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Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019
Worthy recipients recognized at House of Kin Dinner
by Randy Pascal

While some very high profile athletes were recognized at the 2013 House of Kin Sports Celebrity Dinner on Wednesday night at the Caruso Club, it was also a chance for some lesser lights to shine, those who are involved with sports that perhaps fly under the radar, just a touch.

Long-time wrestling mentor Andy Lalonde took home the honours as the recipient of the Joe Drago Coach of the Year Award, noting his work both with the flegling OUA program at Laurentian University as well as his involvement with the Sudbury Regional Wrestling Club.

The Confederation Chargers Midget Boys Basketball team took the nod as Dr Fred Sheridan High School Team of the Year, edging a pair of squads from Lockerby Composite.

Preparing to start her freshman season with the Fairfield Stags (Connecticut), Samantha Cooper defended her crown as High School Female Athlete of the Year. On the boys side, a pair of track & field athletes shared the nod, with Brandon Mask (Lasalle - high jump and basketball) and Keegan Moore (Lo-Ellen - javelin, football and volleyball) grabbing the spotlight.

Canadian rowing sensation Carling Zeeman (Import Athlete of the Year) of Laurentian, figure skater Meagan Duhamel (Elite Athlete of the Year) and Valley East hockey administrator Jim McLoughlin (Bill Roman Award) were also honoured for their contributions both on the local sports scene as well as across the country and beyond.

The Amateur Male Athlete of the Year accolades went to graduating Voyageurs basketball star Georges Serresse, though the Valley East native is currently France, pursuing potential professional options.

Mixed Martial Arts specialist Mitch Gagnon was named Professional Athlete of the Year, with OCAA record-setting volleyball graduate Shawna Metcalf breaking through for her first win as Amateur Female Athlete of the Year.

Metcalf also joined with all of her teammates from the Cambrian College Golden Shield Women's Volleyball team in earning the title as Sheridan Family Team of the Year.

The dinner, which attracted nearly 500 guests, also coincided with the induction into the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame of the Class of 2013, a grouping that featured:

Mickey McKinney: hockey and fastball coach, Sudbury Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1970

Bill Narasnek: cycling and cross-country running - established a Trans-Canada cycling record in 1991 (13 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes)

Charlie Ketter: basketball official - only Canadian to receive a life membership into the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials

Leo Gasparini (posthumous): hockey, played with Philadephia, Cleveland and Minneapolis, purchased and founded Louisville Rebels in 1957 and helped revive the junior hockey ranks in Nothern Ontario in the 1960's

Ken Mackenzie: hockey coach - Sudbury Wolves head coach from 1988 to 1992, head coach of Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats from 1995 to 2005 - team won silver at Canadian Jr "A" Championships in 2000

Gerry McNamara: hockey, played with St Michael's Majors and minor pro, served as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1982-83 through to 1987-88

Jan Pula: curling coach, coached the Northern Ontario rink in six Canadian Jr Curling Championships from 2005 to 2010, recipient of 2005 Pat O. Reid Coach of the Year award

Vince Palladino; golf, six-time winner of the Idylwylde Invitational, 1992 Canadian Club champion, member of 1995 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten championship team

Joe MacDonald Youth Football League: established in 1993 in honour of Constable Joe MacDonald, killed in the line of duty, close to 2600 young athletes have participated in "Joe Mac football"

Joe Spence: media (radio announcer), sports commentator for the Sudbury Wolves (1950's and 1960's), moved to Ottawa to work with CJOH TV

Cambrian College Golden Shield 1997 men's hockey team: captured CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletic Association) crown with a 3-2 win over the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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