What happened to the players we told you to watch this year

By Kevin Rothbauer

Last year at this time, and again in September, we printed a list of athletes and teams we expected to perform particularly well. The results were mixed. Here is a recap of the performances.

Anna Bekkering
Women’s Basketball

Bekkering was expected to start with the Dinos, but wound up as the team’s seventh man, which is still impressive, considering the team’s depth. Bekkering was still a big part of the team that made it all the way to the national championship game.

Judd Casper
Men’s Hockey

Dinos alternate captain Casper contributed significantly as his team made a solid run at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union title. In 28 regular season games, Casper scored 12 goals and added 12 assists. In six playoff games, he notched a goal and picked up four helpers.

Hema Chengklalath
Women’s Soccer

As the Dinos tried to recover from the Stephanie O’Neill era, they looked to a number of players to pick up the slack, among them

sophomore Chengkalath. Chengkalath was about equal to the rest of the Dinos scorers, potting two goals over the 10-game season as her team missed the playoffs.

Chris Harris
Men’s Basketball

Harris’ season, like that of the whole Dinos team, was up and down. Harris proved once again that he can rebound and score, but he did both inconsistently. The Dinos made the playoffs, and Harris was as much a part of that as anyone. If the Dinos’ next coach is someone he can prosper under, he still has all-star potential.

Amanda Hobbs
Women’s Volleyball

Hobbs didn’t make the team out of training camp.

Lanny Mann
Men’s Cross-country

After leading the men’s field at the CIAU championships, Mann collapsed before reaching the finish line. He’ll be back next year, though, and he’ll again be a force in the sport.

Paul McConnell
Men’s Wrestling

Wrapping up his career with the Dinos, McConnell was aiming for a CIAU title, but finished second at the Canada West championships and third at the CIAU meet, still results to be proud of.

Brian Newmarch
Men’s Soccer

Newmarch didn’t quite keep up the roll he was on at the end of the 1998 season, scoring twice in 10 games as the Dinos missed the playoffs. Newmarch may have suffered some because of the departure of fellow midfielder Colin Chala.

Michelle Romance
Women’s Track and Field

Romance wasn’t on the team this year.

Heather Tanaka
Field Hockey

As the most experienced player on the team, Tanaka took a leadership role, and let some of the younger players do the offensive work. Tanaka was robbed of a Canada West all-star team berth, possibly because the Dinos finished fourth in the conference.

Men’s Wrestling and
Women’s Basketball

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