Nine Bison athletes receive recognition at year-end

With their seasons over, several Bison athletes picked up year-end awards and honours.

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Stephan Walton was named as 2012-13 Canada West Men’s Basketball Second Team All-Star. In his second year with the Bisons, Walton, 26, led the team as a co-captain and with his play on the court, scoring 17.3 points per game and competing in all 22 regular season games.

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In his final year with the Bison men’s volleyball team, Dane Pischke earned a pair of impressive season honours. He was selected as the 2012-13 CIS Dale Iwanoczko Student-Athlete Award winner for his excellence in volleyball, academics, and community service. He was also selected as the 2012-13 CIS First Team All-Canadian at the right side position. Pischke’s teammate, middle hitter Kenny Rooney, was also named to the 2012-13 CIS Men’s Volleyball All-Rookie Team.

On the ice, players from both the men’s and women’s hockey teams received year-end honours.

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For the women’s team, defenceman Caitlin MacDonald earned her third conference selection in four years at the U of M, as she was named a 2012-13 Canada West Women’s Hockey First Team All-Star. Fifth-year forward Nellie Minshull was named a Second Team All-Star. Minshull finished her Bison career as the second leading scorer in Bison team history with 97 points (44 goals, 53 assists).

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On the men’s team, four players earned All-Star honours. Blair Macaulay and Dane Crowley were both named 2012-13 Canada West Men’s Hockey First Team All-Stars, while their teammates Jeremy Schappert and Tyler Dittmer were selected as Second Team All-Stars. Dittmer wrapped up his CIS career with his best year as a Bison, finishing sixth in conference scoring with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists).