CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince County athletes and coaches fared out well at Volleyball P.E.I.’s annual awards presentations here recently.
Overall, 14 awards were presented.
Ryan McCarville and Lori-Beth Dwyer were recognized as the senior athletes of the year.
McCarville, a former Atlantic University Sport (AUS) standout with the UNB Reds, was the dominant player on the Islanders’ senior team. His left-handed hits helped his squad win both the fall league and the Christmas tournament.
Dwyer, a power/offside hitter for the league champion Charlottetown Blue, led the division in attacks and was league most valuable player. She also won the Kensington beach tournament, and is currently head coach of the Holland College Hurricanes.
Laura Ready of Colonel Gray was named top female juvenile athlete, captaining her Colonel Gray team to a P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) gold medal, and earning numerous most valuable player and all-star honours.
A member of the 17-under provincial team and Centre of Excellence program, she has an excellent serve and is a powerful setter/middle hitter.
The juvenile boys’ honour went to the Westisle Wolverines’ Kent Doucette, who helped his team win PEISAA gold. The provincial tournament MVP and PEISAA all-star, Doucette was co-captain of the team and also won all-star honours at the Colonel Gray and Westisle tournaments.
One of Rural’s all-stars, Brayden White, was named midget male athlete of the year, adding to his PEISAA selection with all-star honours at the Gray Cup and the provincial playoffs. He was also a member of the 16-under provincial team that won silver at the Eastern Elites.
Jada Yeo was announced as the midget female athlete of the year. Yeo stood out as a Grade 10 player for Colonel Gray in the PEISAA league, where she won numerous MVP honours, including at the provincial championship tournament.
Yeo, a setter/middle player, was also named to the provincial PEISAA all-star team.
Bella Walsh and Logan MacDougall won the bantam female and male awards.
Walsh was a double gold-medal winner, first with the Summerside Suns spring league team, and then the intermediate school team. She won tournament MVP honours at both tournaments, in addition to all-star honours at the Queen Charlotte and M.E. Callaghan events.
MacDougall, also from SIS, helped his team win PEISAA silver and gold in tournaments at Truro and M.E. Callaghan, where he was named MVP. He is also an excellent basketball player.
The intercollegiate athlete awards went to Sydney Foy of the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics, and Brandon Boyce of the Holland College Hurricanes.
Foy is a team leader and starter on the team, and also represented P.E.I. at the Canada Games in beach volleyball.
Boyce is consistently at the top of the Hurricanes’ defensive statistics. A starter on the left side or at libero, Boyce is a strong passer and is an important part of the Hurricanes.
Team of year
The Charlottetown Rural boys won the team award for a year in which they won gold at the Gray Cup, silver at the Westisle Wolverine Classic and compiled a 9-1 (won-lost) regular season record, before winning silver at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) championships.
Lynn Boudreau, technical lead for the Excellence program and wearer of many hats, was named the top administrator while Glenn Ford was named official of the year for all the work he undertakes, most notably in Summerside and western P.E.I.
Harvey Mazerolle, longtime coach of the M.E. Callaghan boys, was named coach of the year after leading his team to a third midget championship in the past four years.