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Molson St. John's athlete of the month awards

Two curlers, a basketball player and a swimmer are winners of the Molson St. John's Athlete of the Month awards for January and February.

Curlers Heather Strong and Kelly Schuh were the January female winners, while Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball player Vicki Thistle and MUN swimmer David Forbes earned the February honours.

Two curlers, a basketball player and a swimmer are winners of the Molson St. John's Athlete of the Month awards for January and February.

Curlers Heather Strong and Kelly Schuh were the January female winners, while Memorial Sea-Hawks basketball player Vicki Thistle and MUN swimmer David Forbes earned the February honours.

The winners were announced during a Molson-sponsored luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Wednesday.

Strong skipped her Re/Max Centre St. John's curling rink to an 8-6 win over Michelle Jewer in the Scotties provincial ladies' curling championship After finishing 6-0 in the round-robin portion of the event.

She garnered five first-place votes, and two seconds for 31 points to finish 10 points ahead of runner-up Ally Forsey of MUN's Lady Hawks basketball team. Memorial wrestler Victoria Ralph finished third with 19 points.

Five points are awarded for a first-place vote, three for second and one for a third-place ballot.

Schuh's Re/Max Centre skipped his rink to the provincial junior men's curling crown by defeating Ryan Whithycombe of Bally Haly. Schuh led his team to first place after round-robin play with a 6-1 record.

Schuh was an easy winner with five first-place votes, one second and a third for 29 points. Hockey player Nick Bray was runner-up with 14 points. Forbes placed third with 12.

Thistle edged Ralph by three points for the February honours. Thistle garnered four first-place votes, three seconds ad one third for 30 points. Ralph had four firsts, two seconds and one third-place vote for 27 points. Thistle's teammate Brittany Dalton finished third with 11 points.

Thistle had a productive month with 25 points in two games against Saint Mary's. She sank 33 in a pair of games against Dalhousie and finished the regular season with 33 against Cape Breton. Thistle was MUN's top scorer with 18 points in the AUS semifinal loss to Dal. She was named a second-team all-Canadian and a first-team AUS all-star.

Among the men, Forbes earned first place by 32 points 11 more than runner-up Aaron Thorne. Nick Smith placed third with 15 points.

Forbes swam to pair of gold medals and set a new provincial record at the Atlantic University Sport championship at the Dalhousie University pool in Halifax. He was first in 50-metre butterfly - setting the record in the process - and 100m freestyle. Forbes also had second-place finishes in the 100-metre butterfly and 50-metre freestyle.




POINT TOTALS

JANUARY
Female
Heather Strong 31
Ally Forsey 21
Victoria Ralph 19
Erin Porter 5
Sasha Wilkins 5
Male
Kelly Schuh 29
Nick Bray 14
David Forbes 12
Jason Shepherd 10
Ken Peddigrew 5
Kyle Downer 4
Devin O'Brien 3
Jon Adams 2
Chris Somerton 1
FEBRUARY
Female
Vicki Thistle 30
Victoria Ralph 27
Brittany Dalton 11
Kelsey Alexander 7
Ally Forsey 4
Barb Pinsent 4
Carla Bryant 3
Heather Strong 1
Sasha Wilkins 1
Male
David Forbes 31
Aaron Thorne 21
Nick Smith 15
Brad Gushue 8
Robbie Wiseman 5
Kevin English 3
Bill Jenkins 3
Shawn Roberts 1
Keith Spurrell 1
Quinn Crane 1

Organizations: Atlantic University Sport, Molson, Knights of Columbus Max Centre Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Cape Breton, Dal Halifax

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