Laker Athletics Announces Anchor Prize Winners
SAULT STE. MARY – The Lake Superior State Sports Department and LSSU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the annual Anchor Awards, virtually, on Wednesday.
Hockey goalie Mareks Mitens received the 2020-21 Cliff Everett Trophy as the department’s top senior male athlete. Mitens ended his career as a Laker with 36 wins, including a record 14 career wins last season.
The Ventspils, Latvia native is ninth in program history for wins, and fourth all-time in goals against average (2.51), ninth in saves (2292), fifth for save percentage (.914) and tied for eighth in games played. (94). For his game in the 2020-2021 season, Mitens was named the All-WCHA Second Team, and he was one of nine Division I hockey finalists for the Mike Richter Award, which is awarded to the best goalie. goal every year.
Mitens has started 25 games for the Lakers this season, posting a 14-6-3 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. In all of his 25 appearances except five this season, Mitens has allowed two goals or less. The goaltender’s senior season will occupy a place in the team’s record books, as his 1.96 goalscoring average is the all-time first among Laker goaltenders in a season and his percentage of .930 saves in the 2020-21 season is tied for second all-time.
This year’s nominees for the Cliff Everett Trophy were Seth Pinnoo (tennis), Peter Shambaugh (cross country / athletics) and Isaac Lennox (golf).
Track and field athlete Elizabeth Setsuda received the Debra McPherson Outstanding Female Athlete 2020-2021 Award as the best senior female athlete in the department. Setsuda, who is still in the middle of her senior season, has been a versatile member of the track team as she competes in sprints, jumps and multis. As a junior, Setsuda put in an impressive performance at the 2020 GLIAC Indoor Championships. The native of South Lyon, Mich., Scored nine of the 11 points the women’s team earned, which was the highest total in the game. program since the 2013 season.
This year, Setsuda was one of four athletes to represent the Lakers at the 2021 GLIAC Indoor Championships. Most recently, Setsuda set a school record in the long jump with a distance of 5.59 meters at the Hillsdale Gina Relays on the weekend. last end.
This year’s nominees for the Outstanding Female Athlete Debra McPherson Award included Sadie DeWildt (basketball), Riley Collins (athletics) and Madison Whittet (golf).
Male tennis athlete Juho Kantola was named the recipient of the Terry McDermott Male Award as the department’s top freshman male athlete. Kantola had a solid first year as the Lakers’ No.1 singles player and was part of the team’s best pair of doubles for all nine games. In his first college season, Kantola totaled a 6-3 singles record and his three losses all had at least one set that went to a tiebreaker. Kantola was named All-GLIAC First Team and defeated GLIAC Player of the Year in a game against Ferris State.
This year’s nominees for the Terry McDermott Award were Jacob Bengtsson (hockey), Noah Murray (athletics) and Kemon Bassett (basketball).
Female tennis athlete Jenna Fleming has been named the recipient of the Terry McDermott Women’s Award. Fleming is having a record-breaking first season with the Lakers. The javelin athlete set a new school record with a throw of 45.16 meters in his first collegiate meet. Fleming has surpassed the previous LSSU record of 39.19 meters, set by Jill Walton in 2008, in all four games this season. Additionally, Fleming topped the interim NCAA qualifying mark of 41.84 yards in all four competitions. The Hilton Beach, Ont., Native is ranked first in the GLIAC nine-meter as of April 23, and 14th overall in Division II.
This year’s nominees for the Terry McDermott Award were Jaden Wilder (basketball) and Claudia Sole (tennis).
Senior hockey defenseman Lukas Kaelble has been named the male recipient of the Ronald “Bud” Cooper Coaches Trophy. The trophy is “awarded annually to a male athlete who, in the opinion of the coaches, has demonstrated exceptional qualities of citizenship, leadership, active participation on campus and has made a significant contribution to the athletic program.”
Kaelble captained the Laker as a senior and was named alternate captain during his junior year. The defenseman led the Lakers to the program’s first WCHA Championship and the team’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 25 years as he has appeared in 27 games this season with two goals and 13 assists. The Mannheim, Germany native finished the season tied for fourth among WCHA defenders in points and fifth in the conference over / under (+19). Kaelble was named to the WCHA All-Academic team as a sophomore, junior and senior.
This year’s nominees for the Ronald “Bud” Cooper Men’s Coaches Trophy included Seth Pinnoo (tennis), David Mitter (cross country / track and field) and Callum McKay (golf).
Junior tennis athlete Keegan Malpass has been named the recipient of the Ronald “Bud” Cooper Coaches Trophy. Malpass ended his junior season playing in all 10 Lakers games at places No.4 and No.5 in singles. Malpass posted a 4-6 singles record, including a 3-2 score in fifth place. In doubles, Malpass played the majority of Team No.2 games with Claudia Sole, and they were 4-6. Malpass has been an active member of the LSSU community as treasurer of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the Christian athlete community. She has also been involved in volunteer projects, including the community garden, the United Way food distribution for Thanksgiving, and helping out with local tennis camps.
This year’s nominees for the Ronald “Bud” Cooper Coaches Trophy were Mackenzie Kalchik (basketball), Halle Grulke (volleyball), Caitlyn Schumann (cross country / athletics), Nadya Woodson (athletics), Nadege Koua (tennis) and Alyshia Suleman (golf).
The six major departmental Laker Anchor awards were voted on by the head coaches.