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RBC Athletes of the Month: November 2017 Edition

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athletes of the month nov 2017

(Top L-R: Rebekkah Pyle, Derek Patterson, Erika Mihell, Colin Pendziwol. Middle: Jacob Luczak, Dana Campbell, Leah Mousseau. Bottom: Leashja Grant, Kache Kopec, Scott Gall)

Lakehead Athletics is proud to present our RBC Athletes of the Month for November. They are listed team by-team below.

Track and Field
Women: Rebekkah Pyle
Year: 1
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Program: Kinesiology

Coach Kip Sigsworth: “Rebekkah raced twice in November, both races being national champs. At the U SPORTS Cross Country Champs in Victoria, Rebekkah finished 57th, running the 8km course in a time of 30:55. At the Canadian National Junior Cross Country Champs in Kingston, Rebekkah ran well finishing 18th overall in a time of 22:33 for the muddy 6km course.”

Men: Derek Patterson
Year: 2
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Program: Physics

Coach Kip Sigsworth: “Derek only raced once in November but he made the most of it. At the Canadian National Junior Cross Country Championships in Kingston Derek had a very strong race finishing 19th overall in a time of 26:22 for the muddy 8km course.”

Nordic Skiing

Women: Erika Mihell
Year: 2
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Program: Forestry

Men: Colin Pendziwol
Year: 4
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Program: Masters of Science – Forestry

Coach Leif Lennie: “Colin and Erika are known on the team as hard workers and both have shown great progress and commitment throughout the training season. Colin has been a part of numerous championship teams and again looks to anchor the team this year with his dedication, toughness and experience. Erika has continued to make improvements that will surely lead to her becoming a key player in the program for many years to come.”

Women: Dana Campbell
Year: 4
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Program: Geology

Men: Jacob Luczak
Year: 3
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Program: History

Coach Francis Clayton: “Jacob ends the semester with 12 wins and 2 losses, winning the McMaster invitational and placing third at the York Open and the Ontario senior Championships. Dana has had only one competition in the first semester and made it count, placing second at the York Open. This was a good test for Dana as she pinned her way to the final where she lost to U of G’s Gracelyn Doogan.”

Women’s Volleyball
Leah Mousseau
Year: 4
Hometown: HBSc Psychology – Biology
Program: Ottawa, ON

76 Kills, 11 service Aces and 53 Digs

Coach Chris Green: “Leah has had a strong month as a performer for this group and continues daily to show why she is one of the leaders of this team.”

Women’s Basketball
Leashja Grant
Year: 4
Hometown: Nassau, BS
Program: Psychology

Leading the OUA with 21.5 points per game, 13.3 rebounds per game with 10 consecutive double-doubles in the regular season so far.

CUSN 2nd Star of the week (Nov 20-26)

Coach Jon Kreiner: “Leashja has been one of the most dominant players in the country in the first half of the year. We need her to work hard over the break and be prepared for a tough OUA west schedule on 2018.”

Men’s Basketball
Kache Kopec
Year: 3
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
Program: Psychology

Averaged 11pts and 2 rebounds in  November

Coach Manny Furtado: “As a 3rd year guard, Kache is being asked to fill some different and more important roles for our team. He has welcomed the challenges we’ve presented to him. We need him to be a consistent threat every time he steps on the floor.”

Men’s Hockey
Scott Gall
Year: 1
Hometown: Morden, Manitoba
Program: Business

C.I.S. Non-Conference 4 2 1 3 2 0 0
O.U.A. Regular Season 15 8 4 12 8 1 0
Totals 19 10 5 15 10 1 0
LU Totals 19 10 5 15 10 1 0

Second leading scorer on the team and first in goals.


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