All three new recruits of the Brandon University Bobcats women’s basketball team were among the high school players honoured at the Basketball Manitoba Awards banquet on Saturday in Winnipeg.
Hamiota’s Shayna Mathison was named Manitoba’s A high school girls’ player of the year, while Virden’s Natalie Vachon was named a A/AA/AAA first-team all-star. Logan Biccum, who also played with the Virden Golden Bears, was named a second-team all-star and received a $250 Basketball Manitoba bursary for players who excelled on and off the court and will attend university after high school.
Meanwhile, Heidi Smith of the Virden Golden Bears, was named the AAA female player of the year, while Neelin’s Paige Thomson — who has committed to the University of Victoria Vikes — and Sarah Palson of Souris are A/AA/AAA first-team all-stars. Courtney Fines of the Elton Sabres cracked the second all-star team.
Quinton Hunter of the Neelin Spartans was the lone male athlete from Westman to be recognized. He was named a A/AA/AAA first-team all-star.
They weren’t the only ones recognized on Saturday as Boissevain’s Chris Unrau was named AA boys’ coach of the year, Glenboro’s Ryan Diehl became the A boys’ coach of the year and Hamiota’s Jon Zilkey was named A girls’ coach of the year.
Brandon’s Don Thomson received coach of the year in the open category, while Virden’s Stephen Densmore was recognized for 20 years of service and Neelin assistant coach Carey Lasuik was honoured for 25 years of coaching.
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