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Providence honours student-athletes at Pilots banquet
Romeo KC and LaRae Drieger.
LaRae Driedger and Romeo KC claimed the biggest prizes at the 2017 Providence Pilots Athletics Banquet.
Driedger, a graduating right side with the women’s volleyball team, won the Female Athlete of the Year award at the March 17 event while KC, a graduating guard with the men’s basketball team, was named Male Athlete of the Year.
A member of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference and National Christian College Athletic Association North Central Region teams of the year, Driedger, who hails from Steinbach, executed 393 kills during the 2016-17 season and recorded an attacking percentage that put her among the top 20 players in the entire NCCAA. She was also co-captain of the Pilots and led the team in testimony and devotional times each week.
KC, too, served as a co-captain and finished the season as a top-10 scorer in the NCCAA, which he also led in assists. Impressively, he was also named MCAC MVP for a second consecutive campaign and paced the province in both points and assists. Membership in the Association of Christian College Athletics Second Team All-American rounded out another remarkable school year for the Falls Church, Virginia native.
The Providence Pilots Athlete of the Year awards recognize high-standard athletes who display all-around athleticism, leadership qualities, exceptional attitude and Christian character and integrity while upholding above-average academic performance.
Appropriately, KC was also named Pilots Men’s Basketball MVP on a night that brought the Providence Athletics community together to share a meal, reminisce about the 2016-17 season and pay tribute to all the award winners.
Isabella Selk, the Scholar Athlete of the Year, also claimed Women’s Basketball MVP honours, and the soccer MVPs were Julika Kehler and Braeden Owen for the women’s and men’s sides, respectively. Sam Bridle and Adrian Dyck won the MVP awards for women’s and men’s volleyball.
Owen, who starred in his first year with both the soccer and futsal teams, took home the Male Rookie of the Year Award and Amelia Reimer, who also impressed in soccer and futsal, won Female Rookie of the Year.
Finally, Providence sent off its 11 graduating athletes with commemorative plaques.
The 2017-18 Pilots season will begin in September when the soccer teams kick off their schedules.
(Top to bottom: Scott Masterson, Director of Athletics; The Scholar Athletes with GPAs of 3.0 or greater are recognized.)
Following are the winners from the 2017 Providence Pilots Athletics Banquet:
Female Athlete of the Year: LaRae Driedger
Male Athlete of the Year: Romeo KC
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Isabella Selk
Female Rookie of the Year: Amelia Reimer
Male Rookie of the Year: Braeden Owen
Lauren Wiebe, Isabella Selk, Allison Zajac
MVP: Isabella Selk
Most Improved: Allison Zajac
Leadership: Lauren Wiebe
Richard Rodgers, Romeo KC, Chris Dick.
MVP: Romeo KC
Most Improved: Chris Dick
Leadership: Richard Rodgers
Amelia Reimer, Julika Kehler, Madeline Brewer.
MVP: Julika Kehler
Most Improved: Madeline Brewer
Leadership: Amelia Reimer
Herby Magny, Braeden Owen, Josue Randolph
MVP: Braeden Owen
Most Improved: Josue Randolph
Leadership: Herby Magny
Sam Bridle, Ally Grafe, LaRae Driedger.
MVP: Sam Bridle
Most Improved: Ally Grafe
Leadership: LaRae Driedger
Lucas Papel, Adrian Dyck, Brett Foley
MVP: Adrian Dyck
Most Improved: Brett Foley
Leadership: Lucas Papel
Graduating athletes: Romeo KC, Rebecca Fentum-Jones, Richard Rodgers, Lauren Wiebe, Donovan Miller, Isabella Selk, Darcy Friesen, LaRae Driedger, Tyler Picklyk Enns. (Not Shown: Chang Seung Yang.)
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