Two years ago Kristen Timusk was in the audience at the Rotary Sports Award banquet when her brother Evan was named Sault Ste. Marie's top male high school athlete. Wednesday night at the same Marconi Hall ballroom the 18-year old Bawating Collegiate student-athlete equalled her siblings accomplishment by claiming the Percy Bedford Award as the city's top female high school athlete.
PERCY BEDFORD AWARD
The honour was the culmination of the 32nd annual ACT Female Athlete Awards Dinner.
The award capped off a high school sports career in which Timusk started all four years in basketball. She also starred in volleyball, basketball and track and field. Timusk's height proved an asset on the basketball and volleyball course as she became a dominant player in both disciplines. In volleyball she helped the Braves win the NOSSA title in Grade 9 and go to two other regional championships. She also was named top volleyballer for 2004--2005. In badminton Kristen was a city champion once and twice competed at NOSSA. In track she excelled in hurdles posting a 4th place finish at NOSSA.
An "A" average student Kristen was a member of the student and athletic councils at Bawating and helped officiate and organize feeder school basketball tournaments. A participant in the Civic Soccer program Kristen will head to college in Iowa next fall on a soccer scholarship.
HAZEL MORRISON AWARD
White Pines graduate Holly Maskell claimed the second biggest prize of the night being named the Hazel Morrison Award winner for excellence in Track & Field. The 19-year old was dominate in shot put, discus and javelin winning all three disciplines in the city meet. At NOSSA Holly set a new regional standard in the shot put. She also won the discus and took silver in javelin. At the All-Ontario Championships Maskell was 5th in shot put, 6th in discus and 15th in javelin. Her prowess in the field events has earned her a scholarship to a U.S. institution if Iowa.
BOB FAUGHT AWARD
The Bob Faught Award for the top female high school curler went to Alyson Scott of Sir James Dunn Collegiate. Alyson led her team to a 14 and 2 season and claimed the top city berth at the NOSSA playdowns.
Another Eagle claimed a top prize. Heather McLeod was voted tops in Cross Country running thanks in part to her winning the senior women's city title. At NOSSA Heather took the bronze medal in senior and at the All-Ontario's she topped the NOSSA contingent.
Korah's Katrina Huopalainen was voted best in basketball. Her 9.3 points per game average was a key reason the Colts went 10 and 2 this past season. Huopalainen's tenacity and fair play earned her the Referee's Award for best combining sportmanship and ability. At NOSSA Katrina led Korah to the Triple "A" title game against Sudbury powerhouse Lasalle. The Colts fell short in their attempt to beat the perennial NOSSA champs but not for a lack of effort from Katrina.
Colts Brittany Hogan and Kayla Ordozzi share the top badminton award for 2005. The doubles team went undefeated at the city and NOSSA championships in the senior division. At OFSAA they reached the quarterfinals in the "A" division by knocking off the #1 seed out of Toronto. Brittany and Kayla lost their next two matches but wound up finished 8th out of 38 teams in the competiton.
HARVEY MORRISON AWARD
The 2005 Harvey Morrison Award recipients are acknowledged for their long time contribution to the girls athletic programs at their respective schools.
This year's honourees are Courtney Pinder from Bawating, Sir James Dunn's Kaylin Woods, Krista Delarosbil from Mount St. Joseph College, Korah's Jaclyn Cummings, Katie Coccimiglio of St. Basil and Laura Morrison from St. Mary's.