Outstanding athletes of Aldergrove Secondary School’s past and present received accolades and awards in ceremonies at the school last week.
The school’s Athletic Wall of Fame had two new additions this year, with the inductions of Christina van Aert and Connor Hunter.
Van Aert’s expertise in basketball begna in her high school years at Aldergrove and continued through university and at the national program levels. Among her awards were captain of the U-16 provincial team in 1988 and most valuable player as captain of the U-17 provincial team in 1989. She played with the University of Victoria from 1990-96, CIS All Canadian in 1995 and 1996, captain of the Canada National Team in 1993, and induction to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as female athlete of the year in 1993.
Hunter’s achievements in rugby include the Fraser Valley championships in high school in 2010 and Fraser Valley finalists and provincial champions in the 2011 championships. At the provincial level, Hunter played on the U-18 Sevens team in 2011 and was on the U-18 national championship team in 2011 and the U-19 national championship team in 2012. He was also selected for the U-19 Canadian national team’s tour of the United Kingdom in 2012.
Aldergrove Secondary’s 2012-13 Athletic Awards are as follows:
Junior boys soccer: MVP Gurshaan Jhaj, top forward Ryan Schmunk, top defender Jesse Smith.
Senior boys soccer: top forward Brad Wightman, MVP Gurmaan Jhaj and Joel Waterman, top defender Wes Lockhart.
Cross Country: top grade 9 Weston Toppozini, top grade 10 Jordan Redlin.
Junior girls volleyball: most improved Jenna Duckworth, hardest worker Sierra Gustafson, MVP Terrisa Inthapanya.
Senior girls volleyball: most inspirational Kaitlin Pool, unsung hero award Kara Lockhart, MVP Kailey Waterman.
Junior hockey: top forward Brodie Buchner, top defenceman Brett Hollins, MVP Miguel Arias.
Senior hockey: top forward Dustin Wilkinson and Skyler Nishi, top defenceman James Di Tosto, MVP Mike Hamm.
Junior boys rugby: top forward Jordan Spaan, top back Nathan Dahl, MVP Corey Reid.
Badminson: most committed team player Jonah Miller, junior girls MVP Jennifer Huynh, junior boys MVP Stanley Nguyen, MVP Jason Yip.
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Aldergrove Secondary students Nathan Dahl (left) and Jonah Miller were awarded the school’s athletes of the year trophies, in the junior and senior boys’ categories, respectively.
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Aldergrove Secondary students Kaitlin Pool (left), Kara Lockhart and Kailey Waterman were awarded the school’s senior girls volleyball plaques in the most inspirational, unsung hero and most valuable player categories, respectively.