VICTORIA (ISN) – The UVic Vikes Varsity Council has announced their February 2012 winners for the Applebee’s Varsity Council athletes and teams of the month. All winners will be presented a gift certificate to Applebee‘s Restaurant.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – Kendra Pomfret, Women’s Track
Third-year Kendra Pomfret had a successful weekend, Feb. 24-25, at the Canada West Track Championships, held in Saskatchewan. Pomfret, a five-foot-seven humanities major earned the Vikes’ first gold medal. Pomfret was first across the line for the women’s 1000-metre race in a time of 2:53.19, ahead of Trinity Western’s Fiona Benson (2:53.48). Pomfret later propelled the Vikes women to a gold medal in the women’s 4x 800-metre relay in a nation leading time of 8:55.43. The team of Rachel Francois, Grace Annear, Shauna McInnis and Pomfret were later honoured as the 2012 Canada West female performance of the meet and all four individuals were named to the Canada West First-Team All-Star list. As a member of the 4×400-m relay team, Pomfret also earned a silver medal and a Canada West Second-Team All-Star nod for that performance. The Vikes track teams are now off to the CIS Championships, Mar. 8-10, in Winnipeg. Pomfret will compete in the 600m, 1000m, 40x400m and 4x800m races at nationals.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – Tony La Carte, Men’s Rugby
Tony LaCarte is an extremely experienced player on the Men’s Rugby squad. This semester LaCarte has been the glue holding the Vikes together as the build of the team is constantly changing due to various players’ national team commitments. As an evasive runner with a dynamic skill set, LaCarte has been a catalyst in numerous back-line tries for the Vikes. Most recently, while pulling from previous National 7s experience, LaCarte helped the Vikes to the Plate Championship at the Rugby Canada National Invitational University 7s Championship. During the plate final LaCarte notched two tries for his squad while also walking away with MVP accolades. Over the next couple weekends LaCarte can be found on the field helping the Vikes to a strong finish in regular season play of the CDI Premiership.
TEAM OF THE MONTH – Men’s Basketball
The UVic men’s basketball team took the hearts of Vikes basketball fans on a roller coaster ride season falling just short at the Canada West Final Four. Craig Beaucamp was named the 2011-12 Canada West coach of the year following a tremendous 8-0 run in the first half of the season and big wins following the Christmas break that put the Vikes at the top of the Pacific division. Led by Canada West first-team all-star guard and second-team CIS All-Canadian Ryan MacKinnon, averaging 19.9 points per game in 2011-12, the Vikes finished with a 14-4 record to clinch the Pacific Division crown. MacKinnon, a fifth-year guard from Comox, B.C., also led the Vikes in steals (40), total points (358), three-pointers made (55) and field-goals made (117). However, when MacKinnon was shut down, there was a strong supporting cast of players to provide the offensive spark. Michael Acheampong, a transfer guard from the Humber Hawks, was second on the Vikes in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game along with a team-best 46.7% in three-point shooting on 28-for-60 shooting from outside the arc. Fifth-year senior guard Zac Andrus of Vashon Island, Wa., the team’s assist leader with 69 assists through the season, averaged 11.9 points per game and was extremely accurate, shooting 88.7% from the free-throw line. He was also 44.4% from three-point range on 28-for-63 shooting and had an impressive assist to turnover ratio (69-to-27). Inside the paint, fifth-year senior Michael Berg of Burnaby, B.C., was the most effective forward with 8.1 points per game and a team high 5.2 rebounds per contest, but Las Vegas native and Yakima College transferTerrell Evans was fourth on the squad in scoring with 9.4 points per game. He was also spectacular in Games 2 and 3 of the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series win over the Calgary Dinos, scoring the winning points in Game 3 and leading the team in scoring with 21 points in Game 2. The Vikes were down by 29 points at the half against the Fraser Valley in the Canada West semifinal, the game that would send them through to the CIS Championship. The team came back to match the Cascades’ 19 points in the fourth quarter but came a bucket shy losing 63-62. In the bronze medal game, the Vikes lost 90-85 against the Alberta Golden Bears. The fourth place finish was the final CIS game for MacKinnon, Berg and Andrus.