Volume 92, Issue 6

Friday, September 11, 1998

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SPORTS
 

Raising the curtain on Mustang madness


Tom Baumgartner/Photo Editor


WHAT'S HOLDING THIS BALL UP ANYWAY? The Mustang woman's soccer team will hope to improve on their OUA final performance this year and match their West division title from a year past.


Dedication, tireless effort, team work – these are just a few of the adjectives used to describe this year's Sports writers in putting together this extensive team by team analysis just for you, our beloved readers and avid sports fans. And once you have read this article you can go out and support the athletes that work as hard as we do.



BADMINTON

Last season's finish
: Silver medal at Ontario Championships.

Season Outlook: Unharmed by graduation, the team will see the return of all of its top players and will once again look to dominate at the provincial level.



BASKETBALL (W)

Last season's finish
: First in Ontario West, fifth place at nationals.

Season Outlook: The team should once again dominate the Ontario West division as head coach Bob Delaney turns to returning veterans Nadia Pezzolo and Jenn Haylor.



BASKETBALL (M)

Last season's finish
: Second place during season. Fell early in the Ontario West semi-final to an upstart Waterloo squad.

Season Outlook: Head coach Craig Boydell promises a few new twists to the Mustang squad. An up tempo style of play should more than make up for some of the scoring power lost to graduation.



CROSS COUNTRY

Last season's finish
: Men finished second in Canada while the women ended the season with a eighth place showing at the big national competition.

Season Outlook: The loss of a national champion (Guy Schultz) would hurt any team. But the men's team appears still capable to compete with the big boys with last year's Ontario University Athletics rookie of the year Jason Eddy returning in addition to OUA all-star Tyler Coady. For the women, Kristina Farr has also left the Mustang family leaving a number of strong runners to take her place.



CURLING

Last season's finish
: Women finished fifth in Ontario, men fourth. Season Outlook: The core of the women's team will return with high confidence. For the men, all but one of the athletes will return with several good junior prospects waiting in the wings to improve last year's fourth place finish.



FENCING

Last season's finish
: Finished in the top three at OUA finals. Four silvers and a bronze for individual efforts.

Season Outlook: Even though the club lost a number of its top performers to graduation head coach John Buchner is quite confident that with a couple of new recruits his team is sure to be back in the running come finals.



FIELD HOCKEY

Last season's finish
: Fourth in the OUA.

Season Outlook: The team will be forced to focus on team cohesion as it replaces nine of 20 players. Lacking a deep bench to draw from, new head coach Gavin Francis still has hopes of cracking the top three with a lot of hard work and concentration.



INDOOR HOCKEY

Last season's finish
: Fifth in Ontario.

Season Outlook: The team will have the advantage of jumping from the field hockey season into the winter sport as the majority of the team make the switch.



GOLF

Last season's finish
: 4th in the OUA finals.

Season Outlook: With four golfers returning, head coach Jim Waite feels all that is going to be needed is one new recruit.



HOCKEY

Last season's finish
: Third in Far West division, lost in first round to Waterloo.

Season Outlook: Strong returning class should contend for division title relying on the veterans to carry the bulk of the scoring load.



ROWING (M)

Last season's finish
: Won Ontario Championship for fifth year in a row.

Season Outlook: Lost several fringe rowers but the strongest scullers will return with extra experience working with the national team during the summer.



ROWING (W)

Last season's finish
: Won Ontario Championship.

Season Outlook: Losing only three to graduation, the women hope to pull past strong competition from Brock and Queen's to take their fourth title in five years.



RUGBY (M)

Last season's finish
: Won Ontario Championship over Queen's.

Season Outlook: The team has already proven it will again be a powerhouse defeating the American Navy squad twice in preseason action.



RUGBY (W)

Last season's finish
: Finished third in the OUA.

Season Outlook: National team member Natasha Wesch returns as head coach for the Mustang ruggers hoping to build on last year's near miss at a championship tilt.



SOCCER (M)

Last season's finish
: A trip to the National championships after winning the Ontario West and and Ontario final. Sixth place at the Nationals.

Season Outlook: With the nucleus of this team leaving, the strength of this team will be on defense with four returning players.



SOCCER (W)

Last season's finish
: First in the West, lost in first round of OUA playoffs.

Season Outlook: Once again in true Mustang fashion, the women will look to continue their dominance of the West and this year hope to make it to the finals.



SQUASH (M + F)

Last season's finish
: OUA Champions and sixth place in North America.

Season Outlook: After a very positive season last year Jack Fairs and his team of talented racketeers will be out to improve on their finish in the North American championship.



SWIMMING

Last season's finish
: Men 19th at Nationals, Women 21st at Nationals.

Season Outlook: After many of the teams top swimmers hit by the flu bug around National time last season, Glen Belfry will undoubtedly be looking to improve last year's results.



SYNCHRO SWIMMING

Last season's finish
: Fourth in Ontario.

Season Outlook: The team looks to improve on last season's performance with the return of all but two swimmers. The team will also head into the season stronger by starting up practicing two weeks earlier.



TENNIS (M)

Last season's finish
: Fifth in OUA.

Season Outlook: With only the loss of a couple of their veterans, a relatively young team will be returning this year in an attempt to make a run at the playoffs, a distinction that eluded the club last year.



TENNIS (W)

Last season's finish
: Second in OUA

Season Outlook: Again, in true Mustang fashion they will be looking to improve on their silver and will be seeking gold.



TRACK & FIELD

Last season's finish
: Men second at nationals, Women eighth at nationals.

Season Outlook: Both teams are extremely excited about the prospects for the upcoming year, as both are confident on improving their finishes from last year.



VOLLEYBALL (M)

Last season's finish
: First in Ontario West, sixth in national championships.

Season Outlook: The men lost three of their big hitters last year as well as team leadership when Travis Wintjes, Andrew Brunton and Mark Habash ended their careers. The six-pack of rookies will have to pick up the slack and if setter Peter Testa's play last season is any indication, a run at a national title may not be as inconceivable as it was at first glance.



VOLLEYBALL (W)

Last season's finish
: First in Ontario West (14-0), seventh at the nationals.

Season Outlook: There will be some big changes on the volleyball front this year as the women said goodbye to five of their starters leaving only Marnie Simpson behind to captain a shaken but not sunken boat. The team had an incredible run last year going undefeated in the regular season which may be a daunting task for the less experienced '98 club.



WATERPOLO

Last season's finish
: Third in Ontario.

Season Outlook: The team will see the return of two-time OUA all-star goaltender Jim McLaughlin, captain Brandon Lawrence and team MVP Rob Clarke. With strong leadership backing the team, head coach Chuck Smith sees the squad cracking the top three in the West to make the playoffs and then "anything can happen from there."



WRESTLING

Last season's finish
: Seventh in the national championships.

Season Outlook: The highly successful wrestling team from last year will almost all be returning since only one grappler graduated last year. With another year of experience under their belts they will certainly be looking to trade them in for ones of the heavyweight variety. The team will also be looking to field a women's club, competing in two of the seven weight divisions.



Tom Baumgartner/Photo Editor


I THINK WE'LL ADD THE STATUE OF LIBERTY TORCH TO OUR TROPHY CASE. The Male ruggers will be looking to defend their Ontario championship this year and if their drubbing of the U.S. Navy squad in early September is any indication the men should once again be solid contenders.





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