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CMU Honours Athletic Achievements of 2014

Members of the CMU varsity soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams gathered this past Sunday to recognize the outstanding achievements of the 2013-14 MCAC seasons.

One of CMU proudest accomplishments this year was the success of their varsity athletes in the classroom. The MCAC recognizes student-athletes who achieve a grade-point average of 3.0 (80%) or higher with academic awards for scholar-athletes. This year 51 members of CMU varsity teams received recognition for their classroom success (65% of all team members).  Seventeen student-athletes were recognized for academic achievements of 4.0 or higher: Breanna Heinrichs, Deanna Zantingh, Anika Reynar, April Klassen, and Kyra Neufeld of women's soccer; Blayne Stobbe, Nick Czehryn, Andrew Janzen, Simon Dueck, and Wilhelm Bohlender of men's soccer; Danielle Klassen, Leah Dyck, and Rebecca Cummer of women's volleyball; Thomas Friesen and Nick Kehler of men's volleyball; Kathleen Klippenstein of women's basketball; and Ben Shantz of men's basketball.

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CMU takes pride in its encouragement of academic excellence alongside athletic play, obtaining above average numbers in all categories of scholar athlete performance across the MCAC and Canada.  An astounding 22% of Blazer varsity athletes achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or greater.

In addition to its academic merit awards, top honours for male and female athletes of the year, male and female rookies of the year, the Trailblazer, and a newly created Torchbearer awards were also presented:

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Kathleen Klippenstein took home Female Athlete of the Year honours as a member of the CMU Blazer’s women’s basketball team, a year after receiving the Female Athlete of the Year Award last year.  Klippenstein concluded the season with an injury, which factored into the Blazers' semi-final loss in the Final Four weekend.  This award adds to her MCAC All-Conference team honours, awarded at the conclusion of the basketball season.

 

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Third year men’s soccer midfielder Jonah Langelotz received the Male Athlete of the Year honours.  The team captain received his recognition for his superb ball skills and leadership on the pitch with men's soccer, and court with men's futsal, an indoor soccer variation.  Langelotz was also recognized by the MCAC, as he was selected to the All-Conference Team at the 2013-2014 soccer championships, and if it weren't for a questionable red card in the futsal championship final, surely would have led the Blazers to their first title in the sport.

 

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The Trailblazer Award, given to a student-athlete who showed excellence in team leadership and community service was awarded to Blayne Stobbe of the men’s soccer team. The Steinbach, Manitoba native will be graduating from CMU this spring with a four-year double major BA in History and English, and has used his time on campus to spearhead many community initiatives, such as the Go!lympics, as well as the 2013 CMU Summer Sports Camps.

 

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Paul Muns (2006-2010) recieved the Torchbearer Award, a new award recognizing a Blazer alumni whose journey inspires others.  Muns was a steady leader on the men's basketball team during his time at CMU, a noted scholar in the classroom, and a performer on the court.  He has just completed year one in the faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba, after graduating from CMU with a degree in psychology.

Female Rookie of the Year honours went to Cassie Wiebe of the women’s basketball team.  The 5’8” guard from Carman used her handling skills and shooting ability to run the Blazers' offence while posing a considerable scoring threat herself that gained her recognition on the MCAC All-Conference team in addition to her CMU honours.

Joel Kliewer of men's volleyball and Sam Kinsley of men’s basketball received Male Co-Rookies of the Year honours.  A first-year team captain, Kliewer was a commanding left-side presence, using his 6’4” frame to make attacks from both front and back row, and to set up an intimidating block at the net.  Kinsley made an immediate impact on the men's basketball team with his ability to take over the paint, and also with his soft touch when shooting from outside, which also garnered the Flin Flon native an MCAC All-Conference team selection.

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