Hapnot Collegiate paid tribute to a charter group of student athletes at the school’s athletic banquet June 15, presenting four athletes with the school’s most important individual honours.
The school’s four biggest awards, the sportsman/sportswoman of the year honours, were handed out to junior and senior varsity athletes.
Gianna Watt received the senior sportswoman of the year honour and Jamal Lone was named the senior sportswoman of the year. Braeden Tetlock was named the JV sportsman of the year, with Cassidy Alexander receiving the JV sportswoman of the year honour.
Watt was the school’s most decorated athlete this year, heading to provincials in five different sports - first in soccer, then volleyball, basketball, badminton and in track and field. Watt was the varsity soccer team’s starting goalkeeper and won a zone banner and a provincial soccer bronze medal with the team, even scoring the clinching goal in a penalty shootout for third place at provincials. Watt then was a key member of both the senior Kweens volleyball and basketball teams, who both won zones and finished second at provincials. Watt was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder during a basketball season where the Kweens had a perfect season before losing in the provincial finals and was named as an allstar, both at provincials and for a Manitoba-wide senior basketball showcase.
Watt then won another zone banner in badminton, finishing first in the senior varsity girls’ singles division to earn a spot at provincials. Earlier this month, Watt qualified again for provincials in track-and-field, taking part in both shotput and discus events.
At the banquet, Watt was also named the senior Kweens soccer MVP with teammate Shanti Church, as well as the Kweens basketball team MVP and the most valuable senior varsity girls’ player in badminton.
Lone represented Hapnot this year in four sports, first as a libero for the Kings’ senior varsity volleyball team. Lone measured in at 5-foot-6, but was one of the team’s leaders and their fastest, most agile player, helping push the Kings to a zone title and fourth place at volleyball provincials. Lone also pushed the Kings’ senior basketball team to another zone championship and provincial berth, where the team won the consolation final after losing their tournament opener to eventual provincial champions Gabrielle-Roy. Lone was also a member of the school’s badminton and track-and-field teams.
Tetlock was key for the school’s junior varsity volleyball, badminton and track teams, part of the zone champion badminton squad. At the varsity level, Tetlock, a Grade 10 student, played with the Kings’ soccer and curling teams, which both reached zone tournament finals this year.
Alexander was the only JV-eligible player on the senior Kweens volleyball team that reached the provincial finals this year, while also playing a key role for the JV Kweens at the same time. As a player on both teams, Alexander was part of two zone titles in volleyball this season and played in provincials for both. Alexander also played for the JV Kweens basketball team and was part of the school’s badminton and track teams, qualifying for provincials in the one-kilogram discus and finishing ninth.