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Noonan, Higgins Named Wesmen Athletes of the Year

March 24, 2016 8:00 PM | Sports

University of Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s basketball player Megan Noonan and men’s wrestler Finn Higgins have been named the Wesmen male and female athletes of the year.

The announcement was made Thursday evening during the annual Wesmen Athletic Awards Banquet at the Radisson Hotel.

Noonan, a team co-captain, completed her fourth season in the basketball program and finished among the league leaders in both offensive and defensive categories during the 2015-2016 Canada West regular season.

Higgins is the athlete of the year for the second consecutive season. He won gold in the 100 kg weight class as a national champion.

Complete list of award winners:

University of Winnipeg Male and Female Athletes of the Year:
Megan Noonan (Women’s Basketball) – Female Athlete of the Year
Finn Higgins (Men’s Wrestling) – Male Athlete of the Year

Team MVP’s
Megan Noonan – Women’s Basketball
Denzel Lynch-Blair – Men’s Basketball
Tia Boroski – Women’s Volleyball
Josh McKay – Men’s Volleyball
Braeden Hidalgo-Mazzei- Men’s Soccer
Danielle Bulloch – Women’s Soccer
Aleksandr Sofronov – Men’s Wrestling
Emily Kessler – Women’s Wrestling
Chris Bartos – MCAC Men’s Basketball
Kristin Manibo – MCAC Women’s Basketball
Talia Paetsch – MCAC Women’s Volleyball

Keith Cooper Memorial Award (Excellence in Community Services):
Kyle Nguyen – (Men’s Wrestling)

Dave Anderson Award (Outstanding Service in the Advancement of Athletics):
Tami Pennell (Assistant Coach (WBB), High School Teacher, and Wesmen Booster )

Tom Kendall Award (Excellence in Academics and Athletics):
Allison Baergen – (Women’s Soccer)

Bill Wedlake Most Improved Players Award:
Joshua Partaker (Men’s Soccer)
Mackenzie Jeffrey (Women’s Volleyball)

Radisson Rookies of the Year:
Lena Wenke (Women’s Basketball)
William Sesay (Men’s Basketball)

Academic All-Canadians
34 student athletes were recognized as Academic All-Canadians for the 2014-2015 academic year. In order to gain this status a student athlete must finish the academic year with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better. Those recognized is as follows:

Women’s Soccer: Allison Baergen, Inga Christianson, Rachel Dunsmore, Laura Carroll, Alanna Johnson, Andrea Angioli, Danielle Comeau, Taylor Thorkelsson

Women’s Basketball: Taylor Thorkelsson, Megan Noonan, Kerri Kuzbyt, Stephanie Kleysen, Shawn Pallister, Katie Hastings Van, Paige Hastings Van

Men’s Soccer: Arber Hashanin, Ryan Ramjiawan, Joshua Partaker, Eric Smith, Luka Zorica,

Men’s Volleyball: Logan Brennan, Michael Bommersbach, Riley Delavau, Ryan Bisignano, David Bommersbach, Benoit Theriault, Brendan Thielmann

Women’s Volleyball: Alyssa Kidd, Tia Boroski, Mackenzie Jeffrey, Karissa Kuhr, Chelsea Jones

Men’s Basketball: Travis Krahn, Tim Ireland

Men’s Wrestling – Justin Ramgotra