Wolves women's basketball team will be a tough one to make for prospects
Grande Prairie Regional College women's basketball coach Mark Catling wasn't offering any illusions to the 20 or so hopefuls who turned out for the Wolves identification camp on the weekend about how difficult it will be to crack his team's roster next season.
With nine players returning from the squad that enjoyed a breakthrough 2006-07 season in finishing 17-7 in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference's North Division and making it all the way to the conference Final Four tournament, there won't be much room for tinkering come the fall Catling said Sunday night.
Throw in that the Wolves are getting star guard Melissa Duinker back and Catling has already identified a player who will fit nicely into the mix at the post position.
That leaves the prospects invited to main camp in September battling for probably one roster spot and a couple of Red Shirt opportunities.
"It's going to come down to whoever works hardest over the summer and gets their foot in the door that way," Catling said after the men's and women's teams put a total of about 40 hopefuls through their paces Friday and Saturday at the college gym.
"We always want to try to bring in a few more girls over the summer and that gives the girls the motivation of 'hey, if I want to make this team, I have to work my (behind) off and show the coaches I deserve a spot.' "
While he was more than satisfied with the level of intensity and conditioning the girls showed, Catling was quite happy to see one player in particular he has been courting the past few months - 20-year-old forward Lenka Rohova - was as strong as he heard she would be.
Rohova, who hails from Slovakia and moved to the Swan City a few months ago, is a 5-foot-11 post who impressed with her athleticism, Catling said.
"She's really athletic, the type of post player we were looking to have come back," said Catling of Rohova, who had been playing in the local Ladies Commercial Basketball League.
"She will definitely fill one of our 12 roster spots. She has got a nice long wingspan, so to speak and she will be that fourth post that comes in, most likely as a defensive stopper. She's just a good all-around player," Catling said.
About 30 girls, including five Grade 11 players from Peace Country high schools, took part in the girls portion of the ID weekend.