Outstanding Performances Recognized at 2018 Athletic Awards Gala
Mark Fountain and Madison Kehler, of Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Futsal respectively, hosted the event, which took place in a larger venue and on a larger scale than ever before. The gala featured three graduating seniors (Janelle Perry, Nolan Ens, and Katie Nutini) as guest speakers, imparting their wisdom on the rest of the Lions throughout the evening, while Ambrose President Gordon T. Smith and Professor Tim Moore were also given opportunities to speak.
Each team chose three athletes as their Most Improved, Most Inspirational, and Most Valuable players of the season, while the school also acknowledged those athletes who were able to maintain a high GPA despite their busy schedules of training. It was a very successful year for our athletes in the classroom: 20 Lions (25% of all varsity athletes) were on the Dean’s List, and 12 of those were awarded ACAC Academic or CCAA National Scholar Awards. The Men’s Futsal team won the inaugural Academic Team Award with a combined team GPA of 3.34, and Women’s Volleyball player Julia Kemper was a recipient of the prestigious CCAA Academic All-Canadian award.
There was no shortage of Lions in the ACAC’s All-Conference selections this season: Joel Navarette (Men’s Futsal), Keaton Strom (Men’s Volleyball), Josh Daniel (Men’s Basketball), and Willow Lewington (Women’s Volleyball) were all recognized as All-Conference players. Women’s Volleyball’s freshman setter Jess Zacharias won the ACAC South’s Rookie of the Year award, and Men’s Basketball Coach Neil Nystrom was the South Division’s Coach of the Year. This marks the second time Neil has received this award, the first being in 2014 after the Lions’ final season in the ACAL.
Ten athletes from four teams graduated this season: Katie Nutini from Women’s Basketball, Nolan Ens and Logan Sept from Men’s Volleyball, Dillon Traber and Alexander Fabbi from Men’s Futsal, and Janelle Perry, Bethany Herman, Rochelle Edwards, Taylor Sangster, and Sierra Smith from Women’s Futsal.
The evening’s major awards, Athletes of the Year and the Mel Sylvester Leadership Awards, were the last items on the agenda. Beth Herman, already the Women’s Futsal MVP, took home one more piece of hardware as the Female Athlete of the Year. Josh Daniel followed suit, adding to his Men’s Basketball MVP award with the recognition of Male Athlete of the Year. Volleyball provided both recipients of the Mel Sylvester Leadership Awards, honouring liberos Mady Kerr and Josh Rice for their extracurricular contributions to the community along with high standards in the classroom and on the court.
It’s back to the gym now for our athletes, as they resume their offseason training in preparation for next season. We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming exams and eagerly anticipate the 2018-19 season, where the first Lions teams to take the field will be Men’s and Women’s Soccer in their first ever ACAC seasons. Go Lions!
Most Improved: Kelsey Olsen (1st year)
Most Inspirational: Ali Leskow (2nd year)
Most Valuable: Jess Zacharias (1st year)
Most Improved: Harry Rosewarn (3rd year)
Most Inspirational: Adrian Strandberg (3rd year)
Most Valuable: Keaton Strom (5th year)
Most Improved: Mireille Hart (1st year)
Most Inspirational: Madison Kehler (2nd year)
Most Valuable: Bethany Herman (3rd year)
Most Improved: Matthew Siebring (1st year)
Most Inspirational: Danny Randell (1st year)
Most Valuable: Lucas Reimer (3rd year)
Most Improved: Mackenzie Lightburn (2nd year)
Most Inspirational: Alyssa Stauffer (1st year)
Most Valuable: Caitlyn Hetrick (3rd year)
Most Improved: Kyle Swiednicki (2nd year)
Most Inspirational: Nikola Ivanovic (4th year)
Most Valuable: Josh Daniel (4th year)
Thanks to Dan Yu for all the pictures of the event. Check them out on our social media @ambroselions
- Brent Ingram