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Reds Notebook: CIS success

Cleaves takes Female Athlete of the Year

UNB women’s wrestler Allyssa Cleaves took the gold medal in her weight class at the CIS Wrestling championships at Brock University last weekend and was given the honour of Female Athlete of the Year for her efforts. 

“I am honoured that the Coaches of the various CIS wrestling programs selected me for this prestigious award,” said Cleaves. “I felt that there were a number of deserving athletes. I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their support, as well as my family members who made the trip to St Catherine’s to cheer us on.”

The men had a good result also, as Grayson St. Laurent took the silver medal in his weight class.

UNB wrestlers also competed at the Pan Am Wrestling tournament last weekend and brought home some hardware. Sam Stewart earned gold and Ilya Abelev,

Alex Brown-Theirault and Alex Thoms all earned bronze. 

Swimmers represent UNB at CI’s 

UNB swimmers were in Quebec City over the weekend to swim against the countries best at Laval University. 

Charli LeBlanc had the best results for UNB as she claimed fifth-place in the 50-metre backstroke—the best UNB placing since 2005, eighth in the 100-metre backstroke and ninth in the 100-metre freestyle. 

Kayla Martin and Marya Peters had good showings as well as almost every race for the three women competing were lifetime best times. 

Annear named Track and Field’s Female Athlete of the Year 

UNB track had an incredible weekend in Moncton at the AUS meet and qualified two athletes for the CIS meet March 10-12 at York University. 

“AUS is always an amazing meet,” said Jason Reindl when asked about how he felt about the results. “Having two award winners in [Grace] Annear and [Victoria] LeBlanc, two CIS qualifiers in Annear and Sydney McDonald and 16 medalists overall is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the athletes and coaches of this amazing team. It was very successful and our team continues to show that we are a team to be watched moving forward.”

Grace Annear was named AUS Female Track Athlete of the Year and Victoria LeBlanc was named AUS Female Rookie of the Year. 

The women finished third in total team points and the men finished second. Dalhousie took both the men’s and women’s banners. 

For full track and field AUS meet results please visit atlanticuniversitysport.com. 

Get your AUS basketball tickets from the Red Brigade

AUS basketball playoffs are this weekend and UNB and the Red Brigade is offering ticket packages for $20. 

For your money you will get tickets to UNB’s first round of games, a Red Brigade tee shirt and gas money if you are car-pooling with three or more people. 

Additional tickets if UNB advances will cost $10 each. 

The women play their first game Friday at 1:30 p.m. and the men play their first game at 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested please send Jason Cress (Jason.cress@unb.ca) or Jill pilgrim (Jill.pilgrim@unb.ca) an email to reserve your tickets. 

Dave Morell retires, is honoured at hockey game 

Dave Morell was honoured last weekend for his time as the V-Reds Special Events and Marketing Manager at UNB’s hockey game versus UPEI at the Aitken Centre. 

Morell is retiring at the end of this month after 15 years of service. He is currently training his replacement, Nick Zildjan to insure a seamless transition. 

“He’s a smart young man with a good business head on his shoulders,” said Morell when asked about his Zildjan. “It will take him a little while to get used to the university environment and doing business in the university community but I’m sure he’ll figure that one out very quickly.”

“I’ve been here 15 years and I’ve never had a beer and a popcorn at a game, I might just enjoy being a fan,” said Morell on remaining involved with the V-Reds. 

Morell only had one grievance about his time with the universities athletic department.

“The university took the cannon away from me, they said it was a liability,” said Morell. “I didn’t quite agree with that but there was a power higher than me that dictated that.”

When asked what he will do with his retirement Morell said, “I’m going to do something. I might go back to school because I didn’t do so good the first time.”   

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