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Men's Baseball honours 2011 award winners

WATERLOO, Ont. (December 6, 2011) - The 2011 season was a very successful for the Laurier Golden Hawks Mens Baseball team and on Saturday, November 26th, the members of the program celebrated their successes.  

Assistant Coach Dennis Schooley was the host for the evening and he kept the crowd laughing with his stories and brain teasers.  Each year the fourth and fifth year student-athletes are recognized for the contributions that they have made to the program during their time at Laurier.  The OUA All-Stars were also recognized after their outstanding seasons.  Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE also presented the annual Major Award winners as part of the evening that also included a raffle and silent auction.  

80 people attended the event in what proved to be the largest banquet in team history.  Below is a recap of the players who were recognized.

Fourth Year Athletes
Jack Malone
Ryan Panas
- Steve Zagrodny

Fifth Year Athletes
David Canavan
- Wes Van Luven

OUA All-Stars and Award Winners
Jonathan Brouse - OUA Rookie of the Year

Major Award Winners
- Wes Van Luven - Most Improved Player
- Tino Silvestri - Ultimate Team Player Award
Darnell Duckett - Silver Slugger Award
Jonathan Brouse - Gold Glove Award
Jordan Petruska - Rookie Pitcher of the Year
Jonathan Brouse - Rookie Position Player of the Year
- Brett van Pelt - Pitcher of the Year
Ryan Panas - Position Player of the Year
- Brett van Pelt - Postseason MVP

"We had a great year and this evening is a fantastic way to celebrate our successes," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "2011 saw us win the most games in the history of the program with 21 and we won the Brock Labour Day Tournament and the OUA Kick-off tournament, the first two tournament victories in our program's history.  I'm proud of the success that group achieved this year and we all look forward to getting things going in 2012."
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