Kadre Gray joined by Riley Konrad this time around
by Randy Pascal
Throughout his three year career with the Laurentian Voyageurs men's basketball team, Kadre Gray has provided the consistency
when the time rolls around for the year-end varsity banquet.
For the third straight year, Gray was recognized as the L.U. Male Athlete of the Year, an honour that he has now shared, in the women's category, with
a curling team, a soccer netminder and, most recently, a swimming sensation.
Riley Konrad has followed in the footsteps of Caitlin McNamara (2017-2018) and the Voyageurs women's curling team (2016-2017), joining
Gray at the top of the awards pantheon, claiming Female Athlete of the Year accolades last month.
The Rookie of the Year awards were doled out to swimming teammates Carling Stever and Mitchell Cox, while soccer keeper and Sudbury
native Connor Vande Weghe was presented with the prestigious Voyageur Award.
A native of Toronto, Gray took his game to another level this season, leading both the OUA and U SPORTS in scoring, averaging 31.0 points per game. His
resumé was impressive enough that it allowed Gray to repeat as both the OUA and U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, even squeezing in a November
appearance with the national team in which he helped Canada win a pair of World Cup qualifiers.
In her final season in Sudbury, Konrad would lead the charge in the pool, amassing four individual gold medals at the Divisional Championships in
November to begin the season. Finishing first in the 400 metre Individual Medley OUA Championships in February, Konrad was recognized with the OUA Award of
Distinction, a special presentation that is given to any swimmer who has medaled in individual events at the OUA Championships in three or more years and
has scored points at the U SPORTS Championships.
Capping off her season at the U SPORTS Championships, Konrad made the finals in each of the four disciplines she swam, the highlight being a 9th place
finish in the 400 IM. Following in her wake is freshman Carling Stever, who began her career as a Voyageur with a bang, posting a four-medal performance
at Divisional Championships, and advancing to the finals in three events at provincials, including a fourth place finish in the 400 IM.
Mitchell Cox also made his mark in his first year with the blue and gold, helping to lead the Voyageur men to their first ever Division title. At the OUA
Championships, Cox was a member of the bronze medal winning 800 freestyle relay team, while also qualifying for a trio of finals.
The Voyageur Award is presented to a graduating student-athlete who has made an outstanding contribution to their sport and to Voyageur Athletics. A
two-time OUA all-star, Connor Vande Weghe was a three time team MVP.
Away from campus, the graduate of St Benedict Catholic Secondary School spent four years volunteering with the GSSC (Greater Sudbury Soccer
Clu) as a goalkeeper coach, also taking on head coaching roles within the association, and assisting with his former high school team as well.
Team awards were also handed out, with recipients from the various teams as follows:
MVP – Liam Hamlin
Pride & Tradition Award – Dale Valade
MVP – Gracen Lacko
Pride & Tradition – Emily Hreljac
Men’s Nordic Skiing
MVP – Matteo Reich
Pride & Tradition – Thomas Gore
Women’s Nordic Skiing
MVP – Lydia Harris
Pride & Tradition – Katherine Grove
Women’s Cross Country Running
MVP – Jenny Bottomley
Pride & Tradition – Nicole Rich
Men’s Cross Country Running
MVP – Paul Sagriff
Pride & Tradition – Liam Passi
Women’s Indoor Track
MVP – Megan Crocker
Pride & Tradition – Erin Hansel
Men’s Indoor Track
MVP – Justin Graenert
Pride & Tradition – Eric Gareau
MVP – Catherine Rocca
Pride & Tradition – Brianne Rodrigue
MVP – Evan Stronach
Pride & Tradition – Roman Lovrencec
MVP – Jake Kelly
Pride & Tradition – Mike Kussman
MVP – Matthew Schouten
Pride & Tradition – David MacSporran
MVP – Riley Konrad
Pride & Tradition – Erika Savage
MVP – Kadre Gray
Pride & Tradition – Haroun Mohamed
MVP – Mackenzie Robinson
Pride & Tradition – Kendel Dunn
MVP – Hayley Chase
Pride & Tradition – Keira Towers
MVP – Charles Alexander
Pride & Tradition – Adam Arthurs
MVP – Kira Brunton
Pride & Tradition – Mikaela Cheslock
MVP – Jacob Horgan
Pride & Tradition – Max Cull
MVP – Nicolas Dionne
Ma Culley Award – Kaden Ruest
MVP – Brooklyn Davis
Pride & Tradition – Taylor Weber
MVP – Avery Chenier
Pride & Tradition – Thomas Atkinson