David Pastor, Sports Reporter

Brittany Elson, a four-year veteran of Humber’s women’s curling team, offered much praise for the college’s athletics department. She says all the additional work the staff put in made each team at Humber the best it can be.

That dedication saw Humber Athletics finish the school year with medals in 13 of the 16 OCAA varsity sports the Hawks participated in.

As an aside, the Hawks also qualified for more national medal tournaments this academic year — with 11 — than any other Canadian college. Some of contests will probably remain unresolved because of the postponements due to COVID-19.

“The entire athletic department is so heavily involved in each sport now, they’re sending people to watch and to shoot and to film,” Elson said.

“They’re the reason why every sport exists,” she said.

Eight of the 13 medals Humber received was gold. The men’s baseball team finished the 2019 season as the reigning OCAA champions defeating the Durham Lords 9-2.

From left, Parker Doig, Kacie Ransom and Brittany Elson at the Seventh Annual Humber Bonspiel on Jan. 17. (David Pastor)

The men’s soccer team finished fourth in the west going into provincials but shutout the Fanshawe Falcons in the finals by a score of 3-0.

The men’s volleyball team dominated the league this year winning all 18 matches this season while only losing two of a possible 54 sets. That success continued at provincials as the Hawks defeated the Durham Lords in three straight sets 25-23, 27-25, 25-22.

The women’s softball team outscored their opponents by 98 runs throughout the season ranking first in provincials where they edged the Durham Lords 3-2 to take home gold.

A highlight of the softball season was Myranda Pierson, who threw a perfect game on Oct. 8 against the Seneca Sting.

The men and women’s badminton and curling teams finished on top of the league bringing gold from the provincials.

Elson praised other athletes and staff and said she is confident that the schools is capable of winning in every sport.

“They’re such popular sports to watch because all the athletes are so good at what they do,” she said.

“Everybody knows the medals that we’ve been winning, (it) shows that we are a school to be reckoned with,” Elson said.

Three teams finished with silver this year. The men’s basketball team just fell short of the gold, losing to the George Brown Huskies 78-65 in the finals after a historic comeback from one of their worst starts to the season.

The women’s volleyball team finished second in the west but lost to division rival, Fanshawe Falcons three sets to one.

The mixed doubles Curling Team 1 made it to the finals but lost to the Niagara Knights 8-5.

Student athletes are thankful to the coaching staff for the time they have taken out of their lives to be a member of the Hawks.

“They’re all so heavily involved in the sport but also with the athletes making sure that we’re getting everything that we need from them,” Elson said.

The women’s basketball, soccer, mixed double Curling Team 2 and men’s rugby team all won bronze at provincials this year, finishing in third-place..   

The future looks bright for the Humber Athletics department and the present a perfect spot for future recruits of any sport.

“I could see them expanding just with the amount of athletes that they have this year, they’re growing every single year and they’re adapting to more sports, they’re evolving as the school grows and they’re paying more attention to what each sport needs,” Elson said.