Linus never had a
purple Western blanket!
|ROLLIN' ON DUBS.
Purple Blanket winners show the fruits of athletic excellence. The
"W" stands for, "Whoa-day."
By Ryan Hickman
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
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
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.