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Fanshawe has its own praiseworthy athletes

Aaron Hall | Interrobang | Sports | February 20th, 2006

Success is running rampant through Fanshawe Athletics in 2005/2006.
Several athletes representing various Fanshawe Falcon Intercollegiate teams have enjoyed very triumphant seasons so far this year and have helped Fanshawe remain as one of the top athletic programs in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA).

The women's basketball team is involved in a very prestigious program this season as Assistant Coach Katie Havekes was named the recipient of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Coaching Mentor program.

“I think this is an outstanding program which I hope will develop more female coaches for all CCAA programs across the country,” said OCAA president Ray Sarkis.

The program hopes to give coaching experience to women in collegiate sports, specifically former student athletes who want mentoring experience at a national level.

“The CCAA mentoring program is a fantastic opportunity to develop athletes from your program,” said Fanshawe Manager of Athletics Mike Lindsay. “Fanshawe is very fortunate to have Lori MacKay as our head coach mentor for Katie Havekes, who has embarked on her coaching career at Fanshawe.”

Three women are representing London's Oakridge high school this season on the women's volleyball team. Karina Rowell, Laura Gosnell and OCAA West All-star Katie Seys are playing integral roles for the first place 11-3 Falcons.

“It's truly amazing that a first place team would have three athletes from the same high school,” said Volleyball Co-ordinator Vaughan Peckham. “The Oakridge program has done a great job in preparing these athletes for post secondary school play, and we are reaping the benefits.”

A graduate from John McGregor Secondary School in Chatham Ontario is leading the men's volleyball team to an 11-1 record, first in the OCAA West division and second overall in the entire OCAA.

Justin Guerin is leading the OCAA West division in scoring at 4.21 points per game and is quickly becoming a dominant player in only his first collegiate season.

“Justin's athleticism has made him our number one attack option,” said head coach Dave McMillan.

“I think Justin is just beginning to realize his own potential and that spells big trouble for our opponents in the second semester.”

Fanshawe's rookie cross country runner John Mason ran his way into national recognition this past season for the Falcons.

Mason earned a bronze medal at the CCAA championships and a silver medal at the OCAA provincial championship last season. Mason earned praise from his coach as being a very dedicated athlete.

“The first time that I got an email from him, I noticed that his email was “John the runner” so as a coach, if that is your email you are pretty hardcore,” said head coach John Loney after the season. “He's just top notch, he leads by example, and I see nothing but good things coming from him in the future.”

The OCAA champion women's soccer team were led by two first year players, forward Melissa Elie, and defender Emily Costello.

Costello received numerous accolades this season including, being awarded the Player of the game honour in the Bronze medal match at the CCAA tournament, an OCAA All-star nod, and a spot on the CCAA championship All-star team as well.

Elie also received numerous awards this season including, OCAA West Rookie of the year, OCAA All-star, and OCAA West scoring champion.

“They are our twin towers, both scoring goals, and both really key to our team,” said head coach Eva Havaris during the season.
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