The MCAC has awarded their first men’s and women’s Player of the Week Awards….
Providence College’s Kris St. Clair has been awarded the inaugural MCAC Men’s Player of the Week Award. The 5’9” point-guard scored 27 points, had 5 steals and 1 blocked shot in a 90-82 overtime loss to Booth College on Saturday during the third annual Prairie Challenge Cup basketball tournament.
The pre-season tournament ran from Thursday through Saturday at Red River College and included men’s teams from Canadian Mennonite University, Booth College, Providence College, and the tournament-winner Red River College.
St. Clair, a fourth-year player studying Communications and Media with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) commutes daily from Winnipeg to Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba.
During the Freemen’s overtime loss on Saturday, the 5’9” St. Clair was matched up against the Booth Generals’ 6’7” Graham Bodner, and still led his undersized team with 27 points. His amazing court vision, huge vertical and speed make this student athlete a very exciting player to watch.
The extremely humble St. Clair stated, “I think I played okay. I would’ve liked to have had more assists. (In the second half) we tried to key in on defense more, but I don’t want to make excuses.”
Red River College’s Shaylin Stutusky has been awarded the inaugural MCAC Women’s Player of the Week Award. The second year, 6’0” post scored 15 points and led her team in rebounds as the Rebel’s defeated the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 62-49 on Saturday night.
The third annual Prairie Challenge Cup pre-season basketball tournament took place Thursday through Saturday at Red River College and saw action from CMU, RRC, the Providence College Alumni Team, and the tournament winner Swoosh Club Team.
Stutsky, who studies Marketing Management at Red River led her team to a 2-1 record over the weekend and a second place tournament finish. The 62-49 defeat of the Blazers was the first time RRC has beaten CMU in two years. The two teams met in the conference finals last year with CMU taking a decisive victory.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing CMU in the conference finals again,” stated Stutsky “because it is definitely turning into a rivalry.”
RRC lost to the tournament winner Swoosh 68-46 earlier in the day on Saturday before their matchup against CMU that evening.
“We wanted to save our legs for CMU. We wanted this bad, and we got it,” said Stutsky.
RRC’s women’s and men’s basketball teams will be traveling to Halifax in early January for the CCAA (Canadian College’s Athletic Association) Atlantic Coast Classic. There RRC will play collegiate teams from the Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec.
By Darrin Bauming