The Ralph "Pappy" Burr Award

Jennifer Spinozzi and Matt Abercrombie

Jennifer Spinozzi

Born: Sarnia, Ontario

Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball


Jennifer Spinozzi competed in many sports while attending St. Christopher’s High School. In her grade nine year, Jennifer was a part of the Jr. Basketball LSSAA and SWOSSAA championship team, while also receiving the Heart and Hustle Award. She also was part of the Midget LSSAA and SWOSSAA champion Volleyball team, receiving the Most Dedicated Award. Jennifer also participated on the Sr. Soccer team, which won the SWOSSAA championship, and she was awarded Rookie of the Year. She also competed in Track and & Field as a sprinter and girls travel basketball and soccer.


Jennifer continued in grade’s ten and eleven, playing Sr. Basketball, making it to the SWOSSAA finals in both seasons. As well she played Jr. Volleyball (grade ten) and Sr. Volleyball (grade eleven), earning the M.V.P. Award and Most Sportsmanlike Award in their respected years. And in both seasons she played for the Sr. Soccer team, winning SWOSSAA in both seasons.


In her final year of high school, Jennifer would win LSSAA and SWOSSAA in Sr. Basketball, win M.V.P. in Volleyball, and would continue playing for the Sarnia Spirit travel soccer team, and Lakers travel basketball team.

Jennifer will be continuing her studies at the University of Western in the Fall of 2009.


Matt Abercrombie

Born: Sarnia, Ontario

Sports: Hockey

Matthew Abercrombie was drafted 241st overall in the 2006 OHL Entry Draft by the Sarnia Sting, and played for the Junior ‘B’ Sarnia Blast in 2006-07 where he was named Rookie of the Year for the team and was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year for the Western Ontario Hockey League. The following season Matt was the Blast’s top scorer and won the Most Outstanding Playoff Performer award for the season. He attended his first contact hockey camp at Colgate University in 2008, and was a First All-Star at the 2008 OHA High Performance camp.


Matthew continued playing Junior “B” with the Sarnia Legionnaires (formally Sarnia Blast) and would go on to be named the first star at the 2009 GOJHL Top Prospects game, and would set Sarnia Junior ‘B’ team records with most career points, most career assists, most career power play goals, and tied for most career game winning goals. Matthew was also the 2008-09 Western Ontario Hockey Conference Regular Season scoring champion.
Matthew earned the Western Ontario Hockey Conference Player of the Month in September 2008.


During his Secondary School Athletics Matthew competed at the 2008 OFSAA Soccer Finals.  He was named Captain for his Junior and Senior Soccer teams.

Matthew attended Northern Collegiate Secondary School and will be attending Brock University in the Fall of 2009.


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