GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Lane Matthews to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Lane Matthews. Lane is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the pack from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lane is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Most recently, Lane was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 for the Olds College Broncos.

Lane is looking forward to continuing his education at GPRC, where he will be studying business. He is most looking forward to “being a part of a new culture and school, and being able to bring his attributes to the team.” Another key factor in why Lane chose GPRC was because he gave him the opportunity to watch over his little sister, Lana who will be joining the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team next season.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Lane out on the court in the upcoming season. “We are excited to welcome Lane to our program. His experience, maturity, and competitiveness are going to make him a great fit for us and help us towards achieving our team goals next season.”

Welcome to the pack, Lane.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Josh Dumont to the Men’s Volleyball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Josh Dumont. Josh is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Josh is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season including playing in the GPRC Wolves Volleyball All-Star game in grade 11 and this past December while in grade 12 . The soon-to-be St. Joseph Catholic High School graduate was part of the gold winning Team Alberta at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, was crowned the 2017 Tournament All-Star at the Kelowna Best of the West tournament and brought home a silver medal in 2017 at the Les Jeux de la Francaphonie Canadienne.

Josh is excited to join the wolf pack and start his Bachelor of Education degree at GPRC. He is looking forward to representing and competing for his hometown and also being challenged at the ACAC level to help reach his goals of continuously bettering his skills and becoming a better athlete.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Josh out on the court in the upcoming season. “Josh is an exciting athlete who has been an excellent leader and competitor through his high school and club career. We are proud to have Josh joining the program to continue to compete for Grande Prairie!”

Welcome to the pack, Josh.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Men’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Men’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd has been steadily working to build his roster for the 2019-20 season.

He is pleased to announce the signing of the below recruits to the Men’s Basketball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Nathan Kurikilodil. Nathan is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

GPRC Wolves are excited to welcome Nathan Kurikilodil to the pack. Hailing from Edmonton, Nathan is bringing some excellent experience to the Wolves. Nathan helped his Junior Men’s team bring home Silver in Metro in 2017 and is looking forward to getting to play again on a tight-knit team.

“I chose GPRC in order to attain a variety of opportunities because of the wide range of programs available there,” said Nathan when asked why he picked Grande Prairie to continue his education. Nathan is planning on starting his Bachelor of Kinesiology/Education at GPRC.

He is most looking forward to developing his skills and learning more about the game of basketball from the experienced coaching staff and returning players. Nathan is also excited to play at a higher level of competition.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd is looking forward to watching Nathan develop on the court.

“We are excited to welcome Nathan to the team. He is a strong guard that has a quick release and who will provide depth and an eagerness to the team. Nathan is always willing to improve himself and help the people around him.”

Welcome to the pack, Nathan.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Brandon Lyons. Brandon is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Grande Prairie local recruit Brandon Lyons is bringing a ton of awesome experience to the wolf pack this upcoming season. Having been a part of the Wolves Club program for the last four years, it’s no surprise Brandon stated he was excited to come to GPRC because “it’s a great environment with great coaches and it feels like home”.

Brandon also played the role of Captain on his Peace Wapiti Academy high school team and took home MVP in the 2017 season.

He is looking forward to starting his post-secondary journey at GPRC and work towards his Kinesiology/Education degree. He is excited to continue to grow at the sport he loves and get the chance to compete at a high level.

We caught up with GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd who is delighted to have Brandon join the squad.

“Brandon is a very hard working athlete with a positive attitude,” said Lloyd. “He will bring depth and a higher level of competition to practice. We are excited to have him.”

Welcome to the pack, Brandon.

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Say hello to Bryce Hardisty-Phillips as we welcome him to the wolf pack.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Bryce Hardisty-Phillips. Bryce is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Bryce hails from High Prairie and will be joining the Wolves for the 2019-2020 season. He’s no stranger to the GPRC gym however taking home the Player of the Game title for the 2019 High School All-Star game hosted at the College in March.

Bryce also earned the multiple tournament MVP titles and the Leading Scorer title two years in a row for his high school team, the E.W. Pratt Chargers in 2018 and 2019.

He is excited to start his journey at GPRC in the Kinesiology program and continue to learn and build his skills on the court. When asked why he chose GPRC, Bryce stated, “I like the idea of a smaller school where everyone knows everyone and I can be closer to my family and friends.” Bryce states he’s already dedicated to “do whatever I can to help my team succeed” in this upcoming season.

Neil Barry, E.W. Pratt High School’s basketball coach said: “Bryce is a complete player on both ends of the floor and also is an extremely hard worker on and off the court.”

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Evan Lloyd couldn’t agree more. “Bryce is a great addition to the Wolves squad he adds quickness, the ability to shoot and a willingness to learn and develop his game.”

Welcome to the pack, Bryce.

Next up, Say hello to Saxon Joyes as we welcome him to the wolf pack.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball new recruit, Saxon Joyes. Saxon is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Stony Plain recruit, Saxon Joyes has been added to the roster. Saxon is bringing a ton of experience to the pack and is known as an all-star by his teammates and coaches. Most recently, Saxon took home the title of Metro Edmonton All-Star in 2019 for the second year in a row. Before that, he achieved the Memorial Senior Basketball award in 2018.

He is excited to join the wolf pack and start his post-secondary journey at GPRC where he will be studying Business Administration with an interest in Financial Investment. Saxon is looking forward to lacing up in front of fans in the GPRC gym and continuing to improve his game every time he hits the court.

Saxon states, “I chose GPRC because of my great first impression of the campus, coaching staff and players.”

Head Coach Evan Lloyd is looking forward to having rookie Saxon out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Saxon is going to be an excellent addition to the team. He brings an eagerness to improve his game, an excellent work ethic and incredible competitiveness. We’re looking forward to welcoming Saxon to the team.”

Welcome to the pack, Saxon.

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte has been working hard to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of Beaumont recruit, Hayley Hall to the program.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Hayley Hall. Hayley is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad from Beaumont, Alberta, Hayley Hall is bringing a ton of experience to the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Bringing home a bronze medal at provincials with her team the Ponoka Warriors in 2017 and most recently, brought home a bronze medal at the Premier 3 tournament with her team, the Edmonton Nooks in 2019. Hayley digs deep and is a teammate who is always encouraging others on the court.

Getting ready to start her Bachelor of Social Work degree at GPRC, Hayley says she is most excited “to see what college volleyball looks like.” She is looking forward to continuing to improve her skills and work hard to gain more of a skill set under the direction of great coaching and mentorship under seasoned athletes.

“I was given an awesome opportunity to play volleyball at a collegiate level for a team that I am excited to learn from and grow with,” says Hayley when asked why she decided to continue her academic and athletic career at GPRC.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Hayley added to the roster this upcoming season.

“We are very excited to have Hayley on board. She is a physical, dynamic player with tremendous potential.”

Welcome to the pack, Hayley.

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Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte  is pleased to announce the signing of two new recruits to the program.  

Say hello to Halle Krall and Kari White as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Halle Krall. Halle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad on the court this season is Halle Krall. Hailing from Peace River, Alberta, Halle is looking forward to repping the Wolves colours as she completes her Bachelor of Education – Elementary degree.

Halle is bringing some great experience to the squad after she secured a spot on the GPRC Wolves All-Star Volleyball team roster in 2017 and 2018. She also brought home Bronze this past season at Provincials.

Halle is excited to start this next chapter of her academic and athletic career.

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home and has great academic programs with a smaller campus feel,” she said. “It also has great sport supports in place. I’m most excited to play with a new group of girls that have a lot of experience while I’m learning new skills.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to welcoming Halle to the pack.

“Halle is going to bring some excellent skill to our roster this season,” said LaMotte. “The entire squad is looking forward to welcoming her.”

Welcome to the pack, Halle.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Kari White. Kari is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local recruit, Kari White is joining the pack this upcoming volleyball season. Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Kari is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Bringing home the Provincial title in 2017 and a bronze Provincial medal in 2018. Kari also was named the 2018 All-Star at the Louis St. Laurent Tournament and brought home a bronze medal at her 2019 Premier 3.

Kari is excited to be joining the Wolves and start her Bachelor of Science degree at GPRC.

“I grew up watching Wolves volleyball games and the culture GPRC has is something that has always inspired me,” said Kari when asked why she chose GPRC. “Grande Prairie is a volleyball community and gives you a sense of belonging and togetherness as a player and a team.”

Kari is most excited about “being challenged by my talented teammates and the competition at the ACAC level.” She is looking forward to continuing to work hard and grow her potential.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is very pleased to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to recruit local talented athletes. We are looking forward to welcoming Kari to the squad and getting to grow together as a team.”

Welcome to the pack, Kari.

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GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball welcomes to new recruits on March 26.

Say hello to Lana Matthews and Heather Holtz as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Lana Matthews. Lana is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lana is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. She has experience playing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, Beach Volleyball leagues in YEG and won gold at the AVA Premier 2 in 2018. Lana also won gold with her team in her last year of high school at Morinville Community High School.

Lana is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC.

“I chose GPRC because of the great sports community with excellent sport and academic supports,” she says. “Plus it’s cool that my high school team was also the Wolves, so it’s great to continue with the name. “Once a wolf, always a wolf.””

Lana is most looking forward to having a competitive year with strong players and good mentors during her upcoming rookie season with the Wolves.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Outside Hitter, Lana out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Lana is a dynamic attacker and an all around skilled passer, defender and server. We are excited to have her on-board. She has a very strong passion and relentless work ethic for the game of volleyball.”

Welcome to the pack, Lana.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Heather Holtz. Heather is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad as a hometown rookie, Grande Prairie Composite High School graduate Heather Holtz is excited to be a part of the exciting future of GPRC and the Wolves Volleyball program.

Heather is bringing some awesome experience to the Wolves including bringing home silver in 2018 when her team, the South Peace Volleyball Club (SPVC) Blizzards were named #2 in Division 2 in Canada. Placing again in 2019, Heather along with her SPVC teammates bought home bronze at the Alberta Premier 2 and were named third in the province.

Heather is looking forward to starting her post-secondary journey at GPRC while being able to play with new and experienced players. “I am excited to be on an ACAC level team and playing against other Colleges and Universities at a high level and intensity than I’ve ever played at before.”

Heather chose GPRC because “it’s close to home, so I can be with my family and since I am unsure of what future career path I want to take, I can take courses through the Open Studies program and see what interests me while playing volleyball.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is thrilled to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“Heather is an accomplished local athlete from the South Peace Volleyball Club who brings speed and a strong jumping ability to the court. She will be an asset as both an attacker and blocker in the middle position for the Wolves. We are very excited for Heather to join the pack.”

Welcome to the pack, Heather.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

Reconciliation & Me

Reconciliation & Me

Being an Indigenous student comes with its own unique set of experiences.

In the era of ‘Reconciliation’, post-secondary education has become the catalyst for change within our communities; the bridge between two systems of knowledge, and the foundation on which we’ve begun to create understanding.

It’s also a delicate balance between retaining one’s identity and pursuing one’s dreams. For many of us, it is a constant struggle between voicing our opinion and becoming a spokesperson, between sharing culture and becoming entertainment, between creating our own path and honouring our traditions.

It’s a strange feeling to discuss residential schools historically as if they aren’t our grandparents, aunts, and uncles were talking about. It’s even more odd to discuss Indigenous peoples in Canada and their traditions while sitting in a class as an Indigenous person still following those same traditions.

As we make our way through higher education and work together towards Reconciliation, we must find a way to first reconcile our own paths. To walk in our journey holding the knowledge of both worlds in balance. To learn from and with each other. Reconciliation starts here. Reconciliation starts with you, and it starts with me.

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Basketball Team

GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mandy Botham has been working to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of a new Grimshaw recruit to the program. 

Say hello to Jeannie Borger as we welcome her to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball new recruit, Jeannie Borger. Jeannie is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Grimshaw, Alberta, Jeannie represented the her high school, Grimshaw Public School this past basketball season with pride.

She is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC where she is interested in pursuing her Bachelor of Education.

“GPRC is close to home,” said the new rookie. “I am looking forward to being part of a solid team, meeting new people and have new opportunities both academically and athletically.”

Head Coach Mandy Botham is looking forward to having Forward, Jeannie out on the court in the upcoming season.

“I am pleased to add Class of 2019 forward Jeannie Borger to our roster for the upcoming season,” said Coach Botham. “Jeannie plays with a grit and tenacity that immediately boosts our rim protection. She is a versatile athlete who excels both in and outside the paint. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team.”

Welcome to the pack, Jeannie.