Excellence occurs in a wide variety of sports
Another great year of sports is at an end and high school age athletes excelled like never before.
There were so many to choose from but only a select few made the cut from a great 2012 crop. In Part Two, athletes rated No. 51 through 80 are unveiled.
51. Tiara Wakelyn-Enger — Powerful boot produces plenty of offence for the Cowichan Valley U18 Gold girls’ soccer squad, including a recent four-goal effort. She’s made her presence felt on the field hockey pitch as well for many years.
52. Liam Lindsay — Junior boys’ athlete of the year at Cowichan Secondary School. Known primarily for track and field, but also plays soccer and coaches.
53. Kain Melchior — Combines incredible track and field ability with quarterbacking duties for the Cowichan Bantam Bulldogs’ football team and basketball. Won a gold medal in provincial track and was a finalist in two other events.
54. Taryn Smiley — Grade 10 Cowichan Secondary School student picked up a gold and a silver medal in track at the B.C. Summer Games. The CVAC Jaguars athlete was part of a relay team that set a B.C. Games record and added silver in the 100 metres.
55. Jesse Jenks — Chemainus Secondary School student playing goal for the South Island Royals in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Picked up the player of the month award for his team in October.
56. Hayley Baker — Duncan Christian School Grade 9 student’s superb competitive year in Provincial Level gymnastics qualified her for the B.C. Winter Games. There, the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastic Club member placed second on the vault and third on floor. At the provincial competition, she was first on the vault and floor.
57. Leah Theobald — Deadly speed on the rugby field. Has T-Bird, Cowichan Rugby Club, Island 15 and Island Summer Games sevens rugby on her resume. She’s frequently the game-winner with a try scored on offence or the saviour as the last possible tackler on defence.
58. Caleigh Coels — Superb outfield play and a strong bat helped the Victoria ’96 Devils land a qualifying spot at the provincials for the national fastpitch championships where the team finished second.
59. Matt Fracy — Young motorcycle trials rider from Shawnigan Lake climbing the ranks quickly with wins at all levels and now competes in the expert class. He’s a chip off the old block since dad Steve is a four-time national champion and mom Lorraine is a certified fitness trainer to work with him on conditioning.
60. Austin Palou — Made a great comeback from injury to compete at close to peak efficiency with the CVAC Jaguars throughout the season, culminating in the Legion national track and field championships in Prince Edward Island.
61. Ryan MacDonald — Key member of the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team. He scored the winning point on a kick during a playoff game against Chilliwack.
62. Jenner Court — Amazing multi-sport athlete all-star also made the grade as a regional player in field hockey while providing another weapon for the Cowichan Secondary School provincial runner-up team.
63. Toby Owen — Grade 12 student at Frances Kelsey Secondary played goalkeeper for the B.C. U18 team during the summer and was invited to a junior national camp in November.
64. Zach Diewert — Made the jump to the Nanaimo Pirates in the B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League, leading the team in batting with a .366 average and second in the league for total hits with 48. Chemainus Secondary School’s junior male athlete of the year played on school volleyball and basketball teams.
65. Wyatt MacWatt — One of those players who always works hard and does the little things right. Does hard running for the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team and also provides important blocks to spring teammate Blake Torok-Both free.
66. Brock Gowanlock — Grade 11 Cowichan Secondary student a member of the B.C. U16 rugby team, a strong and physical player who performs well above his age level and displays the same acumen on the football field with the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs.
67. Jenner Teufel — Famous dad Jake’s experiences in rugby rubbed off on the dynamic player who helped the Cowichan Rugby Club’s U19 team win the island championship, utilizing the skills he acquired from starting in the sport at such an early age.
68. Rene Bieberdorf — Leading scorer for the Brentwood College senior boys’ soccer team two years in a row despite being a midfielder and currently plays for the U21 Westcastle team of Victoria. Has also played Super Y and Metro with Lower Island Soccer and volunteered and worked with Cowichan Valley Soccer Association and World Cup Soccer with Brett Heslop at children’s soccer camps the past three years.
69. Tara Eriksen — Cowichan Secondary’s senior girls’ field hockey team would never have made it to second place in the provincial tournament without the Grade 10 goalie. Looking at going to the Okanagan Hockey School next year.
70. Danielle Schmidt — Rising star in the rowing program at Shawnigan Lake School since switching her primary focus from swimming. Competed on the junior girls 8+ and Open 4+ crews at the Canadian high school championships in St. Catharines, Ont.
71. Darrian Gerard — Bantam-aged player joined the Duncan Red Hots midgets who competed in the Victoria Senior Women’s League. A concussion in the first game of the provincials took her out for the remainder of the season. She will be joining the Victoria ’96 Devils fastpitch team this season.
72. Josh Charles — Second member of the famous basketball-playing family coming up through the ranks in the school system and went to tournaments south of the border and in Quebec with Team B.C.’s U15s. After playing in Grade 9 at Mount Prevost, he’s now a big-time contributor to a very strong Cowichan Secondary School junior boys’ squad.
73. Emily Adams — Grade 11 student at Chemainus Secondary School is an all-around sportsperson. She plays a great game of golf for a small girl but also puts her energy into soccer, volleyball and basketball with great success.
74. McLean Chicquen — Grade 12 member of the Claremont Secondary School lacrosse program is a pure goal-scorer in lacrosse. He had a slow start to the season with the Victoria Shamrocks Intermediate A box squad due to injury, but he’s sure to make a big impact next season.
75. Becky Bazinet — Very cool under pressure, the Duncan Christian School Grade 11 student continues to become a better basketball and volleyball player. She’s also an amazing soccer goalie for the DCS senior girls. She’s a great leader and a very positive person.
76. Eric Williams — An electrifying kick returner for the Cowichan Midget Bulldogs’ football team. Opponents always tried to kick the ball away from him because he possessed the ability to return it for a touchdown. He did just that in a key comeback playoff win for the ‘Dogs.
77. Brittney Reid — Assigned with leading the Cowichan Rugby Club’s U18 and T-Bird team offenses. Has grown a lot as a player in the past year, as a result.
78. Taylor Hamm — Captain of the Shawnigan Lake School junior girls’ basketball team that placed first in the Mid-Island championships and also captain of the junior girls’ soccer team that came second in the ISAs, third in the Island championships and ninth in the provincials. Field hockey efforts landed her a place on the U18 regional team while sparking Shawnigan to second in the Island and provincial AA playoffs.
79. Cyrus Gray — A much-improved player from last year for the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ senior boys’ basketball team who will be counted on to ease the scoring load for Jerod Dorby and Andrew Larson.
80. Kim Smith — Amazing Grade 11 player was on the field every minute for the Cowichan Secondary School field hockey team at the provincial tournament.