The Manitoba Bisons varsity teams have completed another successful season. In the 2011-12 season, one team (menís volleyball) returned to the CIS championship and earned a bronze medal while one team (menís hockey) was first in regular season conference standings for the first time since 1970-71 plus two others teams qualified for post-season action and one team (track and field) hosted a CIS championship along with numerous individual accolades plus major conference award winners and CIS recognition. The Manitoba Bisons distributed their end of the year hardware at the annual Brown and Gold Year-End Banquet held at Canad Inns - Fort Garry on Saturday, March 31.
Asper School of Business student Dane Pischke was named as Bison Sports Male Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 season. Pischke had an amazing year both at conference and CIS level in his fourth year at Manitoba during the 2011-12 season.
- He was selected as team MVP this season.
- In the 2011-12 season, Pischke was CIS First Team All-Canadian and Canada West First Team All-Star at the right side position plus a CIS Championship All-Star.
- The fourth year student-athlete was first in CIS with 292 kills plus first in CIS with 337.5 points in the regular season.
- He earned the best plus/minus among all players at the 2012 CIS Menís Volleyball Championship.
- In addition, he was tied for 12th with 164 digs and 13th in CIS hitting percentage with .295. The Winnipeg native started and played in all 20 regular season games and also accumulated 65 total blocks, 14 assists and six service aces.
- Pischke was selected Smittyís Bison Sports Athlete of the Week in four different occasions (most this year by a Bison).
- Helped the team to a 18-2 regular season record, a Canada West silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2012 CIS Menís Volleyball Championship.
The Student-Athlete Leadership and Community Development Award were handed out for the sixth time to one female and one male recipient. Fifth year womenís track and field student-athlete Lisa Wong and fifth year track and field student-athlete Travis Toet were this seasonís award winners, which highlights their leadership skills, community involvement and also academics and athletics. Both Wong and Toet are Asper students.
Wong was involved in numerous aspects in the community.
- She will be completing her studies at the Asper School of Business this year.
- Wong is a member of CANU, helping children with promising futures find the opportunities they require to succeed.
- Amember of UMAC (U of Manitoba Athletes Council) who volunteers with both the Siloam Mission and Bisons Against Bullying programs over the years.
- Wong is the captain of her team for a third consecutive season.
- She canvasses for the Canadian Cancer Society.
- Through the Home School Leadership Program, Wong taught kids and their parents proper running technique, and how to train.
- The Winnipeg native is also a Track and Field coach at her alum high school at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
Toet finished his Manitoba career being an ambassador outside of university. He is in his final year at the Asper School of Business.
- Toet is a coordinator of the CANU program for inner city elementary school kids, helping children with promising futures find the opportunities they require to succeed.
- He was a Bison Book Buddy.
- Toet has been volunteering with Bisons Against Bullying for the past three years.
- He was a volunteer at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships hosted at U of Manitoba this past summer.
- Toet volunteered with political campaigns, including those at the federal level.
- The Winnipeg native is also helped coach Track & Field at his alum high school, Immanuel Christian School.
Along with the major awards, Bison Sports recognizes team MVPs from each team, each year. This year, three Asper students were recognized:
- Menís Hockey Ė Blair Macaulay
- Womenís Track & Field Ė Lisa Wong
- Menís Volleyball Ė Dane Pischke