Sports in Brief

The Journal's sports editor breaks down the latest athletics news on campus

Mike Shoveller.
Mike Shoveller.
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Journal File Photo

Shoveller to play for Canada 

After a career year in his fifth and final season with the men’s basketball team, Mike Shoveller is going to represent Canada abroad. 

The Gaels center, who averaged 11 points and 6.7 boards in 23 games in 2017-18, was selected to represent Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games. The tournament is set take place from April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia. 

In 2016, Shoveller tore his ACL before making a full return to the court this season, where he started in all 23 games for the Gaels. 

In his final year, Shoveller was third in the OUA with 45 blocks on the season. Queen’s finished the season with a 11-12 record, which was good for sixth in the OUA East.

It’s only the second time the sport of basketball will feature at the Commonwealth Games and the first time it will host the Canadian basketball team. The men’s tournament is divided into two pools of four teams, with Canada set to play the host Australia, alongside Nigeria and New Zealand. 

Athletics to partner with Nike, T. Litzen in 2018-19

On Tuesday, Queen’s Athletics announced a multi-year agreement with Nike Team in a partnership that will supply over 1,200 of the University’s student-athletes with sponsored uniforms, apparel and accessories. 

“We are thrilled about this new partnership with Nike, a company renowned for the style and quality of its athletic apparel,” Leslie Dal Cin, executive director for Queen’s Athletics, said in a media release sent to The Journal on Thursday afternoon.

The agreement will be serviced by T. Litzen Sports, a Canadian sporting good supplier and the exclusive distributor of Nike Team in Canada. The national brand will visit Queen’s in early April to reveal its sponsored gear to athletes and coaches. 

By late April, Nike-Queen’s sporting apparel is expected to be for sale at the Queen’s apparel store in the ARC. 

Queen’s current agreement with Adidas is set to expire at the end of the current 2017-18 academic school year.

“We look forward to bringing together these highly recognized brands to our Athletics and Recreation program and to working with T. Litzen Sports to take our apparel to an exciting new level,” Dal Cin said.

Hargreaves remembered at Royal Military College 

The late Doug Hargreaves was inducted into the Royal Military College (RMC) Athletics’ Wall of Distinction on Mar. 21 for his significant contributions to the school’s football and basketball programs from 1965-70. 

Hargreaves, who was both a student and coach at RMC, led the college’s football team to its first and only national top-10 ranking in 1969. 

After a short coaching stint with Dalhousie in the early 1970s, the Kingston Sports Hall of Famer was hired as Queen’s football’s head coach in 1976. He held this position until his retirement in 1994. 

Hargreaves spent 19 years with the program, surpassing the legendary Frank Tindall as the Gaels’ all-time winningest coach, finishing with a record of 110 wins, 59 losses and three ties. Hargreaves led the team to 16 consecutive playoff berths, eight conference titles, and hoisted the Vanier Cup twice. 

Hargreaves was inducted into the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame in 1995, and each year, the most outstanding offensive Gaels football player is awarded the Doug Hargreaves Award in his honour. 

Hargreaves passed away in July of 2016 at the age of 84.

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