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Wenke honoured again; Paul, Duncan take home POY awards

Wenke honoured again; Paul, Duncan take home POY awards

Lena Wenke has been honoured again for her fierce determination and remarkable courage.

The third-year Winnipeg Wesmen women's basketball team member was honoured with an award founded in her name Saturday at the annual Basketball Manitoba Awards. Wenke was recognized as the inaugural winner of the Lena Wenke Courage Award at the banquet, a commendation that acknowledges Wenke's return to the basketball court after being the victim of a vicious assault in her Winnipeg home last spring.

The award comes after Wenke was named the Canada West conference and U SPORTS winner of the Tracy MacLeod Award for courage in the face of adversity.

The new award will be given out yearly by Basketball Manitoba to a person "who has overcome a number of obstacles and challenges in their life while staying involved in the sport of basketball," the organization's website said.

Also Saturday, a pair of future Wesmen were named the top players in their class.

Riley Paul, who has committed to Mike Raimbault's men's team, and Jillian Duncan, a commit to Tanya McKay's women's team, were named the AAA boys and girls players of the year, respectively.

In other honours handed out, future Wesmen women's player Deborah Nkiasi-Kuku of Vincent Massey was named to the five-member all-Manitoba team for AAAA girls basketball.

And former Wesmen guard Nick Lother was named the AAAA boys coach of the year for his work leading the Vincent Massey Trojans.