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Ellsworth, Headrick named UPEI athletes of the year

Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Owen Headrick are student-athletes at UPEI.
Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Owen Headrick are student-athletes at UPEI. - Contributed
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Jenna Mae Ellsworth and Owen Headrick are the UPEI athletes of the year.

The announcement was made online Saturday night due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain).

Ellsworth, a Charlottetown native, led the Panthers to a bronze medal at nationals after winning the university’s first Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball crown since 1998.

The fourth-year guard was named the AUS and U Sports women’s basketball player of the year after averaging 20.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 17 regular-season games as the Panthers went 17-3 to earn first place in the conference.

She is the first member of the Panthers women’s basketball team to earn UPEI female athlete of the year recognition since Katie Donahoe was co-winner of the award with rugby’s Alysha Corrigan in 2016.

Ellsworth's mother, Tracy (MacEachern) Ellsworth, won the female athlete of the year award in 1986-87 and 1987-88 as a field hockey and basketball star. They are the first mother-daughter duo to win the award.

Headrick, a 22-year-old defenceman from Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., finished third in team scoring with 32 points, including 13 goals, in 30 games. The team went 10-15-5 to finish sixth in the seven-team conference.

It was Headrick’s second year at UPEI but was his fourth year of eligibility as he played two seasons at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., before playing two seasons with the OHL’s Erie Otters.

It is the third straight male athlete of the year from men’s hockey program. Kameron Kielly won the award in 2019 and Ryan MacKinnon earn the honour in 2018.

Rachel Colle, who captained the women’s hockey team, received the passion for life award.

Soccer’s Nacho Sanchez earned the W.A. Ledwell Award, which is presented annually to a student who demonstrates outstanding athletic ability, academic excellence and the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship.

Rugby’s Tara Campbell and soccer’s Jenn Balderston received the Gordon and Muriel Bennett award, which is presented annually to a student-athlete(s), who best combines athletic achievement and academic excellence during their four years.


And the winners are…

Recipients of UPEI Panthers year-end team awards presented online Saturday night are:

Soccer

Men

MVP – Sam Smiley.

Top rookie – Nathan Chow.

Camille Scherger is a goalie with the UPEI Panthers women's hockey team.
Camille Scherger is a goalie with the UPEI Panthers women's hockey team.

Coaches’ award – Cohen Reddick.

Women

MVP – Jennifer Balderston.

Top rookie – Caitlyn McCloskey.

Coaches’ award – Carly Connell.

Women's rugby

MVP – Tara Campbell.

Top rookie – Mia Fradsham and Agustina Cohen.

Coaches’ award – Brinten Comeau.

Hockey

Men

MVP – Owen Headrick.

Top rookie – Kyle Maksimovich.

Coaches’ award – Tanner McCabe.

Women

MVP – Camille Scherger.

Top rookie – Lexie Murphy.

Coaches’ award – Kaylee Dufresne.

Basketball

Men

UPEI Panthers guard Elijah Miller takes a shot over Michael Young during practice.
UPEI Panthers guard Elijah Miller takes a shot over Michael Young during practice.

MVP – Elijah Miller.

Top rookie – Elijah Miller.

Coaches’ award – Adam Ryan.

Women

MVP – Jenna Mae Ellsworth.

Top rookie – Lauren Rainford.

Coaches’ award – Reese Baxendale.

Cross Country

Women

MVP – Tati Kelly.

Top rookie – Phoebe Mitchell.

Coaches’ award – Annika Weib.

Men

MVP – Dan Maguire.

Top rookie – Samuel Peterson.

Coaches’ award – Patrick Fletcher.

Track and field

Women

MVP – Bailey Smith.

Coaches’ award – Danielle Younker.

Men

MVP – Malcolm Gilman.

Top rookie – Zach Wilson.

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Varsity Club Teams

Field hockey

MVP – Sarah Sear.

Top rookie – Arica Windsor.

Coaches’ award – Karleigh McEwen.

Women’s volleyball

MVP – Lauren Moerike.

Top rookie – Danielle Hayes.

Coaches’ award – Sabrina Savory.

Men’s rugby

MVP – Isaiah Hood and Isaac Kirkland.

Top rookie – David Sato.

Coaches’ award – Faris Zakem.

Lacrosse

MVP – David Burke.

Top rookie – Egan McCaughey.

Coaches’ award – Sean He.

Cheer

MVP – Callie Thomson.

Top rookie – Emily Duffy.

Coaches’ award – Gemma Shea.


Looking back

A look at some of the recent male and female athletes of the year at UPEI.           

2019

Kameron Kielly and Bailey Smith were named the 2019 UPEI athletes of the year.
Kameron Kielly and Bailey Smith were named the 2019 UPEI athletes of the year.

Female – Bailey Smith, track.

Male – Kameron Kielly, hockey.

2018   

Female – Bailey Smith, track, and Alysha Corrigan, rugby.

Male – Ryan MacKinnon, hockey.

2017

Female – Marie-Soleil Deschenes, hockey.

Male – Mark Ashlee, soccer.

2016

Female – Katie Donahoe, basketball, and Alysha Corrigan, rugby.

Male – Tyler Scott, basketball, and Cole MacMillan, soccer and hockey.

2015

Female – Amy Gough, basketball.

Male – Tyler Scott, basketball, and Cole MacMillan, soccer and hockey.

2014

Female – Sarah Stanley, soccer.

Male – Reggie Traccitto, hockey.

2013

Female – Marina MacAulay, field hockey.

Male – Jimmie Mayaleh, soccer.

2012

Female – Janet Gamble, swimming.

Male – Manock Lual, basketball.

2011

Female – Sara Stewart, soccer.

Male – Matt Carter, hockey.

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