Parks, Christiansen win prestigious RHSAA awards
Gracie Christiansen of Luther College High School and Charlie Parks of Sheldon-Williams Collegiate were among the honourees when the Regina High Schools Athletic Association presented its awards for 2022.
Christiansen and Parks received the Lorne Aston Scholarships, which are presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete who has excelled athletically, academically and in the community.
Along those lines, Campbell Collegiate students Sung Park and Jon Podbielski received the Dr. Paul Schwann Humanitarian Awards, and Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School’s Alex Jones won the Ron Pettigrew Citizenship Award.
Lucian Graham of Winston Knoll Collegiate was presented with the Jack MacKenzie Perseverance Award.
Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association Coaching Awards went to Lisa Novak (LeBoldus) and Russ Nielsen (O’Neill). Barb Barnes Wilcox of Miller won the SHSAA Service Award. The SHSAA Officials Award went to Teresa Trakalo (basketball).
Tom Metz received the RHSAA Merit Award for Service and Garrett Kot, also of LeBoldus, won the RHSAA Merit Award for Coaching.
RHSAA 10-year coaching plaques went to Justin Eiswirth, Amanda Foraie, Laura Gaboury, Robert Gareau, Tammy Gartner, Carissa Holinaty, Rob Kirton, Steven Parisien, Chris Reed, Rachel Stewart, Lisa Sykes and Kendra Thompson.
Twenty-year plaques — the Wilma Downing Coaching Awards — went to Geoff Glasspell and Brant Hubic.
Recipients of 30-year plaques were Scott Babcock, Mark Becker, John Foord, Blaine Pearce, Lisa Schwann and Steve Sombach.
Five members of Regina’s Advanced Wrestling Academy won medals at the Canadian wrestling championships, which were held from Thursday to Sunday in Tsuut’ina Nation, Alta.
Aaric Lang (under-17 male, 48 kilograms) and Shelby Guerin-Daniels (under-19 female, 73kg) won gold medals. Lang’s father, Rob, is the Academy’s head coach.
Jayda Baker (under-19 female, 49kg) and Julia Petryna (under-19 female, 53kg) earned silver medals. Jacob Exner (under-19 male, 51kg) had a bronze-medal performance.
Carter Stad of the Swift Current Titans won a 34kg gold medal in the under-15 male division. Swift Current’s Alexandria Metke (under-19 female, 46kg) won a bronze medal.
Michaela Kleisinger, who starred for the University of Regina Cougars women’s basketball program from 2015 to 2020, has rejoined the team as a full-time assistant coach.
For the past two years, the Regina-born Kleisinger had been in Edmonton, completing her Master of Coaching degree at the University of Alberta while also working as a graduate assistant coach with the U of A Pandas women’s basketball team.
Lee Hamilton will be the interim head coach of the Cougars women’s volleyball team for the 2022-23 Canada West season.
The Regina-born Hamilton succeeds Melanie Sanford, who retired in May after 20 years at the U of R. She had been assisted by Hamilton since 2018.
Hamilton was previously an assistant coach with the Cougars men’s volleyball team during the 2016-17 season. He also served as the interim head coach for six matches.
BAY JOINS COUGARS
Isaiah Bay, who excelled for the Campbell Tartans during the 2021-22 Regina Intercollegiate Basketball League season, has committed to join the Cougars men’s team.
The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game for the Tartans senior boys team.
BOWLING IN BIRMINGHAM
Regina’s Jordan Kos, 22, is to compete for Canada in lawn bowling at the Commonwealth Games, which are to be held July 28 to Aug. 8 in Birmingham, England.
Kos is part of a 10-member Bowls Canada team that was named last week. She will bowl in singles at the Games.
Three Regina Rugby Union women’s sevens matches were played Monday night at Regina Rugby Park.
The scores were: Regina Rage 41, Regina Lady Rogues 12; Rage 17, Regina Ravens 17; and, Ravens 32, Lady Rogues 12.
In senior men’s 15s action this past week, the Regina Rogues defeated the Regina Highlanders 59-0 and the Campion Grads downed the Regina Condors 74-3. The Regina Rage defeated the Regina Ravens 53-10 in a senior women’s match.
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