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Hawks Cap Off Season With Annual Banquet
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The Golden Hawk 2002 - 2003 seasons have come to a close, but there has still been plenty of Athletics action around Wilfrid Laurier over the past month. From the hiring of two new Hawks Head Coaches to our annual Athletic Banquet, the Athletics Department has been busy putting the finishing touches on this past season and preparing for the season to come in 2003 - 2004.

Athletic Banquet
This year's annual Athletics Banquet transpired on the evening of Monday, April 7, 2003 and was hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University's Athletic Department. The banquet recognized the achievements of Laurier's many hard working coaches, players and staff. 48 Rookies and MVPs were recognized for their performances on their respective teams. The department also awarded nine major awards to acknowledge significant contributors and outstanding athletes at Laurier. The award winners are as follows:

The President’s Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female over the past year. This year’s recipients are Tammy Scurr and Jim Zwolak. A fourth year player from Kitchener, Ontario, this athlete is a CIS and OUA All-Star. Top four in the OUA as a scoring leader; Tammy was a key member of the WLU attack. Very skilled on the ball with a competitive drive, she helped to lead the Golden Hawks to a very successful season. Jim Zwolak is a fourth year player and Captain of the golf team. He was the overall OUA Champion and has been the most consistent player in the OUA for over the past few years. Based on his performance at Laurier, Jim was chosen to play on the world university team in Taipei, Taiwan this past year. Jim has been named both the Golden Hawk Men’s Golf MVP and a member of the OUA All-Star team for all four years he has played.

Unsung Hero Award goes to a person within the WLU Community who unselfishly gives much time and effort into the overall success of the athletics program. This year’s recipient is Craig Nixon who is the trainer for the men’s hockey team. Craig has worked with the team for the past four seasons to make sure they are ready to play.

Tuffy Knight Award pays recognition to a person not affiliated with the university, for their untiring efforts over an extended period of time. This year’s recipient is Mike Oke. Mike Oke has worked as an Assistant Coach with the men’s hockey team for the past three seasons. Mike has always done whatever it takes to help his team develop. He has never missed a practice, game or team event, and is always willing to help out in other areas of the department.

Junior Trainer of the Year is given to the student trainer whose performance of duties is deemed most valuable to WLU Athletics. This year there are two recipients, Marnie McRoberts and Jackie McCarl. Both spending their seasons this year with the men’s football and women’s volleyball teams, they are now planning to attend Sheridan College to obtain Athletic Therapy certification.

Don Smith Leadership Award pays recognition to the student leader who makes a lasting contribution to the recreation program. This year’s co-winners are Ian Galbraith and Tina Shrigley. Ian has worked for recreation for the past three years, most recently as the head guard of the pool. Tina has worked with the fitness program for the past few years, most recently taking on the responsibilities of the personal training program and as the Recreation Assistant.

Dean E. Brandon Award is awarded to the female contributing most to Athletics. This year’s co-winners are Amy Roefs and Stef McCann. Amy Roefs is a past varsity athlete, a student trainer with the men’s and women’s soccer and women’s hockey teams, sports information assistant and the “unofficial” Liason officer for athletics. Stef McCann has been involved with many aspects of the department as well; she has made key contributions as a team manager, sports information assistant, sports camp coordinator, and most recently stadium and event coordinator.

Bill Haggstrom Trophy is awarded to the male contributing most to Athletics. This year’s award winner is Ari Grossman. This year’s recipient is a two-time winner for this award as he won it last year. In his fourth and final season with the Sports Information department and now the Sport Information Director, this individual continued to play a key role in all areas of the department. Always willing to help, this person has the true passion of what it takes to be a Golden Hawk.

Hawk Coaching Award is presented to one who exemplifies character building among student athletes. This year’s recipient is women’s basketball Head Coach, Stu Julius. In only his fourth year as the Head Coach Julius helped to guide his team to the Nationals for the first time in Golden Hawk women’s basketball history. Julius was named Coach of the Year in the OUA after leading his team to an OUA bronze and regular season record of 14-7.

Academic Athletic Achievement Award honours the male and female athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement. This year’s recipients are Hannah Snider and Dan Yungblut. Hannah Snider is a fourth year athlete on the women’s volleyball team. She secured the President’s Scholarship upon entry to Laurier, and has maintained a GPA of 11.4 (out of 12) over her career. Along with being an Academic All-Canadian again this year, Hannah was also the winner of the OUA Award of Merit. Dan Yungblut is in his fourth and final season with the rugby team. Upon finishing his degree in Economics, this team MVP and OUA All-star will travel to Oxford in the fall to take his Masters in International Relations. Capturing a prestigious scholarship to study is a direct result of his hard work that helped him maintain an 11.26 GPA (out of 12).

The following are this season’s Rookies of the Year and Most Valuable Players:

Rookie’s of the Year:
Men’s Baseball – Derek Rapini
Men’s Basketball – Omar Miles
Women’s Basketball – Meaghan McGrath
Cheerleading – Aaron Cameron
Men’s Cross Country – Ian Morgan
Women’s Cross Country – Valerie VanRavensway
Men’s Curling – Ian Wright
Women’s Curling – Melanie Vos
Women’s Figure Skating –
Meghan Tallevi and Laura Mitchell
Men’s Football – Derek Medler
Men’s Golf – Sean Landreth
Men’s Hockey – Richard Colwill
Women’s Hockey – Tracey Palinsky
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Megan Yaraskavitch
Men’s Rugby – Andrew Ehgoetz
Women’s Rugby – Katie West
Men’s Soccer – Nick Mickulak
Women’s Soccer – Ashley Hill
Men’s Swimming – A.J. Bakker
Women’s Swimming – Julie Babin
Women’s Tennis – Kasia Poplawski
Men’s Volleyball – Steve Dao
Women’s Volleyball – Andrea Steacy

Most Valuable Players:
Men’s Basketball – Chris Keith
Women’s Basketball – Maire Guinney
Cheerleading – Melanie Sine
Men’s Cross Country – Dan Johnson
Women’s Cross Country – Tara Ross
Men’s Curling – Chris Stackhouse
Women’s Curling – Chrissy Cadorin
Women’s Figure Skating – Shay-Marie Steacy
Men’s Football – MVP - Rohan Thompson,
Lineman of the Year – Justin Shakell
Men’s Golf – Jim Zwolak
Men’s Hockey – Nick Vukovic
Women’s Hockey – Ashley Stephenson
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Vanessa Cowlen
Men’s Rugby – Dan Yungblut
Women’s Rugby – Amy Gaudun
Men’s Soccer – Jason Lyall
Women’s Soccer – Tammy Scurr
Men’s Swimming – Clayton Delaney
Women’s Swimming – Tara Ross
Women’s Tennis – Kimberly Foote
Men’s Volleyball – Scott Ellis
Women’s Volleyball – Cathy Ingalls

For more information please contact Roly Webster (519) 884-0710 ext. 3289 or Ari Grossman (519) 884-0710 ext. 6483.

Women's Basketball
On Wednesday, March 19 the Golden Hawk Women’s Basketball program announced the commitment of Laura Taylor to next year’s squad.

Taylor, a 5-foot-11 graduate of Waterloo Collegiate Institute will be a welcome addition to the team. She is a great perimeter player who has helped to lead WCI to the OFSAA playoffs the past few years.

This years’ team participated in the national championships for the first time in Golden Hawk women’s basketball history. With the experience from this venture and growth from new players, the team will be a force in the 2003-2004 season.

On Saturday, April 12 the Golden Hawk women's basketball program hosted a craft show at University Stadium in order to raise money for both the team and for Grand River Cancer Centre. The event presented work by many creative local artists and included various vendors and wares, including flags of all shapes and sizes, children's clothing, jewellery, African artifacts, stained glass, landscape decorations, gourmet foods, wood working, pillows and braided Mats, candles, ceramics, bird Feeders, clay works and much more. The afternoon was a successful event and will hopefully be continued by the Golden Hawks in future years.

On Tuesday, March 18 the Wilfrid Laurier University Football Program announced the commitment of kicker Cameron Takacs to play for the Golden Hawks and study Communications in the Bachelor of Arts program.

Cam hails from Brantford, Ontario and attends high school at Ridley College in St. Catharine's and was being pursued by many of the top programs in the CIS and NCAA. At 6’1 190lbs, Cam is a multi-sport athlete and recently turned down a full athletic scholarship to Division I Akron University to attend Wilfrid Laurier.

In 2001, Cam was chosen as a 1st Team All-Star in the OVFL (Ontario Varsity Football League) and was the leagues Special Teams Player of the Year. In 2002, Cam moved to the CJFL (Canadian Junior Football League) and was selected as the All-Canadian kicker as a member of the Burlington Braves.

Cam plans to pursue a career in television production after completing his academic and athletic career at Wilfrid Laurier.

The 2003 football spring camp kicked off on Wednesday, April 2 with high optimism and excitement. Sixty-two individuals reported to spring camp on looking to make an impact on the Golden Hawk coaching staff. Spring camp will concluded on Monday, April 7 with a Purple and Gold scrimmage at University Stadium.

Under the leadership of Gary Jeffries as Interim-Head Coach, the Hawks looked to establish some on-field tactics over the week of camp, and to build on the hard work these returnees have put in during the off-season.

The Hawks offense returns eleven starters from last season, which saw them face many hurdles, including season ending injuries. The 2003 edition of the offense will be led by the return of a healthy quarterback in Ryan Pyear who was 2001 OUA Rookie of the Year. Geoff Keen, Mike Maurice, Andrew Agro and Joel Wright will lead the receiving corps. The offensive line will be anchored by 2001 OUA First-Team All-Star center Jeff Melis and 2002 OUA All-Star, Ryan Jeffrey. The Hawks are blessed with a number of quality running backs including 2002 OUA All-Star, Derek Medler, Bryan Hickey and Nick Cameron.

The strength of the 2002 Hawks was undoubtedly their tenacious defense. Ending the 2002 campaign with a 1 - 7 record and finding them out of the playoffs, the Hawk defense still allowed less points against then scored, which is a remarkable accomplishment. This season will be no different as the Hawks return 9 out of a possible 12 starters. The defensive line will be led by 2000 OUA First-Team All-Star Josh Alexander, 2002 OUA First-Team All-Star Justin Shakell, and fifth year starter Tony Bretney. Losing OUA All-Star, Rohan Thompson to graduation, look to Kevin McNeill and Lee Maggiacomo to secure the middle of the field. Also departing to graduation will be safety David Agro, however the other four positions will return, including Conor Healey, and Ian Logan who both come with All-Star potential.

On Wednesday, March 26 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced that activities surrounding the first annual East-West Bowl will kick-off on Tuesday, May 6 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

The East-West Bowl, in partnership with the NFL and CFL, will bring together 84 of the top University football players in the country for a week of practices and evaluation, culminating in the East-West Bowl game at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

A National committee of CIS head coaches selected the players, who were first nominated by their respective teams. The East-West Bowl is designed as a showcase for athletes entering their CFL draft-year in 2004 but the rosters will be complimented with players entering into their second, third and fifth years who have not yet been drafted.

The East team will be coached by Blake Nill of the Vanier Cup Champion Saint Mary’s University Huskies, while the West team will be coached by Brian Towriss of the Vanier Cup finalist University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The East team will be comprised of players from the 13 CIS football-playing schools East of Toronto (including York University and University of Toronto), while the West team will be comprised of the 13 CIS football-playing schools located West of Toronto (including McMaster University).

Former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green will be on-hand to act as an honourary guest coach along with current Toronto Argonaut Assistant Adam Rita. As part of the East-West Bowl week activities there will also be an NFL/CFL Coaches Clinic held on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus on May 9 and 10. Coaches from the NFL, CFL and CIS will join the honourary coaches in conducting seminars and demonstrations for minor and high school coaches over the two-day period, including a banquet on Friday evening where Coach Green will be the keynote speaker.

On April 10 CIS and Wilfrid Laurier University announced that four Golden Hawk athletes have been selected to participate in the first annual East West Bowl on Saturday, May 10 at Wilfrid Laurier’s University Stadium. While most participating university teams will send only three players to the competition, Laurier’s status as a partner in this inaugural event, has granted them the opportunity to send four.

The Golden Hawk Football players joining the West team will be Josh Alexander, Conor Healey, Derek Medler, and Justin Shakell. A team Captain in his fourth year of the business program, Josh Alexander had six tackles, eight assists, and two sacks with the Hawks last season, and was named an OUA All-Star in both 2001 and 2002. Conor Healey, completing his second year in the Laurier Arts program, made twenty tackles during the 2002 season, and added five assists and an interception to that number. With 871 yards rushed and three touchdowns to his credit, Derek Medler had an impressive first season with the Hawks. The first year arts student was named Laurier Football’s Rookie of the Year and an OUA All-Star for 2002. The final Laurier player joining the West team for the game is Justin Shakell, another OUA All-Star with twenty-two tackles, eight assists, and two interceptions, one of which returned for a touchdown.

A National committee of CIS head coaches selected the players, who were first nominated by their respective teams. The East-West Bowl is designed as a showcase for athletes entering their CFL draft year in 2004. The rosters have been complimented with players entering into their second, third and fifth years who have not yet been drafted.

Ticket information for the East-West Bowl is available at or by phone at (519) 884-0710 ext. 3404.

New Head Coaches ~ Men's Volleyball and Men's Rugby
The goal of building one of Canada’s best Interuniversity athletic programs continued on Thursday, April 10 as the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks have appointed on that day the two people who will fill the vacant Head Coach positions in the men’s volleyball and men’s rugby programs. Shayne White, one of the Assistant Coaches from the women’s volleyball team will be taking the helm of the men’s volleyball program while Josh Windsor will lead men’s rugby.

Shayne will build on his experience with the women’s volleyball team as he has been an Assistant Coach for the past two seasons. Shayne’s previous experience includes having coached at the provincial level in Alberta as he led the men’s midget team to become the Western Canadian elite champions and the women’s team to a third place finish

Leading the men’s rugby program, Josh Windsor is a former OUA All-Star who played at University of Waterloo. He has previously coached and now is the Executive Director for the Waterloo county rugby club. He also coaches at Waterloo Collegiate Institute and is a teacher-coach.

Men's Soccer
On Thursday, April 3 it was announced that the 2002 OUA All-Star and 2002 A-League Rookie of the year, Niki Budalic of the men's soccer team, has agreed to join Orebro SK of the Swedish First Division. The 24-year old Budalic burst on the A-League scene last year, recording 12 goals and 25 points to lead the Lynx and capture A-League Rookie of the Year honours. Head Coach, Peter Pinizzotto says, “Niki’s offense will be hard to replace”, but wishes him luck as he continues his career in Europe. Joining the Lynx after capturing the 2001 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship with his hometown Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, the Waterloo native jumped all over A-League defences with four goals in his first four games.

Ari Grossman
Roly Webster
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