Volume 96, Issue 94
Thursday, March 27, 2003

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Linus never had a purple Western blanket!
Niru Somayajula/Gazette
ROLLIN' ON DUBS. Purple Blanket winners show the fruits of athletic excellence. The "W" stands for, "Whoa-day."

By Ryan Hickman
Gazette Staff

Every year a handful of Western varsity athletes are given the pinnacle accolade a Mustang can receive – the Purple Blanket.

The blanket is handed out to: "Student/Athletes who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, achieved superior distinction at the Provincial/National level of competition as representatives of Western." At Tuesday night's athletic banquet.

Tyler McBride - rowing

As a crew captain in the Western heavyweight boats, McBride has won seven Ontario University Athletics medals in his five-year career, three of which are gold. He was selected as the Mustangs heavyweight men's MVP in 2001 and 2002.

Joanne Chehade - basketball

For the past two seasons, Chehade has been selected to the OUA West first all-star team and for good reason. She averaged just over 15 points a contest and six rebounds.

Ryan McKie - hockey

This year's men's hockey captain captured his second straight All-Canadian award and has been one of the best defensemen in the country over his four-year career. McKie also led last year's Mustangs team that took home the national championship.

Tanya Krynen - track and field

Krynen was a first team OUA all-star this season after her gold medal performance in the pole vault at the provincial championships and a silver at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport meet.

Drew Soleyn - football

Soleyn has been one of the top running backs in the CIS for the past two seasons and was third in the nation in rushing yards this year with 735. Soleyn was also selected as a first team OUA all-star for his hard-nosed running style.

Ashley MacNeill - track

Ashley MacNeill is one of the most intense competitors in the OUA, where she was an all-star this year as a hurdler and a sprinter. Nabbing a silver medal in the 60m hurdles and a gold on the 4x200m relay team at the OUA meet helped boost Western to the women's team championship.

Darren Mortier - hockey

Mortier hit the ice gliding when he came in as a Mustang by winning the OUA rookie of the year. Leaving Western, Mortier is seventh on the Western career scoring list and has been an OUA all-star twice.

Judy McCartney - rugby

As a three-time captain of the women's rugby team, McCartney has been a four-time OUA all-star and was selected twice as an All-Canadian.

Anne Benedetti - lacrosse

Benedetti has been the Mustang's MVP the past three seasons and has been an OUA all-star for the previous two years.

Jimmy Grozelle - basketball

Grozelle sits at second on the Western all-time scoring list and has been an OUA all-star three times and an All-Canadian twice.


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