Mountaineers varsity highlights – March 24, 2023
The Mohawk Mountaineers will see three former student-athletes enter the OCAA Hall of Fame this coming May.
It was announced earlier this week that basketball legend Kelly Dunham, badminton star Margaret Myjak and volleyball standout Peter Sniuolis will be inducted on May 1 at a Hall of Fame banquet taking place in Windsor, ON.
To read more about the successes of the three individuals, visit the Mountaineers website.
The 2022-23 varsity season for the Mountaineers was capped off with a medal on thenational stage.
Mohawk men’s curling, who had won the 2023 OCAA Championship, participated in the CCAA National Championship, earning a bronze medal. It was the program's first national medal since 2017.
The Mountaineers played to a 6-1 round-robin record, placing them first overall heading into the semi-final. Both Mohawk’s round-robin and semi-final loss came against the SAIT Trojans, but the Mountaineers would defeat the Sault Cougars for the bronze.
The 2023 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship hosted by the Mountaineers this past week was a massive success. Overall, the event brought together the Mohawk community from current students, alumni, Hamilton community members, and much more.
A huge thank you goes out to those on campus who helped make the tournament possible, as well as the many volunteers, especially the local high school students who stepped up during their March break.
The Mountaineers women’s basketball team didn’t get the results they were hoping for in the tournament, losing all three games, but they did nearly defeat the Red Deer Queens in a close bronze medal quarter-final match.
Mountaineers Athletes of the Week
(in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association)
Rachel Guanzon (women’s basketball)
Guanzon (Guelph, ON) and women's basketball hosted the 2023 CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship this past weekend. The third-year guard had standout offensive performances for the Mountaineers in two of their games, unfortunately leaving the third game early due to an injury.
Against the eventual CCAA Champion VIU Mariners, Guanzon put up a team-high 16 points with four rebounds. Then, in the bronze quarter-final game versus the Red Deer Queens, Guanzon had a game-high 20-points on seven-of-10 shooting and five-of-six from the three-point line, while adding five assists and four steals.
Joel Matthews (men’s curling)
Matthews (Waterdown) and men's curling earned the program'sround-robin first nationals medal since 2017. The squad would produce a 6-1 round robin record and win the bronze medal with a victory over the Sault Cougars.
Along with Jacob Jones (Brantford, ON) and Liam Little (Hailburton, ON), Matthews was named a CCAA First-Team Championship All-Star.
Did you know?
With the 2022-23 varsity season in the book, did you know the Mohawk Mountaineers finished fourth overall in the OCAA for total medals won at the provincial level. Humber, Fanshawe and St. Clair finished ahead, while Mohawk and Seneca tied for fourth overall with five medals. A total of 19 schools in Ontario won at least one medal.