Nyame And Cooke Named Huskie Athletics Top Athletes At Huskie Salute

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Astrid Nyame and Jordon Cooke have been named Huskie Athletics' female and male athletes of the year.

Cooke wins the E. Kent Phillips Trophy for Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, while Nyame is 16th track & field athlete to win the Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year. 

Astrid Nyame struck gold at both the Canada West and U SPORTS championships in the 60-metre hurdles. On the national stage, she secured her first-ever gold medal at the event crossing the finish line in 8.31 seconds. The time is the second-best in program history.  In her final year of eligibility, Nyame was undefeated in four conference meets, as well as finished third on the North American stage at the prestigious Armoury Track & Field Event in New York.

Goaltender Cooke continued to turn heads in his third season with the Huskie men's hockey team being named the Canada West and U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year for the second straight season.  Also named a First Team All-Canadian, Cooke posted a 19-4-2 record, a 1.94 goals against average and a .929 save percentage during the 2016-17 season. He posted four shutouts in the regular season tying a Canada West record, he added two more shutouts at the University Cup.

Huskie Athletics handed out five other major awards at the annual Huskie Salute Friday night at TCU Place. The event also featured the achievements of the athletes of the University of Saskatchewan's 15 athletic teams. Canada West and U SPORTS All-Stars/All-Canadians and award winners, along with fifth-year athletes were also honoured at the celebration. 

Court sport athletes won the rookie of the year awards. 

Setter Derek Epp was honoured as an All-Rookie team member at setter both by the conference and U SPORTS. The Kinesiology student from Saskatoon quarterbacked the Huskies in 23 matches recording 642 assists. He added 31 kills, 107 digs and 35 blocks in his rookie campaign. 

Guard Libby Epoch played in all 20 games for the Huskies, starting 19. She averaged 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in her 31.9 minutes. For her season, she was named to the Canada West and U SPORTS All-Rookie Teams. 

Soccer defender Meagan Manson was the winner of the Valerie Girsberger Trophy handed to an upper year Female All-Round Athlete. The men's version of the trophy – the Rusty MacDonald Cup – was given to wrestler Andrew Johnson. 

Two time Canada West All-Star and one-time All-Canadian, Manson's five-year career coincides with the most successful seasons in program history including earning a playoff berth for the first time in history, hosting the conference championship, winning Canada West bronze twice and a trip to the national championship for the first time in history.

The Prince Albert native and Business student has been captain of the Huskies for the last three seasons and has been named to the Dean's Honour Roll throughout her career. She has given back to the community by coaching youth soccer players, and volunteering at various events throughout the city.

A two-time Canada West champion, and one-time silver medalist and bronze medalist in the 82-KG weight class, Johnson has been a Huskie First Team and U SPORTS All-Academic in all-years of competition while studying electrical engineering, he has been a captain with the Huskies and helped the team to its first title in 30 years last season. 

A Second Team All-Canadian last year, Johnson helps tutor his teammates, as well as volunteers with the Saskatoon Pups Elementary Wrestling program. He has also represented wrestling on HAC, volunteered for KidsSport, as well as the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope and the Vesna Ukrainian Festival. 

The Colb McEwon Trophy for Coach of the Year was handed to men's hockey coach Dave Adolph. 

For the first time in his career, Adolph was named the national men's hockey coach of the year. Adolph, in his 24th season with the program, led the Huskies to another first-place finish during the regular season.  Dave's 421 career conference wins is the most all-time. During his tenure with the Huskies, he has guided the team to 20 consecutive postseason appearances, six Canada West championship titles and 13 appearances at the University Cup, most recently finishing second. 

Huskie Athletics also handed out the Dr. Walter Hader Student Trainer of the Year Award. The trophy given annually to a student trainer who displays dedicated volunteer service to Huskie Athletics and shows promise in the pursuit of a career in sports medicine was won by women's volleyball's Chelsey McEwen.

More than 300 athletes, fans, sponsors, alumni and supporters gathered at TCU Place to celebrate the special event. 

Major Award Winners:

Patricia Lawson Trophy Female Rookie of the Year – Libby Epoch, basketball

Howard Nixon Trophy Male Rookie of the Year – Derek Epp, volleyball

E. Kent Phillips Trophy Male Athlete of the Year – Jordon Cooke, hockey

Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy Female Athlete of the Year – Astrid Nyame, track & field

Rusty McDonald Cup All-Round Male – Andrew Johnson, wrestling

Valerie Girsberger All-Round Female – Meagan Manson, soccer

Colb McEwon Trophy Coach of the Year – Dave Adolph, men's hockey

Trainer of the Year – Chelsey McEwen, women's volleyball