HAMILTON, Ont. - Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased
to announce the 2010 curling major award winners and all-stars.
Rory Munro of the Western Mustangs has been named OUA coach of the year for the second straight season. Under his guidance both Western men's and women's teams earned OUA championships berths, with the men completing a perfect 8-0 season. Both teams are the defending OUA champions.
Four of Munro's players have been named 2010 OUA all-stars, including men's first-team vice Micky Lizmore (London, Ont.) and second Joey Lanthier (Lively, Ont.). Lizmore, who represented Ontario in the 2007 Canadian junior men's curling championship, has shot 75 percent in play leading up to the OUA championship. He is a three-time all-star. Lanthier had a very successful rookie campaign on the OUA circuit, shooting 76 percent. He is a four-time Northern Ontario junior provincial finalist.
Rounding out the men's first-team all-stars are skip Pat Janssen (Scarborough, Ont.) of the Toronto Varsity Blues and lead Joel Waters (Georgetown, Ont.) of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Janssen was a second-team all-star skip last year. Waters is in his first OUA season.
Western skip Evan Lilly (Sudbury, Ont.) headlines the men's second-team all-stars. Lilly is also a four-time Northern Ontario junior men's finalist, shooting 77 percent in his first OUA season as a skip. He was an all-Canadian second at last year's Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) - Canadian Curling Association (CCA) championships in Montreal.
Joining Lilly as OUA men's second-team all-stars are vice Bill Francis (Toronto) and lead Matt Hardman (Markham, Ont.) of the Varsity Blues and second Tyler Jones (Peterborough, Ont.) of the Trent Excalibur. Francis is a two-time all-star, while Hardman and Jones are receiving all-star recognition for the first time.
The undefeated Brock Badgers women's team has four all-stars as they look to win the OUA championship this weekend. Skip Courtney Hodgsen (Guelph, Ont.) and second Joanne Curtis (Brampton, Ont.) earned first-team nods. Curtis is competing in her first season of OUA curling. Joining them on the first-team are vice Megan Balsdon (Toronto) of Western and lead Hilary McDermott (Guelph, Ont.) of Laurier. Earlier this season, Balsdon competed in the Scotties Ontario women's finals. She represented Ontario at the Canadian junior women's championships in 2001. McDermott is a two-time all-star.
Vice Jessica Corrado (Etobicoke, Ont.) and lead Korie Kidd (Niagara Falls, Ont.) of the Badgers were named OUA second-team all-stars in their first OUA season, as is skip Stephanie Van Huyse (Toronto) of Trent. Second-team all-star second Jenny Gates (Sudbury, Ont.) of the Laurentian Lady Vees played second on the Northern Ontario team that won bronze at the 2010 M&M Meatshop Canadian Junior Championships. Gates is the second member of her family to be named an OUA all-star after sister Amanda was named first-team vice last season. She was a member of the CIS-CCA bronze medal winning team in 2009.
2010 OUA CURLING MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
Coach of the Year: Rory Munro (Western)
Skip - Pat Janssen (Scarborough, Ont.) - Toronto
Vice - Micky Lizmore (London, Ont.) - Western
Second - Joey Lanthier (Lively, Ont.) - Western
Lead - Joel Waters (Georgetown, Ont.) - Laurier
Skip - Evan Lilly (Sudbury, Ont.) - Western
Vice - Bill Francis (Toronto) - Toronto
Second - Tyler Jones (Peterborough, Ont.) - Trent
Lead - Matt Hardman (Markham, Ont.) - Toronto
Skip - Courtney Hodgsen (Guelph, Ont.) - Brock
Vice - Megan Balsdon (Toronto) - Western
Second - Joanne Curtis (Brampton, Ont.) - Brock
Lead - Hilary McDermott (Guelph, Ont.) - Laurier
Skip - Stephanie Van Huyse (Toronto) - Trent
Vice - Jessica Corrado (Etobicoke, Ont.) - Brock
Second - Jenny Gates (Sudbury, Ont.) - Laurentian
Lead - Korie Kidd (Niagara Falls, Ont.) - Brock
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