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RBC Athletes of the Month: February 2017

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RBC Athletes of the Month: February 2017


(Above L-R: Mike Simeoni, RBC Branch Manager; Jessica Bershatsky, Kevin Leatherdale, Kayla Gallo, Derek Patterson, Olivia Bowman, Bacarius Dinkins, Devin Green, Noah Thompson, Tom Warden, Athletic Director)

Nordic Skiing
Jenn Jackson
Year: 2
Hometown: Midhurst, ON
Program: Mech. Engineering

“Bringing home gold in all 3 races at OUAS and representing Canada at the world under 23 championships, Jenn has been a force to reckon with all year and helped the team bring home silver!”

Noah Thompson
Year: 1
Hometown: Parry Sound, ON
Program: Environmental Mgmt

“Bringing home first place OUA all star to the Thunderdome, this rookie athlete gave it all he had and showed the university scene what he is made of. His hard work ethic and positive attitude paid off and we are looking forward to many more years with Noah!”

Track and Field
Women: Kayla Gallo
Year: 2
Hometown: Sudbury, ON
Program: Medicine

Coach Sigsworth: “Kayla started the month out by winning the 3,000m at the York Open meet in a big personal best time of 10:18.70. She was 8th in the 1500m at the York meet also in a personal best time of 4:52.00. At the Windsor Open she finished 2nd in the 3,000m in a time of 10:26.10. Kayla managed to do all of this while balancing the demands of 2nd year medical school”

Men: Derek Patterson
Year: 1
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Program: Physics

Coach Sigsworth: “Derek has had a very solid first year as a varsity runner. He started the month with a personal best over 1500m at the Bison Classic in Winnipeg with a time of 4:00.48, placing 6th. Next up he was 6th in the 3000m at the U of Alberta Golden Bear Challenge in 8:52.94. At the OUA Champs Derek ran a personal best in the 3000m of 8:42.04, finishing 2nd in his section and 11th overall. Derek ends his first year of varsity competition ranked 8th on the Lakehead All-time list in the 1500m and 9th in the 3,000m”

Women: Jessica Bershatsky
Year: 3
Hometown: Watford, ON
Program: Business

Jessica placed 3RD at the OUA Championships and 6th at the U SPORTS Championships in February

Men: Kevin Leatherdale
Year: 3
Hometown: Corunna, ON
Program: Economics & Pol Sci

Kevin placed third at the OUA and 5th at the U SPORTS National Championships. These are great accomplishments for Kevin who came to lakehead as a walk on.

Women’s Volleyball (4-15 OUA Regular Season)
Olivia Bowman
Year: 4
Hometown: Cobourg, ON
Program: Kinesiology

Coach Green: “Olivia has worked hard this month to be a consistent attack and blocker. Working hard through injuries this year, “Liv” is a consistent high IQ Volleyball athlete. Her knowledge and experience is a leadership quality for us, and her ability to manage her restrictions and be able to perform on the weekends is admirable. She has one of the fastest attacks on the right side and provides us with a strong blocking defence.”

Women’s Basketball (8-11 OUA Regular Season, 1-1 Playoffs)
Bridget O’Reilly
Year: 3
Hometown: Seaforth, ON
Program: Business

Coach Kreiner: “Bridget steadily improved her rebounding and ability to attack the rim to score since so many teams have been honing in on her ability to shoot the ball with range. I saw some really good signs that lead me to believe that Bridget has only scratched the surface of just how good she can be during the month of February. She was defended very tough and struggled from 3 at times but she found other ways to contribute such as attacking the rim, rebounding and getting steals out of her defense. I am excited to see what another summer of training will do for Bridget as she prepares for her senior year.”

Canadian University Sports Network 3rd STAR of the week of Jan 30-Feb 5. Bridget help lead her team to a 4-2 regular season record in the month of February (the best month for the team) scoring 16 vs Laurentian, 19 vs Nipissing and 15 points vs Waterloo.

Men’s Basketball (6-13 OUA Regular Season, 0-1 Playoffs)
Bacarius Dinkins
Year: 5
Hometown: Jonesville, Florida
Program: Sociology

Coach Furtado: “We had some very important games that we needed to win in the month of February vs. Nippissing and Guelph on the road. Bacarius was instrumental in helping us win those games not only with his scoring and rebounding but with his interior defense as well.”

Averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds in the month of February

Hockey (13-13-2 OUA Regular Season, 0-2 Playoffs)

Devin Green
Year: 2
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Program: Commerce

Regular Season 2016-17 26 12 12 0 87 1 3.58 0 0 4 .888
Play-Offs 2016-17 2 0 2 0 6 0 3.08 0 0 0 .920



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