University of the Fraser Valley basketball stars Kayli Sartori and Kevon Parchment had their status among the top players in the nation affirmed on Wednesday evening, as they were named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) second team All-Canadians.
Parchment is the first Cascades men’s basketball player to be recognized as a CIS All-Canadian, while the Sartori is the second UFV women’s hoopster to earn a CIS All-Canadian nod, following closely in the footsteps of Sarah Wierks (second team, 2014-15).
• Sartori helped the Cascades to a CIS national bronze medal in 2013-14 and earned all-tournament honours at the CIS Final 8, then elected to take the 2014-15 season off. She rejoined the Cascades last fall and took her game to another level.
The 6’1” fourth-year guard/forward out of W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, B.C. averaged 18.4 points per game to win the Canada West scoring title and finish fourth nationally in that department. She also ranked among the league leaders in rebounding (7.7 per game, 11th), assists (4.5 apg, fourth), blocks (1.5 bpg, fourth) and steals (2.3 spg, eighth), and was subsequently named a Canada West first team all-star.
“It’s a tremendous honour for Kayli to receive this All-Canadian award, and it’s well-deserved,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “Her statistics indicate what a tremendous all-around impact she had for our team this season, and she also made huge contributions as a teammate and a leader.”
“When you know what being an All-Canadian consists of and the level of athlete that’s receiving the award, I never saw myself that way,” Sartori said. “It’s exciting.
“And to receive this award isn’t just an effort from me. It’s an all-around team effort. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t have had the season I did.”
• Sparkling all-around performances were the hallmark of Parchment’s senior season with the Cascades.
The 6’3” fifth-year guard from Scarborough, Ont. led the Cascades and finished 10th in Canada West in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game, and also ranked among the conference leaders in assists (5.2 apg, second), rebounds (9.1 rpg, sixth), blocks (1.2 bpg, 10th) and steals (1.6 spg, 17th).
Parchment also excelled at the defensive end, drawing the nightly assignment of guarding the opposing team’s top perimeter player. His tremendous all-around performance netted him a Canada West first team all-star nod, and the conference’s defensive player of the year award.
“We’ve had a lot of really good players come through the program, and it’s nice to have a Cascade recognized nationally,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said. “It’s a great honour for Kevon.
“He’s very well-deserving of the award, and he’s had a tremendous year for us. He’s led us offensively, defensively, and in the locker room. He’s done everything that we’ve asked, and done it at a very high level.”
“It’s a great accomplishment to end my career,” Parchment said. “I’m really happy that the coaches voted for me and felt that I played hard and rewarded me for that.”