Mohawk celebrates athletes and Hall of Fame inductees

Trevor McLaughlin, of the OCAA Men’s Volleyball Champions, capped his fifth and final year at Mohawk College by being named the 2016-2017 ‘Wes Hicks’ Outstanding Male Athlete Award winner. The honour was bestowed at the Annual Athletic Banquet at Michelangelo Banquet Centre Saturday (April 1), and was part of Mohawk’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

McLaughlin was a CCAA All-Canadian, OCAA Men’s Player of the Year and OCAA Nominee for the National award. McLaughlin was also an OCAA West Division First Team All-Star. He is the Mountaineers’ all time kills leader with 743 and all-time points leader with 890.

The Outstanding Female Athlete award was won by cross country runner Sarah Beairsto, who finished fourth out of 101 athletes, leading the Mohawk women’s team to fourth place at the OCAA Championships. Beairsto then was 11th in a field of 103 at the CCAA Championships. She was selected to the OCAA Women’s All-Ontario First Team.

Mohawk’s Athletes of the Year for 2016-2017, Trevor McLaughlin and Sarah Beairsto | Photo by Greg Cannon

The Dr. Sam Mitminger Award, for the top graduating athlete who achieved consistent academic and athletic excellence, was captured by Eric Girard of the OCAA Gold Medal winning men’s volleyball team. He was an OCAA West Division Second Team All-Star.
Girard averaged 87 per cent over three semesters as a second year Protection Security Investigation student.

The Male Freshman award was won by Mitch McFadden of the OCAA Champion men’s volleyball team. McFadden was named to the OCAA All-Rookie Team and was an OCAA First Team West Division All-Star.

Amanda Kuiper of the women’s volleyball team took home the top Female Freshman honour. She made the OCAA All-Rookie Team.

The All Round Female Athlete, for excellence in more than one varsity sport, is Careena Browne, of the OCAA Silver Medal winning women’s basketball squad and the women’s rugby 7’s side, which she led in scoring.

Logan James, skip of the men’s CCAA Curling Silver Medalists, won the Hap Holman Business Award for outstanding participation in varsity Athletics and Academic Excellence.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation Award for outstanding participation in both varsity and campus athletics went to female golf team member Morgan Giles.

And Ben Tonin, of the OCAA Champion men’s volleyball team, won the Dr. Keith McIntyre Leadership Award, for his contribution toward the enrichment, support, development and enhancement of student life at Mohawk College.

Immediately following the Athletic Banquet, nine individuals and two teams were inducted into the Mountaineer Hall of Fame.

Enshrined in the coach category were James Bradley, the men’s volleyball coach from 2003-2010 and John Gibson from Men’s soccer, between 1992 and 2001.

In the Athlete Category, new members include men’s volleyball star George Macut from 2000-2004, Aminu Bello, who excelled with the men’s basketball team from 2010-2012, women’s volleyball star Leah Waxman who played from 2005-2010, Margaret Majak, who was dominant in two sports, badminton and cross country, from 2003-2007, Peter Sniuolis, a great leader of the men’s volleyball team from 2003-2008 and Kelly (Buchanan) Dunham who was a two sport star in women’s basketball and fastball from 1990-1993.

Inducted in the Builder Category was Mohawk’s former Manager of Athletics and Recreation Laurie Cahill, who oversaw all sports for a quarter century, from 1985 to 2010.

Two teams were also inducted into the Mountaineer Hall of Fame.

The 1969-1970 Cross Country team, coached by the late Al Arnold with runners Bill Urie, the late Orval Anderson, Bob Sisler, Allan Whitley and Erik Kamermans, joined the elite club.

Also entering the Hall was the 1985-1986 Men’s Volleyball side, coached by Darin Gricnik and managed by Dubrauko Krbavac. Players included
Tom Drynan, Mike Dunn, Wayne Felker, Michel Fortin, Bruce Greenwood, Rudy Jambrosic, Boris Kolunszic, Paul Miller, Rob Szabo, George Rakas, Rennie Wellington and Mark Wu.

Mountaineer Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees

Coach Category:

  • James Bradley – Men’s Volleyball 2003 – 2010 (7 seasons)
  • John Gibson – Men’s Soccer 1992 – 2001 (9 seasons)

Athlete Category:

  • George Macut – Men’s Volleyball 2000 – 2004
  • Aminu Bello – Men’s Basketball 2010 – 2012
  • Leah Waxman – Women’s Volleyball 2005 – 2010
  • Margaret Myjak – Badminton & Cross Country 2003 – 2007
  • Peter Sniuolis – Men’s Volleyball 2003 – 2008
  • Kelly (Buchanan) Dunham  – Women’s Basketball & Fastball 1990 -1993

Builder Category:

  • Laurie Cahill 1985 – 2010 (25 years)

Team Category:

  • Cross Country 1969-1970 Team
  • Team: William (Bill) Urie, Orval Anderson, Bob Sisler, Allan Whitley, Erik Kamermans

    Coach: The late Mr. Al Arnold

  • Men’s Volleyball 1985-1986
  • Team: Tom Drynan, Mike Dunn, Wayne Felker, Michel Fortin, Bruce Greenwood, Rudy Jambrosic, Boris Kolunszic, Paul Miller, Rob Szabo, George Radkas, Rennie Wellington and Mark Wu

    Coach: Darin Gricnik

    Manager: Dubrauko Krbavac

Source: Al Craig

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