CMU Athletes Honoured at Annual Awards Ceremony
Successful year of sports, service celebrated
|2007-08 Athletics Awards Winners: Janelle Hume,
Trail Blazer Award; Kathleen Vitt, Female Athlete of the Year; Alex
Leaver, Male Athlete of the Year; Dara Friesen, Female Rookie of the
Year; and Marty Siemens, Male Rookie of the Year.
Athletic ability, leadership, service, academics—and four
championships —were celebrated March 18 at the annual Canadian Mennonite
University (CMU) athletic awards ceremony.
The event capped off a successful year of inter-collegiate
athletics, which saw the men’s and women’s basketball teams repeat as champions
in the Central Plains Athletic Conference (CPAC).
Also winning CPAC championships were the women’s volleyball
and the men’s hockey teams. The women’s volleyball team also won the annual
Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA) championship, while the men’s
basketball team finished second in the ACCA.
“It was a great year—not just on the field or court, but also as our student
athletes grew, developed and played leadership roles on teams and on campus,”
says Athletic Director Christa Enns.
2007-08 Award Winners
Male and Female Rookies of the Year
This award is given to first-year Blazer who made the biggest positive impact
on his or her team or teams, and to CMU Blazers athletics in general. Winners
this year are Marty Siemens of Oak Bluff, Man. (hockey) and Dara
Friesen of Rosthern, Sask. (volleyball).
Male and Female Athletes of the Year
This award is given to the returning Blazers who made the biggest positive
impact on his team(s) and on CMU Blazers athletics. Winners this year are
Alex Leaver of Winnipeg (basketball) and Kathleen Vitt, Selkirk, Man.
(volleyball and soccer).
CMU Trail Blazer Award
This award is given to the Athlete who best exemplified the following
criteria; Contribution to CMU Athletics, outstanding team leadership and
leadership in the area of faith and service. The winner this year was Janelle
Hume of Winnipeg (soccer and basketball).
CMU Builder Award
This new award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to CMU
Athletics. The first recipient is Curt Warkentin, who served as CMU
Athletic Director from 2001-07.
Other award winners
Team MVP: Sam Nedokus, Winnipeg; Team Rookie of the Year: Janelle
ACCA All-Stars: Chino Argueta, Guatemala, Jori Dueck,
Niverville; Team MVP: Aaron Janzen, Coaldale, Alta.; Team Rookie of the
Year: Jori Dueck, Niverville.
CPAC MVP: Dara Friesen, Rosthern Sask.; CPAC Tournament MVP;
Kathleen Vitt, Selkirk, Man.; CPAC All-Stars: Kalon Bergen,
Beausejour, Man.; Dara Friesen; ACCA MVP: Dara Friesen; ACCA
All-Stars: Nikki Mercier, Winnipeg; Kalon Bergen; Team MVP:
Kalon Bergen; Team Rookie of the Year: Dara Friesen.
CPAC All-Stars: Jeordie Ker, Ladner, B.C.; Josh Krueger, Delta,
B.C.; Team MVP: Jaron Friesen, Waldheim, Sask.; Team Co- Rookies of the
Year: Josh Krueger and Jeordie Ker.
Team MVP: Heidi Dick, Virgil, Ont.; Team Rookie of the Year: Katie
Hamman, Lima, Ohio.
CPAC All Conference: Luke Klassen, Winkler, Man.; Mike Friesen,
Springstein, Man.; CPAC Tournament MVP: Derek Bergen, Kleefeld, Man.;
CPAC MVP: Marty Siemens, Oak Bluff, Man.; Outstanding Graduating Player:
Luke Klassen; Team MVP: Luke Klassen; Team Rookie of the Year:
ACCA Academic All-Americans: Christie Anne McCullough, Outlook, Sask.;
Kaleigh Trask, LaSalle, Man.; Jamie Semchuk, LaSalle, Man.;
Erin Wall, Winnipeg; Janelle Hume, Winnipeg; Rachel Parsons,
Winnipeg. Team MVP: Allison Nance, Winnipeg; Team Rookie of the Year:
ACCA Academic All-Americans: Alex Leaver, Winnipeg, Paul Muns,
Winnipeg, Nick Miller, Winnipeg; ACCA 2nd Team All-American: Alex
Leaver; ACCA Tournament All-Star: Alex Leaver; Team MVPs: Alex
Leaver and Paul Muns; Team Rookies of the Year: Steve Bernjak,
Winnipeg and Nick Miller.
Posted March 19, 2008.
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