The bitter end: men's teams season recap

Early playoff exits offset by all-star selections for Mustang athletes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs men's basketball

Jon Purdy

DRIVES HALTED. The men's basketball team had a resurgent season, but Western's men's varsity teams sputtered in the postseason despite all-star nods.

Over Reading Week, while most students lay on the beach, several Western teams entered the postseason. Although most teams were eliminated early in the playoffs, there were still many highlights throughout the season, earning many Mustangs all-star nods. Here’s how things played out for a few men’s squads. See tomorrow’s issue for women’s coverage.

Men’s Basketball
Western finished a breakthrough season Feb. 24, falling to the Guelph Gryphons 69-61 in the Ontario University Athletics West divisional quarter-final. Head coach Brad Campbell led the Mustangs to their first postseason berth in four years.

The team finished with an 11-11 record and squeaked into the playoffs with an 85-65 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks in their final regular season game. Although its year has ended, the accolades for the men’s basketball team haven’t.

Andrew Wedemire was named the OUA West Rookie of the Year. Capable of playing both guard and forward, Wedemire finished second in team scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game and shooting an impressive 53.1 per cent from the field, seventh best in the OUA. He was also named to the OUA all-rookie team.

The young star’s success will hopefully rub off on his teammates. With Campbell behind the wheel, the squad could go even farther next season.
"Josh Coles

Men’s Hockey
The Mustangs recently ended their turbulent season, losing to the Waterloo Warriors in the second round of the OUA men’s hockey playoffs in a collar-clenching series which saw all three games decided by one goal. Waterloo gave the Purple and Silver fits, much like during the regular season, when the ’Stangs lost all four matchups.

Western’s season was marred by inconsistency, especially at the beginning when excessive penalties halted momentum. However, the ’Stangs elevated their game late in the season with three wins against division rival Lakehead in the last two weeks and seemed poised to stampede to the Queen’s Cup.

The team enters the offseason with more questions than answers, as its entire top line of Steve Benedetti, Craig Kennedy and Ryan Hare and top-scoring defenceman Chris Eade are all graduating.
"Matt Zerker

Men’s Volleyball
Western had a successful regular season, finishing with a 14-6 record and fourth in the OUA standings. However, the ’Stangs exited early in the playoffs, narrowly losing to the York Lions by a misleading score of 3-0 (30-28, 25-22, 26-24).

Co-captains Andrew Hinchey and Josh Chisholm were named OUA second-team all-stars while young standout Reid Halpenny was named to the OUA all-rookie team.

Hinchey, a third-year setter, finished third in the OUA with 624 assists and added 109 digs and 58 kills this season.

Chisholm, a right-side hitter, finished 12th in the OUA with 3.18 points per game. The 6’4” athlete was a vocal leader and guided the squad’s rookies with his experience.

Left-side hitter Halpenny notched 64 kills and averaged 1.82 points per game this season, garnering attention around the league.
"Stephanie Ramsay

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