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Murphy, Campbell Connolly named Colonels athletes of the year

Published on June 10, 2017

Colonel Gray High School handed out its year-end athletic awards Wednesday night. From left are Alex Campbell and Matt Connolly, co male athletes of the year; and Sarah Murphy, female athlete of the year. See B4 for a list of the award winners.


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Colonel Gray High School presented its annual athletic awards Wednesday.

Here are the award recipients:

Athletes of the year

Female – Sarah Murphy    Male – Alexander Campbell and Matt Connolly.

Rookie of the year
Female – Phoebe Mitchell and Lauren Harper.
    Male – Samuel Peterson.
The W. H. Horton Spirit Award – Sam Compton.
The Creighan, Mullaly, MacLeod Memorial Award – Zach Thibodeau.
The Ayangma, Houston, Matheson Memorial Award – Tori Fitzpatrick.
Giving back to Gray – Jenny Campbell, Taylor Meek, Ashley McBain and Stephen MacMillan.
Team Awards
Field Hockey – Leadership and dedication – Izzy Fitzpatrick.   Coach’s award – Holly McQuillan.
Golf – MVPs – Michael Favier and Zach Willis.
AA boys soccer – MVP –  Keir Warren.    Most dedicated – Alex Aghdassi.
AA girls soccer – MVP – Lauren Russell  Most improved – Shae Casford.
AAA girls soccer – MVP – Lauren Clark.  Attitude of excellence – Annika Wiebe.
AAA boys soccer – MVP – Chris Sear.  Rookie of the year – Mikey Doucette.
Baseball – MVP – Connor Jones.  Coach’s award – Elijah Hood.
Wrestling – Most outstanding wrestler: Christian MacDonald.
Cross Country – Juvenile girls MVP – Emma Germain.  Juvenile girls coach’s award – Bridget Keedwell.  Juvenile boys MVP –  Samuel Peterson.  Juvenile boys coach’s award – Jack Morse.  Senior girls MVP  – Tori Fitzpatrick.  Senior girls coach’s award – Jacqueline McQuaid.  Senior boys MVP  – Peter McQuaid. Senior boys coach’s award – Luke Maiorino.
AAA girls volleyball – MVP – Kaelyn White.  Most improved – Lauren Moerike.
AAA boys volleyball – MVP – Matt Connolly. Most improved – Joe Thomson.
Power lifting – MVP – Patrick Martin.  Coach’s award – Dustin Gertley-Gregan.

AA girls basketball – Most dedicated – Keisha Judson.  Most improved – Izzy Fitzpatrick.

AA boys basketball – MVP – Sam Compton.  Most improved – Patrick Heffernan.
AAA girls basketball – MVP – Sam Strain.  Best defensive player – Francis Alvarez.
AAA boys basketball – MVP – Alexander (Stewie) Campbell.  Striving for excellence award – Matt Connolly.
Badminton – Juvenile girls rockstar rookie award – Michelle Chen.  Juvenile boys bright beginning award – Yuto Kitakata.  Senior girls exiting in excellence award – Annika Wiebe.  Senior boys team impact award – Jack Ronahan.
A girls rugby – MVP – Lauren Harper.  Coach’s award – Alyssa Johnston.
A boys rugby – Back of the year – Tegan Misener.  Forward of the year – Liam MacDonald.
AAA girls rugby – MVP – Kristi Stewart.  Most improved – Lindsay Gallant.
AAA boys rugby – MVP – Gavin Kerr.  Coach’s award – Liam Apars.
Girls softball – MVP – Sydney Halliwell.  Coach’s award – Kaylee Weatherbee.
Boys softball – Most dedicated – Zach Thibodeau.  Coach’s award – Jarred Ostridge.
Track and field – Senior boys MVP – Eason Wang.  Senior boys coach’s award – Peter McQuaid.  Senior girls co-MVP – Sarah Murphy, Tori Fitzpatrick. Juvenile boys MVP – Samuel Peterson. Juvenile boys coach’s award – Matthew Kozma.
Juvenile girls MVP – Emma Germain.
Juvenile girls coach’s award – Bridget Keedwell.

Westisle athletes of the year


MacLeod, Brennan presented with top honours

Eric McCarthy
Published on June 9, 2017

Mackenzie Brennan, second left, and Rickilee MacLeod, second right, are the 2016-17 Westisle Composite High School athletes of the year. The 2015-16 athletes of the year, Connor Herget and Nonie Lyon, presented the awards.

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ELMSDALE – The poise Rickilee MacLeod displayed on the sports surfaces this year was evident again Wednesday.

MacLeod was one of two students standing at the front of the room all evening during the Westisle athletic awards dinner, selecting from the trophy table as coaches called their top athletes forward.
She remained calm even as her basketball coach, Dana Gard, was describing the characteristics of the school’s female athlete of the year, and announcing Rickilee MacLeod as the award winner.
By then, the 18-year-old daughter of Ricky and Darlene MacLeod of Alma had already been declared the most valuable player of her school’s senior girls’ soccer, basketball and badminton teams. This was her third year on all three teams.
She also competed in track and field, and added rugby to her sports resumé this year.

Completes athletic set
Mackenzie Brennan had already been called forth four times before being called to the front of the room to receive the male athlete of the year award.
The 18-year-old son of Joel and Lucille Brennan of Brooklyn admitted he wanted the athlete of the year award for Westisle. It gives him a complete sweep of the Westisle Family of Schools as he was the male athlete of the year at Bloomfield in Grade 6 and Hernewood in Grade 9.
In his Grade 12 year, Brennan was named MVP for golf and track, co-MVP for basketball and, in his first year playing the sport, most improved player in badminton.
MacLeod, said Gard, “excels and contributes to every team she is on. She’s a leader both on and off the court or the field. She is a true sportswoman.”
Gard continued: “She was the heart of our basketball team. She led by example. She spoke up when she needed to speak up. She carried the team on her shoulders when it needed to be carried, and she delegated when she needed to delegate.”
MacLeod, who plans to study kinesiology at UNB next year, said playing school sports was definitely the highlight of her high school years. She enjoyed the academic part, too, especially chemistry. She said she will miss her friends, her teachers and school sports.
Although undecided about varsity sports, MacLeod will be playing senior women’s soccer this summer.
Basketball coach Walter Davison described Brennan as a fierce competitor who constantly challenges himself.
“He works his tail off, wanting to get better all the time,” said Davison.
Brennan admitted he’s been tough on himself, but feels he was easier on himself in his final year of high school and placed greater focus on sportsmanship and encouraging his teammates.
The male athlete of the year plans to study golf club management at Holland College next year, and may try out for the school’s basketball and golf teams.

Westisle athletics award winners:
Golf – Male most valuable player (MVP) – Mackenzie Brennan.  Male most improved player (MIP) – Jordie Sweet.
Soccer – Senior AA Boys Rookie of the year – Logan Dawson MVP – Cameron Coughlin MIP – Ivan Mata
Senior AA Girls – Rookie of the year – Gracyn Handrahan, Ashton Grigg. MIP – Martina Gallant. MVP – Rickilee MacLeod.
Baseball – Senior Boys Top batter – Bryce Wood. MVP – Michael Callaghan. Golden Glove – Colin Gaudette.
Volleyball – Senior AAA Boys MIP – Jacob Ticciarelli. MVP – Diego LeClair. Rookie of the year – Morgan Caseley.
Senior AAA Girls Rookie of the year – Anna Herget. MIP – Olivia Gavin. MVP – Raelene MacLean.
Senior A Girls MIP – Sarah Hagan. MVP – Jolene Ellsworth.
Basketball – Senior Boys MIP – Conor Dunn. Best defensive player – Logan Dawson. MVPs – Jacob Rayner, Mackenzie Brennan, Elon Wilkie.
Senior Girls MVP – Rickilee MacLeod. Best defensive player – Madison MacKinnon. Best offensive player – Gemma Shea. MIP – Maddie Thibodeau.
Rookie of the year – Emma Leard.
Badminton-  Senior Boys MIP – Mackenzie Brennan. MVP – Silas Handrahan.  Senior Girls MIP – Mackenzie Thomas. MVP – Rickilee MacLeod.
Juvenile Boys MVP – Ethan Oliver. Juvenile Girls MVPs – Jersey Noye, Gracyn Handrahan.
Track and Field – Senior Girls MVPs – Tori Hogan, Laura Hierlihy.  Senior Boys MVP – Mackenzie Brennan.
Juvenile Boys MVP – Thomas Rennie. Juvenile Girls MVP – Madelyn Aylward.
Softball – Senior Boys Top batter – Chase Gaudette. MVP – Jacob Hogan. Gold Glove – Thomas Rennie.
Senior Girls MIP – Emma Ellsworth. Most dedicated player (MDP) – Carlee Saunders. MVP – Kassie Oliver. Rookie of the year – Eryn Hustler.
Rugby – Senior AAA Girls MIP – Raelene MacLean. MDP – Kachena Fraser. Most valuable forward – Kamryn Shea. Most valuable back – Dena McHugh.
Senior A Girls MVP – Cailin Gaudette. MIP – Bailey Thibodeau.
Senior AAA Boys Rookie of the Year – Chandler Harper. MIP – Luke Dyment. Most valuable forward – Liam Gilks. Most valuable back – Dawson Sellick.
Hockey – Senior Boys MVP – Connor Horne. Senior Girls MVP – Darcie Augustine.
Special Awards
Heart of the Wolverine –
Diego LeClair, Maddie Thibodeau.
Sportsmanship award – Diego LeClair.
Courage and determination – Tori Hogan.
Male athlete of the year – Mackenzie Brennan.
Female athlete of the year – Rickilee MacLeod.
Coaches Hall of Fame – Walter Davison.

Athletic Achievement Award Winners
Gold medallions –
Diego LeClair, Dena McHugh.
Certificates – Mackenzie Brennan, Karlie Lewis, Haley Ellis, Raelene MacLean, Kachena Fraser, Rickilee MacLeod, Paiton Gallant, Dena McHugh, Joslen Gaudet, Calvin Murray, Emma Jean Griffin, Kamryn Shea, Lexy Handrahan, Hillary Smallman, Mercedes Hustler, Josee Smallman, Diego LeClair, Maddie Thibodeau.

LeClair picks up two major awards

Thibodeau, Hogan also recognized as special role models at Westisle


Diego LeClair and Maddie Thibodeau were named the 2017 Heart of the Wolverine award-winners at Westisle Composite High School’s annual Athletic Awards Banquet. LeClair also picked up a special award for sportsmanship.

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ELMSDALE – Trophies representing fierce competitiveness and sportsmanship were neatly tucked under Diego LeClair’s arms as he left Westisle Composite High School’s annual athletics awards dinner.

The 17-year-old son of Ellen Murphy and Kenneth LeClair of Tignish admitted receiving the two seemingly contrasting awards was a real honour.
“They’re both pretty special to me,” said LeClair. “It just shows the class you have for the sport that you play, and where you come from,” he said in describing what it means to receive the sportsmanship award.
LeClair was also presented with the Heart of the Wolverine award.
“When I’m on the volleyball court I show a lot of intensity,” admitted LeClair.
His volleyball coach obviously agreed as LeClair was named the sport’s most valuable player.
In describing the Heart of the Wolverine award, Westisle coach Dana Gard pointed out a wolverine is a small little animal with a very ferocious attitude.
“It’s something you don’t want to get backed into a corner, because that’s when it’s at its best, really,” said Gard.
Maddie Thibodeau, the 17-year-old daughter of Joey and Lorraine Thibodeau of St. Edward, was announced as the school’s female recipient of the Heart of the Wolverine award.
“When we got backed into a corner, she could be called upon to go out, to play her role, come off the bench and work hard,” Gard said. “You’re there to play hard and you play hard.”
Thibodeau, who will attend UNB to study towards becoming a nurse practitioner, described what the special award meant to her.
“I cried a little. It’s such an honour,” she acknowledged.
Thibodeau saw it as recognition of hard work.
“I guess the Grade 12 year it paid off for me,” added Thibodeau, who played volleyball, badminton, basketball and rugby this year and has competed in track previously.
She was named most improved player in girls’ basketball team this year.

Determination award
The Allan Clark courage and determination award was presented to Tori Hogan, who started off her Grade 11 year on crutches.
“She’s one of the bravest athletes I’ve seen in quite a long time,” said athletic director John Toner.
He said the daughter of Pam and Jonathan Hogan of Kildare Capes was not one to complain about playing in pain, but presented a fix-me-up-so-that-I-can-keep-going attitude.

 “They’re both pretty special to me. It just shows the class you have for the sport that you play, and where you come from,” he said in describing what it means to receive the sportsmanship award.Diego LeClair

KISH’s top athletes

Donald, Lauwerijssen recognized during Celebration of Achievement

Jason Simmonds
Published on June 8, 2017


Athletic director Brett Corcoran, centre, chats with Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) athletes of the year, Peyton Lauwerijssen and Abby Donald. KISH held its Celebration of Achievement for senior students in the school cafeteria on Wednesday night.

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KENSINGTON – One athlete has completed their high school sports career, and another has two years of eligibility remaining.

Abby Donald, who will graduate in two weeks time, and Grade 10 student Peyton Lauwerijssen were named Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School (KISH) athletes of the year at the Celebration of Achievement for senior students on Wednesday night.
“I was honoured (to receive the award),” said Donald. “It’s something that is really rewarding because I played sports all through high school and junior high at KISH.
“I really appreciate it because sports have been a big part of my life in high school.”
Lauwerijssen admitted he “was surprised” when his name was announced.
“It was a pretty good year,” recalled Lauwerijssen. “Although some of our teams didn’t win many games, we had fun.”

Donald wore KISH’s green and white colours in volleyball, basketball, rugby and track and field.
“This is a very unique athlete,” said KISH athletic director Brett Corcoran. “She is a very mature athlete that is possibly best described as ‘all business all the time’ when playing.”
Corcoran continued describing Donald as an outstanding leader, positive teammate and role model for younger players, and praised her willingness to make sacrifices for her teams.
“This athlete was a leader in volleyball and a captain on the basketball and rugby teams,” added Corcoran. “She was an all-star for those three major sports as well, which goes to show her all-round athletic ability.”
Donald, who added one highlight was the Torchettes winning the 2016 Colonel Gray volleyball tournament, said she learned a lot through participating in school sports.
“It definitely taught me a lot about leadership and competing as a team,” continued the 18-year-old daughter of Greg and Becky Donald of Margate. “Sports are big at KISH, and I am glad I got to be a part of so many teams and got to make relationships with so many coaches and teammates.”
Donald’s future plans include studying business at UNB.

 “It definitely taught me a lot about leadership and competing as a team. Sports are big at KISH, and I am glad I got to be a part of so many teams and got to make relationships with so many coaches and teammates. ”  Abby Donald
Lauwerijssen was a five-sport athlete during the 2016-17 season. He represented KISH in soccer, cross-country, track and field, rugby and high school hockey.
“Quiet, hard working, dedicated, determined, polite, focused, competitive, driven, no excuses and strong minded are all qualities this young athlete possesses,” said Corcoran. “He is always dedicated to practice, always giving his best effort. He often practises like it is a game.”
Lauwerijssen, a goaltender with the Kensington midget A team, was a key contributor to the Torchmen winning the annual high school hockey tournament. He allowed only one goal in regulation time, and stopped both shots in the shootout in a 2-1 win over the Kinkora Blazers in the final.
“That felt pretty good,” admitted the 16-year-old son of Peter and Glennamae Lauwerijssen of Irishtown.
Corcoran said Lauwerijssen has a bright future.
“He is the top runner at KISH, one of the top soccer players and has the potential to be one of the top rugby players in future years,” said Corcoran. “He is respected by his peers, and has a team-first mentality, often playing through pain or injury if it was an important game.
“He demonstrates great pride for sport.”
Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School awards:
Senior High Sports
Cross-Country – Female most valuable player (MVP) –
Abby Christopher. Male MVP – Peyton Lauwerijssen.
Soccer – Senior A Boys MVP – Ben Christopher. Most improved player (MIP) – Gary Paynter. Most dedicated player (MDP) – Peyton Lauwerijssen.
Douglas Ramsay most sportsmanlike player – Jacob Blackett.
Senior A Girls MVPs – Rachel Green, Alexis Mulligan (Kinkora). MDP – Lexie Murphy. Rookie of the year – Abby Christopher. Alysha Toombs spirit of the game award – Jillian Marchbank.
Volleyball – Senior AAA Girls MVP – Jillian Ferguson. Rookie of the year – Hillary MacLean. Coaches’ choice award – Chloe Champion.
Golf – MVP – Lexie Murphy.
Basketball – Senior A Boys MVP – Bailey Clark. MIP – Jesse Wolfe. MDP – Austin Gallant.
Senior A Girls MVP – Abby Donald. MIP – Abby Christopher. MDP – Annie Tuplin.
Badminton – MVP – Lexie Murphy.
Rugby –  Senior AA Girls MVP – Victoria Bond. MIP – Keanna Reid. MDP – Mary Kate Picketts.
Senior AA Boys MVP – Josh Coulson. MIP – RJ O’Connor. MDP – Peyton Lauwerijssen.
Softball – Senior AA Girls MVP – Hannah LeClair. MIP – Ellen Cole. MDP – Jillian Ferguson.
Track and Field – Female MVP – Hillary MacLean. Male MVP – Peyton Lauwerijssen.
Provincial Championship Teams
Senior A girls’ soccer –
Victoria Bond, Callie Champion, Abby Christopher, Moira Dickieson, Annabelle Dumas, Rachel Green (Kinkora), Maddy Hamill (Kinkora), Shannan Hill, Maggie LeClair, Jillian Marchbank, Alexis Mulligan (Kinkora), Lexie Murphy, Tessa Murray, Bethany Spencer, Jillian Stewart, Kelsey Weeks. Coach: Donald Mulligan.
Boys’ high school hockey – Rhys Caseley, Taryn Caseley, Josh Coulson, Jack Donald, Mitchell Gaudet, Peyton Lauwerijssen, John Lockerby, Kyle MacGuigan, Cameron Mill, Matt Rogerson, Holden Sheen, Bailey Stavert, Nick Weeks, Krystof Wigmore, Jesse Wolfe. Coaches: Wade Caseley, Brett Corcoran, Peter Coulson.
Track and field – Hillary MacLean (100 metres). Coaches: Brett Corcoran, Makayla Oatway, James Murphy.
PEISAA Outstanding Student-Athlete Awards
Medal –
Mary Kate Picketts.
Certificates – Chloe Champion, Abby Donald, Jillian Marchbank, Jensen Mayne, Annie Tuplin, Jaimie Wood.
Note: This award is presented to Grade 12 students on two major or two minor sports teams, who maintain an average of 85 per cent or higher.
PEISAA coach of the year –
Richard Younker.
John Bowness achievement award – Chloe Champion.
Athletes of the Year
Female –
Abby Donald.
Male – Peyton Lauwerijssen.Junior High Sports
Soccer – Intermediate AA Girls MVP –
Heidi Lauwerijssen. Intermediate A Boys MVP – Duncan Picketts.
Volleyball – Intermediate AA Girls MVP – Maddy Rogers.
Cross-Country – MVPs – Heidi Lauwerijssen, Hannah LeClair.
Golf – MVPs – Carter Champion, Campbell Mayne.
Basketball – Intermediate AA Girls MVP – Ellen Cole.  Intermediate A Boys MVP – Zach Andrew.
Gerald Dixon Achievement Awards
Male –
Hunter Hopping.
Female – Hannah LeClair.
Badminton – Female MVP – Hannah LeClair. Male MVP – Carson MacKay.
Flag Football – MVP – Heidi Lauwerijssen.
Baseball – MVP – Duncan Picketts.
Track and Field – Female MVP – Heidi Lauwerijssen. Male MVP – Aiden Radix.
Provincial Championship Teams
Intermediate girls’ cross-country –
Hannah LeClair.
Intermediate AA girls’ soccer – Emma Arsenault (Kinkora), Bailey Butler, Ellen Cole, Abby Douglas, Brooke Lynn Gallant, Lydia Hamill (Kinkora), Brianna Hughes (Kinkora), Heidi Lauwerijssen, Paige Lauwerijssen, Hannah LeClair, Jill Lockerby, Kyle MacLellan, Mya Moffat (Kinkora), Ellen Murphy, Sierra Rix, Hannah Rogers (Kinkora). Coaches: Blair Murphy, Peter Lauwerijssen.
Track and field – Hannah LeClair (2,000 metres). Coaches: Brett Corcoran, Makayla Oatway, James Murphy.
Certificates of Achievement
Christian Augustine, Nicole Boucher, Carter Champion, Landon Clow, Ellen Cole, Tyson Cousins, Jack Donald, Lauren Ferguson, Matthew Gallant, Chloe Green, Hunter Hopping, Lauren Johnstone, Heidi Lauwerijssen, Paige Lauwerijssen, Hannah LeClair, Campbell Mayne, Joel Newrick, Hannah Paynter, Emma Praught, MacKenzie Praught, Emilee Reeves, Emilie Reilly, Sierra Rix, Maddy Rogers, Julia Weir.
Note: These are awarded to Grade 9 students passing into Grade 10 to mark their involvement in school and extracurricular activities.
Achievement Awards
Nicole Boucher, Ellen Cole, Lauren Ferguson, Heidi Lauwerijssen, Paige Lauwerijssen, Hannah LeClair, Emilie Reilly.
Note: Awarded to Grade 9 students who have demonstrated academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and positive attitude. Staff votes on this award.

Champion presented with John Bowness achievement award

Younker named PEISAA coach of the year


Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School principal Donald Mulligan, left, congratulates two major award winners for the 2016-17 season during the senior high Celebration of Achievement on Wednesday evening. Chloe Champion was announced as the John Bowness achievement award winner, and Richard Younker was named the P.E.I. School Athletic Association coach of the year.

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KENSINGTON – Chloe Champion and Richard Younker were not expecting to hear their names called.

Champion was selected as the 2016-17 recipient of the John Bowness achievement award, and Younker was announced the 2016-17 P.E.I. School Athletic Association coach of the year. Both presentations were made during Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School’s Celebration of Achievement on Wednesday night.
“I was really shocked,” said Champion, a Grade 12 student. “I had no idea I was going to get the award.”
Bowness taught and served as athletic director at KISH for over 30 years. A description of the award praises the work ethic and dedication shown by Bowness, who put in long hours to the school’s athletic program over his career and played a lead role in bringing numerous championship banners to KISH for many years.
The award goes to a senior high student who shows dedication, determination and enthusiasm for sports, which were all qualities Bowness worked to instill in all his athletes.
“It means a lot (to receive the award),” said the 17-year-old daughter of Stephen and Stacy Champion of Margate. “It’s really nice to be recognized, but I’m really going to miss being a part of this school.”
Champion, who played senior basketball and volleyball this past season, will go on to study biology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She also played rugby in her Grade 10 year.

 “It means a lot (to receive the award). It’s really nice to be recognized, but I’m really going to miss being a part of this school.”  Chloe Champion
Younker, who admitted he was completely surprised to receive the provincial award, has coached KISH’s senior AAA girls’ volleyball team for a number of years.
“I don’t know what to say,” said the physics, math and science teacher at KISH, shaking his head as he received congratulations following the awards ceremony.
Jillian Ferguson, a player with the Torchettes, wrote and read Younker’s nomination for the gathering in the KISH cafeteria.
“More frequently referred to as simply ‘Younker,’ no one puts in as much time, commitment and effort into making his athletes better and improving any program he is involved in as he does,” read Ferguson. “He has coached all ages, from Grade 5 kids all the way to university-aged players.
“Younker has a strong way with words that can motivate any team and focus athletes, but can also motivate and encourage new players to join the volleyball scene and participate.”
The nomination praised Younker’s dedication to the KISH volleyball team, noting most weeks he would spend five nights in the gym and many weekends at tournaments. In addition, he provided individual morning practices before school.
“Younker has a lasting impact on any student or athlete that crosses his path, and we, at KISH, feel very blessed to have him as a teacher and coach.”

Wall, Arsenault-Gallant, MacFarlane nab awards

Grade 10 students named Three Oaks rookies of the year


Three Oaks Senior High School physical education teacher Faro Halupa presented the 2016-17 rookie athletes of the year to three Grade 10 students. Cameron Wall was announced as the male recipient while Ariana MacFarlane, right, and Erin Arsenault-Gallant were introduced as co-recipients of the female award.

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SUMMERSIDE – Three Oaks Senior High School recognized three Grade 10 students during its annual athletic awards dinner recently.

Cameron Wall was announced as the male rookie athlete of the year while Erin Arsenault-Gallant and Ariana MacFarlane were co-recipients of the female award.

Faro Halupa, a physical education teacher at Three Oaks, praised the work ethic and attitudes of all three 16-year-old Summerside residents.
“If you need to find this young man you only need to search one area during break or lunch hour – the gym area,” said Halupa in introducing Wall. “All this time in the gym is without a doubt paying off.
“He was a physical presence in every sport that he suited up for this past season at TOSH.”

Wall competed in senior AAA volleyball, AAA basketball, A rugby and powerlifting.

Arsenault-Gallant and MacFarlane both played badminton, senior A rugby and soccer.

Halupa described MacFarlane as “a very respectful athlete” and praised her versatility.
“She is conditioned, skilled and tactical,” continued Halupa. “Beyond dedicated as a player, she always had a willingness to learn and support everyone else.
“She is extremely unselfish on and off the field, and has so much future potential.”
Halupa admires Arsenault-Gallant’s athletic determination and stamina.
“She continues to find ways to improve and (has) a desire to be the best,” said Halupa. “She is an incredible hard-working athlete. Always positive with a never-give-up attitude, and is a true leader. Her tenacity, interest and curiosity allow her to improve right before your eyes.”

Repeat winners at TOSH

MacDougall only second student to be named male athlete of the year three years in a row while Arsenault wins back-to-back female awards


Three Oaks Senior High School athletic director Joel Arsenault and physical education teacher Sue Grady-Thomson congratulate the 2016-17 athletes of the year, Nikki Arsenault and Logan MacDougall. The presentations were made during the Summerside school’s recent athletic awards dinner.

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SUMMERSIDE – Logan MacDougall and Nikki Arsenault have joined select company.

MacDougall became only the second student to be selected Three Oaks Senior High School (TOSH) male athlete of the year three years in a row. Morgan Carlile was the first from 2002 to 2004.
“It’s a pretty surreal feeling,” said MacDougall following TOSH’s recent athletic awards dinner. “It’s something you don’t think about going into high school.
“It wouldn’t be possible without all the great coaches I’ve had over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to play on some really great teams, and I’ve tried to make the most of it.”
Nikki Arsenault is only the fourth student in the Summerside school’s 40-year history to be named female athlete of the year in back-to-back years, and the fifth two-time winner.
“I’m honoured,” reacted Arsenault. “Sports have always been a big part of my life, and I’m glad I can be recognized for it, but there are so many deserving people and so many good athletes.”

MacDougall played five senior sports – baseball, AAA volleyball, AAA basketball, badminton and softball.
“A true leader on and off the field, he is as competitive as they come, and is well rounded in many sports,” said Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault. “The great thing a coach loves about Logan, besides his winning ways and compete level, is that he cannot wait to get to the field or court or driveway.
“He loves sports and strives to be the best at everything he touches.”
Arsenault praised MacDougall’s work ethic, noting “it is impossible to outwork him.”
The 17-year-old son of Dale and Krista MacDougall of Summerside, who will study kinesiology and play baseball at the University of Calgary, acknowledged school sports have been a big part of his life.
“A lot of the memories came on the basketball court,” recalled MacDougall. “The Christmas Classic games in front of the school were always big, and the volleyball provincial finals stick out a lot.
“Being in the gym six days a week for basketball and volleyball, you make a lot of memories. It’s things like that I’m going to miss.”

Arsenault competed in badminton and senor AAA soccer, basketball and rugby.
“Many girls at Three Oaks have been called ‘natural athletes,’” said physical education teacher Sue Grady-Thomson, TOSH’s first-ever back-to-back winner of the female athlete of the year award in 1979 and 1980. “That in itself will not guarantee success.
“Only the few that are willing to commit to working extremely hard, dedicating long hours to understanding her sport, practising with enthusiasm and playing games with tenacity and intelligence will get them to the next level. Since she arrived at Three Oaks, our athlete of the year has embraced these principles, continually improving until she made herself into a player who is respected and feared by those she competes again.”
Arsenault, who will study psychology and play basketball at Mount Saint Vincent University, said one thing she will miss about high school sports is her teammates.
“I have three years of playing four sports with a lot of the same people,” said the 17-year-old daughter of Michael Arsenault and Susan MacGuigan of Summerside. “I’m going to look back on this and remember all the great people.”
Arsenault addressed the impact school sports on her, adding, “I can’t imagine going to school without playing sports.”

Double Winners
Two-time winners of TOSH
female athlete of the year:
Sue Grady-Thomson, 1979-80.
Heather Moyse, 1995-96.
Megan McDonald, 2004-05.
Erica Gillis, 2011 and 2013.
Following is a list of Three Oaks Senior High School athletic awards:
Dedication awards –
Cody Rogers, Marshall Handrahan, Darian Demchuk.
Baseball – Most valuable player (MVP) – Logan MacDougall. Most dedicated player (MDP) – Kyle Richard. Top offensive player – Morgan Crosman.
Volleyball – Senior AAA Boys – Top offensive player – Ethan Boyd. Top defensive player – Logan MacDougall. MDP – Keith Johnston.
Senior AAA Girls – Top offensive player – Callie MacDonald. Top defensive player – Brittany Ellands. MDP – Alyssa Vriends.
Senior A Girls Green – MVP – Zoe Chapman. MIP – Kelly Radbourne. MDP – Mandy DesRoches.
Senior A Girls Gold – Grit and determination award – Britney Gallant. Team spirit award – Karen Farag.
Golf – MIP – Malone MacArthur. Rookie of the year – Reece MacDonald. Leadership award – Brody MacDonald.
Soccer – Senior AAA Boys – MVP – Connor McAulay. MIP – Nick Dunn. Golden boot award – Garrett Reid.
Senior AAA Girls – Top offensive player – Nikki Arsenault. Top defensive player – Georgie McKenna. MDP – Lauryn Reeves.
Senior A Girls – Coaches’ choice awards – Megan Gallant, Fiona Steele. Leadership award – Keirstyn Palmer.
Field Hockey – MVP – Melanie Rodger. Coaches’ choice awards – Kaleigh Clow, Chloe Hunter.
Basketball – Senior AAA Boys – MVP – Logan MacDougall. Rookie of the year – Ethan Boyd. Coaches’ choice award – Keith Johnston.
Senior AAA Girls – MVP – Nikki Arsenault. Top defensive player – Georgie McKenna. Coaches’ choice award – Kelsey MacKinnon.
Senior AA Boys – MVP – Owen Turner. Rookie of the year – Matt Enman. Top defensive player – Marcus Gauthier.
Senior AA Girls – MVP – Hailey VanDuinkerken. MIP – Lauren Gallant. MDP – Jordyn Connell.
Powerlifting – Top male lifter – Camren Gavin. Top female lifter – Vicky Bernard. MDP – Kyle Ross.
Softball – Senior Boys – MVP – Logan MacDougall. Top offensive player – Dawson McCormack. Coaches’ choice award – Justin Day.
Senior Girls – MVP – Caeleigh MacDonald. Top offensive player – Ryleigh MacDonald. MIP – Brittany Ellands.
Badminton – New normal award – Logan MacDougall. Way of the dragon award – Nikki Arsenault. Mike Tyson award – Brandon Gaudet.
Rugby – Senior A Girls Most valuable forward – Zoe Chapman. Most valuable back – Carly MacKenzie. Team spirit award – Julia Johnston.
Senior A Boys – MDP – Blake Vandervelden. Two-way player award – Gabe Kirstoff. Hard hat award – Parker Arsenault.
Senior AAA Girls – Most valuable back – Kelsey MacKinnon. Most valuable forward – Caileigh Shea. Coaches’ choice award – Kate Steele.
Senior AAA Boys – Most improved player (MIP) – Abraham Taha. Most valuable back – Blake Jurkowski. Most valuable forward – Camren Gavin.
Track and Field Coaches’ choice award – Cody Rogers, Cameron MacAulay.

PEISAA Student-Athlete
Academic Achievement Award
Female –
Hannah Hardy.
Male –
Darian Demchuk.
This award is presented to the highest standing male and female student-athlete in Grade 12 following Term 1 of second semester.

Special Awards
Alumni award –
David Groom, Rick Kennedy.
Alumni scholarship – Keith Johnston.
Special scholarship – Nikki Arsenault.

Rookie Athletes of the Year
Female –
Erin Arsenault-Gallant, Ariana MacFarlane.
Male – Cameron Wall.

Senior Athletes of the Year
Female –
Nikki Arsenault.
Male – Logan MacDougall.

With Three Oaks Senor High School celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, athletes, coaches and staff gathered for a group photo in the gymnasium following the recent awards dinner.©Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

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