SFU roundup: Hyack grad Casey Chin named GNAC all-star
Ten Simon Fraser University players made the Great Northwest Athletic Conference football all-star teams.
They included junior linebacker Casey Chin, a graduate of the New Westminster Hyacks football program, who led the GNAC in tackles with 98 and forced fumbles with 11. Chin was named to the conference’s second all-star team.
Receiver Lemar Durant not only made the first team, but was also named GNAC newcomer of the year for leading the GNAC in receiving yards with 1,318, and in receiving touchdowns with 17.
Head coach Dave Johnson shared coach of the year honours with Blaine Bennett of Central Washington for leading the Clan to a 4-6 conference record and 5-6 overall.
Other first-team all-star berths went to SFU quarterback Trey Wheeler, tight end Jamal Kett and offensive lineman Matthias Goossen. Also making the second team were running back Bo Palmer, receiver Bobby Pospischil, defensive lineman Andrew Marshall, defensive back Derek Jones and punt returner Tore Corrado.
The team’s season came to an end Saturday with a 41-28 loss to the Azusa Pacific Cougars in California. Palmer had 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns while Wheeler connected on 25 of 44 passes for 289 yards, including a touchdown toss to Durant.
The Clan men’s soccer team was to play Grand Canyon University Antelopes in Phoenix on Thursday in the Sweet 16, the third round, of the NCAA Division II national tournament.
SFU was expecting to be the hosts for the third and fourth round in Hayward, Calif., but the NCAA switched it to Arizona on Monday, even though the Clan is ranked first in the region. The Clan hosted the first two rounds in Hayward after the NCAA ruled they couldn’t be held in Canada because it was concerned some players wouldn’t be able to cross the border.
If they win, the Clan will play their fourth round game as well in Phoenix.
Last Saturday, Simon Fraser became the first non-American team to win a game in the tournament by downing Cal-State Stanislaus 2-1 on second-half goals by Justin Wallace and Lucas Ferritto to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
Big show down at Disney
Erin Chambers of the Clan women’s hoopsters was named GNAC player of the week for scoring 51 points and bringing down 15 rebounds in three wins at the Disney Tip Off tournament in Anaheim, Calif., on the weekend.
SFU opened the tournament by downing Grand Canyon 69-60 Friday and then beat West Texas A&M Lady Buffs 74-59 on Saturday and eighth-ranked University of California-San Diego Tritons 61-58 Sunday.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe also had an impressive tournament scoring 50 points with 31 rebounds, including 22 points and nine rebounds against San Diego.
Guard Kia Van Laare of New Westminster scored 13 points in the three games in 34 minutes of play.
The Clan will play another two games against Div. II opponents at the Dixie State tournament in St. George, Utah this weekend.
The men’s basketball squad hit the century mark for the third game in a row when it downed the Douglas College Royals 115-45 in an exhibition game Monday. On Wednesday, the Clan defeated the Capilano University Blues 77-48.
On Saturday, the Clan downed the Northwest Indian College Eagles from Bellingham, Wash., 112-78, a night after defeating the Eagles 104-52.
Royals upset Clan
The Douglas College Royals women’s volleyball team went up Burnaby Mountain to upset the SFU Clan 18-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-23, 15-13 in an exhibition match Tuesday.
It was SFU’s final home match of the season. They are on the road to face Montana State University-Billings Yellowjackets and Seattle Pacific Falcons this weekend.
Last Saturday in Bellingham, the Western Washington University Vikings, ranked 17th in the NCAA Division II poll, clinched the GNAC title by downing SFU 25-6, 25-16, 25-15. The Clan are 4-20 on the season and 1-15 in conference play.
Split with Seattle U
The SFU women’s swim team defeated NCAA Div. I Seattle University 111-92 in a dual meet in Seattle on Saturday, but the men lost 122-81.