Bruins celebrate 2018-19 at 50th annual Athletic Banquet

Bruins celebrate 2018-19 at 50th annual Athletic Banquet

OAKVILLE, Ont. - The academic achievement and athletic success of more than 170 varsity student athletes was on full display during the 50th annual Sheridan Athletic Banquet, with Athletes of the Year Nick Campbell (men's basketball) and Theresa Brown (women's basketball), Scholar Athlete Award Winners Chester Ashby (men's soccer) and Tamia Cooper-Evelyn (women's volleyball), and Rob Till Leadership Award winner Jessalyn Carvajal (cross country) scooping up the night's main prizes.

Male Athlete of the Year: Nick Campbell, men's basketball

Also the receipient of the Leroy Cassanova men's basketball most valuable player award for a second-straight year, Campbell completed a stellar season in which he was a driving force behind the team's 13th Ontario crown, while making a second national title game appearance in the past three seasons. Although his steady play at both ends of the floor throughout the regular season earned him a second-consecutive OCAA West Division All-Star nod, he elevated his game in the most-important contests.

Including a pair of rivalry games against Humber and seven playoff contests, he upped his per-game averages nearly accross the board, but most notably in points (from 21.9 - 22.3), rebounds (from 5.9 - 7.3), and assists (from 3.3 - 3.8), while improving his shooting percentages from the floor (.513 - .553), 3-point range (.444 - .486), and the free-throw line (.707 - .776).

With this season's accoldaes, he enters elite company and joins Michael Selkridge as the just second Bruin to have won a team Coaches Award (2016-17), a team MVP (2017-18 and 2018-19), an OCAA Championship MVP (2019), an OCAA league All-Star (2017-18 and 2018-19), a national championship All-Star, and been named Athlete of the Year.

Female Athlete of the Year: Theresa Brown, women's basketball

After a solid campaign in which she posted a team and career-high 16.9 points per game - the sixth-highest total in the OCAA - while also setting new personal bests in rebounds (5.5/game), and steals (2.5 per contest), Brown was named an OCAA All-Star for the first time. A steady performer throughout the year, she hit double figures in 31 of 36 contests, scored 20-plus 13 times, and notched an overall season scoring average of 17.1.

In the process, Brown has skyrockted up the Bruins' all-time scoring list and now sits third with 823 points. Desite suffering a finger injury on her shooting hand just prior to the opening round of the OCAA playoffs, she still found ways to get buckets and make other contributions, scoring 14 points while collecting eight rebounds in Sheridan's Round of 16 victory over Loyalist. Even with the ailment she nearly matched her regular season scoring average, with 16.2 points per game in the four postseason contests, culminating in a masterful 24-point, six-assist, four-rebound performance in only 19 minutes in the OCAA consolation final.

Male Scholar Athlete: Chester Ashby, men's soccer

A key cog in the Sheridan defensive spine that won the OCAA Central Division's best defensive team award in the fall, Ashby was also highlighted as an All-Star. He allowed just seven goals while recording 50 saves in the OCAA regular season and playoffs, good for a 0.70 GAA and .877 save percentage, while adding six clean sheets.

Ashby added another shutout in the national quarter-final, and wrapped up the post-season with a 4-2 record, allowing just four goals as the Double Blue collected OCAA silver and CCAA bronze medals. 

Female Scholar Athlete: Tamia Cooper-Evelyn, women's volleyball

After posting a team-leading 164 points and 132 digs during the regular season, Cooper-Evelyn was named an OCAA West Division All-Star, but she, too, stepped up her game during the playoffs. She posted more points per set (4.2 playoffs - 2.7 regular season), more kills (3.8 - 2.2), more digs (2.6 - 2.2), and was more efficient by increasing her hitting percentage from .172 - .211 in the postseason. Cooper-Evelyn also had three of her team-leading four double doubles in the final month of the season, completing a stellar February with 87 points (3.6/set) and 60 digs (2.5/set). 

Having now completed three campaigns in Double Blue, Cooper-Evelyn has received OCAA All-Academic recognition every year, and earlier this season became the third player in program history to record at least 300 kills and 300 digs.

Rob Till Leadership Award: Jessalyn Carvajal, cross country

A dedicated member of the cross country team, Carvajal's biggest impact on campus came through her leadership of MoveU, a program dedicated to inspiring females to become more active. She spearheaded promotional initiatives that included highlighting the MoveR of the week, she also taught a dance fit class, and was a key member of a partnership with Lululemon that had more than 80 participants for a pop-up Yoga class. From a competitive standpoint, her best result on course came during the season opener at Fanshawe, when she placed 40th. 

2018-19 Award Winners

Men's Basketball

Leroy Cassanova Most Valuable Player: Nick Campbell
Coaches Award: Tremaine Anderson

Women's Basketball

MVP: Theresa Brown
Coaches Award: Camilla Orellana Larach

Cross Country

Men's MVP: Cole Bond
Men's Coaches Award: Alex Ball

Women's MVP: Olivia Sidock
Women's Coaches Award: Erin Kinninmont

Men's Rugby

MVP: Michael Galipo
Coaches Award: Adam Yhip

Women's Rugby

MVP: Kirsten Archer
Coaches Award: Taylor Jordan

Men's Soccer

Outdoor MVP: Francis Ameyaw
Outdoor Coaches Award: Jesse Bibby

Indoor MVP: Rahim Thorpe
Indoor Coaches Award: Chiron Robinson

Women's Soccer

Outdoor MVP: Zoe Derkach
Outdoor Coaches Award: Melanie Jubenville

Indoor MVP: Marianna DeFina
Indoor Coaches Award: Madison Roberts

Men's Volleyball 

MVP: Liam Butchereit
Coaches Award: Marcus Ahmadzai

Women's Volleyball

MVP: Tamia Cooper-Evelyn
Coaches Award: Rachel Abrahams

Coach of the Year 

Danny Webster, Cross Country

Rob Till Leadership Award

Jessalyn Carvajal, Women's Cross Country

Sheridan Sun Most Newsworthy Athlete

Nick Campbell, Men's Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year

Theresa Brown, Women's Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year

Nick Campbell, Men's Basketball

Male Scholar Athlete Award

Chester Ashby, Men's Soccer

Female Scholar Athlete Award

Tamia Cooper-Evelyn, Women's Volleyball