Barker, Locke named Holland College Hurricanes athletes of the year

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Women’s basketball player Jazlin Barker and two-sport athlete Eric Locke were named Holland College Hurricanes athletes of the week on Thursday.

The Hurricanes held their 10th annual athletics banquet at the college’s Culinary Institute of Canada.

Barker, from Scarborough, Ont., who is enrolled in the sport and leisure management program, was named the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association’s (ACAA) rookie of the year and first team all-star.  The point guard averaged 12.5 points per game this season helping lead the Hurricanes to their first ever ACAA silver medal, and berth into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national women’s basketball championship in Montreal.

Locke, a Digby, N.S., native, is currently finishing his second year in the golf club management program.  The highlight of his season was his fifth-place finish at last spring’s Golf Canada University/College golf championship where he competed against the top Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and CCAA players in the country and several who compete at the NCAA south of the border.

Locke started this fall’s by winning the Hurricanes varsity qualifier with a 15-under par through seven rounds. He went on to win the ACAA championship highlighted by a final round hole-in-one. Locke was the top Hurricane at this year’s nationals and was chosen as an all-Canadian for the second straight year as well as a CCAA academic all-Canadian.

Following the golf season Locke joined the Hurricanes hockey team. The defenceman and assistant captain scored 21 points in 25 games.

The Hurricanes male and female rookies of the year were women’s soccer player Kristin Hood and football and track and field athlete Eugene McMinns.

Hood, a Charlottetown native and first-year sport and leisure management student, made an immediate impact up front for the Hurricanes this season on their way to capturing a conference banner. The Charlottetown Rural alumnus scored 13 goals to lead the ‘Canes in scoring.

She was also the ACAA first-team all-star and CCAA academic all-Canadian. 

McMinns, from Nassau, Bahamas, is a first-year wide receiver and sport and leisure management student at Holland College.

Always a threat to make a big play, McMinns improved steadily throughout the season and in six regular season games recorded 21 receptions for 441 years and two touchdowns. He also had an impact on special teams too, returning 11 kicks for 189 yards as his ‘Canes grabbed their second AFL Championship in three seasons. McMinns also recently won the 60 metre and 200 metre events at the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships in Moncton.

The coach of the year award went to football’s Mark MacDougall.

Women’s soccer player Laura Younker received the Bell Aliant Achievement Award, presented to a student who demonstrated outstanding athletic ability, academic excellence and the qualities of leadership, citizenship and community involvement.

The men’s soccer team’s Alex Howling received the leadership in sport award, presented to a student-athlete who excels in their sport and dedicates themselves to develop and promote their sport in the community.

The president’s award, given to a student or group who were actively involved in the promotion of building varsity athletics, went to the women’s volleyball team.

Sports Centre Physiotherapy received the Hurricanes award in recognition of outstanding support of the Hurricanes varsity program by a student, staff member, and program or service provider.


Following are team awards handed out during the Holland College Hurricanes athletic banquet on Thursday.

Men’s golf

Most improved player – Brett Wilson

Most dedicated player – Justin Shanks

Most valuable player – Eric Locke

Women’s soccer

Top offensive player – Kristin Hood

Top defensive player – Shalan Armstrong

Most dedicated player – Laura Younker

Most valuable player – Megan Spicer

Men’s soccer

Top offensive player – Evan Forrester

Top defensive player – Josh Martin

Most dedicated player – Alex Howling

Most valuable player – Adam Fitzgerald


Offensive player of the year – Jeff Hillier

Defensive player of the year – Garvin Cius

Most improved player – Alex Fitzgerald

Lineman of the year – Owen MacWilliams

Rookie of the year – Eugene McMinns

Special teams player of the year – Jay Dearborn

Most dedicated player – Richard Lush

Hilton memorial most valuable player – Cardell Rolle

Women’s hockey

Top offensive player – Ashley Lunn

Top defensive player – Ellen Chapman

Most dedicated player – Katie Campbell

Most valuable player – Candace Hopkinson

Men’s hockey

Top offensive player – Pat Cummiskey

Top defensive player – Nick MacDonald

Most dedicated player – Adam Gardner

Most valuable player – Jonny Richards

Women’s volleyball

Top offensive player – Kendra Dawkins

Top defensive player – Emily Caldwell

Most dedicated player – Kendra Carpenter

Most valuable player – Tabitha Trecartin

Men’s volleyball

Top offensive player – Jeremy McKinnon

Top defensive player – Brandon Boyce

Most dedicated player – Mackenzie Archibald

Most valuable player – Jeremy McKinnon

Women’s basketball

Most improved player – Ashley Moss

Top defensive player – Mendeira Smith

Most dedicated player – Jennifer Hinds

Most valuable player – Jazlin Barker

Men’s basketball

Most improved player – Shawn Lucas

Top defensive player – Orlando Palmer

Most dedicated player – Kyle Welton

Most valuable player – Chase Bowden

Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Culinary Institute of Canada Golf Canada University NCAA

Geographic location: Scarborough, Charlottetown, Montreal Digby Nassau Bahamas Moncton

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