SNHS recognizes athletic accomplishments
Tim Brody - Editor
Sioux North High School (SNHS) athletes were recognized for their achievements this past sports season at the school’s Athletic Awards Banquet on June 16.
SNHS Athletic Director Janine Lavoie said it was fantastic to be able to hold the event again after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking back on this past sports season she shared, “It was a great season. We started off with a very restricted season, exhibition only, very small group of teams. We progressed from that. We were shut down in the winter season for a little while. Coming back as a league, we decided we wanted to have championships for our winter sports season, so we pushed back our spring season start, knowing full well that we wouldn’t be participating in NWOSSA or OFSAA this year… keeping a focus on local allowed us to put some nice, authentic championships together for the athletes through the winter and have a full spring season.”
Reflecting back, Lavoie said it was wonderful when the school was finally able to let students’ biggest fans, family and community members, back into the building to cheer them on.
“COVID set everybody on high alert, but hands down, having those fans in the stands cheering the kids on, having that support and that energy in the gym, we all missed it and we were so happy to bring that back for the last half of the winter season,” she said.
Jim Bailey, who graduated the previous year and came back for a fifth year this past season, said of his fellow athletes, “Every athlete here worked so hard this year and saw so much improvement.”
Bailey, who was named the Senior Boys Athlete of the Year, said sports mean the world to him, “It brings everyone together, you meet so many people, you make friendships, rivals, sports trips and so much fun.”
Kailey Barnes, who graduated this year, said she was quite surprised to be named Senior Girls Athlete of the Year, as well as a recipient of the Colin Hood Award, among other awards she received during the evening.
Asked her thoughts on the sports season past, she shared, “I think it went really well. We had lots of great athletes.”
This was the final season for Bailey and Barnes, who both said they made many great memories as Warriors.
Another award of note presented during the evening went to Ava Hoppe, who, in addition to receiving a Connected North Digital Inclusion Grant, was selected to receive The Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Legends of Hockey Scholars Fund scholarship, which includes a cheque for $500 and she will have her name listed in the Hockey Hall of Fame as a recipient of this honour.
Looking ahead to next season, Lavoie said, “Fingers crossed, but pending no further public health disasters or any changes, we are full steam ahead regular season with NorWOSSA, moving on to NWOSSA and OFSAA championships.”
SNHS Athletic Award Winners
GOLF: Most Valuable Player - Charles Darling, Most Improved Player - Cohl Elliot.
JR GIRLS BASKETBALL: Most Valuable Player - Sierra Hoppe, Most Improved Player - Diya MacLeod.
SR GIRLS BASKETBALL: Most Valuable Player - Sophia Legary, Most Improved Player - Madisyn Breton.
JR BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Most Valuable Player - Jordan Mekanak-Fontaine, Most Improved Player - Cohl Elliot.
SR BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Most Valuable Player - Jim Bailey, Most Improved Player - Marek McKay.
JR BOYS BASKETBALL: Most Valuable Player - Owen Belisle, Most Improved Player - Jayden Emberly.
SR BOYS BASKETBALL: Most Valuable Player - Jim Bailey, Most Improved Player - Mylo Anderson.
JR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Most Valuable Player - Adelaide Meekis, Most Improved Player - Aliyah Zarecki.
SR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Most Valuable Player - Kailey Barnes, Most Improved Player - Sophia Legary.
BOYS HOCKEY: Most Valuable Player - Zac Lance, Most Improved Player - Braedyn Lilly, Best Teammate - Sean Cole.
GIRLS HOCKEY: Most Valuable Player - Haylee Bouchard, Most Improved Player - Cassey Turallo, Rookie of the Year - Kylah Bolen, Coaches Award - Ava Hoppe.
MIXED CURLING: Most Valuable Player - Charles Darling.
BADMINTON: Most Valuable Player- Kailey Barnes and Jim Bailey, Most Improved Player - Presley Brohm and Marek McKay.
BOYS SOCCER: Most Valuable Player - Gyver Macabeo, Most Improved Player - Josh Rice.
GIRLS SOCCER: Most Valuable Player - Haylee Bouchard, Most Improved Player - Adelaide Meekis.
COLIN HOOD AWARD:
MALE – Eric Goretzki
FEMALE – Kailey Barnes
COACH - John MacRae.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS:
Junior Boys: Alex Agustin, Owen Belisle, and Weston Chabbert.
Junior Girls: Hannah Perreault, Aaliyah Zarecki, Cassey Turallo, Jessica MacMillan, and Adelaide Meekis.
Senior Boys: Jim Bailey, Kalin Roy, Zac Lance, Gyver Macabeo, and Talen Zoccole.
Senior Girls: Kailey Barnes, Sophia Legary, Haylee Bouchard, and Naomi Mousseau.
JUNIOR BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Alex Agustin.
JUNIOR GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Adelaide Meekis.
SENIOR BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Jim Bailey.
SENIOR GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Kailey Barnes.
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