The Aquinian

St. Thomas announces Hall of Fame inductees

(Andrea Bárcenas/AQ)

St. Thomas University has announced their Sports Wall of Fame inductees for 2015. The list includes the 2003-2004 men’s basketball team, Crystal Cernivz, Bob Mabie, Gordon Wheaton, Callum MacPhee and Father J. Arther Scott.

The St. Thomas men’s basketball team in 2004 made the cut for going to the national championship and getting a silver medal. The team lost the gold medal game against Fraser Valley 88-81.

Now retiring Tommies head coach Dwight Dickinson said that was one of the highlights of his 22 year coaching career at STU.

Crystal Cernivc will also be inducted into the STU Sports Wall of Fame. Cernivc played for the women’s volleyball from 2000-2004 and helped her team win a championship in all four seasons. In her first season she was rookie of the year, and in the next three seasons she was the ACAA conference most valuable player.

Callum MacPhee, Gordon Wheaton and Bob Mabie, all from the men’s hockey team, are also going to be inducted.

Bob Mabie coached the team from 1966-1974. During that time he helped the Tommies win a New Brunswick Championship, allowing STU to go on to their first-ever Canadian Winter Games in Quebec City.

Fellow inductee Gordon Wheaton played for Mabie from 1968-1972. Wheaton was named the team most valuable player for his final three seasons and never scored less than 21 points in a season.

Callum MacPhee played for Mabie as well, from 1966-1970. MacPhee is touted by the athletics department as being one of the best goalies to ever play for St. Thomas. MacPhee was named St. Thomas male athlete of the year twice, and was the tournament most valuable player when the team lost in the Maritime Intercollegiate Hockey League championship.

Father J. Arthur Scott was also inducted for being a bit of a father to St. Thomas Athletics. Scott was a member of the teaching staff at St. Thomas during a time when St. Thomas sports were just in their infant years. Scott coached football, hockey, basketball and baseball, and also started the school’s first women’s basketball team. When the school brought on the full time athletics director, Scott continued to be involved.

An unveiling ceremony will take place for the Sports Wall of Fame on June 20, 2015, at the Forest Hill Conference Centre.

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