Olds College Broncos hand out year-end athletic awards

Felica Rodney (left) and Fabian Gromenida were the Female and Male Athletes of the Year for the Olds College Broncos. (Contibuted Photo)

Soccer stars ruled the day as the Olds College Broncos released their full list of athletic award winners Tuesday after announcing most of the awards on social media throughout April.

On the pitch, fifth-year Fabian Gromenida shined and earned the nod as the Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, while second-year forward Felica Rodney was honoured as Female Athlete of the Year.

Gromenida, from Formosa, Argentina, also played futsal for the Broncos was an Alberta Colleges All-Conference selection in soccer for the second straight season, after scoring 12 goals in 12 games. That including a four-goal showing against the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings.

Rodney, a Calgary native was one of the top ACAC performers on the year, with 15 goals in 11 games, good for third league-wide. She also tied an ACAC record with seven goals in a game against the RDC Queens and earned an ACAC South All-Conference selection.

On the badminton court, it was Priyanna Ramdhani who earned Female Rookie of the Year honours.

Ramdhani posted several bronze medal performances throughout the season in women’s singles play and turned it up a notch when it mattered, collecting silver at the ACAC Championships. The rookie, from Peter’s Hall, Guayana, also ended up fourth at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Championships in Toronto. In doubles play, along with Layce Donaldson, Ramdhani earned bronze at the ACAC Championships.

On the men’s side, first-year Ben Nelson collected the award as the Male Rookie of the Year. Nelson, a Calgary product had a productive first season, averaging 8.2 points-per-game. He hit nearly 33 per cent of his three point attempts and led the team with 50 made threes.

Jesse Stoddart was selected as the Broncos Male Impact Athlete of the Year, for his work on and off the volleyball court. In his first year as libero, Stoddart was second in the ACAC in digs and volunteered for a number of community initiatives including coaching and officiating for youth volleyball.

On the women’s side, Jesse Jack took home the Female Impact Athlete of the Year award for her volunteer efforts. The Broncos women’s hockey assistant captain worked with CLC Tri-Active Youth Camps and Female Try Hockey Days in central Alberta and was also part of the Student Athlete Leadership Team. She also helped organize the Cystic Fibrosis Awareness game the team played in.

Individual team winners included:

Men’s Soccer and Futsal

Rookie of the Year, Soccer – Garren Oosterhuis

Rookie of the Year, Futsal – Jackson Schulz-Kingsely

Impact Athlete of the Year, Soccer – Brendan Klassen

Impact Athlete of the Year, Futsal – Ryan Murphy

Athlete of the Year, Soccer – Fabian Gromenida

Athlete of the Year, Futsal – Luiz Guimaraes

Women’s Soccer and Futsal

Rookie of the Year, Soccer – Julianna Hallock

Rookie of the Year, Futsal – Kassidy Kelly

Impact Athlete of the Year, Soccer – Katharina Oeltermann

Impact Athlete of the Year, Futsal – Kyla Bosomworth

Athlete of the Year, Soccer – Felicia Rodney

Athlete of the Year, Futsal – Jayna Espie-Sanderson

Curling

Rookie of the Year – Thomas Chesterman

Impact Athlete of the Year – Jamie Kuzma

Athlete of the Year – Shandra Moxham

Badminton

Rookie of the Year – Priyanna Ramdhani

Impact Athlete of the Year – Noah Jeffery

Athlete of the Year – Troy Morgan

Men’s Volleyball

Impact Athlete of the Year – Jesse Stoddart

Athlete of the Year – Thundersky Walkingbear/Jesse Stoddart

Rookie of the Year – Ryzen Walkingbear

Women’s Volleyball

Rookie of the Year – Francesca Sandini

Impact Athlete of the Year – Tabitha Martin

Athlete of the Year – Searra Schoepfner

Rodeo

Rookie of the Year – Tatum Wilson

Outstanding Rodeo Executive – Carter Seminuk

Impact Athlete / Most Dedicated – Judy Fuengeling

Cowboy of the Year – Tanner Turcato

Cowgirl of the Year – Shaylee McMann

Women’s Hockey

Rookie of the Year – Maddy Black

Impact Athlete of the Year – Jesse Jack

Athlete of the Year – Kali Cummings

Men’s Basketball

Rookie of the Year – Ben Nelson

Impact Athlete of the Year – Landon Parrington

Athlete of the Year – Muktar Mohamed

Women’s Basketball

Rookie of the Year – Dani Earl

Impact Athlete of the Year – Brandi Thibeaux

Athlete of the Year – Brittney Thibeaux

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