Final monthly honours of 2008 to be handed out today

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A wide variety of sports represented by athletes nominated as finalists for the Molson St. John's Athlete of the Month for December.
Names of the winners will be announced today during a luncheon at Bally Haly Curling Club.
Finalists in the female category are Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball players Kelly Himmelman and Vicki Thistle along with MUN cross-country runner Kate Vaughan.
Himmelman was a standout in the Concordia University invitational basketball tournament in Montreal during the Christmas break. Himmelman, who was named to the tournament's all-star team, scored 17 points in one game and 10 in another as MUN finished in third place overall. Vicki Thistle led all MUN scorers with 14 points and seven boards as the Sea-Hawks defeated McGill 66-62 at the Concordia invitational. Vaughan placed 12th at the Canadian Cross Country running Championships
Male finalists are swimmer Leo Froude, curler Brad Gushue and hockey player Berrick Loughlin.
Froude captured six gold medals the Pointe-Claire Invitational Swim Meet last weekend in Montreal. He finished first in the 50-metre, 100-metre and 200-metre butterfly, 200-metre and 400-metre Individual Medley and 50-metre backstroke in the 13-14 year old P1 group. The effort was good enough for him to capture the 13-14 top-points award.
Loughlin, who plays for Southern Shore Shawmut Fisheries Breakers of the Labatt's Avalon East Hockey League, was in on all his teams goal in a 6-1 win over Bell Island Wave. Loughlin scored twice and set up the other four goals.
Gushue skipped his St. John's team to the final of The National in Quebec City, one of four Grand Slam bonspiels on the World Curling Tour. Gushue went 6-2 in the event. He lost the final 4-3 to Wayne Middaugh, an outcome that was determined by last shot. Gushue leads the WCT Capital One Cup standings, and currently sits fourth on the most recent Canadian Team Ranking System rankings.



Organizations: Bally Haly Curling Club, Concordia University, Sea-Hawks Canadian Cross Country Labatt Avalon East Hockey League World Curling Tour WCT Capital One Canadian Team Ranking System

Geographic location: Montreal, St. John's, Quebec City

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