Rustlers Athletes Honored

Rustlers Athletes Honored

With exams right around the corner, the Lakeland Rustlers held their annual Rustlers Awards Banquet for the 2018-2019 season on Thursday night. The end of the year banquet recognizes the student athletes for their achievements in the classroom and in the respective sport.

The evening got underway by recognizing the student athletes who achieved the highest academic average for the first semester on their team. The award recipients were:

Ralion Simbulan, Men's Basketball


Meg Ferraz, Women's Basketball

Alex Webster, Men's Cross Country


Marissa Davidson, Women's Cross Country

Dale Mizera, Men's Curling


Jennalynn Alkestrup, Women's Curling

William Green, Men's Rowing


Kirby Zimmer, Women's Rowing

Mark Anderson, Men's Soccer


Kiera Sunderland, Women's Soccer

Jose Arellano, Men's Volleyball


Avery Maginel, Women's Volleyball


Following the recognition of the academic awards, the individual team awards were handed out.


Rookie of the Year: Keeley Bromling

Most Improved: Carlene Ewald

MVP: Rachelle Simard

Lacy Longworth Award:

Lee-Anne Gibson, Rebecca Kitzul and Kirby Zimmer


Cross Country

Rookie of the Year: Alex Webster

Most Improved: Marissa Davidson

Rustler Award: Justyna Kolooziek

MVP: Darian Elliot

Women's Soccer/Futsal

Rookie of the Year: Emma Lang

Most Improved: Dana Bernard

Rustler Award: Gabrielle Lapointe

Soccer MVP: Ashley Miller

Futsal MVP: Nikki Boutin


Men's Soccer/Futsal

Rookie of the Year: Keilan Hozempa

Most Improved: Doyle Church

Rustler Award: Grant Skoretz

Soccer MVP: Zach Wagner

Futsal MVP: Chase Cal

Women's Basketball

Rookie of the Year: Bilge Topaloglu

Most Improved: Brianne Hergott

Rustler Award: Angela Baran

MVP: Tori Dugan


Men's Basketball

Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Isaac

Offensive Player of the Year: Rashon Russell

Rustler Award: Adrian Richards

MVP: Artavis Holiday

Women's Volleyball

Rookie of the Year: Jenay Varga

Most Improved: Hailee McKenna

Rustler Award: Brooklyn Boehm

MVP: Rae Sigurdson


Men's Volleyball

Rookie of the Year: Ryan Van Oosterwijck

Most Improved: Matt Pilgrim

Rustler Award: Matt Peck

MVP: Alexei Walisser


Rookie of the Year: Dale Mizera

Most Improved: Jennalynn Alkestrup

Rustler Award: Alyssa Antoneshyn

MVP: Carter Babij




Earlier in the year, several Rustler athletes were recognized as ACAC All-Conference selections for their respective sport. The following athletes received their ACAC All-Conference awards at their respective conference awards banquets.

Congratulations to the following Rustlers who received ACAC All-Conference recognition:

Kaitlyn Tonita – Women's Basketball

Rae Sigurdson – Women's Volleyball

Shelby Becker – Women's Volleyball

Alexei Walisser – Men's Volleyball

Tyler Williamson – Men's Volleyball

Jean Carlo Funez – Men's Volleyball

Artavis Holiday – Men's Basketball

Zach Wagner – Men's Soccer


Recently, several Lakeland College athletes were recognized as receiving CCAA Academic All-Canadian awards for their academic achievements. Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their achievement in the classroom:

Rae Sigurdson – Women's Volleyball

Ahnika Kuse – Women's Volleyball

Alexei Walisser – Men's Volleyball

Jared Mason – Men's Curling

The final award of the night to be handed out was Athlete of the Year. 

The Female Athlete of the Year was Rae Sigurdson. Sigurdson, a fifth-year business student led the Rustlers Women's Volleyball team to their third consecutive ACAC medal, earning bronze this season.

In addition to her team accomplishments, Rae was also named an ACAC All-Conference selection, ACAC Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian and CCAA Academic All-Canadian.

The Male Athlete of the Year was Zach Wagner. Wagner, a 3rd year goalie for the Rustlers played a crucial role for both the soccer and futsal teams. During the soccer season, Zach finished in the top 6 in the ACAC with a 0.638 save percentage and helped the Rustlers earn a silver medal at the ACAC Futsal Championships earlier this year.

With that, the 2018-2019 athletic season has come to a close for the Lakeland Rustlers. It was a big year for Rustlers Athletics – hosting 2 ACAC Championships, having several teams earn their first ACAC medal, Men's Curling going to nationals and much more. In addition to their accomplishments in their respective sports, the Rustlers continue to be visible in the community through volunteering and coaching, while achieving success in the classroom with 4 CCAA Academic All-Canadians.

The Rustlers have set the bar high for the 2019-2020 season, but with the continual growth shown by all teams apart of the Rustlers programs, it is without a doubt that the 2019-2020 season will be another goo one.