22nd Annual BLG Awards: SMU’s Colley, Carleton’s Scrubb named CIS athletes of the year

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Doug Mitchell with Saint Mary

Doug Mitchell with Saint Mary’s Justine Colley & Carleton’s Phil Scrubb

CALGARY (CIS) – Basketball players Justine Colley fromSaint Mary’s University and Philip Scrubb from CarletonUniversity are the BLG Award winners as Canadian InteruniversitySport female and male athletes of the year for the 2013-14season.

Official BLG Awards website: www.blg.com/blgawards

The recipients of the 22nd annual BLG Awards were announcedMonday night at the EPCOR Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hallin Calgary. The awards show will premiere nationally on Sportsnet360 on Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. EDT, with a replay scheduled forSunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. EDT, also on Sportsnet 360.

All eight nominees – one female and one male from each ofthe four CIS regional associations – received a commemorative goldring from Jostens and a commemorative watch from Timex, theofficial suppliers of CIS, while Colley and Scrubb were alsopresented with a trophy and a $10,000 scholarship to attend aCanadian University graduate school.

The winners were selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, anot-for-profit Board established for the purpose of administeringthe BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selectionprocess.

“On behalf of BLG and the Canadian Athletic Foundationtrustees, I would like to congratulate Justine Colley and PhilipScrubb, the winners of the 22nd annual BLG Awards,” said DougMitchell, National Co-Chair of BLG. “The eightstudent-athletes who were nominated are all outstanding in theirsport. I congratulate all the nominees for their greataccomplishments.”

“This year’s nominees are all exceptional athleteswho are also leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Tobe nominated from a pool of over 11,000 student-athletes is atremendous achievement they should be very proud of,” saidPierre Lafontaine, chief executive officer of CIS. “On behalfof CIS, I sincerely congratulate each of them, as well as theirschool, coaches and teammates. In particular Justine and Philip,who join the very prestigious group of BLG Awardrecipients.”

Basketball players swept both awards for only the second time inthe history of the event. Windsor’s Jessica Clemençonand Carleton’s Tyson Hinz – who played alongside Scrubbfor the past four seasons – were honoured in 2011.

A native of East Preston, N.S., Colley took home the JimThompson Trophy and became the first ever BLG Award winner fromSaint Mary’s – female or male. She was the femalenominee from the Atlantic University Sport regional association forthe second straight year.

Scrubb, who hails from Richmond, B.C., claimed the Doug MitchellTrophy. He follows in the footsteps of Hinz and Osvaldo Jeanty(2006), also a men’s basketball standout, as BLG Awardwinners from Carleton.

The other female finalists for this season were KatiaClément-Heydra of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., a hockeyplayer from McGill University; Khamica Bingham of Brampton, Ont., atrack star from York University; and Lisa Barclay of Brandon, Man.,a volleyball player from the University of British Columbia.

The other male nominees were Liam Heelis of Georgetown, Ont., ahockey player from Acadia University; Jordan Heather of Oromocto,N.B., a football player from Bishop’s University; and DerekHulak of Saskatoon, a hockey player from the University ofSaskatchewan.

Colley made the most of her fifth and final universityseason.

At the AUS conference level, the commerce student won her fourthstraight scoring title thanks to her 20.8 point-per-game average,which was good for third in the country. The talented guard alsoled CIS in assists (5.7) and steals (3.8) per contest.

Thanks in large part to her stellar play, Saint Mary’skept an unblemished 20-0 record in league action and reached thetop of the national rankings – two firsts in the history of theprogram. The Huskies went on to claim their second consecutive AUSbanner.

Colley then merited her second straight Nan Copp Award as CISplayer of the year, one year after becoming the first-everrecipient from an AUS school. At the CIS championship in Windsor,where she was named a tournament all-star, the 22-year-old led theHuskies to a program-best silver medal, a run that included amindboggling 38-point performance in a semifinal win overSaskatchewan.

Over the course of the season, Colley also became the all-timescoring leader in CIS women’s basketball history with 2,376points. She finished her brilliant university career with fiveselections as a first-team AUS all-star, four as an all-Canadian(including three first-team nods), one on the CIS all-rookie squad,as well as three CIS scoring crowns.

At the international level, she spent the 2013 summer with theCanadian senior national team and helped Canada qualify for the2014 FIBA world championship in Turkey (Sept. 27 – Oct. 5).She also wore the Maple Leaf at the 2011 Summer Universiade, the2011 Pan American Games and the 2009 junior worldchampionship.

“Justine established herself as one of the top playersever to play in CIS after winning her second consecutive MVP trophythis season. The stats certainly back up that claim. However, herimpact on our team and a basketball game go far beyondstats,” says Saint Mary’s head coach Scott Munro.“She is simply one of the best leaders I have ever beenaround. Her desire to compete and win separates her from any otherstudent-athlete I have coached. Justine is certainly a uniqueindividual.”

Scrubb was heavily recruited out of Vancouver College back in2010 and all he has done since is prove he was well worth thehype.

In 2013-14, the fourth-year commerce student once again led histeam in points (18.6) and assists (4.9) per game and ranked in thetop 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, three-pointshooting, free-throw percentage, assists, as well as points per 40minutes (27.0). At the end of the regular season, the former CISrookie of the year claimed his third straight Mike Moser MemorialTrophy as CIS MVP, becoming the first three-time recipient inhistory.

A few days later in the nation’s capital, the 6-foot-3guard helped the Ravens capture their fourth consecutive CIS title.In the national final, Carleton defeated archrival Ottawa to avengeits only loss of the campaign (in the OUA final) and finish theseason with a remarkable overall record of 33-1 versus CISopponents.

Last summer, the 21-year-old was the only active CIS player –and the youngest overall – invited to the Canadian senior nationalteam camp. He has already represented Canada at numerousinternational competitions, including the under-19 worldchampionship (2011), Pan American Games (2011) and SummerUniversiade (2013).

“Phil is a highly talented and well accomplished player.His ability speaks for itself in his success,” says Carletonhead coach Dave Smart. “He is a humble and selflessindividual regarding the team. He is an extremely good student,balancing his dedication to the team and sport with hisacademics.”

ALL-TIME BLGAWARD WINNERS:

2013-14: Justine Colley (Saint Mary’s – basketball)/ Philip Scrubb (Carleton – basketball)
2012-13: Shanice Marcelle (UBC – volleyball) / Kyle Quinlan(McMaster – football)
2011-12: Ann-Sophie Bettez (McGill – hockey) /Marc-André Dorion (McGill – hockey)
2010-11: Jessica Clemençon (Windsor – basketball) /Tyson Hinz (Carleton – basketball)
2009-10: Liz Cordonier (UBC – volleyball) / Erik Glavic(Calgary – football)
2008-09: Annamay Pierse (UBC – swimming) / Joel Schmuland (Alberta- volleyball)
2007-08: Laetitia Tchoualack (Montreal – volleyball) / Rob Hennigar(UNB – hockey)
2006-07: Jessica Zelinka (Calgary – track & field) / JoshHowatson (Trinity Western – volleyball)
2005-06: Marylène Laplante (Laval – volleyball) / OsvaldoJeanty (Carleton – basketball)
2004-05: Adrienne Power (Dalhousie – track & field) / JesseLumsden (McMaster – football)
2003-04: Joanna Niemczewska (Calgary – volleyball) / Adam Ens(Saskatchewan – volleyball)
2002-03: Kim St-Pierre (McGill – hockey) / Ryan McKenzie (Windsor -cross country & track)
2001-02: Elizabeth Warden (Toronto – swimming) / Brian Johns (UBC -swimming)
2000-01: Leighann Doan (Calgary – basketball) / Kojo Aidoo(McMaster – football)
1999-00: Jenny Cartmell (Alberta – volleyball) / Michael Potts(Western – soccer)
1998-99: Corinne Swirsky (Concordia – hockey) / Alexandre Marchand(Sherbrooke – track)
1997-98: Foy Williams (Toronto – track & field) / Titus Channer(McMaster – basketball)
1996-97: Terri-Lee Johannesson (Manitoba – basketball) / CurtisMyden (Calgary – swimming)
1995-96: Justine Ellison (Toronto – basketball) / Don Blair(Calgary – football)
1994-95: Linda Thyer (McGill – track & field) / Bill Kubas(Wilfrid Laurier – football)
1993-94: Sandra Carroll (Winnipeg – basketball) / Tim Tindale(Western – football)
1992-93: Diane Scott (Winnipeg – volleyball) / Andy Cameron(Calgary – volleyball)

About the BLG Awards

The BLG Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the topfemale and male athletes from universities affiliated with CIS. TheAwards are based on athletic accomplishments, outstandingsportsmanship and leadership. Each of the 55 CIS schools selectsone female and one male athlete of the year. From these nominees,one female and one male athlete are chosen within each of the fourregional associations: Atlantic University Sport (AUS),Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ),Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canada West UniversitiesAthletic Association (CWUAA). To be eligible, a student-athletemust have competed in a CIS sport for a minimum of two years andcannot be a previous recipient of a BLG Award.

All nominees receive a commemorative gold ring from Jostens anda commemorative watch from Timex – the official suppliers ofCIS – and winners are presented with a trophy and a $10,000scholarship to attend a Canadian university graduate school.Winners are selected by the Canadian Athletic Foundation, anot-for-profit board established for the purpose of administeringthe BLG Awards and protecting the integrity of the selectionprocess. The CAF Board of Trustees consists of 20 members from fiveCanadian cities representing major corporations from across thecountry who are committed to ensuring that Canadian universityathletes receive the recognition they deserve.

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Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body ofuniversity sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations viefor 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS alsoprovides high performance international opportunities for Canadianstudent-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well asnumerous world university championships. For further information,visit www.cis-sic.ca or followus on:

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