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Easton Ongaro is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

By Connor Hood on October 16, 2017

Easton Ongaro

Rookie University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer forward Easton Ongaro is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his four-point performance in a weekend sweep of the MacEwan Griffins. 

Ongaro led the Bears with three goals and four points, as the Bears earned a pair of decisive wins over their cross-town foes this past weekend. The pair of wins also clinched the Prairie Division for Alberta, who now own a 9-1-2 record in 2017. 

Despite playing just 54 minutes on Saturday, Ongaro was an offensive catalyst for the Bears. The rookie Bear scored two goals 14 minutes apart in the first half, the second and third goals of his young career. 

Ongaro was just as dynamic on Sunday at Foote Field, finishing off a nice feed from Ajeej Sarkaria in the box for his third goal of the weekend, before setting up Sarkaria for his third assist of the season. 
 


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Luke Philp is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

By Connor Hood on October 10, 2017

Luke Philp

Sophomore Golden Bears hockey forward Luke Philp is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his six-point performance on opening weekend. 
Pegged as head coach Serge Lajoie’s 2017-18 Player to Watch, the Golden Bears sophomore took little time proving why, recording six assists in the Bears opening weekend sweep over the Mount Royal Cougars. 
Philp was easily the best player on the ice in Friday night’s 7-0 win over the Cougars. The Canmore, AB native recorded a career-high four assists, including setting up each of the Golden Bears first three goals, highlighted by a two-on-none shorthanded breakaway, which was finished off by Jamie Crooks. 
Philp was just as strong on Saturday in Calgary, adding another two assists in the Bears 5-1 win over Mount Royal. His six points are the most in Canada West after two conference games, while his +6 rating is also a conference-high.
Philp and the undefeated Golden Bears will be back at Clare Drake Arena this weekend, as they host the 1-1 Manitoba Bisons on Friday and Saturday night. 


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Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

By Connor Hood on October 2, 2017

Ed Ilnicki

For the second-straight week, fifth-year Golden Bears running back Ed Ilnicki is both the University of Alberta's Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week and Canada West Football's Offensive Player of the Week. Ilnicki was tremendous on Friday night, rushing for 278 yards on 44 carries, while adding five catches for 63 yards, adding his sixth rushing score in the Golden Bears 36-25 win over the Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg. 

His 278 rushing yards marked the season-high for Canada West this season, 82 more than he earned last week against UBC. Ilnicki's 341 all-purpose yards also marked a career-high for the veteran back. The Spruce Grove, AB native now leads Canada West in rushing yards (829), all-purpose yards (928), yards per game (185.6), and rushing touchdowns (6). His rushing yard totals are also the highest in U SPORTS, while his 829 yards represent a career-high, surpassing the 754 yards he earned in 2015. 

Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

By Connor Hood on September 25, 2017

Ed Ilnicki

Fifth-year running back Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his offensive explosion this past weekend against UBC. Ilnicki carried the ball 22 times for 196 yards, scoring all three of the Golden Bears touchdowns this past Saturday in the Bears 41-21 loss. For his efforts, he was also named Canada West Football's Offensive Player of the Week. 

The veteran back now leads Canada West with 551 rushing yards through four games this season, 156 more than UBC's Ben Cummings. His five touchdowns are also tied for the most in Canada West. With his 22 carries on Saturday, Ilnicki was also able to pass Nathan Connor for the second most carries in Golden Bears program history (561). 

Ilnicki capped off the Golden Bears first drive of the game against UBC with a 15-yard TD scamper his third major of the season. He followed that up with the highlight of his afternoon, cutting through the UBC defence for a 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter. 


Jamie Pasemko is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

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By Connor Hood on September 11, 2017

Jamie Pasemko

Fifth-year Pandas soccer defender Jamie Pasemko is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following her tremendous performance in the Pandas season-opening weekend. Pasemko's play helped the Pandas obtain four of a possible six points against the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns. 

Pasemko, who was recently named captain of the Pandas, led them both offensively and defensibly in Saturday's 1-0 win over the U SPORTS No. 7 ranked Dinos. The Edmonton, AB native assisted on the lone Alberta goal, sending in a beautifully executed set piece into the Dinos box, before rookie Georgia Tansley netted her first career goal.

The veteran defender was also responsible for a pair of saves inside her own crease, saving keeper Cassie Bazzarelli with a pair of foot-saves on the goal line. 

Pasemko was just as solid on Sunday, exhibiting poise and creativity throughout the match, however, the Pandas were unable to capitalize on their chances in a 0-0 draw. 

Pasemko and the 1-0-1 Pandas will return to the pitch this weekend, as they visit the undefeated MacEwan Griffins and the UNBC Timberwolves. 


Nathan Rowe is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

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By Connor Hood on September 5, 2017

Nathan Rowe

First-year University of Alberta Golden Bears football receiver Nathan Rowe is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his stellar debut this past weekend.  Rowe hauled in seven catches for 208 yards and a touchdown on Friday night's loss to the Calgary Dinos. 

Rowe was a the favourite target of Bears QB Brad Baker, who found the rookie receiver four times for 25 yards in the first half. However, the Calgary, AB native exploded in the second half, hauling in two massive catches totaling 164 yards. 

The first, in which the Bears were pinned deep in their own territory, went for 55 yards, and led to a Golden Bears 30-yard field goal.

However, the highlight of Rowe's performance came late in the fourth quarter, as he hauled in a record-breaking 109-yard TD reception. The reception was the longest in Golden Bears history, and tied a 16-year old Canada West record, held by current Seattle Seahawk Jon Ryan. 

Rowe and the Golden Bears will be back in action this weekend, as they visiting the 1-0 Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night. The game will be available on both Canada West TV, as well as TELUS Optik TV. 


Ajeej Sarkaria is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week

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By Connor Hood on August 28, 2017

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Sophomore University of Alberta Golden Bears striker Ajeej Sarkaria is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his four-point weekend. 

After one of the single greatest seasons in Canada West Men’s Soccer history - in which he led the conference with a record 19 goals – Sarkaria showed last season was no fluke with another dominating weekend in Calgary. 

The Edmonton native powered the No. 1 ranked Golden Bears to a hard fought 1-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars, with his 39th minute penalty kick standing as the game-winning-goal. 

Sarkaria was even more spectacular on Sunday against the Calgary Dinos, as his three points led the Bears to a convincing 5-0 win over their rival. Sarkaria scored his second of the season in the 12th minute, before assisting on Tolu Esan’s second of the match in the 43rd minute, and earning the helper on Ajay Khabra’s tally in the 47th. Sarkaria, along with Trinity Western Spartan Leighton Johnson, hold the tie for the conference scoring crown with four points each after two matches. 

The Golden Bears will return to Foote Field this weekend, as the host the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the home-opener on Saturday, and the Saskatchewan Huskies the following afternoon. 


Fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears swimmer Nick Kostiuk is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week for the week of November 28, 2016   The Faculty of Science student-athlete broke one Canada West record, and hauled in a total of six medals at the 2016-17 Canada West swimming championships, which were hosted at the Kinsmen Sports Centre pool in Edmonton, including three gold medals in individual races. He finished atop the podium in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke races, and his time of 2:09.97 in the 200m final on Sunday bested a record that was set in 2009.   He also helped Alberta’s 4 x 100m medley relay team to a gold finish, bringing his personal medal haul to four, all gold. He also swam on the Bears’ bronze medal 4 x 100m freestyle relay team and the 800m freestyle relay team that also captured bronze.   Nick was named a first team Canada West all-star for his efforts, and he and the Golden Bears, as well as Pandas, will next advance to the Canadian university national swimming championships, which run February 24-26, 2017 in Quebec at the University of Sherbrooke.

Fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears swimmer Nick Kostiuk is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week for the week of November 28, 2016

 

The Faculty of Science student-athlete broke one Canada West record, and hauled in a total of six medals at the 2016-17 Canada West swimming championships, which were hosted at the Kinsmen Sports Centre pool in Edmonton, including three gold medals in individual races. He finished atop the podium in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke races, and his time of 2:09.97 in the 200m final on Sunday bested a record that was set in 2009.

 

He also helped Alberta’s 4 x 100m medley relay team to a gold finish, bringing his personal medal haul to four, all gold. He also swam on the Bears’ bronze medal 4 x 100m freestyle relay team and the 800m freestyle relay team that also captured bronze.

 

Nick was named a first team Canada West all-star for his efforts, and he and the Golden Bears, as well as Pandas, will next advance to the Canadian university national swimming championships, which run February 24-26, 2017 in Quebec at the University of Sherbrooke.


Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer player Niko Saler is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his play at the CIS national championship tournament at the University of Guelph.

In the final games of his university soccer career, Saler notched two goals and an assist to help lead the U of A to the national championship banner and trophy. It was Alberta’s fifth national title in program history, and first since 2006. The three points also bumped Saler’s playoff production to five playoff points in six post-season matches.

He scored a pair of goals from free kicks in the national championship quarterfinal, leading the Bears to a 2-0 win over the two-time defending national champion York Lions, and then he added an assist on the game winning goal in the gold medal final when his corner kick was met by Ajay Khabra for the 1-0 finish.

Saler was also a Canada West all-star and a national all-Canadian this season after finishing with 11 points, including seven assists, in the conference season.

By Matt Gutsch on November 14, 2016