Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, December 8, 1999


Football coach Larry Haylor talks sports and life

Mustang track sets early season pace

Ski team and women's hockey ready for winter

Picking those Mustangs

'Twas the Sports awards of '99

Another banner year for Western Mustang teams

Another banner year for Western Mustang teams

1999 – another year of Western athletics has gone by and I am left to ponder who is deserving of the crown of best male athlete, female athlete, best coach, best team and most improved team. From my position on the sidelines, I have made my choices.

For male athlete of the year, I choose Western linebacker Justin Anania. This defensive stand out had the best game I have ever seen a football player play against McMaster University. He worked for every tackle and was almost able to carry the Mustangs to victory on his shoulders. Anania is a solid foundation for the Western team to build upon.

The choice for female athlete of 1999 is the high flyer of the Western cross country team. Teresa Duck was able to soar all season for the Mustangs. Although she was unable to race in all the events because of demands in her academic world, Duck was still able to capture both the Ontario University Athletics championship and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union championship. Duck's running skill placed her well above her competition and showed why she is one Mighty Duck.

Western is privileged to have many great coaches and to pick one over another is a difficult task. My pick for coach of the year would have to be women's volleyball coach Dean Lowrie. Lowrie has only one loss in regular season play and has taken the Mustang volleyball team to great heights. Hopefully, this year will bring his team the CIAU title they deserve.

For team of the year, I have to agree with my counterparts and select the men's soccer team. For the second consectuive year, these monsters of the soccer midway were able to capture the CIAU gold. Western could have a dynasty on their hands with this group of players.

The most improved team was a difficult choice. I was torn between voting for the football team's defence or the hockey team. Western's football defence kept them in many a game and worked hard all year for the team's success. However, my final choice is the hockey team. In the span of a year they have gone from missing the playoffs to being the number one ranked team in the country. The Mustangs on ice have shown great character and depth in their games thus far.

This year has been great for Western athletics and the hopes are that 2000 will bring similar rewards to all our hard working athletes. Happy New Year and all the best during the holiday season.

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