents to just 18 walks in 73 in­nings, while strik­ing out 69.

Beck is en­joy­ing a fine var­sity squash ca­reer at Brown Univer­sity, one of the topranked squash schools in the United States.

The Char­lot­te­town na­tive is the No. 1-ranked player on the team and has en­joyed good per­for­mances against the top play­ers from other schools. This past sea­son she was rec­og­nized with the school’s Melucci-Morphy Award for her skill, sports­man­ship and con­tri­bu­tion to the team.

Keefe has not lost to a CIS-el­i­gi­ble wrestler for two sea­sons, and she capped off her var­sity ca­reer at Con­cor­dia by suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing her CIS 72-kg ti­tle. With nu­mer­ous tour­na­ment wins, the Winsloe na­tive was three times named the Stingers ath­lete of the week, and at year’s end she was rec­og­nized with the school’s fe­male ath­lete of the year award.

Visser has been one of the best de­fence­men in the At­lantic Univer­sity Sport (AUS) through­out her ca­reer, and she was rec­og­nized in 2015 by be­ing named to the Cana­dian team that won a sil­ver medal at the World Univer­si­ade in Spain.

Ded­i­cated and an ex­cel­lent leader, the Char­lot­te­town na­tive was named an AUS all-star de­fence­man in 2015, the third time in her ca­reer that she has re­ceived con­fer­ence hon­ours.







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