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Tuesday, April 9, 2013Posted by Jamie Howieson
Allin, Tikka named President's Award winners
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WATERLOO, Ont. (April 8, 2013) - Men's basketball player Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., and women's soccer player Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay, Ont., were named the recipients of the 2012-13 President's Award as the Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted their annual athletic banquet on Monday evening at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex.

The President's Award, which was one of 11 major awards handed out at the banquet, is awarded annually to the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female athlete over the past year.

Allin, a fourth year guard, became just the sixth men's basketball player in Laurier history to earn CIS All-Canadian honours this season when he was named to the second team following an outstanding year. The arts major led the country in scoring as he finished the season averaging 23.2 points per game. He also finished in the top ten in both assists per game and rebounds per game while also being named an OUA West First Team All-Star.

As for Tikka, a third year defender, she was named a CIS All-Canadian for the second consecutive season after another outstanding year as a central piece of the Hawks defence. Earning second team honours, Tikka was instrumental in helping the Hawks repeat as OUA West Division champions and earning an OUA Silver medal as Laurier allowed just 11 goals against in 16 games this past year. Tikka was also named an OUA West First Team All-Star after notching her first career goal in a Laurier uniform this season.

The Rich Newbrough Rookie of the Year Award, handed out annually for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female rookie, was awarded to Katherine Bishop (Surrey, B.C.) from women's soccer and Greg Cerilli (Barrie, Ont.) from men's hockey.

Bishop, a first year health sciences major, was named an OUA West First Team All-Star in her rookie season. The midfielder filled in admirably in the center of the Hawks formation for two former CIS All-Canadians as she demonstrated herself to be a strong playmaker with offensive flair. As for Cerilli, the first year arts major was an offensive force for the Hawks. He finished the season tied for the team lead in goals with 11 while his 20 points were tied for 15th overall in conference rookie scoring. He went on to add two goals and two assists in Laurier's opening round playoff series against Guelph.

The Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award, which honours the male and female athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement, was awarded to Benjamin Skinner (Markham, Ont.) from men's hockey and Fiona Lester (Peterborough, Ont.) from women's hockey.

Skinner, a third year business and math major, has a cumulative GPA of 10.87 after posting a very strong 11.3 in the fall semester. On the ice, he is one of Laurier's energy players who is a strong team player and one of the Hawks best penalty killers. His four goals and eight assists this past season ranked him eighth on the team in scoring. As for Lester, a fourth year biology major, she finished her degree at Laurier with an outstanding 11.65 cumulative GPA after posting an 11.66 in the fall. As the Hawks' team captain this year, she had a strong season for Laurier, finishing third in OUA scoring amongst defencemen with a career high seven goals and 12 assists and was named an OUA First Team All-Star. She also went forward as Wilfrid Laurier Universitys nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship and was named the 2012 Outstanding Woman of Laurier.

The Fred Nichols Community Service Leadership Award, recognizing the male and female student-athlete or student-leader who gives back to the community through volunteer commitments and/or fundraising efforts, was handed out to women's basketball's Amber Hillis of Hamilton, and men's rugby's Andrew Barbati

Hillis, a fifth year sociology major, has been a very active volunteer over her five years at Laurier. She has been involved with teaching music therapy, working with the City of Waterloo adult centre as well as Grade 7 and 8 physical education classes at MacGregor Public School. She also became the first Laurier women's basketball player to win the CIS Tracy McLeod award for perseverance and determination. Meanwhile Barbati has helped raise the profile of the Laurier Letterman club this year through his fundraising and volunteer efforts. As club president, he was responsible in organizing another successful Movember campaign with the men's hockey team that raised over $2,300 for the charity. He also led one of the most successful Laurier Letterman Kids Days this winter as over 200 children from local public schools came to the Athletic Complex for a day of learning and play with various varsity athletes.

The Glenn Carroll Team of the Year Award was presented to women's soccer after they qualified for their third consecutive CIS Championship. The Hawks, who were coming off a season in which they lost seven starters and two CIS All-Canadians, did not lose a step as they once again captured first place in the OUA West Division with an 11-2-3 record. They went on to defeat Guelph 5-1 in the OUA Quarter-finals before ousting their rivals, the Queen's Gaels, 1-0 on penalty kicks to qualify for nationals. The team would finish the year with an OUA Silver medal and a seventh place showing at the CIS Championship.

Laurier Athletics and Recreation also recognized six individuals for their contributions to the department and varsity teams over the past year. 

The Marty Wamsley Student Trainer of the Year Award was awarded to Lindsey Parent, the trainer for the men's basketball team, after her outstanding work over the course of the 2012-13 season.

The Earle C. Shelley Unsung Hero Award was handed out to Michael Lisetto-Smith and Anne Marie Wetter, members of Wilfrid Laurier's Learning Services department. Both Lisetto-Smith and Wetter have been instrumental in running the Athletes Academic Success Program as they help to train student mentors while also working as learning strategists for all Golden Hawk student-athletes.

The Tuffy Knight Award, which recognizes a person not affiliated with the university, for their untiring efforts over an extended period of time, was given to Dr. Richard Tiegs. He has worked as the team physician for the men's hockey team for over 20 years, donating his time and supplies to keep the players healthy during the season.

The Chuck Classen Award of Excellence for Team Managers was awarded to men's basketball's Meagan Davis. Davis, aside from excelling in her regular duties with the team, went above and beyond this season as she single-handedly organized and implemented an ALS fundraiser after the passing of Maxwell Allins father.

The Dean E. Brandon Award, awarded to the female contributing most to Athletics, went to Amanda Stavropoulos. For the past four years, Stavropoulos has volunteered her time with the men's football team, helping to run film at both games and practices while also assisting in other areas, including the football banquet, Friends of Laurier Football Dinner and rookie registration.

The Bill Haggstrom Trophy, awarded to the male contributing most to Athletics, was given to Justin Fauteux. Fauteux has been a great supporter of the Athletics and Recreation department over his five years at Laurier. He has been instrumental in the promotion the Golden Hawks' teams and student-athletes during his time with Laurier's student newspaper, The Cord. He has also volunteered his time and provided play-by-play and colour commentary for the Hawk TV Live webcasts for football, basketball and hockey. 

Also honoured on Monday night were the 21 team Most Valuable Players and Rookies of the Year.

Rookies of the Year
Baseball - Riley Robinson
Men's Basketball - Matt Chesson
Women's Basketball - Kaitlyn Schenck
Cheerleading - Marley Gray
Men's Cross Country - Zack Caverson
Women's Cross Country - Karen Thompson
Men's Curling - John Gabel
Women's Curling - Evangeline Fortier
Football - Tanner Philp
Golf - Alex Gregor
Men's Hockey - Greg Cerilli
Women's Hockey - Robyn Degagne
Women's Lacrosse - Jessica Lubert
Men's Middle Distance - Zack Caverson
Women's Middle Distance - Karen Thompson
Men's Rugby - Andrew Thomson
Women's Rugby - Ellen Fisher
Men's Soccer - Troy Puckerin
Women's Soccer - Katie Bishop
Men's Swimming - Chris Courtis
Women's Swimming - Miranda Smelt

Most Valuable Players
Baseball - Jordan Petruska
Men's Basketball - Max Allin
Women's Basketball - Amber Hillis
Cheerleading - Jodi Blore
Men's Cross Country - Brent Meidinger
Women's Cross Country - Jackie Tmej
Men's Curling - Aaron Squires
Women's Curling - Carly Howard
Football - Mitchell Bosch
Men's Hockey - Ryan Daniels
Women's Hockey - Fiona Lester
Women's Lacrosse - Hanna Burnett
Men's Middle Distance - Adam Cornwall
Women's Middle Distance - Jackie Tmej
Men's Rugby - Jeff Pickel
Women's Rugby - Emily Seunarine
Men's Soccer - Trevor Schein
Women's Soccer - Kelsey Tikka
Men's Swimming - Luke Summerhayes
Women's Swimming - Renee Dijk
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