Alumni weekend stirs fond memories for coach
Alumni weekend at the Grande Prairie Regional College is always a special event for the members of the Wolves basketball and volleyball teams.
For women's basketball coach, Kim Gravengard, it means a little extra.
"It's kind of exciting for myself to see a lot of my friends coming up that have never seen me other than as a player and now it's as a coach," she said. "It's kind of fun for them to come up and support our athletes and remember when they were players."
Gravengard was a member of the Wolves basketball team that captured a bronze medal at nationals in 1989. It was the first time a CCAA national tournament was held in Grande Prairie. All the games were played in the Johnny Mac Arena, which is now the soccer pitch at the Leisure Centre.
Gravengard is trying to get all the members of that team together for next year's alumni weekend, which will be held next fall.
"There were 12 of us on this team and I've reached nine of them so if they might all be here for next year's alumni which is kind of exciting," she said.
Gravengard will be watching from the sidelines this weekend when the Wolves play the first-place MacEwan Griffins (16-2).
"A split would be phenomenal, a sweep would be dynamic, but realistically we have to think they're a tough a team and they're not just going to roll over, step in and give us two games," Gravengard said.
The Wolves have had an extra week to prepare for the Griffins and to give the players a break to nurse some minor injuries.
If the last time the Wolves played the Griffins is any indication of what to expect this weekend, Gravengard will need all her players in top form.
The Griffins swept the two-game series, winning 65-54 Nov. 7, and handing the Wolves their worse loss of the season the next day, 93-53.
"We had a bad game against them in the Saturday match when we played them, but in the Friday game we were there with them," Gravengard said.
"We were only down three when we had to start fouling in the final two minutes to try and get possession."