The Mount Mystics celebrated their 2019-20 varsity season on Wednesday, April 8 with their first-ever virtual awards presentation, dubbed Best of the Blue – Athletics Awards.

This year’s season witnessed an unusual wrap-up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, an athletics awards banquet is held each spring to celebrate the year’s successes. Though that was not to be this year, MSVU Athletics’ One Way, Together philosophy remains strong and they were determined to continue in this tradition.

The 2020 Best of the Blue virtual awards celebration saw Mystics alum, fans, friends and family all tune in to a Facebook watch party to celebrate the year’s successes of our exceptional student-athletes. (Missed it?
to watch.)

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The evening featured many special guests. Thank you to MSVU President, Dr. Mary Bluechardt, the MSVU Alumni board and each Varsity Coach who answered our invitation to be involved. A special thank you to photographer Dave Gallant who has poured countless hours into the Mystics teams and Dr. Robert Berard, a fan-favourite webcast commentator at our basketball and volleyball games.

Congratulations to all MSVU student-athletes on another incredible year filled with hard work and dedication to both athletics and academics. And sincerest thanks to our senior players who completed their Mystics careers after many committed seasons.

Though we may not have been able to gather in the Rosaria Student Centre this year, in true Mystics fashion, this year’s virtual event was a wonderful celebration of our community’s success and shared achievements.

Congratulations to your 2019-20 MSVU Best of the Blue Award Winners:

Female Player of the Year
Mariah Wright, Women’s Soccer

Maria Wright

Male Players of the Year
Brody Blakney and Liam Mitchell, Men’s Basketball

Brody Blakney and Liam Mitchell

CCAA All Canadians
Alana Khoury, Women’s Soccer
Brody Blakney, Men’s Basketball
Julia Kokonis, Women’s Basketball
Julia Short, Women’s Soccer

Academic All Canadians

Windsor Flash
Donald Dewolfe and Jillian Smith, Mystics Cross Country
Julia Short, Mystics Women’s Soccer
Team Awards:

Cross Country
Most Improved Player, Eric Palaco-Tobia
Coach’s Award, Hannah Baillie and Donald Dewolfe
Most Valuable Player, Grace Anderson
Men’s Soccer
Most Improved Player, Luc Andriopoulos
Coach’s Award, Rowan MacArthur
Most Valuable Player, Kevin Abraham
Women’s Soccer
Most Improved Player, Ally Seamone
Coach’s Award, Kayla Pike
Most Valuable Player, Mariah Wright
Women’s Volleyball
Most Improved Players, Becca MacDonnell and Nicole Rector
Coach’s Award, Maddie Bernard
Most Valuable Player, Kenzie Brimicombe
Men’s Basketball
Most Improved Player, Tario Sands
Coach’s Award, Tariq Thomas
Most Valuable Players, Brody Blakney and Liam Mitchell
Women’s Basketball
Most Improved Players, Alisha McNeil and Gwen Ettinger O’Leary
Coach’s Award, Julia Kokonis
Most Valuable Players, Nikki Arsenault and Randi Hudson
MSVU Alumni Varsity Award
Marilyn Burke, Women’s Soccer and Chris Garagan, Men’s Soccer
Individual Awards
Raymond and Helen Plato Award: Brody Blakney,
Rick and Andrea Plato Award: Zach Ryan
Dyrick McDermott Memorial Award: Tahlia Jones
Shelia and Stephenie Allt Memorial Award: Ally Seamone and Connor Grant
Tracy Barton Endowed Memorial Award: Hannah Baillie