Despite not being able to present awards at a school assembly, the Tagwi Warriors have continued the tradition of recognizing their best athletes of the season, announcing awards this year remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amongst the Warriors’ big honours, the OFSAA Colin Hood Awards were presented to Makenna Brownlee (female student), Schuyler Schellenberg (male student), and Marc Mainville (coach).
Top Academics and Athletics recognition went to Heath Patterson (male) and Ellie Adams (female). The 2019-20 Top Senior Athlete honours went to Rylan Iwachniuk and Emiley Norman, while Top Junior Athlete kudos were presented to Zack Speck-Meek and Kiera Speck-Meek.
Individual sports awards: Ellie Adams (senior girls basketball MVP), Landon Brownlee (junior boys basketball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Makenna Brownlee (senior girls basketball MVP, varsity girls hockey MVP), Brooklyn Canham (junior girls volleyball MVP), Giovanni Cecchinato (senior boys volleyball MVP), Grace Folk (senior girls volleyball MVP), Morgan Gallinger (senior girls basketball MVP), Skyler Grabs (midget boys volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), William Holmes (varsity boys hockey Spirit of Tagwi Award), Rylan Iwachniuk (senior boys basketball MVP), IreLynn MacKillican (junior girls basketball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Caitlyn McIntosh (cross-country running Spirit of Tagwi Award), Megan McMahon (senior girls volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Gavin Nowry (curling MVP), Heath Patterson (junior boys volleyball MVP), Andy Paul (cross-country running Spirit of Tagwi Award), Ryan Pawlowsky (varsity boys hockey MVP), Hunter Pilon (senior boys basketball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Schuyler Schellenberg (senior boys volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Kiera Speck-Meek (junior girls basketball MVP), Zack Speck-Meek (junior boys basketball MVP), Charly Stinson (senior girls basketball MVP), Landen Sweet (midget boys volleyball MVP), Maiavia Ware (junior girls volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Cullan Wheeler (junior boys volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Lorne Wheeler (junior boys volleyball Spirit of Tagwi Award), Sierra Woodside (varsity girls hockey Spirit of Tagwi Award).
With the spring high school schedule shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Glengarry District High School was forced to find an alternate way to celebrate its athletes this year, creating a video celebration.
Typically at the end of each school year, student-athletes and their classmates gather together with coaches and teachers for the presentation of awards and trophies. However, this year, that wasn’t possible, as everything was shut down back in March.
The Lower St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League, the region’s loop for house league teams, has announced its top teams from the truncated 2019-20 season.
Regular-season champions, by division, were South Stormont atom B2, Cornwall atom C1, Char-Lan peewee B, South Stormont peewee C1, Alexandria bantam B, and Char-Lan midget B1.
The midget Rebels recorded 38 points on the season, four better than the South Stormont Selects. Char-Lan actually had two squads competing in the five-team division, with the Rebels #2 team placing fourth. Playoffs had begun before the Hockey Canada-mandated stoppage. In four games, Char-Lan 1 was perfect, outscoring their opponents 25-8.
At the bantam level, the Glens were a perfect 24-0 during the campaign, scoring 181 goals while allowing 54 against. Char-Lan finished in second place, 18 points behind Alexandria. The playoffs began before the COVID-19 shutdown, with the Glens suffering their first loss of the season against 3 wins. Char-Lan managed just a single point in their four playoff games, while the Akwesasne Wolves prevailed in all four of theirs to take top spot after the round-robin. Alexandria placed second, followed by Cornwall 2.
Char-Lan’s peewees won the regular season with 39 points, with South Stormont and Cornwall in second and third, respectively. Alexandria was fourth, followed by Akwesasne. The incomplete playoff round-robin saw the Selects notch a 3-0 record, while the Colts, on three games played, and the Rebels (4 GP) were a point behind. The Glens were winless in four games.
The LSLMHL also announced teams winning sportsmanship awards, based on fewest penalty minutes. The winners were Char-Lan atom B1, South Stormont atom C1, South Stormont peewee B, NGS peewee C, South Stormont bantam B2, and South Stormont midget B1.
Char-Lan District High School’s physical education director, Chantal Armstrong, announced the 2019-20 recipients of Crusaders athletics awards via an online ceremony.
Grace Laplante was named the school’s female athlete of the year, while the male award will be shared between Nicholas Oeggerli and Andrew Dixon.
Honoured as senior athletic participants of the year were Duncan McRae and Katherine Thompson.
The most promising grade 9 athletes named were Lila Mines, Grace Rouleau, Daniel Desroches, and Chad Watson.
Char-Lan Lettermen: Logan French and Lilah Mines (grade 9), Connor Spence and Hannah Lamarche (grade 10), Seamus O’Connell and Jorja McLeod (grade 11), and Jake Vanderburg and Jordan Andrews (grade 12).
Individual sports awards: Jordan Andrews (curling sportsmanship, senior girls basketball sportsmanship), Cameron Belisle (novice boys volleyball MVP), Jack Cayer (senior boys volleyball MVP, senior boys basketball MVP), Quinton Claude (junior boys basketball sportsmanship), Andrew Dixon (golf, boys hockey MVP), Robin Donnelly (tennis MVP), Grace Eamer (curling MVP, junior girls basketball sportsmanship), Cole Fournier (tennis sportsmanship), Kaye Fraser (novice girls basketball MVP, novice girls volleyball sportsmanship), Maggie Hope (junior girls basketball MVP, junior girls volleyball MVP), Grace Laplante (tennis MVP, senior girls volleyball sportsmanship, girls hockey sportsmanship), Josh Leduc (junior boys basketball MVP), Kayden MacCrimmon (junior boys basketball sportsmanship), Fiona MacDonald (senior girls volleyball MVP), Duncan McRae (senior boys basketball sportsmanship), Rory McCuaig (novice boys volleyball sportsmanship), Kiaryn McDonald (novice girls basketball sportsmanship), Frances McDonell (junior girls basketball MVP, junior girls volleyball MVP), Nicholas Oeggerli (senior boys volleyball sportsmanship, senior boys basketball MVP, boys hockey sportsmanship), Tessa Ramsey (junior girls volleyball sportsmanship, girls hockey MVP), Bryanna Rombough (novice girls volleyball MVP), Katherine Thomson (senior girls basketball MVP), Chad Watson (junior boys basketball MVP).
With the COVID-19 pandemic shuttering the school from mid-March, other sports, including soccer and track and field were not played this year, so no awards were presented.
On March 14, the hockey season came to an abrupt end across the country, as Hockey Canada announced the immediate suspension of all activities in response to health advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst the groups affected was the North Glen-Stor Minor Hockey Association, which saw games cancelled, and eventually the remainder of the playoff season. Along with that came the cancelling of the traditional end-of-season celebration, where awards are handed out. So for 2020, the honourees were recognized virtually.
Using the group’s Facebook page, players and volunteers across the association were honoured.
Here are the special award recipients (NGSMHA graphics)…
With all that has been going on in the world of late, it seems as though the season for the Alexandria Glens concluded a lifetime ago. Officially, the team’s 2019-20 CCHL2 campaign ended on February 25, with a 5-1 victory on home ice over the Athens Aeros.
It was one of few bright spots on the season that saw the Glens win just 9 of 44 games. The squad lost 31 in regulation time and a further 4 in either overtime or a shootout.
Following the team’s final contest of the winter, I interviewed alternate captain Nico Pozzebon and first-year general manager Derick Viau.
As Viau notes, it was right back to business looking towards next season. Little did he and the players know at the time what was in store for them and us in the weeks that followed.
In mid-March, we learned of the passing of Mike (Michel) Depratto. He was key in saving the Glens a few years back, leading a group of individuals who established the club as a community not-for-profit entity.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have just learned of the passing of Mike Depratto. He was involved in keeping the Glens in the community and he was HEO’s current 1st VP. He will be truly missed in the Community of Alexandria and Hockey.”
Alexandria Glens statement, March 14
A Hockey Eastern Ontario note, attributed to minor president Gary Hopkins, probably summed it up best: Depratto’s “contributions to hockey in Eastern Ontario cannot be overstated, but more importantly he has been a friend and a mentor to many of us on a personal level. We will miss him.”
The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic altered plans for the Glens during the off-season as well, with the team having to cancel its annual team banquet and awards ceremony. Instead, award-winners were announced remotely.
Most Improved Player: #17 Elijah Boisvert
Glens Manager’s Trophy for Top Scorer: #11 Nico Pozzebon
Glens Sportsmanship & Ability Award: #8 Zachary power and #16 Ryan Leonard
Glens Leadership Trophy: #11 Nico Pozzebon
Glens Best Defenceman: #21 Nicolas Ouellette and #12 Zachary Bigras
Ernest Bellefeuille Award: #28 Alexim Veilleux
President’s Trophy for MVP: #11 Nico Pozzebon
From the general manager’s perspective, his first foray into leading a junior ‘B’ hockey club was a whirlwind, with Viau telling me that he has nothing but pride for all the players who contributed to the Glens over the course of he 2019-20 season.
Looking Towards the 2020-21 Campaign
General manager Viau’s to-do list is a lengthy one. Initially, a spring skate for players and potential Glens was planned, but that had to be nixed due to the hockey shutdown.
Regardless, planning for the new season had to continue. Online recruitment for the team’s August (hopefully) camp has been set up on the Glens website and can be accessed here. The team invites hockey players ages 16 through 20 years old to sign up or contact the general manager (email@example.com or at 613-360-0077) for more information. Payment of camp fees has been waived until further notice.
In terms of staff behind the bench, the Glens are looking for an equipment manager / trainer. Anyone interested should contact Viau.
Last year’s coaches – Marc Rousseau, Stephan Ouellette, and Marco Pozzebon – were slated to return for a second kick at the can, but the team has since parted ways with the trio. (See the updated story here.)
As things stand now, the Glens camp is scheduled to begin in late August, followed by the CCHL2 pre-season and regular season in September.
The hockey shutdown mandated by Hockey Canada in March curtailed the league’s 2019-20 playoffs in the second round, meaning there was no league champion declared.