- Heartbreak for the Gee-Gees women's soccer team, who hit a Wall (Cheryll Wall, who netted the game-winner in the 57th minute) in a 2-1 quarter-final loss to host Cape Breton at the CIS championship in Sydney. Sara Bullock scored the Gee-Gees goal; this team's pulled in so many medals at nationals over the years it's almost like they're taken for granted. The players who'll be moving on include fifth-year players such as co-captain Wendy Donaldson, Val May and Jessica Nooyen.
There is no end to the ways footy can break one's heart.
- Hearty congratulations are due to Gee-Gees senior quarterback Josh Sacobie for being named the OUA's most valuable player and, concurrently, the conference's nominee for the Hec Crighton Award as the top university footballer in Canada.
The hope initially was that the Hec Crighton would finally go to someone from outside the OUA for the first time since fellow Gee-Gees QB Phill Côté did so in 1999 playing in the old O-QIFC. Seven years in a row was a little much. Sacobie, of Maliseet First Nation, N.B., makes such a compelling case after leading the Gee-Gees to an unbeaten regular season and putting up stellar numbers. He and Bishop's running back Jamall Lee are 1 and 1-A.
- Queen's coach Pat Sheahan was named OUA coach of the year, the fourth time in his career he's been so recognized. (He won twice in the O-Q with Concordia and again with the Gaels in 2001, but has never won the national award.) The Gaels did seem to do better in the regular season than the folks in Southern Ontario expected, although really, those of us who are less blinkered when it comes to CIS football were left wanting more.
- A belated hat tip also goes to Queen's soccer standout Nick Milonas, a Kingston lad, for being named an all-Canadian last night. Carleton defender Roberto Gutierrez and striker Kofi Ilbuodo were also feted.
- The Peterborough Examiner caught up with Carleton Raven-turned-Belleville Bull Andrew Self. Wish him well.
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