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Knights award athletes of memorable sports year

Athletics: Holy Trinity Academy honours top contributors from 2019-20

A sports season interrupted wasn’t any less spectacular for the Knights.

Holy Trinity Academy handed out its athletic awards recognizing a stellar 2019-20 calendar year with Grade 12 multi-sport athletes Jenna Tiedje and Ben Leggett walking away as Knights athletes of the year.

“I thought it was really important, especially as a lot of things fell by the wayside with COVID, to try to keep things as normal as possible as much as we could,” said Knights co-athletic director Matt Hassett. “I thought it was important for those kids to still be recognized for their achievements. It’s unfortunate for some kids, they lost some of their seasons, but you still know who the great kids are in the school, especially if they’ve been there for a while.”

Tiedje, who’s headed to the University of Alberta to study economics, was a fixture on Knights teams as a leader on the soccer, basketball and rugby squads at HTA.

“I was actually quite excited because that’s an award I was trying really hard for this year and I knew I could do it if I worked really hard,” Tiedje said. “I know Lauren Sinclair won it last year and she’s kind of an idol, I look up to her a lot.

“It was really cool that I won.”

While teaming up with younger sister Kylie, a Knights athlete of the year finalist as a Grade 10 in her own right, Tiedje won two league championships in both basketball and soccer. The eldest of the Tiedje sisters, Caitlyn, is a water polo athlete at the University of Toronto.

“It was really good because we haven’t played on too many teams (together) before,” Tiedje said. “This was (Kylie’s) first year at HTA so it was really fun to show her the ropes and get her comfortable and interested in school sports right away.”

Tiedje was part of the Knights’ most successful run on the pitch, helping the soccer squad to two zone championships along with three league titles and just one total loss over three seasons.

“That was such a fun team, we had a core group, from Grade 10 to Grade 12, we were such a solid group,” Tiedje said. “I played competitive soccer with them before, lots of the girls, so we already had chemistry and a friendship with everyone.

“It was cool to get back together with them and win a bunch of things.”

Melissa Baxter, HTA rugby coach, science teacher and French department head, said Tiedje is one of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet.

“She always gave 100 per cent in school and sports,” Baxter said. “She was dedicated to learning, achieving academic excellence across the board. She did a large amount of her coursework in French… she was even the only student who wrote the FLA 30-1 diploma exam this year.

“As a team member, you couldn’t ask for anyone better. She led by example and was dedicated to improving her fitness on and off the field. She embodies the characteristics of a Holy Trinity Academy Knight, showing integrity and sportsmanship at all times. She basically represented our school all year long through her participation in soccer, basketball and rugby.”

“We had only just begun training for our rugby season when it got cut short this year, but it was already obvious that Jenna would be a leader on our team. We are so blessed to have had an amazing student-athlete like Jenna for the last three years.”

Leggett starred on both the Knights football and basketball teams.

The quarterback guided HTA football to its first provincial championship in the fall one year after the school finished as runner-ups on the gridiron.

On the hardcourt, Leggett was a steady and reliable force on head coach Sam Aiello’s deep and veteran-laden squad.

The HTA graduate earned plaudits for his work off the field as he received the University of Calgary Seymour Schulich Academic Excellence scholarship for engineering.

“Ben is just one of those kids who kind of has it all together,” said Hassett, also the Knights’ football head coach. “He works really hard both in academics and athletics and he’s one of those kids that just gets along with everybody and is willing to help out anyone if they need it.

“He just outworks people. He reminds me a lot of Ryder Stone, the same kind of great character.”

Teams unable to play due to COVID-19 include track and field, boys and girls rugby, badminton, baseball and boys soccer.

The following are the Knights team award winners:

 

Girls Soccer

MVP — Kyleigh Van Oirschot, Brielle Masse

Most Improved — Emma Bailey

Sportsmanlike Award — Davyda Bedard

Heart and Hustle — Brooklyn Duncan

 

Golf

Golfer of the Year — Matthew Flick

 

Cross Country

MVP — Evonne Henning

Sportsmanship Award — Mackenzie Neufeld

Most Improved — Kael McLaren

 

Senior Boys Volleyball

MVP — Calvin Herr, Kyle Doornbosch

Sportsmanship Award — Tobias Krueger

Heart and Hustle — Blake Jeanson

 

Senior Girls Volleyball

MVP — Jordyn Sealock, Kylee Glanville

Heart and Hustle — Chloe Panych

 

JV Boys Volleyball

MVP — Erik Bjorge

Sportsmanship Award — Rylan Slapman

Heart and Hustle — Luke Mallari

 

JV Girls Volleyball

MVP — Danielle Luttman

Most Improved — Emersynn Hefferan

Heart and Hustle — Lauren Jackson

 

Senior Boys Basketball

MVP — Mason Black, Elias Ralph, Ewan Fuhr

Sportsmanship Award — Ben Leggett

Leadership Award — Riley Thorn

 

Senior Girls Basketball

MVP — Skylar Bonertz, Emily Henderson

Sportsmanship Award — Sawyer Harding

Heart and Hustle — Jenna Tiedje

 

JV Boys Basketball

MVP — Mark Luis Baluyut

Most improved — Josh Barlow

Sportsmanship Award — Rylan Slapman

Heart and Hustle — Jason Presilda

 

JV Girls Basketball

MVP — Holly Stiel

Most Improved — Frea Abello

Defender Award — Evonne Henning

 

Football

MVP — Noah Gutek

Most Improved — Jayden Fleck, Alex Huenison

Heart and Hustle — Jackson Thomas

 

Boys Rugby

Heart and Hustle — Bernardo Briseno

Sportsmanship Award — Enrique Jimenez Gutierrez, Rylan Bespalko

Leadership Award — Malachi Busse

 

Girls Rugby

Heart and Hustle — Jenna Tiedje, Amy Des Mazes, Paige Kennett

 

Athletes of the Year: Jenna Tiedje, Ben Leggett

Coaches’ Choice: Mackenzie Neufeld, David Aiello




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