The University of Northern British Columbia’s Athletics department gathered on Friday, April 5th, 2019 to celebrate the most successful season in school history.
Prince George product Anthony Preston earned Male Rookie of the Year for his freshman campaign with the Men’s soccer team. The rookie appeared in 14 games for the Timberwolves, making four starts. He scored two goals and added two assists, finishing second on the team in points. Preston was thrust into a number of high-pressure situations and thrived, impressing with his approach to the game.
For the second consecutive year, Gordon Hall earned the Male Athlete of the Year Award, as he made more UNBC history for the Men’s soccer team. The fifth-year centreback was a stalwart defensively, earning First Team Canada West All-Star distinction; the first Timberwolf to net the honour. The Chilliwack native’s conference all-star nod was also the third of his career, the only UNBC athlete to win a trio of nods in his or her career.
The KJM Sales Timberwolf Award, handed out to the student-athlete who excels in athletics, academics, and community service, was split this year between men’s soccer player Francesco Bartolillo and women’s basketball player Emily Holmes. Bartolillo, who won the award in 2017 and 2018, was named the U SPORTS National Student-Athlete Community Service Award winner for soccer, while Holmes serves as President of the Timberwolves Student Athlete Society. They were both critical in a number of fundraising and charitable efforts.
The Timberwolves also welcomed Bev Best of the UNBC First Nations Centre, who gifted the graduating athletes with traditional Aboriginal drums. This year, varsity athletes were trained in the art and customs of creating the drums, and built the drums the graduating seniors received. Receiving custom drums were Kylie Erb, Madison Emmond, Abby Gibb, Vasiliki Louka, Jesse Rake, Josh McAvoy, Scott Brown, Clay Kiiskila, Emmanuel Drame, Francesco Bartolillo, Conrad Rowlands, Matt Jubinville, Liam Stewart, Gordon Hall, Austin Chandler, Jovan Leamy, James Agyeman, and Vaggelis Loukas.
Defensive Player - Gordon Hall
Coach’s Award – Francesco Bartolillo
Most Valuable Player – Gordon Hall
Zane Robison Award - Vova Pluzhnikov
Best Defensive Player Award - Austin Chandler
Most Outstanding Player Award - Jovan Leamy
Most Inspirational Player Award - Vaggelis Loukas and James Agyeman
Practice Wins Leader - Vaggelis Loukas
Most Improved Player – Madison Landry
Rookie of the Year - Lucy Guan and Cevanna Carlson
Leadership Award – Abby Gibb
Most Valuable Player – Vasiliki Louka
Defensive Player of the Year – Mara McCleary
Green & Gold Award – Robyn Zinkan
Most Valuable Player – Madison Emmond & Paige Payne