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Top athletes, coach and official honoured

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(L-R) Brenda Lyons (volunteer coach), Cole MacCuish (top male athlete), Megan LeBlanc (top female athlete) and Brayden Pachal (top youth official) were presented with awards during the Estevan Bruins Sportsman's Dinner.

Two outstanding young athletes, a dedicated coach and a diligent official were honoured during the Estevan Bruins annual Sportsman's Dinner on April 24 at Affinity Place.

Cole MacCuish and Megan LeBlanc were presented with the Boston Pizza Estevan and District Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards, respectively.

MacCuish has played numerous sports in southeast Saskatchewan, but has been at his best on the football field.

A Grade 12 student at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), he spent the last three seasons with the ECS Elecs football team. He played on offence, defence and special teams, and was the club's top running back and MVP this past season.

In a two-week span against teams from Moose Jaw, MacCuish had a combined 327 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

He has also played juvenile lacrosse and recreation hockey, and has competed in track-and-field.

LeBlanc has been a dominant player in Saskatchewan female hockey circles for several years. But this past season – her second and final campaign with the Estevan Power Dodge Bantam A Chargers – was likely her best.

She finished the 24-game season with 62 goals and 93 points – leading the league in both categories by a wide margin. LeBlanc was also the Chargers' captain. Her offensive success helped the Chargers finish the season with a 22-1-1 record, which was the best in the league.

LeBlanc also won a silver medal playing for Team Southeast at the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert.

Brenda Lyons won the Estevan Kinsmen Club Volunteer Coach of the Year Award. Lyons has been involved in numerous sports in the community, but her greatest notoriety has come from coaching the Estevan Mermaids synchronized swim team. She has already won provincial and national awards for her commitment to the sport.

Lyons was never a synchronized swimmer, but she has dedicated herself to learning the sport, and to teaching the skills to young people in Estevan. She spends countless hours each week with the club's members.

Local synchronized swimmers have won many medals at Saskatchewan Summer and Winter Games competitions, and at provincial meets.

Finally, Brayden Pachal won the Kim Anderson Young Official of the Year Award. Pachal has been a referee for four years, and averages about four games a week as a referee or linesman. He officiated games for most levels of minor hockey.

He was also a defenceman for the Estevan TS&M Bantam AA Bruins this past season.


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