Hurricanes announce nominees for Friday’s Awards Gala
April 4, 2018
This Friday, April 6, the Holland Hurricanes will celebrate another year of athletics with the 14th edition of their Awards Gala. The event will take place at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement in Charlottetown.
During the evening the Hurricanes will hand out individual team wards, recognize academic standouts, plus name the Coach of the Year, Male and Female Rookies of the Year, and Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Here are the nominees for the male and female Rookies and Athletes of the Year.
Nominees for the Holland Hurricanes Female Rookie of the Year award are Katelyn Dunn (soccer/hockey), Lexi MacInnis (basketball), Lauren Moerike (volleyball), Isabelle Saunders (ringette), and Haley Shea (cross country).
Dunn, from New Glasgow, NS had strong seasons both as a winger for the soccer team, and a forward for the hockey team. In hockey, Dunn finished third in the league in scoring with ten points and tied for second in goals scored with seven. She was also named to the 2nd All-Star team at the women’s hockey Atlantics.
MacInnis, a guard from Stratford, PEI was named the women’s basketball ACAA Rookie of the Year after a strong season in which she led the team with 6.8 rebounds per game and was tied for second in scoring with 14.4 points. Those numbers were good for 5th and T-7 in the conference.
Moerike, a right side hitter from Charlottetown, PEI performed admirably after being forced into the starting lineup in the second half of the season for the volleyball Hurricanes. Moerike finished with 32 kills, 14 assists, 21 aces, and 81 digs in 47 sets over 17 matches this season.
Saunders, a forward from Charlottetown, PEI was a part of the inaugural women’s ringette squad at Holland College which had a very successful year. Saunders had eight points to help the Hurricanes capture a mid-season tournament title and an assist in the semi-final of the Atlantic Championships that the ‘Canes would go on to win.
Shea, from Tignish, PEI had a successful cross country running season picking up individual finishes of second, third, and fourth. She finished her season capping it off with a bronze medal at the ACAA Championships hosted by the Hurricanes at the Brookvale Provincial Ski Park.
The nominees for the Holland Hurricanes Male Rookie of the Year award are Matt Barlow (badminton), Jace Colley (basketball), Brady Crowe (football), Connor Keith (soccer) and Jason Poley (golf).
Barlow, from Summerside, PEI had a strong season on the court with the badminton team. He represented the ‘Canes and the ACAA in singles action at the CCAA National Championships after finishing first at the conference level. He also playing a strong role as a member of the Hurricanes men’s baseball team.
Colley, from East Preston, NS was named the men’s basketball ACAA Rookie of the Year and to the first ACAA All-Conference team after a strong season in which he led the team in scoring (16.1 points per game) and was third in rebounds (6.5 per game). Colley was a key contributor to the ‘Canes sixth straight conference title and third straight national bronze medal where he was also named an All-Star at Nationals.
Crowe, a quarterback from Belleville, ON led the football Hurricanes at the quarterback position this season. Crowe led the ‘Canes to the most points scored by a team in the Atlantic Football League thanks to his vision, maturity, composure and leadership. Overcoming adversity, Crowe became one of the top young quarterbacks in the country as he looks to lead the ‘Canes in 2018.
Keith, from Kingston, NS was a leader at the fullback position for the men’s soccer Hurricanes this season. In 10 games played, Keith’s pace and defensive persistence led him to become a starter for the ‘Canes. Matching up against some of the strongest strikers in the country, he played every minute at the CCAA Nationals when the ‘Canes took home a national bronze medal.
Poley, from Stratford, PEI had a successful first season with the Hurricanes men’s golf team, picking up numerous top-10 finishes in conference play and being the top finisher at the CCAA Nationals in Oshawa, Ontario. Poley was a key contributor to a young ‘Canes team that picked up second place team finishes at both ACAA events and the ACAA Championship.
The nominees for the Holland Hurricanes Female Athlete of the Year are Emma Hughes (badminton), Mackenzie Koughan (hockey), Megan LeBlanc (volleyball), Daria Leidenius (golf), and Dana Trainor (volleyball).
Hughes, from Summerside, PEI had a solid second season of badminton for the ‘Canes as she once again represented Holland College and the ACAA at the CCAA Nationals in Edmonton, this time in women’s singles competition after winning the conference title for her category.
Koughan, a goalie from Johnston’s River, PEI helped lead the women’s hockey ‘Canes to another successful season on the ice. Koughan posted a regular season record of 7-3-0 with a league leading 1.60 goals-against-average and four shutouts. Koughan was also named to the leagues first All-Star team.
LeBlanc, a left side hitter from Fredericton, NB had a record-setting season for the women’s volleyball ‘Canes. Her 263 kills this season and 420 career kills were both records for the most ever in ‘Canes women’s volleyball history. LeBlanc was named the ACAA Player of the Year, a CCAA All-Canadian and was also named to the ACAA first All-Conference team.
Leidenius, from Ponoka, AB dominated conference play this season winning both ACAA women’s golf events as well as the individual ACAA championship. She would then go on to finish tied for ninth at the CCAA Nationals which was the first top-10 finish for a ‘Canes women’s golfer since 2013. Leidenius would also be named a CCAA All-Canadian prior to nationals.
Trainor, a women’s volleyball libero from Charlottetown, PEI was named the top libero in the ACAA for the second time in three seasons after leading the conference with 3.81 digs per set. Trainor also holds the ‘Canes women’s volleyball record for most matches played (88), most sets played (298) and most digs (1185).
The nominees for the Holland Hurricanes Male Athlete of the Year award are Tanner Banks (baseball), Chase Bowden (basketball), Cole Brydges (football), Brett Butler (volleyball) and Ibra Sanoh (soccer).
Banks, an infielder from Fredericton, NB was a key contributor to the ‘Canes baseball team’s performance in 2017. A 14-2 regular season was followed by a series split in Maine versus the Central Maine Community College before competing at the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Championships where he was named an All-Star in Oshawa, ON.
Bowden, a forward from New Glasgow, NS became just the fourth athlete and first basketball player to play all five years with the ‘Canes. Bowden is the all-time leader in games, starts, points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goals made and free throws made for the men’s basketball Hurricanes. Bowden has won five ACAA titles and three national medals in his time with the Hurricanes.
Brydges, a receiver from Portage La Prairie, MB was named to the AFL offensive all-star team for the football Hurricanes this season. Small, but mighty, Brydges represents the total package in a football player, leading the league in catches and yard gained in 2017. The ‘Canes vocal team captain attended the Diamonds in the Rough CFL Combine in Hamilton, ON earlier this spring.
Butler, a men’s volleyball power hitter from Charlottetown, PEI was named the ACAA Player of the Year and a CCAA All-Canadian. Butler led the conference in kills per set (3.74), was second in hitting percentage (0.302), third in service aces (22), and fourth in aces per set (0.39) and digs per set (1.88).
Sanoh, a striker from Conakry, Guinea, had a spectacular season for the men’s soccer ‘Canes which included career goal #100 (finished with 101, most all time for the Hurricanes), a fourth straight ACAA Player of the Year award, a fourth straight CCAA All-Canadian award, and the first ever CCAA Player of the Year and Sport PEI Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year award in Hurricanes history.
The event will start at 5:30pm and will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes. The public is welcome to watch the event from the track at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement located at 323 Grafton Street in Charlottetown.
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