Loyalist volleyball star wins second athlete of the year
For the second year in a row, Sara Piana Yafu was chosen the best of the best among an outstanding field of Loyalist College Athletes.
Yafu, the OCAA’s leading scorer in women’s volleyball this year, was presented the female athlete of the year award Wednesday at the annual Loyalist College Athletics banquet.
Men’s volleyball standout Adam Strickland was the top male athlete.
On a night devoted to recognizing outstanding athlete achieves, 63 student athletes were presented with OCAA Academic Awards for having over an 80 per cent average – including 14 that had over 90 per cent.
Yafu, who was described as one of the most explosive and passionate players in the OCAA this year was the league’s top scorer in overall points and top kills. She was an OCAA all star and athlete of the week, as well as a Lancer athlete of the week.
Strickland, who led the Lancers in scoring this year, finished in the top 10 in scoring in the OCAA and the CCAA. He finished his career with 729 points.
Other athletes honoured at the event included Emilie Leneveu of the women’s volleyball team and Tigh Chapman of the men’s basketball team who were presented with banners for being named CCAA Academic All Canadians.
The Academic All Canadian award, one of the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honours, goes to student athletes who attain academic honours in addition to being named to their sport’s respective All-Star Team.
Women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and cross country were presented with awards for having a combined team average of 80 per cent.
Other awards presented included:
- Bob McKendrick Award to Steven Schill, for outstanding contribution to campus recreation and outdoor education;
- Bob Young Award, to Stephanie Young & Emilie Leneveu for Academic and Athletic Excellence.
- Arthur McFarlane Award, Heather Williams and Ryan Proteau, as the graduating students who have made an outstanding contribution to Loyalist Athletics;
- Larry Cook Award, Rebecca Bartlett & Alex Hoftyzer, as student athletes who best exemplifie the values of fair play, integrity & commitment.
- Dave Butler Award to Noah Korovesi and Jodie Mitchell as the student athletes who through their enthusiasm and love of the game attract others to participate; and
- Greg Gavin Award, Hunter Clement and Eric French for their outstanding commitment and dedication to varsity athletics.
The evening wrapped up with a short presentation in honour of Jim Buck’s 30 years of service in the athletics department.
Women's Soccer MVP Stephanie Young
Coaches' Encouragement Award Jodie Mitchell
Fair Play Award Kylie Holiday & Ashley MacDonald
Women's Basketball MVP Kylea Galipeau-Wilson & Porscha Hewitt
Coaches' Encouragement Award Rebecca Bartlett
Fair Play Award Kirsten Maracle
Women's Volleyball MVP Sara Piana Yafu & Jodie Mitchell
Coaches' Encouragement Award Emilie Leneveu
Fair Play Award Christine Madogo
Cross Country MVP Brooke Trudeau
Coaches' Encouragement Award Dawson Rowntree
Fair Play Award Kyla Walton
Men's Basketball MVP Bruce Collins Award Tyronn King
Daryle Broughton Award Noah Korovesi
Fair Play Award Jamal Okunbor
Men's Volleyball MVP Adam Strickland
Coaches' Encouragement Award Dylan Hayes
Fair Play Award Josh Roberts
Men's Rugby MVP Drake Bartholomew
Coaches' Encouragement Award Eric French
Fair Play Award Ryan Proteau
Women's Rugby MVP Hunter Clement
Coaches' Encouragement Award Cortney Wright-Mooney
Fair Play Award Meghan Weinhold
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