Celebrating Ambrose Athletes

Celebrating Ambrose Athletes

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While the Ambrose Golden Gala was forced to look a little different this year, taking place entirely online due to COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines outlined by Alberta Health Services. The 2019-20 seasons were still with filled many team and individual accomplishments, on and off the court that deserves plenty of praise. 

Student-athletes thrived in the classroom this year with 10 athletes receiving recognition for outstanding GPAs. This season the Men’s Basketball team and Women’s Volleyball team, made playoffs for the second and fourth times respectively. The men’s basketball team also, for the first time in program history won a medal at the ACAC Playoffs, making it to the final, only to fall to the defending Champion, SAIT Trojans.

As is tradition, all six teams presented a Most Inspirational Player Award, given to the student-athlete who inspires the team in the way they play and/or carry themselves, on or off the field of play, along with a Most Improved Player award and Most Valuable Player Award. 

The Mel Sylvester Leadership award was once again awarded to an athlete (male and female) who presented an outstanding Christian charter and exemplary leadership skills. This year, the winner of this award was Bethany Herman for her outstanding leadership on the Women’s Soccer as well as Adrian Strandberg, a member of both the men’s soccer and volleyball teams.

Athlete of the Year recognition was presented to the two athletes who displayed the most impact on their team at Ambrose through their athletic skill and leadership. Willow Lewington of the women’s volleyball team won the Women’s Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, while Nhial Phillip of the men’s basketball team won the award thanks to leading the team to both their best-ever regular-season record as well as a first-ever medal at the ACAC Playoffs.

While we were very disappointed with not being able to celebrate with all of our amazing athletes, we are so proud of each and everyone, for the work they put in this year both on the field of play but also in the classroom!

Below is a summary of the 2019-20 Athletic Awards along with words of praise from each one of their coaches:

Women’s Volleyball

Most Inspirational: Sarah Janz

Most Improved: McKenna Harkness

Most Valuable: Willow Lewington

Men’s Volleyball

Most Inspirational: Carter McLenahan

Most Improved: Nicholas Jabusch

Most Valuable: Adrian Strandberg

Women’s Basketball

Most Inspirational: Munroe Brothers

Most Improved: Avery Deighton

Most Valuable: Nya Gach

Men’s Basketball

Most Inspirational: Isaac Amsing

Most Improved: Riley Cordwell

Most Valuable: Nhial Phillip

Women’s Soccer / Futsal

Most Inspirational: Amiel Cabayao

Most Improved: Jacob Goossen

Most Valuable: Matthew Siebring

Men’s Soccer / Futsal

Most Inspirational: Meg Buchanan

Most Improved: Janessa Parker

Most Valuable: Bethany Herman

Congratulations to all of our Lions for a great season on and off the court!