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Varsity Update - October 27, 2008

OCAA Cross Country

 Charlene Gibbins finished sixth to lead a contingent of three Mohawk women in the OCAA Cross Country Championships in Ancaster October 25. Difficult hills, with slippery and at times muddy conditions, greeted the runners. October 25. Gibbins’ time was 22:28 for the five kilometre race. Dawn Martin of St. Lawrence Brockville won in 20:55.
Wendy Richardson of Mohawk was 37th and teammate Anita Tamminga finished 47th. Gibbins was the top Ontario runner at last year’s Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Championship and has made the Ontario team again for this year’s National event in Kingston November 8. She won the bronze medal at last year’s OCAA Championship, but was still pleased with her performance on the Dundas Valley Conservation Area course, which left several runners struggling to finish under less than ideal weather conditions. “Alot of other courses are pretty flat and open, but not this one, said Gibbins. “There are a lot of hills and there are also a lot of roots and rocks that you’re dodging here and there.” 
Andre Simon led a field of eight Mohawk runners in the men’s eight-kilometre race, finishing 12th in 30:24. David Sharatt of Conestoga in Kitchener successfully defended his title in 28:19. Simon was happy with his result. “The first four kilometres I was right with the first pack, it was the perfect strategy that I wanted. The hills were just so difficult, that’s what killed me. But overall, I was really pleased.”   
Other Mountaineer results included Justin Hensen (21st), Dave Hirsh (28th), Jacob McDonald (31st), Jeff VanderHarst (36th), Matt Giroux (54th), Alex Hamilton (71st) and Dan Culp (89th).

Men’s Basketball

The Mohawk men’s basketball team showed off its new offensive system in game one of the OCAA regular season at Redeemer October 21. The Mountaineers failed to make their goal of 100 points, but came close, defeating the Royals 96-80. Ricky Heath (Glendale) led the Mountaineers with 17 points. Mohawk set an OCAA single game record 21 three-point field goals, five more than the previous standard.  But Mountaineers’ coach Brian Jonker felt defense was also key. “No question, said Jonker. “I thought actually all the better runs that we had in the game were because of defense. We created 33 turnovers and took 40 more shots than them.”

Mohawk then topped the Seneca Sting 113-101 to take the consolation final in the Viking Invitational men’s basketball tournament at St. Lawrence College in Kingston October 26.
Eight Mountaineers scored in double figures in the game. Greg Boccaccio (Delta) led the way with 16 points

Earlier in the event, Mohawk lost 102-94 to George Brown with Heath scoring 21, but they bounced back to defeat Georgian 102-98 as  Jerome Smith scored 20.

Women’s Basketball

It was a winning start to the OCAA season for the Mohawk women’s basketball team as the Mountaineers beat Redeemer 53-33 in Ancaster October 21. Morgan Taylor (Owen Sound West Hill) scored 11 points for Mohawk. Head coach Kelly Dunham noted the team was only 6-for-39 shooting in the first half, but 14 for 38 in the second half. “We took better shots, said Dunham. “We were more patient on offence, saw different looks and we were able to finish in the second half.”

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team made it two wins in as many matches this early OCAA season, beating Sheridan 25-11, 25-19, 25-10 October 23 in Oakville. Mountaineers’ coach Brian McEnhill said this was a game of serving. Third year player Rachel Vanhartingsveldt led the team with a total of five service aces.

Men’s Volleyball

Mohawk downed Sheridan 25-12, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, to even their  OCAA men’s volleyball record at 1-1. October 23 in Oakville. Steve Pawelczyk had 14 kills, two service aces and three stuff blocks.

Mohawk then brought home the bronze medal from the Killer Instinct Cup men’s volleyball tournament in Oshawa October 25.
After wins of 3-0 over Cambrian and 3-1 over host Durham, the Mountaineers lost their final pool game in five sets to the Humber Hawks. However, they defeated Niagara in five sets in the third place match. Pawelczyk was named to the all-star team


Humber spoiled Mohawk’s perfect season in the final game of the regular season in OCAA rugby October 26 defeating the Mountaineers 21-7 in Etobicoke. John Tavares (Cathedral) got Mohawk’s lone try, which was converted by James Cumpson (Saltfleet). Both teams finished with 6-1 records and split their regular season meetings, but Humber’s victory over Mohawk was by a larger margin so the Hawks are awarded first place in the West Region, while the Mountaineers get second. As a result, Mohawk will have to visit the first place finisher in the East, Fleming College in semi final play. That game is set for Saturday (Nov. 1) in Peterborough. Humber will entertain Seneca Sunday. The rugby team picked up its sixth win of the season October 21 at Mohawk Sports Park when it defeated Conestoga 24-12. Cumpson had two tries and two converts. Steve Johnston and Chad Elliot also scored tries.

Soccer All-Stars

Four Mohawk players, two men and two women, have made the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s West/Central West Regional All-Star Teams. Rookie Hassan Hamed and second year Mountaineer Sirwan Irandost were selected to the men’s team. Hamed, a rookie from St. Joan of Arc in Mississauga, scored eight goals and Irandost, the second year Architecture student from Niagara Falls Westlane notched four.
Kelsey Forbes, a second year Practical Nursing student from Burlington Robert Bateman, who had a goal this season and Zalona Caruso, a first year advertising student from St. Mary’s in Sault Ste. Marie, were named to the women’s select squad.