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The Manitoba High School Athletic Association announced its annual athletes of the year on Friday morning, including a Vincent Massey Collegiate athlete heading to the biggest tryout of her life.
Keylyn Filewich was handed the overall female athlete of the year award, honouring her achievements in basketball and volleyball as well as her 93 per cent average in the classroom.
Filewich goes to Toronto next week to try out for Team Canada’s U18 women’s basketball team. If she makes it, she’ll be on the roster competing in international competition in Chile in July and looking to qualify for the 2017 U19 World Championships.
"It’s really a big honour to be named athlete of the year, it’s something I’ve worked really hard at over the past year," said Filewich, ranked No. 3 in Manitoba in girl’s basketball and No. 6 in the province in volleyball.
She played hockey amd volleyball growing up, but only played basketball to keep in shape. Both of her parents played the sport for the University of Manitoba Bisons.
"I never thought I’d play it," she said. "I never thought I’d be in this position and going to university to play it. It’s in my blood."
Filewich is heading to the University of British Columbia in the fall.
On the boys’ side, Glenboro School’s Matthew Klassen was named the male athlete of the year, proving that small schools can pump out exceptional athletes.
"It’s great," he said. "Coming from a small school, it’s something I’m extremely proud of and something I will take with me. Every person is given 24 hours in a day, whether it’s A, Double-A, Triple-A or Four-A, it just depends on what you do with it and how hard you want to work for it."
Klassen is heading to Brandon University to play volleyball, but his prowess in basketball culminated by being named the MVP at provincials this past year. He was also named the "A" player of the year at the Graduating Basketball All-Star game. Oh, and he kept a 93 per cent average in the classroom.
"Any free time you have, you’re doing your work," he said, smiling. "It’s a lot of hard work but anything I do, I want to put my best into it, whether it’s athletics or sports or a drama production (he played King Henry VIIII this year). I just want to put my all into it."
Here’s the full list of MHSAA athletes of the year from each high school classification:
"A" Girls - Ashley Jay, Hamiota Collegiate: Named the "A" female basketball player of the year while playing volleyball, golf, badminton and baseball. Maintained a 92 per cent average. Heading to the University of Calgary.
"AA" Girls - Kaylee Butterfield, Souris School: Captain of her provincial championship basketball team along with her rugby squad. Maintained a 91 per cent average. Heading to Brandon University.
"AAA" Girls - Carman Ross, Virden Collegiate: A provincial MVP for volleyball and a provincial all-star on the basketball court, Ross maintained a 86 per cent average. She will attend Brandon University in the fall.
"AAAA" Girls - Keylyn Filewich, Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg): Ranked No. 6 in volleyball and No. 3 in basketball as a varsity player. Trying out for Team Canada’s U18 basketball squad. Maintained a 93 per cent average and is heading to UBC in the fall.
"A" Boys - Matthew Klassen,Glenboro School: Named the MVP at basketball provincials and coached Grade 7 volleyball and basketball while averaging 91 per cent in the classroom. Heading to Brandon University in the fall.
"AA" Boys - Wellington Driedger, Steinbach Christian School: Named the MVP and Player’s Choice Award winner at the MHSAA basketball provincial championships. He maintained a 91 per cent average and is attending the International House of Prayer in Kansas this fall.
"AAA" Boys - William Hatherly, Hapnot Collegiate (Flin Flon): The AAA Player’s Choice and all-star at the "AAA" volleyball provincials. Received the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Scholarship for volleyball. Heading to Brandon University with an 80 per cent average.
"AAAA" Boys - Eric Loeppky, Steinbach Regional School: Leading scorer and captain of Steinbach’s varsity basketball team and a winner of a Player’s Choice award at volleyball provincials. Held an 82 per cent average and is headed to Trinity Western University this fall.