The only thing more crowded than Libby Epoch’s day planner might be her trophy shelf.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Libby Epoch from Peacock drives to the basket to score against Meadow Lake Carpenter in the SHSAA Hoopla 3A girls provincial basketball final in Saskatoon.
The Grade 10 Peacock student won two provincial medals in different sports and competed in five different high school sports at a high level. She also played basketball for Team Saskatchewan at the Jeux du Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
Her incredible 2013 earned Epoch the Times-Herald’s Female Athlete of the Year Award. Epoch received three of a possible four first-place votes.
The award was voted on by a four person panel that included Marc Smith from Golden West Radio, the voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors, James Gallo, along with Times-Herald sports reporters Katie Brickman and Matthew Gourlie.
Epoch finished second at cross country provincials and also won a silver medal as the point guard on the Peacock girls basketball team as a Grade 9.
She won city titles in volleyball and basketball title with Peacock and was a member of the Element Panthers U15 girls team.
Her school sport schedule was like on long dash — cross country to volleyball to basketball to badminton to track. She won the girls singles bantam regional badminton title — the highest honour she could achieve as a Grade 9 — and then finished fourth in the 3,000-metres at the SHSAA track provincials and eighth in the 1,500m.
She was the youngest member of the Sask basketball provincial team, but was a key contributor off the bench for a team that finished with a 4-2 record at the Canada Games.
Hannah Heisler finished second in the voting after she received three of a possible four second-place votes. Heisler captained the midget AAA Regina Rebels hockey team to a 27-0-1 regular season record before they won all nine of their playoff games en route to a provincial championship. Heisler lead the Sask Female Midget AAA League in scoring with 27 goals and 53 points in 28 games. She capped her midget hockey career by playing in the Esso Cup national championships.
As an encore she won the SHSAA senior girls discus title at Gutheridge Field while representing Vanier. She has three goals and six points in 15 games as a freshman at UBC this fall.
Kehlsie Crone finished third in the voting and received the other first-place vote. The University of Regina Cougars guard had a successful first season of CIS basketball as she started in the national championship game. The Cougars lost 66-57 to Windsor. Crone had six points, two assists and two rebounds in the final.
She started 16 games last season and averaged 6.1 points-per-game and led the team in three-point percentage. She led the Cougars with 11 points and a career high nine rebounds in the Canada West conference final.
This season she has started every game and leads the the Cougars in assists.
Rhaea Stinn finished fourth in the voting after another strong season on the world powerlifting stage. Stinn set a personal best Wilks total — which is used to measure lifters on a pound-for-pound basis — of 553.28 at the World Games in Colombia. She finished fourth and was 10 kilos away from a medal at the games which feature non-Olympic sports. She won a bronze medal at the open worlds in the bench press and finished fifth overall.
Jina Barker was named Sask Volleyball’s under-21 player of the year after she represented the province at the Canada Games this summer and was also the setter for the University of Saskatchewan women’s volleyball team.
Last year’s winner Olivia Howe also received plenty of votes after she and her Clarkson University hockey teammates reached the NCAA quarter-finals a year ago. She has three goals and eight points in 20 games this season for the No. 6 ranked Golden Knights.
Aimee Kowalski led the Regina Riot to their first win over the Saskatoon Valkyries in Western Women’s Football League play and led the Canadian national team to a second half comeback over Finland in the IFAF women’s world championship. Kowalski ran for a touchdown as Canada out-scored Finland 28-0 in the second half with her at quarterback. She finished seventh in the voting.
Macaela Crone attended Basketball Canada’s national age group assessment camp this past week after being named a first-team all-star at the 15U national basketball championships where she helped lead Team Sask to the semifinals. She finished eighth in the voting.
Also receiving votes (in alphabetical order) were provincial team hockey player Leah Bohlken; wrestler Cassy Busch; Mandy Eirich from Lil Chicago Roller Derby and Team Sask; Sidney Holoien from the Canada Games women’s softball team, Jessica Meyer from the University of Regina women’s soccer team, current Regina Rebels captain Emma Waldenberger who was also a key member of last season’s title team and Elly Wendel who was on the Canada Games volleyball team after being a first-team conference all-star for Briercrest College as a freshman.