Posted on June 13, 2011 by Jadene Mah

This year’s Color Night awards banquet was not only a special occasion to recognize team and individual performances but also because for the first time this banquet was held on campus. Coaches, athletes, sponsors and guests filled the gymnasium to celebrate a year well done. This year Augustana boasts ACAC Championship banners in men’s XC …

This year’s Color Night awards banquet was not only a special occasion to recognize team and individual performances but also because for the first time this banquet was held on campus. Coaches, athletes, sponsors and guests filled the gymnasium to celebrate a year well done. This year Augustana boasts ACAC Championship banners in men’s XC Running, and Mixed Curling, a bronze medal in men’s hockey, a second and fourth place team standing at the Canadian College and University Nordic Championships (CCUNC) in Cross Country skiing, as well as women’s basketball making an exciting playoff run for the first time in five years.

Teams also boasted individual accomplishments with ACAC All Conference team members in basketball, hockey and XC Running, leading scorers in hockey, medalists at the CCUNC and at Biathlon Canadian Championships. Filling out six of the eight spots on Team Canada, Augustana biathletes represented their school and their country at the FISU University Games in Erzurum, Turkey. All around Augustana athletes had a very successful year and on this evening we took a moment to celebrate and recognize our athletes.

This year’s Male and Female Rookie of the Year was awarded to Brad Bourke from Men’s Hockey and Kari Kubinec from Women’s Basketball.

In Brads first season as a defenseman for the Viking he lead all rookies in ACAC scoring, was named ACAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, and was the only rookie named to the second team ACAC All Conference. In Kari’s first year as a Viking she was third on the team in steals and was fourth in scoring and rebounds. Kari was a big presence throughout the season and especially throughout playoffs.

Augustana Athletes of the Year boast some major accomplishments in their sports with the award going to Kathryn Stone and Torrie Dyck.

Kathryn Stone had a very successful year across all three of the sports she competed in. In XC Running Kathryn was named to the CCAA Academic All Canadian Team as well as the ACAC All Conference Team. In Cross Country Skiing she came home with CCUNC silver medal in the team sprint and an individual bronze medal in the 5km Free Skate. In Biathlon Kathryn represented Canada on the FISU Games Team in Turkey where she was the top female Canadian and finished an impressive 16th Mass Start.

In Torrie Dyck’s second year at Augustana the captain lead the ACAC regular season in scoring with 25 goals and 38 assists for a total of 63 points in 28 games. He was able to add 6 goals and 4 assists for a total of 10 points in only 6 playoff games. Torrie was the ACAC Male Athlete of the Week twice this season and set a new ACAC record for the most power play goals in a single game, with 4 goals versus Briercrest Clippers on November 20th, 2010. He was also named to the ACAC First Team All Conference.

For the first time Augustana Athletics recognized athletes with Awards of Merit. These were awarded to athletes who over their years at Augustana have reached the top levels of their sport. Awards of Merit were given to Jonathan McCorquindale from men’s Volleyball, Kathryn Stone from XC Running & Skiing/Biathlon, and Jon Skinstad from Biathlon/XC Skiing.

Other awards handed out throughout the evening were Coach of the Year to Gerhard Lotz, Community Coaching Recognition to alumni Heidie Marcinkowski, and Volunteer of the Year to Adam Tresoor and Dennis Sturrock. The Leadership Award was given to David Ness from Men’s Basketball, and the Dr. Roger Epp Scholar Athlete of the Year was awarded to Daniel Hope of Men’s Hockey and Monique Jarrett from Women’s Basketball.

Augustana Athletics also recognized Cathy Davis who this year has worked for the Athletic Department as an administrative assistant and so much more for 25 years!

All in all it was a very good season for the Augustana Vikings and a fun night to celebrate those accomplishments. Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, and staff for a great year!

By. A Hurley


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