Pilots earn year-end medals


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As the collegiate sports season winds down in Manitoba, members of the Providence Pilots walked away with some year-end hardware.

While the men’s and women’s basketball teams came up just short at the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC) championships, their strong performance in provincial play had the team taking home several honours.

Pierre Dubreuil was named MCAC coach of the year after the men’s team went a perfect 8-0 in conference play this season. Riley Paul took home player of the year, with Josh Armstrong named to the all-conference team.

At those NIAC championships, Emmanuel Oleko joined Armstrong and Paul in receiving all-conference honours.

The women’s team had two all-conference team members, with Trinity Blair and Abby Matuszewski given the honour for MCAC and NIAC. Joel Coursey was named the MCAC’s coach of the year for women’s basketball as well.

Amver Navarro was named as an honourable mention for the NAIC’s all-conference team.

The basketball teams will finish up their season in Dubuque, Iowa as they play in the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association north region tournament, with eyes on a nationals berth.

Two Providence players were named to the MCAC true sport team for volleyball. The award recognizes students who embrace true sport values on the court, in the classroom and in their community. Nicholas Friesen and Emma Rogalsky were recognized for their efforts.

They aren’t the only volleyball players to earn recognition, as three players were named to the all-conference team, with Alex Buhler and Tyra Peters earning the honour on the women’s side and Seb Verdaguer claiming a spot on the men’s team.

The MCAC’s player of the year in men’s volleyball also came from providence, with Noah Boschman taking home the honour after an outstanding season, capped off by a championship.

While it was a season to forget for the Providence futsal teams, with the men’s team missing the playoffs, and the women’s team falling in the semi-finals, but some players still came away with awards. Jessica Waytiuk was named to the MCAC all-conference team, with Sean Kirkpatrick and Jordyn Briggs named to the MCAC true sport team.

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