Youth athlete achievements in 2012 impressive

Braydon Aumen plays in-your-face basketball. - Andrew Leong/file
Braydon Aumen plays in-your-face basketball.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The year is winding down and it’s time to salute the valley’s top youth athletes of 2012.

And there were a lot of them who made an impact on the valley’s fields and the rinks and beyond.

In Part One, we profile the athletes who made the list from No. 81 to 112.

Parts Two and Three, covering athletes from No. 21 to 80 will be unveiled in the next two editions of the News Leader Pictorial. The top 20 will be profiled in a special section on Jan. 4.

81. Krystyna Neal — Grade 11 multi-sport athlete made Team B.C. and has a goal scorer’s touch at forward. Another prominent member of second-place Cowichan girls’ field hockey squad at the provincials.

82. Chantal Bouchard — Injury prevented the Duncan Christian School Grade 12 student from reaching full potential, but she’s a gifted volleyball player with the chance to reach the university level.

83. Michelle Pewarchuk — Solid Grade 11 field hockey player, Team B.C. and regional squad member plus an avid indoor hockey player.

84. Tayler Green — Youngest member of the Duncan Dragons girls’ fastpitch team emerges as a bonafide star during the provincial Midget B championships in Duncan.

85. Marina Ellison — Female athlete of the year for George Bonner School and senior skater of the year with the Fuller Lake Skating Club. She’s one of just two valley skaters on the competitive circuit. Recently got her Gold feet for skills in skating and named most valuable player for junior field hockey at Frances Kelsey.

86. Braydon Aumen — Small in stature but slick with the ball and quick on his feet for the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ senior boys’ basketball team.

87. Maddie Smith — A starter for the Cowichan Secondary School runner-up senior girls’ AAA field hockey team at the provincials. Playing high-profile games is nothing new for her after so many experiences, including the Cal Cup and Team B.C. outings. A solid midfielder.

88. Cory Lewis — One of the 17-year-olds on coach Opie Williams’ Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team roster who gave his all in every game and helped propel the team deep into the Vancouver Mainland Football League playoffs.

89. Nick Thomas — Defensive player of the year and captain of the Cowichan Bantam Bulldogs’ football team. Always makes his presence felt with bone-crunching tackles.

90. Tyler Hudson — Tower of strength on the football field for the Cowichan Bantam Bulldogs and on the basketball court with the Cowichan Junior Thunderbirds, just like dad Brent used to do. Offensive lineman of the year for the Bantam Bulldogs and voted to football all-star game.

91. Desirae Ridenour — Came out of nowhere to shock the senior girls in the island cross country meet with a well-paced race plan to finish first while continuing to excel in the pool with the Duncan Stingrays swim team.

92. Cassidy Fernandes — Multi-sport athlete who went to provincials for field hockey and gymnastics as well as playing within the Cowichan Valley Soccer Association.

93. Chantal Arnold — Made the Under 17 Team B.C. field lacrosse team which meant traveling to Vancouver every Sunday for practice since October and will be heading to the Sandstorm Lacrosse Festival in Palm Springs in January.

94. Kristian Mousseau — Size matters for the Grade 12 student who’s showing the experience of many long years of field and box lacrosse and picked up strength in his senior year within the Claremont Secondary School field lacrosse program.

95. Sara Lowes — Grade 10 Cowichan Secondary School multi-sport athlete is dynamite at any position in field hockey. Utilized her Team B.C. and Cal Cup experiences to advantage in a role of helping Cowichan to second place in the provincial AAA senior girls’ high school tournament.

96. Liam Kinrade — Partners with Andie Gingrich for top-notch results on the ice dance circuit. The pair placed seventh in the Skate Canada Challenge competition in Regina to earn a place in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships coming up in January in Mississauga, Ont.

97. Lauren Kellar — Came over from Frances Kelsey and became a crucial member of the Cowichan Secondary School field hockey team. Heading to Guelph to join her sister next year.

98. Luke Frost — There are so many great lacrosse players in the valley right now and here’s another one. Both the box and field games are right up the alley of a player who possesses natural goal-scoring abilities.

99. Travis McDonald — The six-foot-five Grade 10 student won defensive lineman of the year for the Bantam Bulldogs football team and voted to football all-star game. Made regional team for provincial selection in basketball in his first season.

100. Darien Hobday — Multi-sport athlete is a T-Bird, Cowichan Rugby Club and Island Summer Games sevens rugby player as well as playing Cowichan Secondary School basketball and fastpitch with the Duncan Dragons.

101. Aaron Frost — Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student starred in baseball and soccer. In baseball, he led the Midget AA Nationals all-star team at the provincials in Prince George with an on-base percentage of .750 and was one of the starting pitchers. In soccer, he led the U18 Silver Titans in scoring with 26 goals and 22 assists in just 16 games.

102. Eric Maslen — A big guy who always gets the job done. Helped the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team come within a game of making the Vancouver Mainland Football League’s playoff final. Grade 12 Chemainus Secondary School student is a great team player.

103. Darrin Aitchison — He’s another one of many weapons coach Opie Williams could count on during the season with the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team. Got into the open to make the big catches at the right time to sustain drives.

104. Lindsay Moulaison — Captain of the Shawnigan Lake School senior field hockey team that captured a silver medal in the AA high school provincials, gold at the senior ISAs, second at Island championships and third at the Friendship Cup.

105. Demi Rose — Young player possesses loads of potential. Had a phenomenal year with the Victoria Fastpitch Club’s ’98 Devils while picking up a silver medal for her B.C. Summer Games experience. She’ll keep getting better, as she travels to Victoria for pitching instruction from Team Canada pitching coach Rob Guenter. Went to Western Canadian championships with the White Rock Renegades and the nationals with the Richmond Islanders.

106. Adam Golia — Served as captain of the Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association Midget A squad that won gold at the Midget A2 provincial championships. Co-winner of the top graduating midget player from CVLA. Grade 11 student enrolled in the lacrosse program at Claremont Secondary in Victoria.

107. Emma Kaiser — Formed a great bond in equestrian competition with her own horse Stella during the past year. The Grade 10 student at Cowichan Secondary School goes to numerous high-level shows that combine dressage, cross country and stadium jumping.

108. Zach Iwasyk — A gritty Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary back row rugby player who’s willing to go into the trenches to do the hard work. Not flashy, but very effective.

109. Braylen Lumb — Natural talents carrying the product of the Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association system far in both box and field lacrosse.

110. Lauren Bailey — Grade 11 student at Queen Margaret’s School was the winner of the QMS junior equestrian program award, the Dunlop Trophy, for progress in riding. She was co-captain of the QMS senior field hockey team and winner of the Mini Grand Prix for the May Saanich Shows in the Sun equestrian event.

111. Kevin Glanfield — Grade 11 student has long been a prominent player in Mid-Island Lightning field lacrosse and adding to his commitment through the Cloverdale Secondary School program.

112. Haakon Koyote — Duncan Swim Team’s top intermediate male and Alison Shepard sprint award recipient. Currently has a stake in three DST relay team records and is a provincial AAA qualifier.

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