KELOWNA, B.C. – The 10th annual Athletics Awards Banquet took place at the Coast Cari Hotel Tuesday night and six distinguished male athletes were the recipients of this year's headline awards in the streamlined ceremony format that was debuted at last year's banquet.
For a complete list of this year's nominees and detailed descriptions for each award, see the banquet preview. For a list of all award winners and those otherwise recognized at the banquet, see the recap of the big night.
Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year – Mitch McCaw (Soccer) & James Casorso (Golf)
McCaw becomes the first male in the schools history to win the award in back-to-back years. The netminder would lead the conference in save percentage (.877) and finish second in goals against average (.64) but perhaps the most impressive stat of the season was that he did not allow a goal for 685 minutes which set a new Canada West record.
Casorso led the way for the Heat golf team this season as his individual silver medal performance at the CCAA National Championship helped propel the team to their first national medal ever on the mens side. The 2016-17 All-Canadian would finish with a scoring average of 72.50 for the 2017-18 season which helped him also earn a PACWEST individual bronze medal.
Student Athlete of the Year – Lars Bornemann (Volleyball)
The fifth year engineering student won the award for the third consecutive season thanks to his superb play on the court along with his Dean's list academic average in the classroom. The outside hitter was named a second team all-star in the Canada West thanks to a career-high 339 kills on the seasons along with 136 digs and 20 service aces. Bornemann has consistently been a pillar of the UBCO community within and outside of his commitments to the volleyball program.
Graduating Player of the Year – Lars Bornemann (Volleyball)
The most prolific hitter in Heat volleyball history, Bornemann finished his Heat career with a school-record 1275 kills during his five year run with the team along with 591 digs and 87 service aces. The Victoria product has also been a model student-athlete throughout his career with UBCO as he has been named an academic All-Canadian during every season with the Heat along with being a three-time winner of the UBC Okanagan Male Student Athlete of the Year.
Rookie of the Year – Caleb Funk (Volleyball)
The 6'7" middle was named to the Canada West All-Rookie team thanks to his superb play throughout the season for the Heat. The Strathmore, AB product played in every single conference match and led the team in all blocking categories along with having 81 kills to lead all rookies on the Heat.
Provost Award for Excellence (one semester) – Cole Kingzett (Soccer)
Its the second straight year that the fourth year science student has captured the award thanks to his hard work in the classroom that led to one of the top ranked averages in his program. On the field, Kingzett started 12 of 15 ganes for the Heat tallying one goal and one assists.
Provost Award for Excellence (two semester) – Lars Bornemann (Volleyball)
After being a finalist for this award the last three years, the fifth year engineering student was able to finally capture the Provost award thanks to his hard work in the classroom that led to the highest average among male athletes over two semesters.