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Hurricanes hand out 2013-2014 awards at athletics banquet

April 4, 2014

The Holland Hurricanes held their 10th Annual Athletics Banquet Thursday evening at the Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada; the evening was presented by Bell Aliant.

The big award winners on the evening were women’s basketball star Jazlin Barker and men’s golf and hockey player Eric Locke as the Hurricanes Athletes of the Year.

Female Athlete of the Year, Jazlin Barker (basketball).

Female Athlete of the Year, Jazlin Barker (basketball).

Barker, from Scarborough, Ontario who is enrolled in the Sport & Leisure Management program had an impressive rookie season for the Hurricanes being named the ACAA’s Rookie of the Year and an ACAA 1st Team All-Star. Barker averaged 12.5 points per game this season helping lead the Hurricanes to their first ever ACAA silver medal, and birth to the CCAA national women’s basketball championships in Montreal, Quebec.

Her small frame did not hold her back as she quarterbacked the ‘Canes offence; anyone who watched the Hurricanes this season knows that the fiery first year guard added energy, grit and an offensive explosiveness to the lineup.

Male Athlete of the Year, Eric Locke (golf and hockey).

Male Athlete of the Year, Eric Locke (golf and hockey).

Locke, a Digby, Nova Scotia native is currently finishing his second year in the Golf Club Management program. The highlight of his season was his fifth place finish at last spring’s Golf Canada University/College golf championship where he competed against the top CIS and CCAA players in the country and several who compete at the NCAA.

Locke started this fall’s season off by winning the Hurricanes varsity qualifier with a score of 15 under par through seven rounds, he then went on to win the ACAA championship highlighted by a final round hole-in-one. Eric was the top Hurricanes player at this year’s CCAA nationals and was chosen as an All-Canadian for the second straight year as well as a CCAA Academic All-Canadian.

Following the golf season Eric joined the Hurricanes hockey team on defense where he was an assistant captain; scoring 21 points in 25 games.

The Hurricanes male and female Rookie of the Year awards went to women’s soccer player Kristin Hood and football and track & field star Eugene McMinns.

Hood, a Charlottetown native and first-year Sport & Leisure Management student made an immediate impact up front for the Hurricanes this season on their way to capturing a conference banner. The Charlottetown Rural alumnus scored thirteen goals, leading the ‘Canes in scoring last season.

The ACAA 1st Team All-Star and SIRC CCAA Academic All-Canadian was also named the PEI Soccer Association’s 2013 Junior Player of the year. Her speed and compete level combined with her ability to score timely goals made Hood an invaluable piece of the Hurricanes’ puzzle.

McMinns, from Nassau, Bahamas is a first year wide receiver and Sport & Leisure Management student at Holland College.

Always a threat to make a big play, Eugene improved steadily throughout the season and in six regular season games recorded 21 receptions for 441 years and two touchdowns. He also had an impact as a kick returner, returning 11 kicks for 189 yards as his ‘Canes grabbed their second AFL Championship in three seasons. McMinns also recently won the 60 meter and 200 meter events at the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships in Moncton.

The Coach of the Year Award went to football’s Mark MacDougall who successfully guided the Hurricanes to their second Atlantic Football Championship in the last three years.

The Bell Aliant Achievement Award is in recognition of a student who has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability, academic excellence and the qualities of leadership, citizenship and community involvement. This year’s recipient was Laura Younker of the women’s soccer team.

The Leadership in Sport Award celebrates a student-athlete who excels in their sport and dedicates themselves to develop and promote their sport in the community; this year’s winner was Alex Howling for his leadership on and off of the field with the men’s soccer team.

The President’s Award is given to a student or group who were actively involved in the promotion of building varsity athletics. The Hurricanes Women’s Volleyball team was selected for their many hours of volunteer and charity work over the past year.

The Hurricanes Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding support of the Hurricanes varsity program by a student, staff member, and program or service provider. Sports Centre Physiotherapy was chosen for this award. Their support, sponsorship and provision of quality services to the Hurricanes over previous years have played an integral part of the success of the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes also handed out individual team awards; here is a full list of winners.

Men’s Golf

Most Improved Player – Brett Wilson

Most Dedicated Player – Justin Shanks

Most Valuable Player – Eric Locke

Women’s Soccer

Top Offensive Player – Kristin Hood

Top Defensive Player – Shalan Armstrong

Most Dedicated Player – Laura Younker

Most Valuable Player – Megan Spicer

Men’s Soccer

Top Offensive Player – Evan Forrester

Top Defensive Player – Josh Martin

Most Dedicated Player – Alex Howling

Most Valuable Player – Adam Fitzgerald

Football

Offensive Player of the Year – Jeff Hillier

Defensive Player of the Year – Garvin Cius

Most Improved Player – Alex Fitzgerald

Lineman of the Year – Owen MacWilliams

Rookie of the Year – Eugene McMinns

Special Teams Player of the Year – Jay Dearborn

Most Dedicated Player – Richard Lush

Hilton Memorial Most Valuable Player – Cardell Rolle

Women’s Hockey

Top Offensive Player – Ashley Lunn

Top Defensive Player – Ellen Chapman

Most Dedicated Player – Katie Campbell

Most Valuable Player – Candace Hopkinson

Men’s Hockey

Top Offensive Player – Pat Cummiskey

Top Defensive Player – Nick MacDonald

Most Dedicated Player – Adam Gardner

Most Valuable Player – Jonny Richards

Women’s Volleyball

Top Offensive Player – Kendra Dawkins

Top Defensive Player – Emily Caldwell

Most Dedicated Player – Kendra Carpenter

Most Valuable Player – Tabitha Trecartin

Men’s Volleyball

Top Offensive Player – Jeremy McKinnon

Top Defensive Player – Brandon Boyce

Most Dedicated Player – Mackenzie Archibald

Most Valuable Player – Jeremy McKinnon

Women’s Basketball

Most Improved Player – Ashley Moss

Top Defensive Player – Mendeira Smith

Most Dedicated Player – Jennifer Hinds

Most Valuable Player – Jazlin Barker

Men’s Basketball

Most Improved Player – Shawn Lucas

Top Defensive Player – Orlando Palmer

Most Dedicated Player – Kyle Welton

Most Valuable Player – Chase Bowden

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