Varsity Update - November 24, 2008
The Mohawk women’s volleyball team may have needed to loosen up having to play the same day they made their long bus trip to Sault Ste. Marie November 21. They dropped their opening game to the Cougars 24-26, but then got untracked and took the last three sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22. Mohawk improved to 5-1 in the West Region. Leah Waxman had 11 kills and five service aces. Candice Kragten had 10 kills, one stuff block and one ace. Stacy Dafoe collected five kills and four aces and Rachel VanHartingsveldt contributed eight kills.
November 19 the action was at Redeemer and Stacy Dafoe had nine kills and six service aces in the Mountaineer women’s 25-18, 25-13, 25-13 triumph. Waxman had eight kills and Kragten scored seven kills, one stuff block and one ace. Mohawk assistant coach Michelle Foxcroft said the Mountaineers came into the match with a strong plan and executed it very well. “They showed strong serving and consistent hitting, said Foxcroft. “It was a well rounded effort.”
The Mohawk men had quite a see-saw battle at Redeemer November 19, finally prevailing 27-25, 19-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-9. Steve Pawelczyk had 20 kills and two aces for the Mountaineers, who upped their mark to 3-1 in the West.
The Mohawk women’s basketball team made it two straight wins as they downed Algoma University 55-52 in Sault Ste. Marie November 22. Coach Kelly Dunham said it was an exciting game and her players hit big shots when they needed them. “We started off slow and then it was back and forth for most of the game, said Dunham. “We were up by three at the half and it was a battle in the second half and we showed great character and went to the foul line in the last minute and made our shots.” Michelle Abella led Mohawk with 17 points. Tracy Lehane had 12. With the victory, the Mountaineers evened their record at 3-3 in the OCAA West Region.
Casey Boggs scored 15 points to lead the Mountaineers basketball team to a 52-43 victory over Niagara at the Fennell Gymnasium November 18. Boggs was good on six of 12 field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers. Katie Daniels had 11 points and Tracy Lehane added nine. Boggs felt the Mountaineers deserved their win. "We played better as a team, the passing was improved and the shots were going in.
The Men’s basketball team got a split of weekend games in Sault Ste Marie. November 21 the Mountaineers thumped Sault College 118-86. Ricky Heath had 22 points, Jerome Smith 18, Greg Boccaccio 12 and Kenold Knight 11. However, the following day Mohawk lost 113-85 to Algoma to fall to 3-5 in the West Region standings. Smith scored 19 points, Ryan Carrifiello had 16 and Heath had 11. Looking back at the weekend, coach Brian Jonker said the team played well Friday as a group, but Saturday was different. “We didn’t play together at all in the first half and got ourselves into hole we couldn’t clim out of.”
Back on November 18 at the Fennell Gym The Niagara Knights improved to 7-1 with an 89-72 victory over Mohawk. The Knights charged to an 11-0 lead to start the game, but the Mountaineers recovered and actually took a two point lead in the dying minutes of the first half, before stumbling a bit to trail 37-31 at the intermission. Niagara extended their lead to 18 points in the second half and while Mohawk got back to within seven with about six minutes remaining, they could not get any closer and Niagara pulled away to their 17 point decision. Smith led the Mountaineers with 17 points. Heath and Carrafiello had 13 apiece.