St. John still a 'Stang at heart
Tumble costs team title
Thanks for all the memories
Thanks for all the memories
A number of factors made this year in Sports a great one.
They include my two co-editors, John Intini and Ian Ross, returning for a second year, a rookie editor oozing talent and a banner year for Western athletics.
It began as it always does with the football team. They rode an undefeated record all the way to the Churchill Bowl in Saskatchewan where they eventually lost to the Huskies. Ross got to take the trip out there with the team and came back stuttering. We couldn't tell if it was from the cold or the sights. He did eventually regain his speaking skills, as I'm sure all the coaches and athletes at Western know.
Just before hitting the playoffs, head coach Larry Haylor stepped down amid allegations of hazing and an unfortunate incident involving a football player, an engineering student and a car. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then think about it. A football player... an engineering student... and a car.
We here at Gazette Sports defended these guys until we were blue in the face. Too bad they let us and all the athletes at Western down by showing no class and not showing up to the end of year awards banquet for intercollegiate athletics.
Intini got the chance of a lifetime to cover the grand-daddy of all Canadian university football games, the Vanier Cup. He returned with a "rare" Vanier towel. It's rumoured he keeps it in a safety deposit box, location unknown.
That exciting moment was followed by the success of both the men's and women's soccer teams. Both took their respective Ontario titles and represented Western at the nationals. The men secured gold in their third straight trip to the Canadian finale. And even though the women weren't able to duplicate a gold, their season was nonetheless a success.
Their seasons were then left with a huge black mark, as both teams were reprimanded for celebrating their hard work and dedication with some partying on the bus ride home. A slap in the face for dedicated Western athletes. However, they did display a lot of class as both teams showed up to the end of year awards banquet, even though they weren't eligible for awards, unlike some other athletes.
After the Christmas break, the hockey team missed the playoffs for the first time in a while and I missed my dream of going to Saskatchewan for the hockey championships to find out exactly what Ross' stutter was all about. Little did I know, all was not lost.
The men's and women's basketball teams continued Ontario pre-eminence with the men grabbing the Ontario crown and the women a silver in Ontario West.
The men then travelled to Halifax and were lucky enough to have me tag along. The team was upset in the first game by eventual champion St. Mary's Huskies. I didn't get a towel or a stutter, but I did have a good time.
For all the coaches and athletes not mentioned above we thank you. Without your help we would of had to fill our pages with more of our columns. And nobody would have wanted that.
Intini, Dinner and Ross cannot be reached at email@example.com anymore.
Instead look to Chad Thompson, Sean Maraj and Wes Brown for your Sports coverage, starting in intersession. Good luck boys.