The University of Regina Cougars Softball team arrived home from Ottawa yesterday with a CCSA Softball Canada National Bronze Medal. They finished their season with a respectable 31-2-1 overall record.
The Cougars finished their round robin play with a perfect 3 - 0 record. They defeated Durham College 2-0, the University of Ottawa 7-0 and Brock University 3-1.
The Cougars advanced directly to the national semi final where they lost 3-0 to the defending national champs from the University of Saskatchewan.
In the Bronze Medal game the Cougars bats came alive and backed by a solid pitching performance from Carmen Hughes (Regina, SK), the Cougars defeated Durham College 9-0. Western defeated the University of Saskatchewan in the Gold Medal game 5-4.
Two players off of the Cougars were selected as first team CCSA Softball Canada National All-Stars. Pitcher, Leslie Miller (Norman, Oklahoma) and Outfielder, Mackenzie Roach (Virden, Manitoba).
Other notable recognitions:
University of Regina Cougars, 2017 WCSA League Champions
Andrea Wolf, Cougars Volunteer Head Coach, was named the 2017 WCSA Coach of the Year
Candice Van Horn, Cougars SS, 2017 WCSA Top Batter and First team All-star
Carmen Hughes, Cougars Utility, 2017 WCSA Leadership Award and First Team All-star
Rachael Huber, Cougars Pitcher, 2017 WCSA First Team All-star
Hayley Gibson, Cougars CF, 2017 WCSA First Team All-star
Keely Graf, Cougars FB, 2017 WCSA Second Team All-star
Shelby Brandt, Cougars 2B, 2017 WCSA Second Team All-star
The University of Regina Cougar Softball team is a self funded club that relies heavily on volunteer coaches and on many fund-raising activities conducted throughout the year to cover its cost of operation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of individuals for the outstanding leadership that they provided to the girls this season. A HUGE thank you to the Volunteer Coaching Staff and Team Manager: Andrea Wolf, Head Coach; Mikaila Etheredge, Assistant Coach; Jillian Huber, Assistant Coach; Curtis Baylak, Assistant Coach and Destiny Kaus, Manager. I would also like to thank Alison Fisher and Chelsea Jones from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies for the administrative support that they have provided to the program as well as to the many parents/families of the girls for their continued support.
The Cougars will be spending the next few months engaged in a number of fund-raising activities and then will return to off season training in January as they prepare for a short spring exhibition season.