Wolves Soccer Squads Travel to Ft Mac
The Wolves Women continued to build momentum as they head down the home stretch of their schedule towards playoffs, with 2 convincing victories over the hometown Keyano Huskies of 5-0 each day. This marked the third consecutive 5-0 victory for the Wolves Women, following up a 5-0 victory during their last home game of the season vs the Concordia Thunder.
The young Wolves continue to develop and progress as a unit and their extra efforts and hard work appear to be paying off. Players of the game over the weekend were Danica Blasius and Taylor Watson, who both the back of the net a combined 4 times each over the 2 games. The Wolves have a break over the Thanksgiving weekend before closing out regular season vs Augustana Vikings in Camrose Oct 18/19.
The Wolves Men also were in Fort Mac to face the undefeated and much improved Keyano Huskies. GPRC knew before the game that basically needed any kind of result vs the Huskies to keep their faint playoff hopes alive heading into the final weekend of play. The Wolves came out very disciplined and well organized and fought their way to a hard fought 0-0 draw vs Keyano. On Sunday the Wolves needed to put forth a valiant overall team effort with plenty of new players drawing in the line-up due to key players needing to sit out in order to confirm being eligible for the team’s final weekend of games vs Augustana. The revamped, young group of players really showed well only allowing an injury time goal at the tail end of each half to result in a final of 2-0 in favor of the still undefeated Huskies. Players of the game for the men were Kevin Dimonekene and Steven Nemeth. The Wolves Men are also off until Oct 18 and 19 when they venture to Camrose to close out their regular season vs the Augustana Vikings.
Dominant Performance by X-Country Wolves Women at ACAC #4
The #2 nationally-ranked GPRC Wolves Women’s X-Country team won its second ACAC race of the season on Saturday in Calgary, ACAC #4- Pre-Nationals hosted by SAIT Polytechnic. Placing its four scoring runners in the top ten, GPRC tallied 22 points, 13 better than second place Lethbridge College. UBCO, the CCAA’s top-ranked women’s team, was a distant third with 53 points.
Individually, Mirelle Martens was first amongst the college runners for the third time this season. She recorded a time of 19:51 over the hilly 5 km course. Teammates Jamie Wigmore (4th), Jackie Benning (7th), and Amanda Patteson (10th) were the next Wolves runners to finish. Kirsten Manz (32nd) and Tamica Campbell (46th) also completed the race.
The Wolves Men placed sixth in the men’s 8 km race, behind the winning team from UBCO. Riley Wallace had the best GPRC placing with an 11th place finish amongst the college runners. Other Wolves finishers included Brandon Wladyko (25th), Ian Keefe (31st), Josh Malmstem (37th), Gaurav Rawat (47th), and North Alton (55th).
The Wolves’ next ACAC meet is the Conference Championships in Fort Mc Murray on October 25.
In other cross country action on Saturday, two former Wolves contested the Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon. Eric Martinek was the second University of Alberta runner across the line, placing 19th in the men’s 8 km race. Hayden Hollowell, running for the University of Saskatchewan, was 31st.
Wolves Coaches Win Western Gold
August 11, 2014
GPRC Wolves Women’s basketball head coach Dave Waknuk led the Team Alberta U16 female basketball squad to a gold medal finish at the 2014 U16 Western Canadian Basketball Championships, held in Edmonton at the end of July.
Team Alberta defeated Team BC 49-45 in the gold medal final in a thriller, which saw Alberta hit the go ahead three point shot with less than a minute to play. Team Alberta had lost to BC by 34 points just three days previous in round robin play, thus making the final’s victory that much sweeter. This was Alberta’s only gold medal between all of their boys and girls teams in different age categories at the National Championships and Alberta’s best ever finish at the Western Canadian Championships. It was Alberta's first gold of any kind, at any level, provincially in five years.
Waknuk has been involved with Basketball Alberta for several years and was named U16 Head Coach in December 2013. The team was selected with the top players in the province and trained throughout the summer, including competing in a tournament in Chicago in July. Waknuk’s assistant coach with Team Alberta is also his assistant with GPRC, as Graeme Ryder worked with the provincial team this summer.
Congratulations to both GPRC Wolves coaches on a job well done with Team Alberta!
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