Mount Allison honours top student-athletes at annual Night of the Mounties

Mount Allison honours top student-athletes at annual Night of the Mounties

Mount Allison honours top student-athletes at annual Night of the Mounties


Mount Allison University held its annual “Night of the Mounties” on Tuesday, March 27 to honour its student-athletes.



Basketball Mountie Kiersten Mangold from Peterborough, ON was named the female athlete of the year for the second straight year.

Mangold, the ACAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, led the conference with 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. A third-year forward, she led the Mounties to a 13-5 record, a second-place regular season finish, and a thrilling ACAA Championship. Now a two-time CCAA All-Canadian, Mangold is also a CCAA Academic All-Canadian and CCAA National Scholar. 

Swimming Mountie Geraint Berger from Bedford, NS was named the male athlete of the year. Berger has qualified for the U SPORTS Swimming Nationals each of his four years. This year he was an AUS Gold Medal Winner at the AUS Championships and was named the AUS Community Service Award winner. He currently holds multiple Mounties Swimming records.



Winning the Women’s Scholar Athlete Award this year was Basketball Mountie Erin Steeves from Shediac Cape, NB.

Winning the Men’s Scholar Athlete Award this year was Badminton Mountie Jaryd Morrissey from Sackville, NB.

This award goes to a graduating senior student in a recognized undergraduate degree program who has been a varsity athlete at Mount Allison for a minimum of two years. He/she must have shown extraordinary accomplishments both academically and athletically.



Selected as the Outstanding Senior Male Athlete was Basketball Mountie Bradley Sanford from Quispamsis, NB.

The Men’s Outstanding Senior award is the Gus MacFarlane Trophy, which is given to the senior athlete who best exemplifies what a Mount Allison athlete should be. 

Selected as the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete was Swimming Mountie Olivia Feschuk from Halifax, NS.

The Joy Taylor Memorial was established in 1973 to remember Miss Joy Taylor, a former Director of Women’s Athletics at Mount Allison who was killed in a car accident. This award goes to a student in the senior class who has contributed to athletics in an outstanding manner throughout her athletic career at Mount A and is a candidate for a first degree. Also taken into consideration is her attitude toward competition and sportsmanship.



Overall University Rookie of the Year honours went to Hockey Mountie Abby Beale from Sackville, NB and Soccer Mountie Michael Cormier from Margaree Valley, NS.

Awarded to students who contribute the most to their teams in their first year of university competition. 



The women’s sportsmanship award was presented to Badminton Mountie Olivia Adams from Charlottetown, PEI.

In 1983, this award was established as a memorial to Miss Virginia Anne (Gigi) Hicks, a graduate of the Class of ’81. Gigi displayed the qualities that this award represents. In the selection, the committee should consider the student’s dedication to the sport primarily, but also give serious consideration to the athlete’s attitude toward competition, degree of improvement, and her continuous contribution to the team.


The men’s sportsmanship award was presented to Football Mountie Jesse Myers from Burlington, ON.

The Men’s Sportsmanship award was donated by the Paikin family in the name of G. Harvey Gilmour. It is awarded to an individual who puts his heart and soul into practices and games while positively contributing to his team in every way.



Winning the prestigious Bubsy Grant Award was proud alumnus and chair of this year’s CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championships Norval McConnell from Moncton, NB. 

The Bubsy Grant Award was established in honour of Alexander Grant (Bubsy), a dedicated employee for 36 years at the Mount Allison Athletic Centre. The award is presented to a deserving individual who has, through time and effort, made a significant contribution to Mount Allison athletics.



The men’s team manager of the year was presented to Ben Wishart from Moncton, NB (men’s basketball) for the second year in a row and the women’s team manager of the year was presented to Alexandra Blades from Halifax, NS (women’s soccer).


The men’s Award of Merit Trophy was donated by the late Gus MacFarlane in 1965 to reward outstanding commitment by a manager to a men’s team.

The Donald Cameron Manager’s Award was given by Donald Cameron in 1981 to recognize the individual who so unselfishly gives his/her time to support a Mount Allison women’s team.



The distinguished therapy award was presented to fourth-year student trainer Sarah Moore from Halifax, NS.



Team Rookies of the Year were: Kelsey MacKinnon from Grand River, PEI (badminton); Andrew Cundill from Winnipeg, MB (badminton); Aram Currie from Riverview, NB (basketball); Charles Lavallée from Moncton, NB (football); Michael Cormier from Margaree Valley, NS (soccer), Maddison Hill from Fredericton, NB (soccer); Emma Hachey from Kentville, NS (basketball); Marika Wildeboer from Kanata, ON (volleyball); Abby Beale from Sackville, NB (hockey), Megan Fitzgerald from Lucasville, NS (swimming) and Luke Murchinson from Saint John, NB (swimming).



Most Valuable team members were: Chris Reid from Brampton, ON (football overall); Malik Richards from Brampton, ON (football offence); Nate Rostek from Stillwater Lake, NS (football defense); Kyle Milley from Calgary, AB (soccer); Geraint Berger from Bedford, NS(swimming); Thomas LeGallais from Cornwall, ON (basketball); Jaryd Morrissey from Sackville, NB (badminton); Rachel McDougall from Calgary, AB (volleyball); Olivia Feschuk from Halifax, NS (swimming); Olivia Adams from Charlottetown, PEI (badminton); Taryn MacMillan from Moncton, NB (soccer); Kiersten Mangold from Peterborough, ON (basketball); and Keri Martin from Brampton, ON (hockey).


During the ceremony, Mount Allison’s President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell and Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies Dr. Christl Verduyn were recognized for their 12 years of service to the University and their continued dedication to supporting athletics and recreation at Mount Allison.