The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association announced the 2014 Jostens High School Athletes of the Year at a Media conference held June 26th at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. The Association has four competition categories based on school population sizes. “A” Schools are for rural schools with a population of under 125 students, “AA” is any City of Winnipeg School with a population of under 100 plus rural schools with a population of 125-300, “AAA” are City of Winnipeg Schools with a population of 100-500 and rural schools of over 300, while the “AAAA” category is all City of Winnipeg schools with a population of 500 students and greater, plus Lord Selkirk, Crocus Plains, Vincent Massey High School (Brandon), Steinbach, Springfield, Stonewall, Winkler and Portage Collegiate.
A Male and Female Athlete of the Year was selected from each category, along with the overall Josten’s Provincial High School Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Shayna Mathison of Hamiota Collegiate - played Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer and Baseball. She was captain of her basketball team and co-captain of the soccer team. She was an “Athlete of the Week” and a Graduating All-Star in both Volleyball and Basketball. She was named ‘A’ Player of the Year for basketball and MVP at Provincials. She was the Sport Representative on the student council and participated in the schools drama production. Shayna also volunteers at local fowl suppers and senior’s teas, for highway cleanup and score keeps at school sporting events. She plans to attend Brandon University.
Sarah Palson of Souris School- participated in Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton. She was named an All-Star at several Basketball tournaments and player of the game and All-Star at the Provincial “AA” Championships. She was also a Graduating All-Star and named to the All Manitoba team. She placed in the top six at the Badminton Provincials. She is active in drama and participated in the Glee Club as well as fundraising for Pencils of Promise. She plays on the Sr. Ladies Hockey team, and volunteers at the Avalon Theatre. With an academic average of 88%, she plans to attend Lethbridge College.
Paige Thomson of Neelin High School in Brandon – participated in Volleyball, basketball and baseball. She was an All-Star at three different Volleyball tournaments and helped her team to the Final Four in the “AAAA” Provincial Volleyball Championships, where she was selected as an All-Star. She was a Graduating All Star in both Volleyball and basketball, , was ranked #5 in the Winnipeg Sun Top 10 Poll in Basketball, and an honourable mention in the Top Ten Volleyball rankings. Paige was an All-Star at three Basketball tournaments. She was also named to the All Manitoba basketball team. She is the Freshman Boys Basketball coach, participated in the schools drama production as well as being a middle years volleyball and basketball official. She will be attending the University of Victoria.
Atoosa Jalayeri of Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg) - was captain of both her Volleyball and Basketball teams. She was the provincial MVP and helped her team to the gold medal at the Basketball Provincials. She was named to the Graduating All-Star basketball team as well as receiving several All-Star awards at basketball tournaments. Atoosa was selected by the other players to receive the Players Choice award. She is president of the student council, and is part of the Grad and Fashion Show committee. Atoosa also participates in band, Youth in Philanthropy. She participates in her local church activity nights and coaches Jr. Bison Basketball. She will be attending the University of Manitoba.
Joey Delaquis of College Regional Notre Dame is a participant in Cross Country Running, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field. He was a Graduating All-Star in Volleyball and Hockey. Joey was also a Zone 4 hockey All-Star. He was captain of his Volleyball, Basketball, and hockey teams. He also is President of the Sports Committee, organized the Annual Matt Vigier Memorial Floor Hockey tournament and is on the Grad Committee. He volunteers for the Howdy Neighbor town event and participated in the Walk for ALS and the Terry Fox Run. He plans on attending the University of Manitoba
Chad Enns of Morris School – participates in Volleyball and Track and Field. Chad was a volleyball Graduating All-Star, he was captain of his volleyball team, Indoor and Outdoor track teams, and was a silver medalist in the 200m and provincial champions in 60m hurdles. He coaches grades 9 – 12 for Track and Field and volunteers at the breakfast club and organizes the volunteer schedule. He is a volunteer at Athletics Manitoba Track Meets and also volunteers at church worship team committee. He will be attending the University of Manitoba in September.
Ben Miller of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate – led his volleyball team to the SCAC and Provincial Championships. He was named a Provincial and Graduating All- Star for Volleyball and Basketball. Ben was ranked #1 in the Winnipeg Sun basketball coaches poll. He was an all star at the “AAA” Volleyball Provincials which his team won. He was captain of the “AAA” Provincial basketball Championships, MVP, Player of the Year and Carl Ridd Award winner. He is on the honour roll at his school. He received a silver medal in basketball at the Canada Summer Games. He plans to attend Acadia University.
Bruce Akubukaka of St. Paul’s High School – participated in Volleyball and Basketball. He was a member of the Provincial Champion Basketball team and was named to the All Manitoba and Graduating All-Star Volleyball team. He was ranked 3rd in the Winnipeg Sun Top 10 players poll and was part of the Provincial Volleyball team finalists. He volunteers as a scorekeeper for volleyball tournaments and helps coach the Daniel McIntyre Volleyball. His plan is to enter Brandon University is September
Each athlete of the Year will receive an attractive Plaque courtesy of Jostens.
The 2014 overall Manitoba Male and Female Jostens High School Athletes of the Year are:
Paige Thomson of Neelin High School in Brandon and Ben Miller of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
Each will receive a ring and Trophy.