Women Walk in Red Deer While Men Pick up Some Pine
By JEFF KORENKO
The college's hoops squads picked up more than some victories on the Thanksgiving weekend.
While the women were off throttling the Red Deer College Queens Friday and Saturday, the men were hard at work undertaking a fundraising endeavour
that saw them gathering pine cones in the Tumbler Ridge area.
The events, save for some practices this week, preceded the teams' opening up their 2006-07 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference regular seasons this
Women's head coach Mark Catling said Tuesday he was rather impressed with the way his side concluded its slate of pre-season games as the women kept
their foot on the gas in handling the Queens a 74-47 loss Friday night and a 83-27 whipping Saturday.
Offensively, the team got scoring from pretty much everybody, Catling added.
"We stayed right on schedule with what the plan was for pre-season; playing everyone the first night. And then the second night we went with more of
our regular line-up and went with a shorter rotation," said Catling.
"I was really happy with the performance the second night. I thought (with) blowing them out the first night, we were going to have a big letdown for
Saturday, but we actually came out really strong and the intensity level was really good.
"The girls are happy."
Both the men's and women's teams start their ACAC seasons by visiting the King's University College Eagles Friday and Saturday.
Having returned pretty much all their starters from last year, the Eagles - who won 14 times last year - will be a formidable early-season test, said
"It'll be interesting to see how the girls react this weekend. They are a very good team. We are definitely ready to get into some more serious
Having added some depth at the post should come in handy for the Wolves against the style of play teams in the ACAC such as King's like to
incorporate, he said.
"I like our team and what can happen this year," Catling said.
While the women were scooping in baskets down south, the men's fundraising effort had them scouring logging roads between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.