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Houlzet recognized by Fleming College with cross-country award

Glengarry’s Matthew Houlzet marked his final year at Fleming College by being honoured with a Knights cross-country running team award.

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Fleming College’s cross-country running athletes, including Matthew Houlzet, third from right.

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown of Ontario’s colleges, the school presented its honours remotely, with Houlzet recognized with the coaches’ award for cross-country. Teammates Daniel Sellers and Frances Emery, respectively, received the men’s and women’s MVP awards.

Looking back on the running season, the graduate of Glengarry District High School tells me that the highlight for him was the frequent travel with his Knights team. Excursions for meets took the squad to Windsor, London, and Toronto..

“We were a small team,” he adds, “with only myself and one more runner returning from last year, so this [the travel] offered time to get to know the other runners and coaches pretty well.”

Houlzet graduated this past spring from the Fleming College occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist program.

“I’d like to thank and send appreciation to all of the people who have helped me along the way. Classmates, teammates, faculty and friends, you have all been amazing and I’ll remember these couple years with fond memories. Until next time, Peterborough.”

Matthew Houlzet statement on wrapping up his collegiate studies and athletics career

He had been expecting to be busy working for the Glengarry Soccer League this summer, serving as referee assigner and minor referee in chief; however, the COVID-19 pandemic put a crimp in those plans. The GSL minor season was cancelled, and the senior (adult) schedule has been pushed back until later in the summer, at the earliest. In the meantime, Houlzet has been working on a local hop farm.

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Rylee Leger receives MVP award for contribution to Algonquin College volleyball

Alexandria’s Rylee Leger has been recognized with an athletics award from Algonquin College in Ottawa, named most valuable player of the women’s volleyball team

Graduating this spring from the Bachelor for Early Learning and Community Development Program, Leger was captain of the Thunder volleyball team for the 2019-20 season. She led the East Division in scoring and was second overall in the league.

The 6 ft. 2 in. athlete who plays the right side of the court is a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School where she excelled in numerous sports, including soccer. In her graduating year (2016), Leger captured school athletics awards for volleyball and basketball. She was also recognized as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

She was also honoured that summer by the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame as one of 15 athletes invited to be celebrated at the annual induction dinner and ceremony.

On her time at Algonquin College, Leger says the MVP award was “a really great way to finish my college volleyball career.”

“It’s pretty amazing and quite an honour to have won Most Valuable Player, [be] East Scoring champ, [be named a] 1st team all-star, and to finish second overall in points for all of the OCAA in my last year”

Rylee Leger on her final season of collegiate volleyball

Her now-former head coach, Everton Senior, noted, “Not many in the OCAA can match the dominance of Rylee. We will have a major hole to fill with her departure.”

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Rylee Leger

The Glengarrian adds, “I’m gonna miss it a lot that’s for sure, but it’s time for a new chapter.”

The Thunder had a 15-3 record over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, finishing second in the OCAA East Division. In the playoff opener, the Thunder prevailed over the Redeemer Royals, from Hamilton, 3 sets to 1 (25-11, 25-23, 21-25, 28-26) to earn a berth at the championship tournament, in North Bay.

There, the Algonquin ladies were felled in their opener, losing in straight sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-11) to St. Clair College, ending the season for the Thunder. St. Clair ended up taking bronze at the tournament, while Fanshawe claimed gold over Humber in the title match.

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