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Varsity Update - Oct 20, 2008

Women's Fastball

The Mohawk Mountaineers won the bronze medal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women's Fastball Championship in Windsor Saturday (Oct. 18).

The Mountaineers lost 9-2 to host St. Clair, the team they had beaten to open the championship.

Nicole Miller had a single, double and an RBI in four trips to the plate and was named Mohawk's player of the game.

The Saints went on to knock off two time defending champion Durham Lords for the title. It was a double knockout event, meaning the Lords had to be defeated twice and that's exactly what St. Clair did. They jumped out to an 11-2 lead by the fifth inning, then held on for an 11-8 decision for the first win, then scored a narrow 2-0 verdict for the title as Kandice Bagley tossed a complete game four hit shutout. It was the second OCAA fastball championship for the Saints. They also won in 2005. Going into the event Durham had captured five of the previous six championships.

Durham's Danielle Smith was named the Top Pitcher in the championship and and Candice Gatecliffe of St. Clair was the Most Valuable Player.

Earlier Results:

Mohawk 9 St. Clair 6
WP: Jenny Koschanow
LP: Kandice Bagley
Mohawk Player of the Game: Samantha Tubman

Durham 6 Mohawk 2
WP: Danielle Smith
LP: Jenny Koschanow
Mohawk Player of the Game: Casey Ramey

Mohawk Fastball Awards:

She's been brilliant for four years and Mohawk's Jenny Koschanow was honoured as this season's top pitcher in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (Oct. 16). She picked up her award at the OCAA Women's Fastball Championship in Windsor. "Jenny K" had four of Mohawk's five wins to go with three losses. She recorded 69 strikeouts and posted a 3.35 earned run average.

Mohawk's Brian Weller was honoured as the OCAA coach of the year. He also won the award in 2004.

The Mountaineers had two All-Stars in Koschanow and infielder/catcher Samantha Tubman


John Tavares scored two tries to lead the Mohawk Mountaineers to their fifth straight victory, 34-7 over the Seneca Sting, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association rugby at Mohawk Sports Park Thursday (Oct. 16).

Trevor Atkinson opened the scoring for the Mountaineers just 10 minutes into the contest. James Cumpson converted. Cumpson then kicked a penalty. That meant Seneca had to kick off to Mohawk and the Mountaineers had a brilliant return involving several players and capped by Jonathan Isbister's try down the right sidelines. Cumpson split the uprights from a difficult angle and Mohawk led 17-0 at the half. Tavares scored his two unconverted tries around Clinton Good's score which was converted by Cumpson. Seneca broke the shutout in the final minute with a converted try.

Tavares, a product of the rugby programme at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, said he loves playing college rugby. It's where he wants to be. Tavares wasn't where he wanted to be late in the game when it appeared he had suffered a terrible leg injury, but it turned out to be a major cramp, and after a short spell he was able to get around again, much to his relief and that of coach Alex Paris who felt his team had great ball movement and communication throughout the whole team. He was also able to get his substitutes into the game. Now, as the team heads into the stretch drive in the regular season, the coach feels everything is on schedule. "Today was a good indication of where we are with the development of the squad. I think from here we can only move forward and take a look at Conestoga (Tuesday Oct. 21 4:30 pm Mohawk Sports Park). We've already played them and know what they are going to come in with. So we'll go from here and see what happens." The Mountaineers then finish the regular season in a first place battle Sunday (Oct. 26) in Etobicoke.

Men's Soccer

The Mohawk men's soccer team completed its season with a terrific result. The Mountaineers whipped the high flying Humber Hawks 6-3, October 15 at Mohawk Sports Park. Hassan Hamed scored two more goals, giving him eight for the season. Singles went to Matt Kernick, Matt Luison, Roberto Del Rosario and Mohamed Karbous. It was quite a finale for the Mountaineers, who finished their season out of the playoffs with a 3-7-2 record, while Humber, which finished second in the Central West Division, saw their record end up 9-3.

Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett was very pleased how his rookie-laden team finished the campaign. "They went out to have some fun today, said Bennett, "They were more relaxed and had a good start with a couple of quick goals and set the pace for, basically, the outcome of the game. They were totally ready to play today." Bennett added it was a good end to the season beating Humber. Now it's a case of hitting the books and hoping that everyone can come back next year and the team can move on.

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer campaign ended on a losing note for the Mohawk Mountaineers, dropping a 4-0 home decision to Humber October 15. Although they lost to the 8-0-2 Hawks and finished with a 2-7-1 record, the women's team is in a situation similar to the men, as the Mountaineers look forward to next season.

Coach Renzo Castellani, felt his team played very well in its last game, but once again allowed some preventable goals, a problem which occurred often during the season. But the coach is already thinking about next year when most of his players will be going into their second seasons with some experience under their belts. "At the end of the game I counted nine rookies on the field, said Castellani, "They pushed well and really looked good. So for next year, if we stay healthy, which was our biggest problem this year, we're going to look like a different team."

Women's Volleyball

The Mohawk women's volleyball team had to rally from an early deficit, but defeated the Fanshawe Falcons 3-1 in their 2008-09 OCAA curtain raiser in London October 15. The scores were 18-25, 25-11, 26-24, 28-26.

Veteran Leah Waxman led the way for the Mountaineers with 15 kills, two service aces and 13 digs.

Candice Kragten had 13 kills, two aces, one stuff block and one dig. Rachel VanHartingsveldt contributed 11 kills, four aces and 12 digs, while new middle player Allison Feliciano, from the Cambridge area, had 11 kills and one block.

Mohawk head coach Brian McEnhill called it a solid start and added, "It was a good insight (as) to how much work the team still has to do over the year, but we have some good ladies (and it's) just a matter of the coach doing his job now."

Mohawk's next league action is Thursday October 23 when they visit the Sheridan Bruins at their Trafalgar campus in Oakville.

The Mountaineers have already hit the floor at Sheridan. In fact they were rolling along at the Fred Wannamaker Invitational Women's Volleyball Tournament (Oct. 17-18) until they were stopped by the Niagara Knights. Mohawk reeled off four, straight sets wins over George Brown (25-19, 25-15), Loyalist (26-24, 25-15), Sheridan (25-16, 25-16) and U of T Scarborough (25-18, 25-19) in the prelims. But in the first playoff round, Niagara took them in three sets. It could have been another victory for Mohawk, but they failed to convert three match points. The scores were 22-25, 25-14, 16-17.

The Defiance College Yellow Jackets of Defiance Ohio won the tourney, 15-25, 25-23, 15-13 over the Humber Hawks of Etobicoke.

Men's Volleyball

The Mohawk men's volleyball team got off to an unaccustomed start to its season Wednesday (Oct. 15), losing 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 to the Fanshawe Falcons in London.

The Mountaineers, who last year went undefeated in 12 regular season matches, captured the OCAA title and won a bronze medal at the national championship, are a much younger outfit this season, as star players Jasmin Cull, Peter Sniuolis, Adam Schiedel and Kevin Watson have all graduated. Errors were the name of the game at Fanshawe, according to coach James Bradley.

"We made a lot of them. Our youth and inexperience together really showed tonight. We are trying to find our chemistry as a team and figure many things out. We didn't execute the game plan tonight. They really didn't beat us, we beat ourselves," concluded the Mohawk bench boss. Bradley said he had two standouts, however. Steve Pawelzcyk, the fourth year product of Barton Secondary School, who is playing right side this year, had 10 kills and one service ace, while middle Ian Cameron, in his third year out of Westdale Secondary School, had seven kills and one stuff block.

Cross Country

Mohawk College had its final tuneup for the OCAA Cross Country Championships by competing in an invitational meet in Windsor that was co-hosted by St. Clair College and the University of Windsor October 18.

Charlene Gibbins of Mohawk finished 15th in the women's five kilometre event. She was timed in 21:14.8. Wendy Richardson was 30th and Anita Tamminga 33rd, as Mohawk finished 5th in the team results. Alyssa Thrasher led a 1-2-3 finish for University of Windsor runners and the winning time was 19:28.2.

The Mohawk men finished 5th as a team. Andre Simon was 15th in 29:45.7. Justin Hensen finished 28th, Jacob McDonald 40th, Alex Hamilton 52nd and Kyle Leis 54th.

Again University of Windsor runners showed the way, finishing first and second in the 8K event. Nathan Reiter was the winner in 27:23.8.

Coach Wayne Collins said a bit of the cold and flu affected his team but they should be ready to go for the OCAA Championships this coming weekend.

Mohawk and Redeemer are co-hosting the big event. Race day is Saturday (Oct. 25). The runners will compete on the main trail at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The race will start behind the Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Rd. West, in Ancaster. The women's 5K race will begin at 11:00am while the men are set to take to the course at 12:00pm for their 8K run.