1. Who was the best Brock team for the 2015-2016 school year?
Satbir Singh: I wanted to go with a surprise pick, but it’s tough not to say Brock Wrestling. Both the women and men won OUA and CIS Wrestling championships, and among that they were ranked number one in the country for basically the whole year. It has been pure domination by Brock’s Wrestling program since 1992, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Even with a couple of their top wrestlers graduating, they have others that will continue to step up.
Connor Allen: That is honestly quite the tossup. I would have to go with either Brock Wrestling or Brock Curling. When you look back in the history books for Brock Wrestling, they have quite the prestigious resume in terms of OUA and CIS championships. Like Satbir said, they’ve been dominating ever since 1992. But Brock Curling also deserves some recognition. Both the men’s and women’s team brought back some medals during the OUA’s. They are headed off to Kelowna, BC for the CIS championship and I’m pretty excited to see what the outcome will be. I have lots of faith in them.
2. Who was the best Brock Athlete for the 2015-2016 school year?
Satbir: I wrote a piece back in January listing awards for Brock Athletics during the 2015 portion of the year. In that piece I gave Brock Baseball’s Justin Gideon “Male Athlete of the Year,” and I’m going to stick with him as my pick. Brock Baseball didn’t win the OUA championship, but their outfielder continued his domination of the league. Gideon for the second straight year was named OUA Most Valuable Hitter as he hit .422 for the year with three home runs, 19 runs batted in and 30 runs scored.
Connor: I’m sure there are tons of great athletes roaming around the Brock community, but I’m going to pick Jevon Belfour of the men’s wrestling team. Jevon is an amazing athlete who has had the opportunity to compete in the Rio Olympics which he just came shy of. Instead he will be trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and I’m positive that he’ll reach that destination. Seeing him dominate his competition during matches is just terrifying and I would never want to go head-to-head with him and we all know I wouldn’t stand a chance against him!
3. Most eventful game of the year (that you attended)?
Satbir: People are probably expecting me to say the Brock versus Laurier basketball game, right? Well that’s not the game I’m picking. Brock Women’s Hockey win versus Windsor at home this year gets my pick. The game lacked attendance, which is unfortunate. The Badgers took a 3-2 lead after the first period – the third goal coming at the buzzer. Then midway through the third, the Badgers were down 4-3 before they would come back and win 5-4 – the most goals they scored in a single-game all year.
Connor: You’d think I’m being sponsored to represent Brock Wrestling because yet again I am going to say that Brock Wrestling hosted the most eventful game of the year. With Brock hosting the CIS National Championships and Brock being none as the powerhouse it was such an electric atmosphere to see our Badgers walk away with both men’s and women’s titles at home. Satbir and I even overheard someone say that Brock should host the CIS every year.
4. What do you look most forward to in the 2016-2017 Brock Athletic year?
Satbir: We probably won’t see a lot of wins next year, but the return of Brock Men’s Volleyball excites me. The team will be going through an obvious growing period, but it’ll be another reason for the Badgers to pack the gym. It has been 15 years since there has been a Men’s Volleyball team at Brock so it’s good to see it back.
Connor: There’s a lot to look forward to next year, like Satbir said we’ve got Men’s Volleyball coming back so that’s exciting, and I want to see our teams like women’s lacrosse come back next year and defeat Western for a championship win, but most of all I’m excited to see what the Men’s Hockey team will look like next year. From what I’ve heard it sounds like they’re going to have a pretty solid team next year, so I expect nothing but good things to result from them next season.
5. March is a busy month for professional sports (NHL/NBA seasons winding down, March Madness, MLS starting and MLB spring training). What do you look most forward to?
Satbir: March Madness! NCAA basketball will always get my attention during this time of the year. I’m like the majority of college basketball fans, I have to fill out a March Madness bracket. Though, I always fail to make successful picks, I believe every year I can predict the perfect bracket. This is the best kind of basketball all year, with buzzer beater victories and many upsets. Also, it’s the one league I don’t have a favourite team so I can just enjoy the game without being upset.
Connor: For those who know me, I know very little about basketball so to be completely honest, I’m not too overly excited about anything really! I’m excited to see how the NHL is going to pan out as we’re getting dangerously close to the playoffs and there’s some solid teams with some players missing so I’m excited to see how that will work out. But if you ask me, I’m excited for the end of April for the NFL draft! That’s the most wonderful time of year if you ask me so that’s what I’m looking forward to.