Chatham-Kent August Athlete of the Month Voting
Voting will continue until Monday, September 8, with the winner being named Tuesday, September 9. Poll votes, comments below, as well as Facebook comments (www.facebook.com/cksportsnetwork) and Twitter Retweets (www.twitter.com/cksportsnetwork) will be counted as votes. See below the poll for monthly accolades for each athlete.
Nominees in Alphabetical Order and Monthly Highlights:
Bridget Carleton (Chatham) – Carleton helped Team Canada’s National Junior Basketball team win a silver medal at the FIBA Americas tournament held in Colorado, USA, qualifying Canada for the World Junior Championships. Carleton was 5th in the tournament in blocks, and first in three point percentage. Carleton was one of Canada’s leading scorers, despite being one of the younger players in the tournament. She score 9-points in a semi-final win over Brazil, and 7-points in the gold medal game.
Tyler Davis (Wallaceburg) – A first time member of Ontario’s provincial lacrosse team, Davis helped Team Ontario win a gold, and a peewee National Championship in August. Beating British Columbia 8-2 in the final, Davis contributed throughout, finishing the tournament with six goals and three assists in six games. Davis ended the month playing for the Rochester Knighthawks at the Junior NLL Tournament, and was third in tournament scoring with 13 points in 4 games.
Josh Kellier (Chatham) – Representing Team Ontario at the Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field championships, Kellier set a new Legion record, and won a National gold medal in the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 5:49.14. Kellier also finished 10th in the 3000m race.
Travis Konecny (Clachan) – Clachan’s Travis Konecny captained Team Canada’s U18 Men’s Hockey team to a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. Konecny, who scored a goal in the gold medal game against the Czech Republic, finished the tournament with 5 goals and 1 assist in 5 games. He finished the month of August back in training camp with his OHL team, the Ottawa 67s.
Brandon Montour (Tilbury) – Playing for the Six Nations Arrows, Montour helped his team win both an Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A title, and a Canadian Championship at the Minto Cup. In the OLA finals against Whitby, Montour scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in the month of August. At the Minto Cup, Montour scored 4 goals and added 4 assists in 6 games, helping his team to the Canadian Junior A lacrosse title.
Breanne Nicholas (Blenheim) – Nicholas starred for Team Canada on two separate occasions. First, Nicholas helped Canada win gold at the FISU Championships in Brazil, defeating France in the gold medal game. Later in the month, Nicholas was named the Player of the Series for Team Canada, as they defeated the USA in both games in the Can-Am U20 Women’s Rugby Series. Nicholas scored one try in the series, and set up several others.
Joel Shepley (Wallaceburg) – Played a key defensive role for the Six Nations Arrows, helping them win an OLA and Minto Cup title as the Ontario and Canadian Junior A lacrosse champions. In four games in the Minto Cup against the Coquitlam Adanacs, Shepley scored 3 goals and added 3 assists, helping Six Nations storm back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the series 4-2.
Emily VanDamme (Wallaceburg) – VanDamme had a full August, winning three medals. VanDamme backstopped the Wallaceburg Griffins Intermediate Boys lacrosse team to an OLA gold medal, beating Oshawa 6-3 in the final. Later in the month, as Ontario’s Junior team starting goalie, backstopping Ontario to a gold medal and National championship. For her efforts in the tournament, VanDamme was named to the Canadian All-Star team. As the trainer for the Wallaceburg Intermediate Girls lacrosse team, VanDamme also helped the team win an OLA gold.