StFX Athletics honoured it’s own Thursday night during it’s annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
The hall welcomed athletes Eugene Belliveau (football), Adele Belliveau (basketball), Glenn MacDougall (soccer), and Randy Nohr (basketball), along with women’s sports pioneer Jane (Hanley) MacGillivray in the builder category and the national champion 2006 X-Women rugby squad in the team category.
Eugene Belliveau, a dominant defensive lineman for the X-Men football team was a thee-time AUFC conference all-star, and enjoyed a 10 year professional football career with Montreal and Calgary.
Adele Belliveau, who captained the X-Women basketball team for three of her five years, was the first woman in StFX history to reach 1000 points, and the first woman to play for a full five seasons.
Glenn MacDougall, was an AUAA all-star on the soccer pitch in 1983 and 1986, and was honored as the conference most valuable player and a 1st team CIAU All-Canadian.
Randy Nohr helped guide the X-Men basketball team to back-to-back national championship titles in 2000 and 2001, was a two-time AUS champion and AUS all-star, was a 1st team All-Canadian in 2001, and was named the national championship most valuable player in both years.
Jane (Hanley) MacGillivray coached the women’s basketball team at Mount Saint Bernard College (affiliated with StFX University) from 1964 to 1968 and coached the newly formed varsity field hockey team, along with volleyball and badminton at the high school level and was known to referee in various sports. She was also hired in 1965 as the first Director of Women’s Athletics at Mount Saint Bernard in addition to her coaching duties.
The 2006 X-Women rugby team was the first female team at StFX University win a national championship title, kick starting a dynasty in that sport that has since produced four more national banners and four national medals.
The StFX Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1976 and exists to honor those individuals who have contributed significantly to StFX sports as athletes, teams or as builders. Those chosen inductees have exemplified the spirit and ideals of Xaverian athletics in their professional and community lives.
The StFX Athletics department recently announced this year’s inductees into the StFX Sports Hall of Fame.
Inducted in the Athlete category are Eugene Belliveau, a football player from the class of 1980, Adele Belliveau, a basketball and field hockey player from the class of 1984, Glen MacDougall, a soccer player from the class of 1987, and Randy Nohr, a basketball player form the class of 2001.
Jane MacGillvray, formerly Hanley, got the nod in the builders category. MacGillvray coached the women’s basketball team at Mount Saint Bernard College from 1964 to 1968, as well as the newly formed varsity field hockey team, along with volleyball and badminton at the high school level and was known to referee in various sports. In 1965, she was hired as the first Director of Women’s Athletics at Mount Saint Bernard.
Inducted into the team category is the 2006 X-Women Rugby Team, which was the first female team at StFX University win a national championship title, and started a team dynasty which produced four more national banners and four national medals.
This year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the StFX Schwartz auditorium and is open for the general public to attend.
St. FX Athletics celebrated a year of excellence by its varsity competitors in 12 sports last night. The annual athletics awards gala was held at the Charles V.
(from left) St. FX President Kent MacDonald, X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield, X-Women Hockey Forward Daley Oddy, and St. FX Athletic Director Leo MacPherson
The St. FX Female Athlete of the year is X-Women Hockey Forward Daley Oddy, the U Sports Women’s Hockey Player of the Year. Oddy led the country in both points at 31 and goals scored at 16. She was an AUS all-star in all five seasons with the X-Women. Oddy credits her success this season to preparation
The St. FX Male Athlete of the Year Award is shared by X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield and X-Men Track and Field and Cross Country Runner Angus Rawling. Rawling an all-Canadian and AUS runner of the year in both sports and a gold medalist in the 3,000 metres at the U SPORTS Track and Field Championship was not at the ceremony; as he is in Switzerland for the World University Cross Country Championship this weekend.
Hayfield, the U Sports Player of the Year in Men’s Soccer set a new school record for most goals in a single season with 13. Hayfield says he’s honoured to be sharing this award with Rawling.
The St. FX Male Athlete of the Year Award is shared by X-Men Soccer Striker Dan Hayfield and X-Men Track and Field and Cross Country Runner Angus Rawling.
Coach of the Year is X-Men Hockey Head Coach Brad Peddle. There was also a tribute to retiring Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Bernie Chisholm,
Coach of the Year Award winner Brad Peddle of X-Men Hockey (left)
who is stepping down after 32 seasons.
Angie Kolen was the recipient of the StFX Athletics ‘X-Ceptional Award’ which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to contribute in a positive manner to StFX Athletics. A professor in the StFX Human Kinetics department, Kolen has lent her time to numerous StFX Athletics initiatives, committees and events at the university.
The StFX Female Community X-Cellence award was presented to Beth Lawrence from the X-Women track & field team, while Liam Elbourne from X-Men soccer was the winner of the StFX Male Community X-Cellence award.
2018 StFX Athletic Awards Gala – Individual Award Winners
Rookie of the Year – Kim Kingsbury (Nepean, ON)
Defensive Player of the Year – Sammie Amoh (Scarborough, ON)
Most Valuable Player – Caroline Hrabinski (Toronto, ON)
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Rookie of the Year – Jane Hergett (Port Williams, NS)
Coach’s Award – Zoe Johnston (Pembroke, ON)
Runner of the Year – Liz MacDonald (Bedford, NS)
Rookie of the Year – Emerson Elliott (Aurora, ON)
Coach’s Award – Nicole Corcoran (Bloomfield, PE)
Most Valuable Player – Lindsey Donovan (Mirimichi, NB) & Daley Oddy (Cranbrook, BC)
Rachel Duffley Memorial Rookie of the Year – Hannah Ellis (Halifax, NS) & Danielle Franada (Grand Prairie, AB)
Michelle Birks Memorial Coaches Award – Alison Blanchard (Herring Cove, NS)
Most Valuable Player – Joanna Alphonso (Ajax, ON)
Rookie of the Year – Emma Kuzmyk (Cookstown, ON)
Coaches Award – Olivia Czipf (Thunder Bay, ON)
Most Valuable Player – Larissa White (Westphal, NS)
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Rookie of the Year – Samantha Taylor (Canterbury, NB)
Coach’s Award – Allie Flower (Lunenberg, NS)
Track Athlete of the Year – Hayley Wilson (Skye Glen, NS)
Rookie of the Year – Jaydan Smith (Halifax, NS)
Most Improved Player – Azaro Roker (Nassau, Bahamas)
Most Valuable Player – Davonte Provo (East Preston, NS)
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Rookie of the Year – Jonah Shankel (Coldbrook, NS)
Coach’s Award – Alex Neuffer (Stratford, PE)
Runner of the Year – Angus Rawling (Calgary, AB)
Joe Stewart Memorial Rookie of the Year – Jalen Burley (Winnipeg, MB)
Offensive Player of the Year –Jordan Socholotiuk (Fort McMurray, AB)
Defensive Player of the Year – Tyler Cordeiro (Oakville, ON) & Nathaniel Fermin (Pickering, ON)
Special Teams Player of the Year – Gordon Whyte (Toronto, ON)
Lineman of the Year – Jacob Czaja (Sudbury, ON)
Most Valuable Player – Kaion Julien-Grant (Toronto, ON)
Rookie of the Year – Santino Centorame (Mississauga, ON)
Melanson Top Scorer Award – Holden Cook (Oshawa, ON)
Wayne Mattie Memorial Unsung Hero Award – Mark Tremaine (Dartmouth, NS)
Most Valuable Player – Chase Marchand (Halifax, NS)
Rookie of the Year – Blake Fenton (Halifax, NS)
Coaches Award – Thomas Pieroway (Conception Bay, NF)
Most Valuable Player – Daniel Hayfield (Exeter, England)
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Rookie of the Year – Quinn Alexander (Truro, NS)
Coach’s Award – Tim Brennan (Beechville, NB)
Track Athlete of the Year – Angus Rawling (Calgary, AB)
St. FX University has weighed in on the decision by a Nova Scotia Court Judge to reinstate the Loney Bowl. The game was initially cancelled by Atlantic University Sport, amid concerns about the eligibility of a Saint Mary’s Huskies receiver. It will be played today; Acadia will host Saint Mary’s.
In a statement, St. FX Athletics Director Leo MacPherson says the university believes in academic excellence and the integrity of university athletics. MacPherson says unfortunately over the past couple of weeks, integrity for student-athlete eligibility rules have taken centre stage. MacPherson says beyond obvious ethical and education considerations, St. FX contends that without integrity in university sport, there can be no fair play and competition.
MacPherson says the court decision decided upon issues of due process, but did not address the issue of student-athlete ineligibility. MacPherson encourages Saint Mary’s University to remove any impediments that may prevent U Sports from making a ruling on the student-athlete eligibility and release the ruling to the public.
During the afternoon and evening Tuesday night, you may have noticed people lending assistance to families during trick-or-treating here in Antigonish. Student athletes from St.FX were positioned at busy crosswalks through town, helping people cross the street safely.
Cst. Morgan MacPherson says that the RCMP greatly apprecaites the assistance given by the athletes during Halloween:
MacPherson says having the athletes volunteer gives peace of mind to parents that they’ll get home safely.
Four members of the St.FX sports community were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame last evening at a school ceremony. The ceremony honoured athletes and
(from Left) Hall of Fame recipients Leanne MacDonald, Gail MacDougall, James Shea and John “Bunny” Griffin.
pioneers who have positively shaped the athletics department at St.FX.
Former sports journalist with The Casket, Gail MacDougall was honoured in the ‘builder’ category of the ceremony, and was recognized for her constant presence on the sidelines of all sporting event involving St.FX. MacDougall says that her passion for sports started at an early age, and has continued throughout her life:
The induction ceremony featured a first for the school; a female hockey player making their way into the famed hall. Leanne MacDonald, graduate from 2001 and Little Judique native was the first star in the modern era of the X-Women program.
MacDonald was the first player in school history to be recognized as All Canadian; receiving the honour twice. MacDondald says she is so proud to have been part of the team in the early years when they finally started to compete on a national level:
MacDonald, while on defense, helped push the female university hockey program locally into a national spotlight. Other inductees included former Casket sports journalist Gail MacDougall and football players John “Bunny” Griffin, and James Shea.
An annual golf tournament that honors a late member of the community is fast approaching. The Father Kehoe Golf Classic is entering it’s 24th year and is named in honor of former StFX Athletic Director Father George Kehoe who passed away in a tragic automobile accident in 1991.
Father Kehoe graduated from StFX in 1952 and was a three sport athlete in hockey, basketball, and rugby. He returned to campus as the men’s hockey coach in 1961 and coached for eleven years including participation in four national championships, becoming the winningest hockey coach in StFX history.
The tournament will be held on Friday, July 28th, 2017 at the Antigonish Golf & Country Club.
Sad news from St. FX Athletics. Former star running back for the X-Men football team, Ashton Dickson has died. In 5 seasons with X, Dickson rushed for 683 yards, received for 527 and had 22 touchdowns. Dickson was also named the 2015 AUS Football MVP.
Reports say that Dickson was killed in an Ottawa club early Monday morning. Ottawa Police sent out a tweet asking for those who were in the bar to come forward with any evidence. Dickson was just 25 years old.
The St.FX Athletics department will be having their annual charity event on Friday at the Oland Centre. St.FX Student Athletes will complete in many events, including relay races, slam dunk contests, lip sync battles and a pudding eating contest. The entire community is welcomed to attend, and the youth are encouraged to participate alongside their favorite St.FX athletes. The event is in support of “Kid Sport”. The event starts at 6:00 Friday evening.
St. FX Athletics paid tribute its 2015-2016 Academic all-Canadians at an event Thursday. This past season, the university had a record 73 Academic All-Canadians, who achieved an average of 80 per cent or better while playing on a varsity team. That’s up from 61 Academic All-Canadians in the 2014-2015 school year.