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Pilots players and coaches claim more than 50 awards and honours
2016-03-16
 
Pilots players and coaches claimed 51 awards and honours during the 2015-16 season—a roll call of achievement that included the men’s and women’s programs in basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
 
Impressively, both Amber Harms and Courtney Engel were recognized in multiple sports, earning National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-Region Team designations in soccer before starring with the women’s basketball team.
 
Harms picked up the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Most Valuable Player Award for basketball, was named to the NCCAA Division II All-Region Team, and concluded her campaign with All-American Honourable Mention by the Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA). Engel was named to the MCAC All-Conference Team.
 
Mitchell Martens, Shayna Staerk, Romeo KC, and Erik Wiebe were four of the other big winners for Providence, representing men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s volleyball, respectively.
 
Despite a difficult campaign at team level, Martens won the MVP prizes in both the MCAC and NCCAA Division II North Central Region, took home Week Three MCAC Athlete of the Week honours, and was appointed NCCAA Division II 1st Team All-American.
 
Staerk, who led the Pilots to the MCAC Championship and the final of the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, was named NCCAA Division II regional MVP, MCAC Championship MVP, and NCCAA Division II All-American, and also earned places on the MCAC All-Conference and NCCAA National Championship All-Tournament teams.
 
Both KC and Wiebe won seasonal MVP awards in the MCAC, and KC was also named to the NCCAA Division II North Central All-Region Team and earned ACCA 2nd Team All-American status.
 
Pilots coaches, too, were honoured with numerous awards.
 
Colten Gryba, who oversees the men’s basketball team, was named NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year, and Jason Peters, who left the men’s volleyball team after 13 years in charge, claimed the MCAC prize.
 
Scott Masterson, who will shortly take over the men’s volleyball team after six seasons with the women’s program, won Coach of the Year awards at MCAC, NCCAA Division II regional, and NCCAA Division II national levels. Most impressively, however, was his recognition as American Volleyball Coaches Association NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
 
Doubling in his duties as Director of Athletics at Providence, Masterson says he is “proud” of the athletes who wore Pilots uniforms in 2015-16, and that to have so many award winners representing Providence is an “honour” for the Athletics Department.
 
“I am very proud of all our athletes for how hard they have competed, for how hard they have trained, and for how they have treated each other and their opponents in both victory and defeat,” he says. “It speaks to the time and effort and sacrifice that they, and all their teammates, put into making each other better every day.”
 
He adds: “Having our athletes and coaches be recognized with 48 various awards throughout the season shows that we are viewed as having high-level athletes and coaches who stand out from the rest.”
 
Masterson also points out that more than half of the Providence student athletes have so far achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher.
 
“Not only have we been successful on the court and field, but we have also been excelling in the classroom,” he says.
 
Following are the Providence Pilots award winners for 2015-16:
 
Men’s basketball: Daniel Dekleva (ACCA All-American Honourable mention, MCAC All-Conference); Romeo KC (MCAC MVP, NCCAA All-Region, ACCA 2nd Team All-American); Colten Gryba (NCCAA regional Coach of the Year).
 
Women’s basketball: Courtney Engel (MCAC All-Conference); Amber Harms (MCAC MVP, MCAC Athlete of the Week, NCCAA All-Region, ACCA All-American Honourable Mention); Renata Nyhof (ACCA Academic All-American); Isabella Selk (MCAC All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region, ACCA Academic All-American).
 
Men’s soccer: Ben Bediako (NCCAA All-Region); Chris Cho (NCCAA All-Region); Mitchell Martens (MCAC MVP, MCAC Athlete of the Week, NCCAA regional MVP, NCCAA regional 1st Team All-American).
 
Women’s soccer: Courtney Engel (NCCAA All-Region); Amber Harms (NCCAA All-Region); Kiran Hodges (NCCAA All-Region); Renata Nyhof (NCCAA All-Region).
 
Men’s volleyball: Greg Dueck (MCAC All-Conference, MCAC Athlete of the Week); Hans Fehr (MCAC Championship Final Player of the Game); Lucas Pappel (MCAC All-Conference); Sam Toews (MCAC Championship MVP); Erik Wiebe (MCAC MVP); Jason Peters (MCAC Coach of the Year).
 
Women’s volleyball: Danella Alavaro (NCCAA All-Region); Sam Bridle (MCAC All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region); Savanah Friesen (MCAC Championship Final Player of the Game); Alison Klassen (NCCAA Scholar Athlete); LaRae Penner (MCAC All-Conference, NCCAA All-Region, NCCAA 2nd Team All-American, NCCAA National Championship All-Tournament); Shayna Staerk (MCAC All-Conference, MCAC Championship MVP, NCCAA regional MVP, NCCAA 1st Team All-American, NCCAA National Championship All-Tournament); Emily van der Meer (NCCAA Scholar Athlete); Scott Masterson (MCAC Coach of the Year, NCCAA regional Coach of the Year, NCCAA national Coach of the Year, AVCA NCCAA National Coach of the Year).
 
(From top to bottom: Amber Harms, Mitchell Martens, Shayna Staerk, Scott Masterson.)
 

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