The Holland Hurricanes have been presenting their 2019-2020 athletic award winners through the month of April on their social media accounts. After it was announced that the student-athletes, coaches and staff would not be gathering on April 3 for the 16th annual Hurricanes Awards Gala due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘Canes have made the best of the situation by celebrating from afar.
For 22 straight days, beginning on March 31, the ‘Canes have counted down individual team award winners, then moved into presenting the major awards (all winners listed below). The celebration will conclude with the Coach of the Year and male and female Rookie and Athletes of the Year, April 17 through 21.
The nominees for the Hurricanes Rookie and Athletes of the Year awards were announced earlier this week.
Female Rookie of the Year nominees | Sophie Atkinson (basketball), Kateia Barenaba (volleyball), Emily Cormier (soccer), Paige Deighan (soccer/hockey), Aki Kobayashi (basketball), Lindsey Minard (hockey)
Male Rookie of the Year nominees | Nick Blewett (volleyball), Justice Grant (football), Tyson McInnis (baseball), Jayden McMullen (basketball), Ben Sullivan (cross country running), Kaito Yamamoto (soccer)
Female Athlete of the Year nominees | Aki Kobayashi (basketball), Marissa Macaulay (volleyball), Jacy McMillan (hockey), Nikki Roberts (soccer), Dana Trainor (volleyball)
Male Athlete of the Year nominees | Simon Archibald (volleyball), Jordan Holness (basketball), Tyler Johnston (baseball), Alex Lourenso (soccer), Jack Malo (football)
Here are the winners of the awards that have been announced so far in the celebration.
Hurricanes Award; Meagan Ferguson (football/hockey coach & mental performance consultant) and Darrell Theriault (photographer)
Presented in recognition of outstanding support of the varsity program by a student, staff member, volunteer or program.
Leadership in Sport Award; Calandra Bychyk (women’s soccer/volleyball), Paige Deighan (women’s soccer/hockey), Kalie MacKinnon (women’s soccer/volleyball) and Benjamin Nwaogazi-Awuja (men’s soccer/cross country running)
In recognition of a student who contributed to the development and promotion of sport at Holland College and in our community.
Citizenship Award; Sam Gerbig (women’s volleyball) and Bobby Gama (men’s soccer)
In recognition of a student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability, academic excellence and also demonstrates leadership and a commitment to the community.
Hurricanes Physiotherapy Award; Kristin Gosse (women’s basketball)
Presented to a Holland College student-athlete who exemplifies perseverance and overcomes adversity to return to play or continue to contribute to their team after injury or health challenge.
President’s Award; Presented on Thursday, April 16
Recognizing a student who was actively involved in promoting and building the varsity program at Holland College.
Team Award winners:
Top Offensive Player – Chase Brown
Top Pitcher – Tyler Johnston
Leadership Award – Luke Robison
Most Valuable Player – Tyson McInnis
Cross Country Running
Most Valuable Runner – Rebecca Levy
Most Valuable Runner – Ben Sullivan
Top Offensive Player – Marco Antonio Briones Gutierrez
Top Defensive Player – Jerome Tshimpangila
Offensive Lineman of the Year – Colin Cepecauer
Defensive Lineman of the Year – AJ Fields
Special Teams Player of the Year – Jack Malo
Leadership Award – Max Malo
Most Valuable Player – Jack Malo
Top Offensive Player – Emily Cormier
Top Defensive Player – Rachel Green
Leadership Player – Nicole McInnis
Most Valuable Player – Nikki Roberts
Top Offensive Player – Kaito Yamamoto
Top Defensive Player – Bobby Gamba
Leadership Award – Jonathan MacKenzie
Most Valuable Player – Alex Lourenso
Leadership Award – Vesley Cireus
Most Valuable Dancer – Brigitte Carroll
Top Offensive Player – Paige Deighan
Top Defensive Player – Lindsey Minard
Leadership Award – Emma Dixon
Most Valuable Player – Jacy McMillan
Top Offensive Player – Sophie Atkinson
Top Defensive Player – Kassandra Little
Leadership Award – Ashley Plaggenhoef
Most Valuable Player – Aki Kobayashi
Top Offensive Player – Jayden McMullen
Top Defensive Player – Jordan Holness
Leadership Award – Jon Alexander Vos
Most Valuable Player - Jordan Holness
Top Offensive Player – Abby Hyndman
Top Defensive Player – Dana Trainor
Leadership Award – Sam Gerbig
Most Valuable Player – Marissa Macaulay
Top Offensive Player – Gordon Veitch
Top Defensive Player – Nick Blewett
Leadership Award – Alex Joudrey
Most Valuable Player – Simon Archibald
Here is the schedule for the remaining awards yet to be presented;
Thursday, April 16 | President’s Award
Friday, April 17 | Hurricanes Coach of the Year
Saturday, April 18 | Female Rookie of the Year
Sunday, April 19 | Male Rookie of the Year
Monday, April 20 | Female Athlete of the Year
Tuesday, April 21 | Male Athlete of the Year
Be sure to tune into all future award presentations at www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes daily at 8pm Atlantic through April 21st.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020