It was a grand way for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks to begin hosting the 2017 ACAC Remax Women’s Basketball Championships.
The awards dinner and banquet was held last night at the Lethbridge Lodge, and many people showed up to show their support for this year’s winners and in fact, all the teams competing.
Competition among the eight teams began early, as they even jockeyed for places in the buffet line.
And when it came to the hardware, the host Lethbridge College Kodiaks dominated.ADVERTISEMENT
This year’s ACAC player of the year is a student/athlete from Lethbridge College. Logan Moncks has been a standout with the Kodiaks, averaging points and rebounds in a season that saw the local squad go undefeated, posting a perfect regular season record and a south division crown.
Despite her impressive statistics, Monks never expected to win.
“It was kind of in the back of my mind, but you never want to just think you’re going to get it, you have to work for it,” she said.
Her Coach Brad Karren says he’s pleased Monks value to the Kodiaks didn’t go unnoticed.
“People don’t realize how hard she works for it. We practice two hours every day and she puts in an extra hour and a half shooting every day,” said Karren.
Monks wasn’t the only member of the Kodiaks to be honoured by the ACAC. In fact, she was one of three Lethbridge College athletes to be named a south division all-star.
Teammates Emma Lowry and Sunder West joined Monks; on the south divisions team.
Runner up for the player of the year honours, Torey Hill, was one of two players from NAIT heading up the north first all-star team. She was joined by Steph Haynes.
Concordia Univerity’s Robbie Valpreda is the north’s “Coach of the Year”, while Lethbridge College’s Karren got the nod for the south. Karren will represent the ACAC in the CCAA “Coach of the year competition” at the upcoming nationals in Edmonton.
SAIT placed two players on the south’s second team, with players from Medicine Hat, St. Mary’s University and Red Deer rounding out the squad.