Best of March and April to be honoured today

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Molson St. John's Athlete of the Month

A variety of sports are represented among the dozen finalists for the Molson-Coors St. John's Athlete of the Month for March and April.

The winners will be honoured at a luncheon Thursday at the Holiday Inn in St. John's.

Male finalists for March are swimmer Owen Daly, collegiate curler Stephen Ryan and major midget hockey player Zach O'Brien. March's female finalists are basketballers Rebecca Langmead and Amy Costello, and hockey player Amy Nemec.

A variety of sports are represented among the dozen finalists for the Molson-Coors St. John's Athlete of the Month for March and April.

The winners will be honoured at a luncheon Thursday at the Holiday Inn in St. John's.

Male finalists for March are swimmer Owen Daly, collegiate curler Stephen Ryan and major midget hockey player Zach O'Brien. March's female finalists are basketballers Rebecca Langmead and Amy Costello, and hockey player Amy Nemec.

For April, O'Brien returns and is joined by curler Brad Gushue and powerlifer Justin Miller in the male category, while Langmead is again a finalist and is joined by basketballer Maria Carroll and runner Kate Vaughan.

MARCH

Female

Amy Costello

Costello led Extreme Pita with 16 points in an title clinching 75-73 win over the Bay Ladies in the St. John's Bud Light Lime Women's Division 1 Basketball League championship.

Rebecca Langmead

The Simon Fraser University basketball prospect drained 14 points to lead the Gonzaga Vikings as they beat the O'Donel Patriots 73-45 in the championship game of girls' 4A division at Hoopla 2010.

Amy Nemec

The 16-year-old scored the winning goal in triple overtime to lead the St. John's Caps over the Corner Brook Royals in the final of the provincial under-20 female championships at Twin Rinks. Nemec finished the five-game tourney with three goals and two assists.

Male

Owen Daly

The 14-year-old broke six 13-14 age group records at the East Coast championships in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Daly's time of 24.25 in the 50-metre freestyle broke a 23-year-old record, while his 54.56 in the 100-metre free broke a 19-year-old record. The remaining four broken records were his own. The Legends swim club star's best finish was a seventh in the 50-m free.

Zach O'Brien

O'Brien, the provincial major midget co-MVP started March by leading the St. John's Fog Devils with 10 goals and four assists as they cruised to the provincial title in a four-game sweep of the Tri Pen Frost. At the Atlantic major midget championship in Upper Tantallon, N.S., O'Brien scored nine goals and added six assists in five games as the Foggies won the crown.

Stephen Ryan

At the Canadian Interuniversity Sport curling championships in Edmonton, Ryan's play earned him a spot on the first team all-star squad and the R.W. Pugh Fair Plant and Sportsmanship Award.

APRIL

Female

Maria Carroll

Carroll led the St. Bon's Phoenix with 29 points in a 50-41 win over the Prince of Wales Collegiate Cavaliers to win the best-of-three St. John's girls high school junior basketball final

Rebecca Langmead

The Gonzaga star led her team with 18 points as the Vikes won their 10th straight St. John's girls high school championship with a 65-64 win over the Bishops College Barons.

Kate Vaughan

The Nautilus Running Club member kicked off the 2010 Toyota Plaza Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association road race series by taking the Nautilus Mundy Pond five-kilometre event in a time of 17:21.

Male

Brad Gushue

The Olympic gold medal winning skip started the month by finishing fourth at the Tim Horton's Brier and followed it up with a second-place finish to Kevin Martin at the Grey Power Players Championship.

Justin Miller

The Goulds native set 14 new records - nine in junior, five more in the men's open division - at the Canadian Powerlifting Union championships in Quebec City. Miller didn't miss a single lift attempt including a meet-best squat of 275-kilograms in the junior male division.

Zach O'Brien

The Fog Devils star had 11 goals and eight assists at the Telus Cup major midget national championship, the most recorded by a single player in at least the past eight nationals. O'Brien was named the tourney's top forward as the Fog Devils took the bronze medal.

Organizations: Bishops College Barons, Holiday Inn, Basketball League Simon Fraser University Ryan's Prince of Wales Collegiate Cavaliers Nautilus Running Club Toyota Plaza Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association Tim Horton's Canadian Powerlifting Union Telus

Geographic location: St. John's, East Coast, Charlottetown Upper Tantallon Edmonton Phoenix Goulds Quebec City

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