Mountaineers varsity highlights – October 26, 2023
The Mohawk Mountaineers' four court sports teams are off to a great start in the 2023-24 season, having won a combined six of their eight games.
Men’s basketball squeezed out a two-point victory in their season opener versus the Niagara Knights at Niagara College. They then responded with a 44-point win at home over the Conestoga Condors.
The Mountaineers women’s basketball struggled offensively in their first game of the season against the Knights, losing 56-52. But the team bounced back with a 70-45 win over the Condors.
It was a dominant start for women’s volleyball with two convincing 3-0 victories over the Cambrian Golden Shield and Boreal Vipers. On the men’s side, it was a tough 3-1 loss to the Golden Shield and then a clean 3-0 win over the Vipers.
In playoff action, Mountaineers softball was within a win of a medal game but experienced lost tough games to the Durham Lords and Humber Hawks. Mohawk placed fourth at the OCAA Championship.
Women’s soccer, for the second consecutive year, lost 1-0 to the Durham Lords in the quarter-final round of the OCAA Championship. The team stole the show in all-star selections, however, with seven athletes named OCAA All-Stars.
Cassandra Campanella (Hamilton, ON), Mia Hadley (Milton, ON), Jaiden Morgan (Burlington, ON) and Emily Schwarz (Stoney Creek, ON) were awarded OCAA West Division First-Team All-Stars.
OCAA West Division Second-Team All-Star honours were awarded to Alyssa Glasbergen (Burlington, ON), Lauren Snider (Brantford, ON) and Isabelle Udovc (Grimsby, ON).
The men’s soccer team had Oliver Steinke (Dundas, ON) and Hamza Salman (Hamilton, ON) honoured as second-team all-stars.
Athletes of the Week
Danika Millen (Milton, ON)
In three games at the OCAA Championship tournament, Millen batted .500, scoring a run and had three runs batted in.
Chantal Tripp (Brampton, ON)
Tripp pitched in all three games at the OCAA Championship, pitching 11 innings, striking out 10 and only allowed five earned runs.
Chelsea Vanderwal (Waterdown, ON)
In her second season with the women's volleyball team, Vanderwal has become the starting setter. In the opening weekend, Vanderwal managed the Mountaineers offense very efficiently with a total of 50 assists and defensively had five digs.
Upcoming Game Schedule
- Oct. 28 – Mohawk cross country will have an opportunity at claiming two OCAA banners at the OCAA Championships being held at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area.
- Oct. 27 – Mountaineers volleyball will hit the road to Windsor, ON to play the St. Clair Saints. The men’s match will be first at 6 p.m. and the women play at 8 p.m.
- Oct. 28 – Both teams return home to host the Fanshawe Falcons. The women play first at 6 p.m. and the men’s match will be at 8 p.m.
- Oct. 28 – Women’s basketball will have the weekend off, but men’s basketball will travel to play the Canadore Panthers. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
All Mountaineers home games are free to attend.
Games are also streamed online, and can be watched here.