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Durham Lords host annual athletics banquet

The best of Durham College’s athletes were recognized at the annual awards banquet.

Ashley Black and Brandon Halliburton were named the 2018-19 athletes of the year.

Black delivered a strong year in the pitching circle with the Lords softball program. The fifth-year veteran finished the regular season with a 10-1 record, striking our 60 batters, while posting a 1.87 ERA.

She als added 13 hits, 12 RBI and six runs at the plate, posting a .310 batting average.

Black was named the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA) pitcher of the year, an OCAA all-star and the OCAA championship MVP.

She was also named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national all-star en route to national silver for the Lords this season. Black set new program pitching records for career wins (34) and strikeouts (194), while also setting a new mark in the batter’s box for career hits (83) and tying for RBI (46).

Other female MVPs included soccer’s Madison Haigh, rugby’s Victoria Browne, baseketball’s Emily Glendinning, indoor soccer’s Cory Lapointe and volleyball’s Althea Boncheff.

Halliuburton became the first Durham men’s basketball player to be named a CCAA All-Canadian since 2010-11.

He won the OCAA East division scoring title averaging 22.2 points per game. He was also named an OCAA East first team all-star.

Season highlights for Halliburton included tying a single game career-high 33 points in a 78-57 win over the Loyalist Lancers on Jan. 29, and becoming just the fourth player in college history to surpass 1,000 career points.

Other male MVPs included soccer’s Cody Kraemer, baseball’s Reagan Manley, rugby’s Malcolm Hooper, volleyball’s Tyler Krabi, indoor soccer’s Colin Reilly and golf’s Josh Taylor.

Marie Stasiuk of the women’s basketball team and Daniel Cooper of the men’s rugby team were named the freshmen athletes of the year.

Caleigh Coels, of the women’s softball team and Lucas Pichl, of the men’s volleyball and golf team were the recipients of the Bonnie Ginter-Brown overall leadership awards, recognizing athletes who have gone above-and-beyond in a leadership role within their team and the greater community.

The women’s softball team was named the team of the year after winning their fourth consecutive OCAA banner, becoing the first OCAA program to capture 20 total banners and the first women’s softball team to win their fourth in a row.

The season saw long-time head coach Jim Nemish record his 500th career win, and the team had five players selected as OCAA all-stars.

The team also captured a CCSA national silver, their first national medal since 2012, while also having two players selected as national all-stars.

The women’s volleyball team won this year’s #DC4DC award, recognizing a combination of academics, strength and conditioning, volunteer work and support for fellow Durham Lord teams.