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Tree and Marshall Crowned Athletes of the Year

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Lakehead Athletics handed out the hardware on Saturday afternoon at their annual awards gala, which was held in the John N. Paterson Faculty of Law Auditorium at PACI.

Runner Kevin Tree repeated as Male Athlete of the Year, while skier Alysson Marshall (photo below) took home Athlete of the Year honours among Thunderwolf women.

On top of having remarkable performances in the OUA and nationally, Tree and Marshall both represented Canada internationally this season. Tree attended the FISU World University Championships for Cross Country Running in Italy in March. Marshall has been represented Canada as a Nordic skier for several years, and led the women’s team to a national title on top of going undefeated in her four races at nationals in Whitehorse. Tree was also given the Argus Award, which goes to the exceptional news-making athlete deemed worthy by Lakehead’s student newspaper’s sports editor.

Basketball senior Alex Robichaud was chosen as the Hank Akervall award winner, having shown himself to be a big contributor in the community, an exceptional graduating athlete and a well-rounded individual.

Rookie of the year honours bestowed upon Billy Jenkins of the men’s hockey team, who made the OUA All-Rookie team and was the OUA West’s Most Sportsmanlike Player. Alyssa Genereux is the Female Rookie of the Year, having stepped into the role of starting libero on the volleyball team and being named to the OUA’s All-Rookie squad.

A full listing of individual team awards can be found below.  More photos will be posted tomorrow.

Major Awards

Female Athlete of the Year – Alysson Marshall
Male Athlete of the Year – Kevin Tree
Female Rookie of the Year – Alyssa Genereux
Male Rookie of the Year – Billy Jenkins
Hank Akervall Award – Alex Robichaud
Argus Award – Kevin Tree

Team Awards

Nordic Skiing
Rookie of the Year – Gavin Shields
Men’s Most Valuable Skier – Chris Hamilton
Women’s Most Valuable Skier – Alysson Marshall
Sportsperson of the Year – Bryana van Leeuwen and Lucas Shewen
Cross Country/Indoor Track
XCR Women’s Most Valuable Runner – Marla Keyes
XCR Men’s Most Valuable Runner – Kevin Tree
Track – Women’s Most Valuable Runner – Kayla Gallo
Track – Men’s Most Valuable Runner – Kevin Tree
Erron Williams Memorial Spirit Award – Callie Roelfsema
Women’s Rookie of the Year – Dana Campbell
Men’s Most Valuable Wrestler – Kevin Leatherdale and Chris Waltner
Women’s Most Valuable Wrestler – Kelsey Dayler
Frank Schaller Award – Drew Anderson
Women’s Volleyball
Rookie of the Year – Leah Mousseau and Alyssa Genereux
Coaches Award – Olivia Bowman
Corrine Kollman Award – Kailan Robinson
Most Improved Player – Rachel Moore
Most Valuable Player – Vanessa Masters
Women’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year – Rachel Webber
Most Improved Player – Bridget O’Reilly
Best Defensive Player – Gillian Lavoie
Amanda Nesbitt Award – Essa Jacobsen
Most Valuable Player – Jerika Baldin and Katelyn Andrea
Men’s Hockey
Rookie of the Year – Jake Ringuette
Best Offensive Player – Billy Jenkins
Most Valuable Player – Cody Alcock
Best Work Ethic – Justin McDonald
Best Defensive Player – Devin Green
Men’s Basketball
Rookie of the Year – Darnell Curtin and Kache Kopec
Best Defensive Player – Alex Robichaud
Most Improved Player – Henry Tan
Most Valuable Player – Bacarius Dinkins

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