Leduc, Alberta: Students Ryan Brenneis and Jenelle Monty are capping off their education in style. Not only have these Christ The King athletes been recruited by university sports programs, but they have been recognized as Most Valuable Players (MVP) in their divisions.
Brenneis is a two-sport star, playing volleyball and basketball. His skills caught the attention of recruiters and he has already been penciled in to play for King’s University College Volleyball Team as a setter. Monty will be attending MacEwan University where she will bring the ball up the court for the Griffins, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program.
Brenneis credits Ms. Henklemann for his success in sports and academics. “She knew how to motivate me,” he says. “She pushed me to be better.” This helped Brenneis and his Chargers teammates challenge larger schools in the Premier Basketball Division. “Sure, we were the underdogs,” he says. “But it gave us even more motivation to beat those bigger schools.”
Monty agrees, adding, “The other schools would look at us like we weren’t supposed to be there. We had nothing to lose as long as we worked our butts off.” Monty’s coach, Terry Schipper, says she is a complete athlete. “She’s a hard worker in the classroom and on the court. She never takes a game off and is a great leader.” Opposing coaches nominated Monty for the MVP after her team won the bronze medal at the provincials. She is humbled by their decision. “Most former MVPs are from larger schools. I am proud to win this award for Christ The King and to have played for the Chargers.”