embers of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s volleyball and men’s soccer teams dominate the finalists for the 2017-18 Athletic Awards.
Four members of the women’s volleyball team and three members of the men’s soccer team are among the finalists for the awards, which will be handed out at a banquet/ceremony on Thursday, March 29th.
The finalists for the Doctor Roger H. Barnsley scholar athlete award are on the men’s side: soccer’s Ryan Glanville (5th year, midfield, Williams Lake, BC), Cole Keddie (4th year, outside hitter, Edmonton, AB) of volleyball and Conlan Sprickerhoff (5th year, Williams Lake, BC) of cross country. The finalists for the women’s side are: Breena Rusnell (3rd year, Fort McMurray, AB) of swimming, Kendra Finch (3rd year, outside hitter, North Vancouver, BC) from volleyball and basketball’s Emily Vilac (4th year, forward, Kamloops, BC).
For the Sports Task Force male athlete of the year nominees are Tim Dobbert (4th year, outside hitter, Aichelberg, Germany) of volleyball, Luke Morris (5th year, forward, Mission, BC) from basketball and soccer’s Mitch Popadynetz (4th year, midfield, Nelson, BC). The female nominees are Marisa Mendonca (4th year, midfield, Penticton, BC) from soccer, basketball’s Michelle Bos (4th year, guard, Surrey, BC) and volleyball’s Rachel Windhorst (4th year, outside hitter, South Surrey, BC).
Finalists for the Cliff Neufeld leadership athlete of the year are Christine Fergin (4th year, defender, Waterloo,ON) of soccer, Gurcharan Uppal (1st year, Kamloops, BC) from swimming and volleyball’s Kaitlin Lomas (5th year, middle, Ponoka, AB). Finalists for the male Neufeld award are Glanville, Sprickherhoff and Michael Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon, BC) of basketball.
The other major award goes to newcomer of the year. For the first time ever, there will be a male and female winner. Finalists for the male newcomer of the year are Landon Currie (Vernon, BC) of volleyball, Tyus De Vries (Chilliwack, BC) from basketball and soccer’s Jan Piretas Glasmacher (Barcelona, Spain). The female finalists are Yevgeniya Nykhalova (Severodontsk, Ukraine) of volleyball, soccer’s Camryn Curts (Courtenay, BC) and basketball’s Jordon Haggerty (Saskatoon, SK).
Another award which will be announced on March 29 th as well will be the Director’s award which goes to an athlete who has contributed greatly to the athletics department during their time as a student/athlete .Aside from these awards, the others were chosen based on a poll of WolfPack coaches and staff. The awards/year end banquet will be held at the Grand Hall at the Campus Activity Centre at Thompson Rivers University.