GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: October 26, 2018

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: October 26, 2018

Men’s Volleyball 

A tough weekend spent in Edmonton as the GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball lost both days to the NAIT Ooks.

On Friday, October 26, the Wolves saw a 3-0 loss to the Ooks with game leaders Kirk Testawich and Ethan Nashim having 5 kills each and Sean Oosterick contributing with 15 assists.

On Saturday, October 27, the Wolves dug deep but immediately could not beat the Ooks. Finishing the weekend with a 3-1 loss, game leaders included James Haythrone with 9 kills, Ryan Schwindts with 6 digs and Tom Wheeler with 3 blocks.

The Wolves are on the road again this weekend as they take on the U of A Augustana Vikings. 

Women’s Volleyball 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball saw a double victory this weekend while away in Edmonton as they took on the NAIT Ooks.

On Friday, October 26, the two teams traded victories back and forth but ultimately resulting in the Wolves taking the fifth and final set to seal the deal on their 3-2 victory. 4th yeah outside hitter, Megan Koch was among the game leaders with 17 kills along with teammate, Wolves setter, Bailey Chartrand adding 47 assists.

On Saturday, October 27, the Wolves came to a 3-1 victory in 4 sets over the NAIT Ooks.

The GPRC Wolves came out strong taking the first set 25-20, the Ooks would respond and even up the match at one set a piece with a 25-21 second set win. The Wolves then answered with a 25-15 win in the third set and keeping on the momentum the Wolves took the fourth set 25-22 claiming the match 3-1.

Megan Koch led the Wolves with 18 kills and Bailey Chartrand added 41 assists.

This coming weekend the GPRC Wolves will travel to Augustana.

 

 

Cross Country Running 

The GPRC Wolves Cross County team ran at the 2018 ACAC XC Running Championships in Vermilion this past Saturday, October 27.

Overall, Wolves coach Bill Corcoran described the Wolves’ performance on Saturday as “mixed.” “We improved our ACAC women’s ranking from 7th to 6th, and our men held in there at 6th place, but quite frankly, we were hoping for a few spots better,” explained Corcoran.

Both Wolves teams have accepted the ACAC #5 berths for the November 10 2018 CCAA XC Running Nationals in Toronto at Seneca College’s King City Campus.

The Wolves will also host the 2019 CCAA XC Running Nationals in Muskoseepi Park next year on the November long weekend.

Click here for more details on the Wolves results last weekend. 

 

Men’s Basketball 

The Wolves welcomed the NAIT Ooks to town for their season opener.

Friday night saw the Wolves and Ooks scoring fast and furiously, with the game knotted at 25 after one quarter.  The Wolves struggled offensively in the second, losing the quarter 32-14 and having a 57-39 deficit at half.  The Wolves and Ooks kept pace with each other in the second half, with the Ooks winning the third quarter 19-16 and the Wolves winning the fourth quarter 18-12.   Player of the Game honors went to Wolves first year Liam O’Hallahan with 16 points and 4 rebounds.  Other leading scorers were Dane Philipenko with 12 points and Payton Tirrell with 7 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wolves and Ooks returned to the hardcourt Saturday afternoon.  The Wolves came out of the gate playing phenomenal defense, resulting in a 18-13 lead after one quarter.  The strong defensive effort continued in the second quarter with the Wolves limiting the Ooks to 9 points, winning the quarter 26-9.  The Wolves had a great defensive half, which lead to the strong offensive outburst.  The Wolves lead 44-22 at half.  The Ooks rebounded, winning the third quarter 27-16, but still trailed 60-49 after three quarters.  The Wolves won the fourth quarter handily 26-13, resulting in a dominant 86-62 victory for the Wolves.  The Wolves played a great team game, playing phenomenal defense which lead to a strong offensive game as well.  Player of the Game honors went to Wolves fourth year Payton Tirrell with 14 points and 7 rebounds.  Other leading scorers were Liam O’Hallahan with 29 points, 8 rebounds and Logan Rempel with 13 points and 4 rebounds.

With the weekend split, the Wolves are 2-2 on the season.  The Wolves welcome the Augustana Vikings to the GPRC Gymnasium this weekend as the home stand continues.  The games are Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00pm and Saturday November 3, 2018 at 3:00pm.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Women’s Basketball 

The hometown Wolves hosted their home opener on Friday, October 26 against the NAIT Ooks. It was crowd pleaser for those in attendance as the deciding points came down to the last few seconds of the game.

The Wolves came out strong, putting a 3 on the board by #12 Sophie Melin. Both teams battling hard in the 2nd quarter, the Wolves got 5 points from #11 Brittany Peters to go ahead 23-22 at half time.

Half time was brought to you by Ardenaline Athletics Cheer Team. The young athletes put together a crowd pleasing performance.

The 3rd quarter resulted in both teams battling hard at both ends of the court. The 4th and final quarter did not disappoint, lots of great plays by both teams, and the crowd cheering loud, lead to an exciting quarter. NAIT scored a pair of 3 pointers late in the quarter to go up by 5. The Wolves closed the gap and came within 1 point. An out of bounce call on the Wolves with seconds on the clock, put the possession back in the hands of the Ooks. The Ooks would go on to win 52-50.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the Wovles was #11 Britney Peters with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

The Wolves host the Augustana Vikings this Friday at GPRC.

The Transition from High School to Post-Secondary

The Transition from High School to Post-Secondary

High school hardly prepares you for life after you graduate. Throughout my time in high school I had been comfortable with the amount of work and studying that needed to be done; however, I had been led into a false sense of security. After having graduated in June, I decided to go straight into post-secondary studies and enrolled in my Bachelors of Science.  Science was always my passion in high school and I did not expect that to change coming into post-secondary. While I knew the material would be more difficult, I was not overly concerned about it.  My thought process of “it was easy in high school, it won’t be that much harder” was quickly turned around.

After the first few weeks went by I quickly realized that the relaxed atmosphere of high school was long gone. I was in a whole new world. All of the sudden, I had different assignments due every day and it felt like my life had been taken over by homework and studying. I would get home from school and do homework until I went to bed taking a break only to eat supper. I would then get up in the morning, have a shower before coming to school and after getting home it would be the same as the day before.  Having this be my daily routine it didn’t take long for me to become overwhelmed by the amount of work I needed to have done and I knew I needed to come up with a new plan.

Now that we are two months into school, I have come up with a better plan to tackle the amount of work that comes with a degree in the sciences. I have adjusted to post-secondary studies and although I still have lots of work to do and I still feel overwhelmed at times I am able to spend more time focusing on myself.  I no longer sit at a desk alone all night working on homework because with adjustment comes balance.  I am able to spend time with my family or just relaxing and although it is not as much as what I was able to do in high school, this experience has made me grateful for every moment of it.

For those that are still feeling overwhelmed by the unexpected amount of work that comes with post-secondary degrees, the balance and adjustment will come soon.  Maybe you need to make yourself a schedule of when all of your assignments are due to help you manage your time better or maybe you need to take two or three days a week and just do all of your work for the week.  Eventually you will find a pattern that works for you but do not be afraid to ask for help.

Submitted by Student Ambassador, Kali Kramer 

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 29, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 29, 2018

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Megan Koch and Liam O’Hallahan from the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team and Men’s Basketball team as our current Athletes of the Week!

Megan Koch

4th Year, Bachelor of Education, TEN Program
Outside Hitter 
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Megan, hailing from Grande Prairie,  is in her 4th year of the Bachelor of Education program at GPRC. She serves as a co-captain to the Wolves squad and is the veteran Outside Hitter of the team. Megan’s attacking skills are widely respected across the league and have earned her ACAC All-Conference and CCAA All-Canadian honors in the past two seasons. Recently this season, Megan recorded 16 and 17 kills per match in weekend play vs NAIT. She is dedicated to all aspects of the Wolves program and works hard to represent GPRC academically, athletically and in a leadership capacity.

 Liam O’Hallahan

1st Year, Bachelor of Education, University Transfer 
Guard 
Hometown: Ngatea, New Zealand

Liam was a force to be reckoned with this past weekend (October 26-27)  in ACAC Basketball league play.  Friday, Liam scored 16 points and added 4 rebounds which crowned him with Player of the Game status. While on Saturday, Liam turned it up another notch scoring 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals.  Liam can be relied on to be productive on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.  Offensively, Liam is averaging 21 points per game.  Defensively, Liam is averaging 6 rebounds a game and 1.5 steals per game.

Congratulations to Megan and Liam! 

For a complete schedule of our GPRC Wolves Home Games, head to our website.

GPRC PEAK Kin Games 2018

GPRC PEAK Kin Games 2018

Have you heard the buzz or seen the posters around campus promoting the upcoming GPRC KIN Games?

Wondering what it’s all about? Let the PE1050 class answer all your questions.

The #GPRCKinGames18  is an opportunity for all GPRC students to get together and have a friendly, fun competition that will promote a positive experience being active and learning about the supports and services at the College to assist you on your healthy living journey, connecting with peers and their campus, and most importantly, students will build fun memories that will last a lifetime.

The games will take place over a four-day period, November 5 to 8 and students will compete in teams of 8-10 with their peers and friends throughout the week for points.

The first two days will consist of team competitions in dodgeball, spikeball, floor hockey and wolf-pong. The third day will be a fun dance competition followed by a closing ceremony on the fourth and final day. There is something for everyone.

The experience will represent a taste of the culture, and vibrancy that is found in the PEAK and Campus Recreation departments at the College.

We encourage all students from all departments, sport teams and friend groups to get involved and help your team win great prizes for Best Dressed, Best Dance and the Spirit Award.

Let’s not forget the Championship team will win full bragging rights as they show off their champion shirts, amazing prizes and have their name etched on the ‘Golden Shoe’ Trophy at the closing ceremony.

So, what are you waiting for? Get involved and spend the beginning of November being a part of the first ever #GPRCKinGames18!

Register at the Fitness Centre, or send in your Team Registration information form to jthibault@gprc.ab.ca
Registration Fee: $5 per person
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 2 @ 12 p.m.

Wolves Weekend Update – October 22, 2018

Men’s Basketball

Wolves Split Season Opening Games in Edmonton.

The GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team opened their ACAC schedule in Edmonton against The King’s University Eagles.

POG: Liam O’Hallahan

Friday [October 19] night saw the Wolves struggle to score early, trailing the Eagles 18-8 after the first quarter.  The Wolves fought back, winning the second quarter 28-20, but trailing 38-36 at halftime.  The Eagles won the third quarter 20-16 to keep the lead at six after three quarters.

The Wolves won the fourth quarter 23-22, but fell to the Eagles 80-75.   Player of the Game honors went to Wolves first year Liam O’Hallahan with 20 points and 14 rebounds.  Other leading scorers were Payton Tirrell with 22 points and Jon Mueller with 12 points.

POG: Payton Tirrell

The Wolves and Eagles returned to the hard-court Saturday [October 20] afternoon.  The Eagles lead 42-38 at half.  The Wolves rebounded, winning the third quarter 24-17 to lead 62-59 after three quarters.  The Wolves won the fourth quarter 20-16, resulting in a 82-75 victory for the Wolves, their first victory of the season.

The Wolves played a great team game, with the bench scoring 33 of the 82 points in the victory.  The Wolves were led by fourth year guard Payton Tirrell with 18 points and 8 rebounds to win Player of the Game honors.  Other leading scorers were Liam O’Hallahan with 16 points, Darian Goertzen with 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Dane Philipenko with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

With the weekend split, the Wolves are 1-1 on the season.  The Wolves welcome NAIT Ooks to the GPRC Gymnasium this weekend for the Home Opener.  The games are Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8 p.m. and Saturday October 27, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Women’s Basketball 

The GPRC Wolves women’s basketball team came home with two strikes after a weekend away in Edmonton.

Friday [October 19] night’s game resulted in a well contested game as the GPRC women’s team battled throughout the game, but eventually lost to the Eagles 74-58.

Wolves Player of the Game honour was given to a well-deserved #11 Britney Peters who ended the game with a game high 20 points and 12 rebounds.

POG: #11 Britney Peters

The Wolves fought hard during their rematch with the Eagles on Saturday [October 20] night with a quick lead to kick off the game. The battle continued and ultimately finished with the Eagles clawing their way back to take the victory 75-46.

Wolves Player of the Game honour was given to international player #12 Sophie Melin from Sweden with her 11 points and 6 assists.

POG: #12 Sophie Melin

The Wolves welcome NAIT Ooks to the GPRC Gymnasium this weekend for the Home Opener.  The games are Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. and Saturday October 27, 2018 at 1 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Men’s Soccer 

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer 2018/2019

The Wolves were defeated by the NAIT Ooks 3-0 on Saturday [October 20] afternoon at Emerald Hill Sports Pavillion in Sherwood Park.

Despite some good chances from both sides in the second half, the game would end 3-0 in favour of the Ooks.

Keeper Leonardo Rojas Cruz for the Wolves took home Player of The Game honours in the match.

On the Sunday [October 21] afternoon the Wolves were hungry for a win and it showed on the pitch. With their last game of the season heavy on their minds, the Wolves Men’s Soccer defeated Augustana 2-1! Second year midfielder, Blake Hoogestraat took home the Player of the Games honour!

With the season done, the Wolves are gearing up for their Fall Soccer Extravaganza fundraiser and are excited to give back and work with future GPRC Wolves Athletes.

 

Women’s Soccer 

GPRC Wolves take on NAIT Ooks in Sherwood Park on Saturday, October 20.

NAIT Ooks defeated the GPRC Wolves 4-0 on Saturday [October 20] afternoon at Emerald Hill Sports Pavillion in Sherwood Park.

Keeper Michelle Brodeur for the Wolves took home Player of The Game honours in the match.

The last game of the season for the GPRC Wolves on Sunday [October 21] afternoon ended with a victory as the team took on Augustana. After a well-played game by both teams, the Wolves came out on top with a 4-1 victory.

First year midfielder Danja Fredrickson took home the Player of the Game honours.

With the season done, the Wolves are gearing up for their Fall Soccer Extravaganza fundraiser and are excited to give back and work with future GPRC Wolves Athletes.

Wolves Cross-Country Running 

Varsity Wolves Tune Up at X-C Relay.

With a week to go before the ACAC Championships, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Team took part in the Peace Country Wolves XC Relay at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails on Saturday.

The Wolves divided their squad into five equally balanced teams of three to tackle the challenging 3 x 3 km course.  Buoyed by strong runs from Brice Wilkes, Brittany Duvall, and Taylor Hudak,  the Wolves – Kirk Cough triumphed over its eight competitors, clocking a time of 38:14, 35 seconds better than runner-up Wolves – Joel Manz’s Jawline (Tarias Fournier, Anna van der Geissen, and Joel Manz).

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Wolves Brice Wilkes tags teammate Brittany Duvall at the end of Leg 1 of the Peace Country Wolves XC Relay

Wolves runner Brandon Tufford had the fastest men’s 3 km leg, recording a time of 10:40.  Biathlon Runner’s Hannah Lundstrom ran the best women’s time (13:51).

The Elementary School 3 x 2 km was won by the St Mary’s Beaverlodge – Boys.  The team of Elliot Rourke, Dougall Teasdale, and Radene Villigerclocked a time of 30:40, 8 plus minutes ahead of the second place St. Mary’s Beaverlodge – Sr Girls.

Rourke had the top boy’s time for the 2 km leg (9:04); Emersyn Nordhagen (12:38) had the best girl’s time.

Full results are posted here.