GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 23, 2018

Men’s Basketball

What a weekend! GPRC Wolves Men’s basketball team sweep the undefeated Concordia Thunder over the weekend.

The Wolves (4-4) traveled south to Edmonton to face the undefeated and Nationally ranked #7 Concordia Thunder (10-0) on Friday, November 23.

Friday night saw the Wolves come out firing, scoring 23 in the first quarter, but still trailed Concordia 23-24 after one quarter.  The second quarter was better for the Wolves, with the team winning the quarter 25-20. The Wolves led the Thunder 48-44 at half and the Wolves energy was high. The third quarter saw the Thunder win 24-18, hoping to keep their undefeated record intact.

The Wolves responded in the fourth, keeping the Thunder to only 12 points scored which resulted in the Wolves winning the fourth 23-12, and the game 89-80.

The Wolves played lights out defense down the stretch, keeping one of the strongest offensive team in the north to 36 points in the second half. With the victory, the Wolves moved to 5-4 in the season and the Thunder fell to 10-1.  Player of the Game honors went to Wolves 4th year guard Payton Tirrell with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Other leading scorers were Liam O’Hallahan with 18 points and Logan Rempel with 14 points and 4 rebounds.

Player of the Game #10 Payton Tirrell with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists!

The Wolves and Thunder returned to the hard-court Saturday afternoon.

Both teams came out swinging, with the Thunder leading the Wolves 27-19 after the first quarter.  The Wolves clawed back in the second, outscoring the Thunder 21-18 to trail 45-40 at half.  The Wolves worked together and kept clawing in the third, outscoring the Thunder 18-13 to be all squared at 58 after three quarters.  The fourth quarter was won by strong defensive play by the Wolves.  The team held the Thunder to 16 and scored 22 of their own, to win the quarter and the game, 80-74. Another sweet victory for the Wolfpack!

The Wolves defense was strong again Saturday afternoon, keeping the Thunder to 29 points in the second half.  Player of the Game honors went to Wolves 2nd year Logan Rempel with 18 points.  Other leading scorers were Payton Tirrell with 12 points and Liam O’Hallahan with 11 points.

Player of the Game was Logan Rempel with 18 points and 2 rebounds!

With the weekend sweep, the Wolves are 6-4 in the season.  The Wolves now head on the road to conclude the fall semester with a match up against the Lakeland Rustlers.  The games are Friday, November 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 3 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Basketball team were on the road in Edmonton this past weekend to take on the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder.

Friday night’s game started off a bit shaking for the Wolves (0-8) with the Thunder (6-4) out-shooting them 18-6 in the first quarter. By the second, the Wolves turned up the heat putting pressure on the Thunder defence outscoring them 19-16 to end the half with a score of 34-25.

Trailing by only 9, the Wolves went into the second half feisty, but despite a 2 point difference in the fourth, the Wolves were unable to match Concordia’s 55 per cent shot from the field and a thunderous 27 points in the third falling to the Thunder 56-79.

The Big Kahuna Player of the Game for the Wolves was #11 Britney Peters who lead the Wolves in baskets with 19 points.

Player of the Game, #11 Britney Peters!‬

 

The second game of the weekend series saw the Thunder race out in the first with 19 points, allowing the Wolves only 5 coming from rookies Lilee Burke-Stasiuk and Kelly Reid.

Through the second and third, the Thunder increased the points gap by 32 with the Wolves unable to respond. Despite a better free throw percentage, the Wolves struggled from the field and beyond the arc throughout the game against a more experienced Concordia squad, dropping the match 45-71.

An impressive performance from rookie guard, #10, Lilee Burke-Stasiuk who put up 21 points and 5-11 from the 3-point line, earned her the Big Kahuna Player of the Game.

#10 Lilee Burke-Stasiuk took home Player of the Game with her 21 points and sinking 5 out of 11 three pointers 🔥 Way to go Lilee!

The Wolves now head on the road to conclude the fall semester with a match up against the Lakeland Rustlers.  The games are Friday, November 30 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 1 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Joshua Mayer. 

For the past five years I have been a coach at Grande Prairie Gymnastics, and coaching competitive for the past year and a half. The greatest challenge I’ve faced during my career as a coach is preparing my athletes for future skills and taking them to higher levels. Bringing an athlete from competing basic skills to turning over their first double flip is intimidating for both them and myself as a coach. Concerned for their safety as well as their success, I strive to take every precaution possible.

During my time here at GPRC studying Computer Science, I’ve come to embrace the technique known as Divide and Conquer. This is the process of taking one large problem and breaking it down into numerous smaller problems, solving them individually. As a result, the solving of all the small problems, lead to solving the large problem. This technique can easily be applied into everyday life. As a coach I’ve used it to prepare my athletes for large intimidating skills by breaking the large skill down into a series of small and simple tasks, each focusing on a small aspect of the skill. After a few weeks of working on these progressions the athletes feel both mentally and physically prepared to take on the large skill, which doesn’t seem all to large anymore.

 

This technique isn’t exclusive to Computer Science nor to coaching gymnastics. It can easily be used in many other situations.

Have to write a paper for English? Break the paper down into it’s components: thesis, conclusion, introduction, and body paragraphs. Writing a paragraph is less intimidating than writing an entire paper.

The Divide and Conquer technique can easily be implemented into every day life and is a powerful technique for productivity.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: November 26, 2018

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: November 26, 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 Kelly Reid from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Michael Shelast from our Wolves Men’s Basketball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Kelly Reid #15

Program: 1st Year, Visual Arts & Design
Position: Guard/Forward
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta

Hailing from St. Alberta, this is Kelly’s first year running with the Wolves. Kelly is a high energy player coming off the bench for the Wolves. When Kelly is on the court, her competitiveness fuels her to do whatever the team needs from her in that moment. Her physical presence on the boards make her tough to stop. She has the ability to get a stop, score a key basket or grab a crucial rebound whenever we need it.

Well done, Kelly!

 

 

Michael Shelast #11

Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration
Position: Forward
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Michael is from Edmonton, graduating from Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Michael is enrolled in Business Administration program and works hard in both the classroom and the gymnasium. Michael has been relied upon to come off the bench and play shutdown defense, guarding the opponents giants at the post. Michael had a great past weekend in Edmonton, helping the Wolves sweep the previously undefeated Concordia Thunder.  The Wolves are very pleased to have Michael be a part of the Wolf-pack.

Well done, Michael!

PF1900 Class Helping You Stay Active and Sane for Free

PF1900 Class Helping You Stay Active and Sane for Free

Looking to sneak in some *free* fitness classes into your day and battle those Winter blues? Happy to support the Personal Trainer program and up and coming fitness instructors? Well you are in luck!!

Students from PEAK’s PF1900 Group Exercise Fundamental Class are in need of practical hours for their class and will be offering free fitness classes between November 14 – 30 as a way to increase their hours and gain valuable experience instructing people through physical activities. Classes are open to all fitness levels, are scheduled at various times during the day, and will be between 30-45 minutes long. This is a fantastic way to incorporate some exercise without committing to a full gym membership! Three different fitness styles will be offered as a little variety for your to choose from;

Cycle

This is a 30-minute cycle class focusing on adding variety into your cardiovascular exercise! There will be a variety of drills designed to increase your heart rate, improve your cycling skills, and increase your leg strength.

Choreography

This is a 30-minute choreographed class. It will either improve your cardiovascular health, muscular strength, or both! All classes will be designed to move to the music. It will add a nice change to your normal exercise routine with a fun, energetic atmosphere.

Portable Equipment

This is a 30-minute class to work on increasing muscular strength and/or muscular endurance. A variety exercise equipment will be used to stimulate your muscles to work in a different way.

All classes are located at the GPRC (Grande Prairie Campus) and will be held in the M121 Fitness Studio. Contact Joel Thibault at JThibault@GPRC.ab.ca to let him know which class(es) you are interested in!

Mon. Nov. 19, 11:00 – 11:45am (Portable Equipment)

Wed. Nov. 21, 8:30 – 9:30am (Choreography)

Wed. Nov. 21, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Choreography)

Thurs. Nov. 22, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Cycle)

Thurs. Nov. 22, 3:15 – 4:00pm (Cycle)

Fri. Nov. 23, 4:00 – 5:00pm (Cycle)

Mon. Nov. 26, 10:30 – 11:30am (Cycle)

Mon. Nov. 26, 3:15 – 4:00pm (Cycle)

Wed. Nov. 28, 8:00 – 9:00am (Portable Equipment)

Wed. Nov. 28, 3:15 – 4:00pm (Portable Equipment)

Thurs. Nov. 29, 1:00 – 2:00pm (Portable Equipment)

Fri. Nov. 30, 8:00 – 9:00am (Portable Equipment)

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 16, 2018

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 16, 2018

Men’s Basketball 

The GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball Team concluded their homestand welcoming the Keyano College Huskies from Fort McMurray.

Friday night (November 16) saw the Wolves come out firing, scoring 23 in the quarter and leading Keyano 23-20 after the first quarter. The second quarter was all Wolves, with the Wolves holding Keyano to nine points. The Wolves added another 17 points to lead the Huskies 40-29 at half.  The third quarter was mirrored of the second, with the Wolves holding the Huskies to 10 points. The Wolves scored 21 to hold a commanding 61-39 lead.  The last quarter was much more offensive for both teams, with the Wolves winning the quarter 26-21 and the game 87-60.

Mr Mikes Player of the Game honours went to Wolves first year guard Michael Shelast with 15 points. Other leading scorers were Payton Tirrell with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Liam O’Hallahan with 15 points and 9 rebounds.

Mr Mikes Player of the Game for your Wolves, #11 Michael Shelast and for Keyano, #5 D’Aubre Doucette!

 

The Wolves and Huskies returned to the hardcourt Saturday (November 17) afternoon.  The Wolves came out of the gate playing well on both ends of the court, holding Keyano to 13 points and scoring 23 of their own, leading 23-13 after one quarter.  The Wolves struggled in the second quarter, with the Huskies scoring 29.  The Wolves lost the second quarter 29-12, and trailed 42-35 at half.  The teams played close to even in the third, with the Huskies winning the quarter 17-14.  Much of the same for the fourth quarter, with the Huskies winning the quarter 22-20.  The result was a Huskies victory, beating the Wolves 81-69.

Mr Mikes Player of the Game honours were handed out by Minor Basketball players to Wolves first year Liam O’Hallahan with 18 points and 9 rebounds.  Other leading scorers were Jon Mueller with 12 points and Payton Tirrell with 11 points.

Mr Mikes Grande Prairie Player of the Game for the Wolves, #8 Liam O’Hallahan and for Keyano, #21 Stefan Jovcic.

After the game, the Wolves players stay and chatted with our minor basketball club players and signed autographs.

Wolves #4 Jeremy Pynn signs a jersey for the GPRC Wolves Minor Basketball presented by Wendys camp goers.

With the weekend split, the Wolves are 4-4 on the season.  The Wolves now head on the road for a match up with the undefeated Concordia Thunder (10-0) at the Ralph King Athletic Centre.  The games are Friday, November 23, 2018 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Women’s Basketball 

The Wolves took on the Keyano Huskies from Fort McMurray this past weekend. They opened the weekend series in front of a busy crowd. The Huskies started the game on a 9-0 run. The Wolves started to sink some hoops and brought the game back to 11-15. Both teams applied pressure until the buzzer. After the first quarter, 11-19 was the resulted score in favour of the Huskies.

The Wolves were looking to close the 8-point gap in the second quarter. Both teams battled hard at both ends. Wolves getting points from #12 Sophie Melin and the Huskies getting points from #9 Augusta Kievisaite. The quarter ended Huskies up 35-25. Top point scorers half way through the game are #11 Brittany Peters with 6 points for GPRC, and #12 Sarah McDonald with 12 points for Keyano.

The crowd was entertained at half time by the talented Gymniks Cheer Team. They demonstrated their cheer skills and athleticism to a busy crowd.

The Huskies came out strong in the third quarter going on a 10-0 run. The Wolves got back to back buckets from #10 Lilee Burke-Stasiuk to break the Huskies streak. At the end of the third Huskies are up by 15 points, 39-54.

The fourth and final quarter seen the Huskies got points 8 points from #23 Moiyan Toure and the Wolves saw 5 points from #12 Sophie Melin. Keyano Huskies take the first game of the weekend series 72-50.

Mr Mikes Grande Prairie Player of the Game for the Wolves, #15 Kelly Reid and for Keyano, #9 Augusta Kievisaite! Thank you to Kallem from our Minor Basketball presented by Wendy’s camp for handing out the honours! ‬

The Wolves welcomed the Keyano Huskies back to the GPRC gymnasium for the second game of the weekend series on Saturday, November 17.

The Wolves came out strong and hit a 3 point shot to start the game off but the Huskies didn’t give up and forced a few fouls on GPRC which converted to points. With under a minute left in the quarter, the Huskies go up 16-9 over the Wolves.

The second quarter started strong for the Wolves, as they went on a 5-0 run to start the quarter. Tough defense on both ends before the quarter ended 34-25 for the Huskies. At the half way point the top scorer for GPRC was first year #12 Sophie Melin with 6 points.

The crowd was entertained at halftime with a dance off between Wolves Minor Basketball players and the Wolves Mascot, Farley. The Wolves Minor Basketball players were spending the day with the Wolves, as they ended off a terrific season of Basketball.

The third quarter started off with very low scoring chances and ended with a 50-39 lead for the Huskies.

The Wolves were looking to close the gap in the fourth and final quarter. Down by 11 they were looking for their come back. but the Huskies didn’t let down, and pulled away even further. With 3 minutes to go the Huskies were up by 17 points. Huskies took the second game of the weekend series 70-48.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #8 Jayden Demchuk with 8 points and 6 rebounds. For the Keyano Huskies the Mr. Mikes Player of the Game was #12 Sarah McDonald with 12 points and 7 rebounds

The Wolves now head on the road to take on the Concordia Thunder at the Ralph King Athletic Centre.  The games are Friday, November 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

Men’s Volleyball & Women’s Volleyball 

The GPRC Wolves Volleyball teams made the trip to Fort McMurray this past weekend to take on the Keyano Huskies.

Check out the game recaps

Women:

Friday’s Game 

Saturday’s Game 

Men:

Friday’s Game 

Saturday’s Game