Friday, November 28, 2014

Beaudry, Webb named top Muskies

Hailey Beaudry is far from finished and a long way from content.
The Grade 11 student at Fort High capped a phenomenal year for herself personally by being named female athlete of the year at the Muskie athletic awards banquet last Wednesday.

Beaudry was the only Fort High athlete to qualify for three separate OFSAA championships this year, which has her on track to meet the standard she set for herself almost three years ago.
“When I was in Grade 9, I set a goal for myself to make it to four OFSAA championships in my high school career,” noted Beaudry, who showed even more versatility by capably serving as emcee for the awards banquet.
“There were a lot of days where that goal seemed unrealistic and impossible,” she admitted. “But this year, it really came together. . . .
“[And] I’m confident if I train harder, and put in more time and 100 percent more effort, I can have a repeat of this year.”
Beaudry showed her proficiency in both individual and team endeavours.
She finished fourth at the NWOSSAA cross-country running championships in Thunder Bay to advance to the all-Ontarios in Sudbury, where she came 191st overall in the 5K senior girls’ division.
Beaudry then skipped the quartet of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry to second place at the NorWOSSA curling finals in Fort Frances.
The rink then captured the NWOSSAA girls’ title in Chapleau to advance to the provincials in Brampton, where they went 0-4.
Finally, Beaudry’s defensive work at left fullback helped the Muskie girls’ soccer team to an undefeated regular season and its first NorWOSSA crown since 2009.
That also sent the black-and-gold to the OFSAA championships in Collingwood, where they finished with a 1-3 record.
“I think, for me, the curling stands out above the others,” Beaudry replied when asked about her favourite achievement of the past year.
“There’s no subbing off and, as the skip, there’s not any part of the game you’re not involved with,” she explained.
“Being the skip also means sometimes you’ve got to make the game-changing shots,” she added.
“But I like to think I thrive off of the pressure.”
Beaudry was named MVP of the Muskie cross-country and girls’ curling team at the banquet while also earning an athletic certificate for competing in eight Muskie sports seasons during her high school career so far.
Meanwhile, the Muskie male athlete of the year was carted home by Grade 12 standout Braden Webb, who also made his mark in a trio of sports.
Webb was named most valuable player of the Muskie football team after leading the team in interceptions from the safety position.
He also played a large role in the punt and kick return game as Fort High went 3-4 to qualify for the WHSFL playoffs before losing 35-0 in the quarter-finals to the Elmwood Giants.
He then showcased his on-ice talent by also being selected MVP of the Muskie boys’ hockey team, where his play at forward aided Fort High’s run to its 34th NorWOSSA title and a spot at the all-Ontarios in Oakville/Burlington.
The black-and-gold went 3-1 there to capture Pool ‘G’ before losing 6-1 to the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School Red Hawks in the quarter-finals.
Webb then got adventurous as he tried out—and made—the Muskie boys’ soccer team for the first time as a midfielder.
The result? An unbeaten NorWOSSA season, a fourth-straight league title for Fort High, and a trip to OFSAA in Leamington, where the team posted an 0-3-1 record.
“I was a little surprised to be chosen,” Webb said about winning the award for best male athlete.
“I was blessed with good coaches this year in Chad Canfield [football], Jamie Davis [hockey], and Shane Beckett [soccer],” he added.
“They really helped my progress as an athlete and a student.”
Webb will be putting his athletic exploits on the backburner as he focuses on his studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay this fall, where he’ll major in civil engineering.
As for this year’s personal highlight, Webb couldn’t put his finger on just one accomplishment.
“I’ve been with the hockey team for three, four years so to have a season like that in my final year was great,” he remarked.
“But I’m really proud of myself for soccer,” he added.
“[For] trying something new like that and getting involved, and have it turn out so successful.”
Grade 9 prodigies Jessica Steele and Cole Tymkin took the female and male rookie-of-the-year awards.
“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Steele, who was the top younger member of the Muskie cross-country team and also was part of the girls’ soccer squad this year.
“There’s a lot of good players on that soccer team and I thought for sure Janelle [Kaemingh] was going to get it,” she admitted.
“Being a rookie was quite scary at times, but getting to play with such great people helped,” Steele added.
“It really inspired me to improve next year.
“I’ll keep trying as hard as I can,” she vowed.
Tymkin, meanwhile, was the only Grade 9 player to make the Muskie boys’ hockey team out of training camp—and wound up being one of the team’s most potent offensive threats.
He also was part of the Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team that won NorWOSSA silver and shared goalkeeping duties with Ben Whitburn on the Muskie boys’ soccer squad.
“I had fun playing all three sports,” said Tymkin, who is bound for Thunder Bay this fall to play with the Midget ‘AAA’ Kings’ hockey team.
“It was a successful year for every team I played on,” he noted.
“I just tried to contribute as much as I could, whether it was being a fourth-line grinder on the hockey team or a back-up goalkeeper in soccer, to help the team,” Tymkin reasoned.

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