Basketball players Aieisha Luyken and Jasper Moedt were the big winners at the University of the Fraser Valley athletic awards banquet last Friday.
Luyken and Moedt were named the Cascades’ female and male athletes of the year, respectively.
Luyken, a fifth-year point guard out of Mission Secondary, was a Canada West second team all-star after tying for the team lead in scoring average (10.8 points per game) and leading in assists (4.4) and minutes (29.5). She helped the UFV women’s hoopsters win the conference silver medal and the national bronze medal, both of which were high water marks for the program.
Moedt, a fourth-year centre out of Yale Secondary, also earned a second team Canada West all-star nod after a season which saw him average 14.2 points and 9.1 rebounds. He helped the UFV men’s basketball team to its third straight Canada West Final Four berth, and was the conference’s nominee for the CIS Ken Shields Award, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athlete.
• UFV’s rookie of the year awards went to soccer players Dylan Jordan and Carley Radomski.
Jordan started seven games as a freshman on the Cascades’ back line, notching two assists along the way.
Injuries thrust Radomski to the forefront with the UFV women’s soccer team, and the midfielder started all 12 games in the regular season, registering two goals and an assist.
• Kree Byrne (men’s soccer) and Nicole Wierks (women’s basketball) were the academic award winners. Midfielder Byrne, a second-year science student, has maintained a 4.06 GPA at UFV, and also collected a goal and five starts on the season. Wierks, a graduating senior who averaged 9.1 points per game on 51.9 per cent shooting from the field, won the female academic award for the second straight year with a perfect A+ average (4.33 GPA).
• Trevor O’Neill of the men’s soccer team won the outstanding community award, in recognition of his coaching contributions with the Abbotsford Magnuson Ford Soccer Club.
• The Jen Simpson Memorial Award for outstanding leadership went to rower Stephen Wall, a second-year kinesiology student from Coquitlam. According to coach Liz Chisholm, Wall “is quiet and confident, a thinker and a doer” who “doesn’t shrink away from what is asked or expected.”
• The Cascades’ team MVP award winners were as follows.
Women’s soccer: Dayle Jeras
Men’s volleyball: Nikolas Vojnovic
Women’s volleyball: Krista Hogewoning
Men’s golf: Aaron Pauls
Women’s golf: Jen Woods
Men’s basketball: Kevon Parchment
Women’s basketball: Aieisha Luyken
Women’s rowing: Stefanie Schoenberger
Men’s rowing: Scott Micona