March 18, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – With two CIS tournaments the only competition this weekend, basketball player Kayli Sartori of Fraser Valley and Julia Flinton of the Saskatchewan Huskies women’s hockey team have been selected Stars of the Week for March 13-16.
STAR OF THE WEEK: #7 Kayli Sartori, Fraser Valley (basketball)
Home: Chilliwack, BC
Academic: General Studies
Kayli Sartori started all three UFV games during the national championships, averaging 11 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. She caught fire during the Cascades’ bronze medal match against the Saskatchewan Huskies, scoring 13 points (shooting 2-4 from behind the arc) and grabbing nine rebounds. Her work against both Windsor in the semi-final and Saskatchewan in the final helped spark the Cascades to greater heights and revealed the leader that Sartori is becoming on the court.
A hard player to classify, even by her own coaches, Sartori is an excellent mix of small forward and guard. She is as equally capable of taking over playmaking duties from teammate and starting point-guard Aieisha Luyken as she is posting up in the paint or driving to the rim. Her versatile play allows Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer remarkable flexibility, as Sartori herself recognizes:
“Sometimes coach is looking for me to score, sometimes he’s looking for me to be a playmaker. It depends who we’re playing and which position I’m filling … I think that on the floor I bring a lot of versatility. If someone small is guarding me I can bring her down low, if she’s a bigger player I can pull her outside and drive past her.”
“Having Kayli win an all-star is a really positive step forward for her,” said assistant coach Anthony Luyken. “It really starts to solidify her role as the next leader on our team moving forward. We’re losing some great leadership and Kayli has to step into that role. I think for her it’s that symbolic moment that just speaks ‘Hey, you’re going to carry the torch.'”
STAR OF THE WEEK: #14 Julia Flinton, Saskatchewan (hockey)
Home: Williams Lake, BC
Academic: Agriculture & Bioresources
University of Saskatchewan third-year hockey defender Julia Flinton helped lead the Huskies to a bronze medal at the 2014 CIS women’s hockey championship, hosted in Fredericton this past weekend by St. Thomas University.
Flinton was named a CIS Tournament All-Star after scoring the Huskies’ first three goals in the bronze medal game, a 6-3 win over Wilfrid Laurier on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday, Flinton assisted on Saskatchewan’s second goal during a 3-2 win over the host St. Thomas Tommies. At the time, it gave the visitors a 2-1 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
On Thursday, opening day of the event, the Huskies dropped a 3-0 decision to #1 seed and eventual silver medalist Montreal. Flinton had two shots on goal, an Even plus/minus with no penalties.
Next Stars of the Week: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.