On campus: Brock and Niagara College news
Bailey Campbell and her Brock women’s basketball teammates wore pink Saturday in a game versus visiting Waterloo as part of the university’s Breast Cancer Weekend. Photo by BERNIE PUCHALSKI.
Brock’s wrestlers had a great weekend at the Western Open and the Ontario junior championships.
Winning gold medals at the Western Open were Joey Martin (61 kilograms), Matt Jagas (68 kilograms), Emily Schaefer (59 kilograms) Indira Moores (67 kilograms), Skylar Grote (72 kilograms) and Darrion Sterling (82 kilograms).
Silver medals were garnered by Juwan Burgess (82 kilograms), Benny Ferrara (120 kilograms) and Shauna Kuebeck (72 kilograms), while Chelcie Armstrong (51 kilograms) added a bronze medal.
Schaefer, a fourth-year concurrent education major, shared Brock female athlete of the week honours with figure skater Katie Desveaux. Shaefer went 3-0 in her division and defeated Concordia’s Laurence Beauregard in the final.
The Brock Wrestling Club took both teams titles at the Ontario junior championships.
Medalists included: winners Samantha Romano (50 kilograms), Daina Armstrong (55 kilograms), Hannah Taylor (59 kilograms), Nicole French (72 kilograms), Zoe Mullin-Belanger (82 kilograms), Ty Bridgewater (74 kilograms) and Richard DesChatelets (97 kilograms); silver medalists Max Budgley (79 kilograms) and Jeremy Badgley (125 kilograms); and, bronze medallist Kellan Royds (97 kilograms).
The second-ranked Brock men’s basketball team (16-2) ran its Ontario University Athletics winning streak to eight games, by defeating Waterloo 101-58 and Guelph 93-80.
Top performers against Waterloo were: Johneil Simpson, 27 points; Dani Elgadi, 18 points and nine rebounds; Cassidy Ryan, 17 points; and, Daniel Cayer, 12 points and eight boards.
Top performers versus Guelph were: Tyler Brown, 19 points, seven assists and three rebounds; Elgadi, 16 points and 11 rebounds; Ryan, 14 points; and Noah Lapierre, 10 points.
Brock’s women’s (6-12) had a .500 week, defeating Waterloo 71-44 and losing 72-44 to Guelph.
Top Badgers versus Waterloo were: Baelie Campbell and Miranda Smith, 16 points each; Kristin Gallant, 13 points; and, Courtney McPherson, 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Leading the way versus Guelph were: Brooke Murdoch, 15 points, six rebounds and two assists; and, Campbell, 13 points, three assists and three rebounds.
Among the highlights of local players competing in OUA women’s basketball were: St. Francis grad Jelena Mamic had two points, eight rebounds and five assists as McMaster beat Laurier 76-69 and nine points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals as McMaster dumped Guelph 84-67; Saint Paul product Megan MacLeod had 11 points and 12 rebounds as York topped Nipissing 66-48 and 12 points and four rebounds in York’s 80-54 victory over Laurentian: Centennial alumnus Sarah Holmes had five points and eight rebounds in Guelph’s lost to McMaster; Jean Vanier grad Sarah Dillon had seven points in Laurier’s loss to McMaster.
BROCK MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
The Brock men’s volleyball team had a great week, sweeping Trent 3-0 and knocking off East Division-leading Ryerson 3-2.
Brock has won three straight matches to improve to 3-9 on the season.
Performing well versus Trent were: Logan House, nine kills and five digs; Alex Carter, seven kills on 12 attempts; Peter Schnabel, five kills; and, setter Marcelo Correa, 26 assists, five digs and three kills.
Leading the way versus Ryerson were: House, 22 kills and 10 digs; Schnabel, 12 kills; Tim Spisar, nine kills and seven digs; Correa, 42 assists, seven digs and five aces; and, libero Felipe Costa, 14 digs.
House was named Brock’s male athlete of the week for his exploits. He is sixth in the OUA in kills and seventh in points (169).
Brock’s women’s volleyball team blanked Trent 3-0 and lost 3-0 to seventh-ranked Ryerson.
Top performers versus Trent were: Renee Helmer, 10 kills and five digs; Laura Condotta, eight kills and eight digs; and, Tori Carroll, six kills.
Leading the way for Brock versus Ryerson were: Helmer, 11 kills; Condotta, 10 kills and 10 digs; and, libero Julia Balatbat, 13 digs.
BROCK FIGURE SKATING
Katie Desveaux, a fourth-year sport management student, was named co-winner of the Brock female athlete of the week award after helping Brock to a second-place finish at the University of Toronto Winter Invitational.
Desveaux placed first in the open short dance, combined with Emily Albrecht to top open solo dance and was third in the intermediate similar pair freeskate with partner Alexa Leitch.
Other results included: Leitch, first in STAR 10 freeskate; Carly Albrecht, Jessalyn Day, Bralyn Nelson and Sydney Vanderveen, first in freeskate 4; Vanderveen, first in novice short; Carly Albrecht and Nelson, fourth in senior similar pair freeskate; fourth in team synchronized skating; Carly Albrecht, Emily Albrecht, Katie Hunter and Erin Tucker, fifth in dance 4; Day, sixth in senior silver solo dance; and, Nelson, sixth in gold freeskate.
The Brock men’s hockey team split a pair of overtime games, beating Western 3-2 and falling 4-3 to Ryerson.
Against Western, Brandon O’Quinn and Cosimo Fontana scored in regulation time and Josh Timpano potted the overtime winner. Clint Windsor made 33 saves to pick up the win goal.
Dexter Weber, Fontana and Timpano netted the goals versus Ryerson.
Brock sits in fifth place in the OUA West Division with a 12-7-5 record.
In its only game of the week, the Brock women fell 3-2 to the University of Toronto. Brenna Murphy and Christina Ieradi scored for Brock.
Brock is seventh in the OUA standings with eight wins, three overtime wins, seven losses and two overtime losses.
Brock’s four curling teams were at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club to compete in the McMaster Marauders Invitational Bonspiel.
The men’s varsity team, missing third Jamie Waters, who was competing in a mixed doubles provincial qualifier, went 3-1 to finish 8-6 in exhibition play.
The women’s varsity team went 2-0-2 to conclude exhibition play at 8-4-2.
The junior women’s varsity team, skipped by Jeanette Burnside, went 1-3 and are at 3-6 in exhibition play.
The junior varsity men also went 1-3 to sit at 3-6 in exhibition action.
BROCK RAISES $3,300 TO FIGHT CANCER
Brock’s women’s volleyball, hockey and basketball teams raised $3,300 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s Niagara Division through its Breast Cancer Weekend.
Prior to Brock’s volleyball game versus Trent, volleyball players Renee Helmer and Grace Edwards, basketball player Courtney McPherson and hockey player Julia Pettella cut off eight inches off their hair and donated it to the cancer society to be used to make wigs for children who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.
All three Brock teams wore pink to promote breast cancer awareness.
BROCK TEAMS WITH MERIDIAN
Meridian has joined the Badgers Care Program as a corporate sponsor.
Established in 2015, the program encourages Brock varsity teams, coaches and student-athletes to be good community citizens through outreach, leadership and volunteerism.
“Badgers Care allows these student-athletes and their coaches to use their passion for athletics to foster their own personal development beyond academics and sports,” Brock athletic director Neil Lumsden said. “At the same time, they’re working alongside the community to make Niagara a better place to live, work and play.”
Wade Stayzer, Meridian’s vice-president retail, said the relationship is a natural fit since both Brock and Meridian have a long history of collaborating to help build stronger communities. Meridian will provide Badgers Care with additional funding to extend its programming reach in Niagara.
“Both organizations aim to recognize and enhance the leadership potential in people,” Stayzer said. “At Brock, student-athletes find time between school, training and playing to volunteer and bring to life the Badgers Care program.
“At Meridian, employees build people’s lives through advice and fulfilment of financial services and we, too, volunteer and demonstrate our passions through our commitment to building strong communities.”
Mary Ingribelli is making a habit of being named Niagara College’s female athlete of the week.
For the second consecutive week and third time overall, the Governor Simcoe grad garnered the award. The fourth-year guard from St. Catharines scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Niagara’s women’s basketball team to a 75-41 victory over the Conestoga Condors in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play. She also added six steals, three rebounds, and an assist.
“Another great performance from Mary,” Knights head coach Mike Beccaria said. “We will need Mary to continue her dominance if we hope to make a run for a medal this season.”
Ingribelli currently ranks second in the OCAA with a total of 237 points and is ninth in average scoring with 16.9 points per game.
Ingribelli and the Knights (9-5) host Sheridan Bruins at the Welland Athletic Centre Wednesday. The game will be the first ever #NCTalks for #BellLetsTalk Mental Health Matchup designed to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues in Canada.
The 6 p.m. event include free food, popcorn, cotton candy, and Bell Let’s Talk swag.. Admission is free for Niagara College students and $5. for everyone else.
Niagara’s third-place men’s basketball team improved to 10-4 on the season with an 89-66 victory over the visiting Conestoga Condors.
Leading the way for Niagara were Van Hutchison Jr., 20 points and 11 rebounds; and, rookie point guard Johnnie Richardson (Niagara Falls), a season-high 14 points on 3-for-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Hutchinson Jr., a former OCAA first-team all-star, is averaging 18.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
Niagara hosts Sheridan Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the #BellLetsTalk mental health matchup.
The Niagara women’s volleyball program split a tough weekend road trip, losing 3-1 to the St. Clair Saints and defeating the Fanshawe Falcons 3-1.
Playing well for Niagara against St. Clair were: Jordan Koslowski with 11 kills and Rachel Rivers with nine kills.
Against Fanshawe, rookie libero Ainsleigh McInnes-Williams led the way with 16 digs. She now has 148 on the season.
Niagara’s men’s volleyball team (7-7) also had a .500 weekend, edging the St. Clair Saints 3-2 and losing 3-2 to Fanshawe.
Leading Niagara past St. Clair were: Jaydon Milne and Elijah Bugiardini with 12 kills each.
Against Fanshawe, Bugiardini led Niagara with eight kills and was named Niagara’s male athlete of the week.
The 6-foot-2 Hamilton St. Mary’s graduate has been averaging 1.8 points per set and the Knights hope the first-year outside hitter will continue to develop into a regular contributor within their starting rotation for years to come.
Volleyball photo courtesy of Ryan McCullough.
Niagara College’s women curling team was 3-0 and the men were 2-1 when the school hosted its annual Knights Bonspiel at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
The women defeated Mohawk, Fanshawe Falcons and Fleming while the men defeated Mohawk and Fleming and lost to the reigning national champs from Fanshawe.
Both squads finished their pre-provincial tournament play with 9-2 records. The OCAA provincial championships will start Feb. 15 in Sault Ste. Marie.