Portage athletes win in the classroom and in the community.
March 25, 2019

Portage College would like to congratulate our student athletes for an impressive year in both academics and athletics. In addition to playing hockey, golf, curling and soccer, our student athletes volunteered hundreds of hours in their communities, and posted some truly outstanding results in their academic programs.

The remarkable Grade Point Average (GPA) results for our student athletes showed that these individuals are committed to both athletics and academics. The entire Athletic department posted a Grade Point Average of 2.81 (where a 4.0 is the highest score possible). Most impressively, 25 out of 48 student athletes had a GPA greater than 3.0.

While excelling in the classroom, our student athletes were also involved in the community. They volunteered more than 450 hours on top of their full time studies and practice and game commitments. During the course of the year, they helped with Lac La Biche County Family Fun Day, Terry Fox Runs in the community and schools, many grade school events, minor hockey tryouts and conditioning camps, officiating minor hockey, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Santa Claus events, College events and the Junior Curling program.

Jim Knight, Manager of Athletics and Recreation at Portage College, spoke at the Athletics Awards Banquet on March 12 about the team's dedication. "Thank you for your commitment to both academics, athletics and community volunteerism," he said. "Continue to work hard over the next seven weeks in your studies and then have a great summer. Remember we have lots to look forward to when you arrive back in the fall."

Knight also thanked College staff and community members for volunteering their time to help run Game Nights.

"We have the most volunteers at our games than any other school in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference," he said proudly.

Knight also acknowledged and thanked the sponsors, without whom it would be impossible to run a top-notch Athletics program. The College and the Athletics department look forward to working with sponsors next year to find ways to enhance the student experience of all our athletes.

For more information on becoming a student athlete or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Jim Knight, Manager, Athletics and Recreation
780-623-5545 or email

2018/19 Award Winners

Most Improved - Shelby Stokke
Most Valuable Player - Brailey Martin

Most Valuable Player­ - Connor Nikipelo
Most Dedicated - Naomi Desrochers-Caron
Most Improved­ - Riley Woodruff
Rookie of Year - Jerri-Lynn Apsassin

Top Scorer- Trevor Posch
Top Defenseman - Cole Berreth
Top Forward - Colby Livingstone
Rookie of Year­ - Taryn Kotchorek
Coaches Award - Logan Nachtegaele
Most Valuable Player - Taryn Kotchorek

Male Player of Year - Takunda Mandara
Coaches Award - David Schultz
Soccer Female Player of Year - Skylar Robertson
Coaches Award  - Shaylee Mazurek

Male - Terix Fischer-Kobes
Female - Naomi Desrochers-Caron

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD, Sponsored by Lac La Biche County: David Schultz


Lac La Biche County
Britton's Your Independent Grocers
Smiley's Furniture and Electronics 
Lac La Biche Transport
Lac La Biche Sporting Goods
The Stitchin' Man
Boom 103.5
Canalta Inn

Photos of the event are here on our Facebook page.

Media Inquiries: 
Jaime Davies, Corporate Communications Manager 
780-623-5581 or email 

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We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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