Volume 92, Issue 54
Wednesday, December 9, 1998
and to all a goodnight
One more honour for Nobes
Few can dispute that Western harbours some the best athletes in Ontario under the Mustang banner. Rankings, championships and individual awards prove that fact year in and year out.
To stand out from the crowd at Western takes a special ability. Angela Nobes was one of those individuals and has been honoured for her contributions as the The Gazette's 1998 female athlete of the year.
Although it has been nine months since the Mustang point guard for the women's basketball team last suited up in a purple and white jersey, her accomplishments have not faded. This award honours her contributions in 1998, with the history of her previous four years on the team supporting the argument.
Over her five years at Western, Nobes captained the team to two national championship tournament berths and added important contributions during two other appearances. No other varsity team at Western has appeared in as many championship battles during the same time period and that accomplishment ranks above personal achievements.
A vocal leader, it was her high intensity and desire for the game which pushed her teammates to the next level. She was a leader in every sense of the word.
On a personal front, Nobes guided an offensively potent attack from the point position. The number of assists she contributed in a game was among the highest in Canada. Add the fact that in 14 games last season, she scored an average of 14 points a game good for fifth in the Ontario West division. In field goal percentage, she ranked seventh in the nation with over 80 per cent.
There is no question Nobes was the complete athlete. Yet, the reason she stands out for this year's award is her ability to battle adversity at the most crucial time of the season. During the provincial semifinals last March, Nobes suffered a serious facial injury while scrambling for a loose ball in Sudbury. She was sent to the hospital and would not return to the court for the rest of the tournament.
Most doubted she would be able to recover for the national championship a week later in Thunder Bay. Her face was seriously bruised and vulnerable to a more serious injury. The question hung for most of the week and it wasn't until the last minute that the answer was provided. She decided to dress and start.
Nobes hit the court in Thunder Bay with her trademark intensity not shying away from tight situations, even with the knowledge that her specially designed protective glasses were the only barrier from another trip to the hospital. Against the odds, she carried her team forward to two victories and the consolation title.
However, this is not to say that Nobes walked away with the honour. There were several other Western athletes who shined bright in 1998.
Denise Pelletier of the Mustang field hockey team endured a colossal number of shots at the goalkeeper position and stopped nearly all of them during the fall season. A member of an offensively weak team, Pelletier carried Western into the playoffs with shutouts during more than a handful of scoreless contests.
Mary-Ann Phillips of the women's track and field team was another Mustang to stand above the competition. A two time all-Canadian shot putter, Phillips threw for silver at the Canadian nationals the highest finish on the team.
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