Fanshawe Falcons’ Janelle Albert named OCAA Player of the Year

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An unprecedented season continues for the Fanshawe Falcons.

On Friday morning in Sudbury, Fanshawe’s Janelle Albert was named OCAA women’s volleyball Player of the Year. This is the first time ever that a Falcon has captured the top individual honour in women’s volleyball.

Albert earned the award by being everywhere on the court this season for Fanshawe. She had 155 digs defensively and a .355 kill percentage offensively and was a huge reason the Falcons were able to put together their first unbeaten season in OCAA play, going 18-0.

Albert is from Brampton, Ont., and becomes the OCAA nominee for the CCAA Player of the Year award that will be named on March 6 as part of the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship Banquet in Niagara Falls.

She is the second female athlete from Fanshawe to capture Player of the Year honours. Jade Kovacevic was named the CCAA’s top soccer player in the fall.

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She was also named an OCAA West Division First Team All-Star along with teammates Meghan Morelli of London and Danielle Grasman of Komoka.

Fanshawe’s Ashley Rafferty was named OCAA Rookie of the Year.

The Falcons will play an OCAA quarter-final match against Mohawk on Friday at 1 p.m.

Fanshawe’s teams have already captured more provincial championships in 2018-19 than in any other year in the school’s athletic history.

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Fanshawe men’s Volleyball team off to good start at provincials

The Fanshawe Falcons men’s volleyball team started the OCAA championship weekend the way they spent their entire regular seasons: they won. Fanshawe defeated Conestoga in straight sets 3-0 in a quarter-final match. The Falcons men’s side went 19-0 during 2018-19 and entered provincials as the favourites. They lost just two sets all season and are currently ranked No. 1 in the country. They will meet 14th ranked Redeemer on Friday night at 6 p.m. in a semi-final.

Fanshawe women’s basketball team finishes season for the history books

From being ranked number one in the country to setting all kinds of team records, the Fanshawe Falcons women’s basketball team wrapped up their 2018-19 season on Feb. 16 with a 74-57 victory over the Niagara Knights. Fanshawe lost just once and set new team highs in 2018-19. The Falcons set several Fanshawe Women’s Basketball single-season team records including wins (19), points scored (1,627), field goal percentage (42.7), free throw percentage (70.3), made field goals (646), made 3-pointers (143), assists (425) and rebounds (1030). They will meet the 2-15 Centennial Colts on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre.

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The Falcons men’s basketball team finished the year 13-7 and will be on the road for a cross-over playoff game on Feb. 23 against the Durham Lords.

Fanshawe’s women’s and men’s curling teams also earned double gold at the OCAA curling championships. The Falcons have already set a record for most provincial championships in a single year with more opportunities still to come.

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Mustang hockey teams both grab Game 1

The Western Mustang men’s hockey team did something on Wednesday night that no OUA team managed to do at all in Round 1 of this year’s OUA playoffs: they won a game against a higher seed. Western went to Brock and staged a third-period comeback to beat the Badgers 3-2 to open their best-of-three second-round series. Kyle Petit and Cordell James scored goals one minute and 50 seconds apart with just over five minutes remaining to put the Mustangs ahead. Game 2 will be played at Thompson Arena on Friday.

Two goals that came 23 seconds apart in the first period gave the Western Mustang women’s hockey team an early lead and they held on to beat Waterloo 3-2 to open the OUA playoffs. Beatrice Arsenault scored what ended up being the game-winner in the second period and Carmen Lasis made 20 saves in net for the victory. Game 2 will be in Waterloo on Saturday, Feb.  23.

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The Mustang Men’s basketball team will play the Brock Badgers in an OUA quarter-final on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

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GOJHL heading into final games of regular season

The Leamington Flyers need one win in their final two games to clinch first place in the Western Conference. The London Nationals suffered a tough loss on Wednesday when London Knights prospect Sean McGurn scored twice in a 2-1 loss to the St. Thomas Stars. St. Thomas and Strathroy have grabbed the final two playoff spots. The St Marys Lincolns will miss the post-season for the second consecutive year.