Voyageurs hand-out hardware to top athletes

by Bryan Carruthers | April 22, 2013
LU Athletes

Laurentian University’s male athlete of the years Alex Ratté, men’s basketball, and female athlete of the year, Carling Zeeman (right), rowing, stand with Anne-Marie Mawhiney, special adviser to the president. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The Laurentian University Athletic department handed out its annual awards in early April. Leading the way was rower Carling Zeeman, who won her second President’s Female Athlete of the Year. On the men’s side it was the third year in a row a member of the basketball team took home the President’s Male Athlete of the Year, as second-year guard, Alex Ratté ,had the honours.

Jamie Weldon of the men’s basketball team took home the lone Voyageur Award given out while Georges Serresse and Katie Maziarski earned the Investors Group Community Service Awards.

Zeeman, a Cambridge native in her fourth year at Laurentian, was a standout on the water in 2012-13. She carried her success from last season into September and continued her dominance of the university rowing scene. Zeeman continuously produced on the water, earning three Perkins Laurentian Athlete of the Week honours, being named an OUA All-Star, winning OUA gold and bronze, CURC gold, winning the Senior Women’s National Championship and being named to the Canadian national team for the first World Cup event of 2013 in New Zealand.

Ratté, a native of Ottawa, had a great sophomore season as he led the men’s basketball team to their first winning record in more than a decade and a second consecutive home playoff game. He was an OUA East Second Team All-Star, finishing second in the OUA in scoring with 20.9 points per game, while ranking second in the nation in field goals made. Ratté was a two-time Perkins Laurentian Athlete of the Week and set a Voyageurs’ record in mid-February as he poured in 42 points against York.

Weldon, of Sault Ste. Marie, received the Voyageur Award. This is presented to graduating student-athlete who has made outstanding contributions to their sport and Voyageur Athletics throughout their career. An Academic All-Canadian, Weldon always found a way to bring energy and intensity to the floor. Throughout his years at Laurentian, Weldon undertook numerous community activities from reading to an all-boys book group to running a basketball clinic in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Police.

New to the awards table this year was the Investors Group Community Service Award. This award recognizes those Voyageurs who wear the Blue and Gold with pride throughout the Greater Sudbury community and beyond. Receiving this year’s inaugural awards were local athletes Georges Serresse of Blezzard Valley, and Katie Maziarski of Lively.

Throughout his years at Laurentian, Serresse took part in numerous community activities from hosting clinics for local elementary schools to volunteering time at the “Blue Door” soup kitchen while Maziarski volunteers with Pet Save as a volunteer dog-walker and occasional foster home host, helps to run the Laurentian X-Country Challenge, has volunteered with the Terry Fox Run for the past three years, coached girls hockey at Lo-Ellen Secondary and has also helped coach their swimming and track and field teams.

Team awards were also handed out at the annual awards banquet. The recipients are as follows:

Men’s Wrestling
MVP – Dylan Galloway
Most Improved – Ryan Karn
Rookie of the Year – Alex Aubin

Women’s Wrestling
MVP – Indira Moores
Most Improved – Emily Morgan
Rookie of the Year – Samantha Demers

Men’s Soccer
MVP – Matt George
Most Improved – Stephan Jacques
Rookie of the Year – Omar Allison

Women’s Soccer
MVP – Lisa Watson
Most Improved – Julie Lopez
Rookie of the Year – Amy Fitzgerald

Men’s Lacrosse
MVP – Rob Pollock
Most Improved – Jack Somerville
Rookie of the Year – Brad Gerrow

Men’s Swimming
MVP – Nicholas Lapointe
Most Improved – Jamie Clock
Rookie of the Year – James Clendenning

Women’s Swimming
MVP – Emily Jones
Most Improved – Vanessa Watt
Rookie of the Year – Jessica Chambers

Cross-country Running
MVP – Gracie Teztlaff
Most Improved – Alyssa Bedard
Rookie of the Year – Samantha Edwards

Indoor Track and Field
MVP – Alicia Violin
Most Improved – Alyssa Bedard
Rookie of the Year – Coralea Kappel

Men’s Basketball
MVP – Manny Pasquale and Alex Ratté
Rookie of the Year – Sam Hirst

Women’s Basketball
MVP – Sasha Polishchuk
Rookie of the Year – Jenna Davidson

Men’s Golf
MVP – Scott Whalen
Most Improved – Stephen Gonko
Rookie of the Year – John Maely

Men’s Curling
MVP – Dustin Montpellier
Most Improved – Michael Hachey
Rookie of the Year – Ben Bradley

Women’s Curling
MVP – Kendra Lilly
Most Improved – Renée Higgins
Rookie of the Year – Cassandra Rees

Men’s Rowing
MVP – Dylan Wing
Most Improved – Kevin Amirault
Rookie of the Year – Kevin McPhee

Women’s Rowing
MVP – Carling Zeeman
Most Improved – Emily Cunningham
Rookie of the Year – Jessica Harris

Men’s Nordic Skiing
MVP – Petri Bailey
Most Improved – Ewan Craig
Rookie of the Year – Jacob Porter

Women’s Nordic Skiing
MVP – Candace Ball
Most Improved – Jillian Mayhew

 

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