Aaliyah is the 5th athlete from Grande Prairie to join the Wolves for the 2018-19 season. A powerful centre from the Charles Spencer Mavericks, Aaliyah will bring much-needed rim protection, and an inside presence for us, according to head coach Mandy Botham, who is also extremely proud to have a strong local and regional presence on the squad. Coach Botham strongly believes in giving local athletes an opportunity to play at the post-secondary level and says that the numerous high school and club games she has watched have definitely paid off. Aaliyah, who is pursuing studies in criminal psychology, chose GPRC because it is close to home making the transition to a higher level of basketball easier. She is excited about the season’s first game and looks forward to learning all she can from coaches, teammates and other teams.
Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Britney Peters and Jordan Andres as our current Athletes of the Week!
#09 Britney Peters
Rookie forward from Fort St. John, British Columbia, Britney is enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at GPRC. Britney’s ability to learn and adapt on the go is a major factor in her success on the Wolves Women’s Basketballteam. She has quickly become a key member of the team, earning her way onto the starting lineup. Britney plays out of position wherever she is needed and currently leads the team in rebounds per game.
#20 Jordan Andres
Second year guard, Jordan Andres is enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at GPRC. A talented athlete, who plays with passion every game, Jordan is a good mentor to the rookies on the Wolves Women’s Basketball team. A multiple Player of the Game nominee, Jordan has the highest free-throw percentage on the team and sits in the top 10 of the conference for field goals, free-throws and turnovers.
Friday night saw the Wolves jump out to an early lead, up 19-15 after the first quarter. The Thunder bounced back in the second, outscoring the Wolves 27-21 to lead at half 42-40. The Wolves responded in the second half by winning both quarters, 21-18 in the third and 22-18 in the fourth. The result was a Wolves victory, beating the Thunder 83-78. Alexander Joseph was Player of the Game on Friday night with 11 points, 18 rebounds and 1 assist. Fifth year guard Kenny Johnson had another strong performance scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and first year guard Vishal Dhillon had 12 points, going 4/6 from beyond the arc.
The Wolves and Thunder returned to action Saturday afternoon. The teams had a fairly even first quarter, with the Thunder up 18-16. The second quarter was a different story, with the dominant play of the Wolves scoring 34 point in the quarter to lead 50-28 at half. With the Wolves up almost 30 points in the third quarter, the Thunder locked down and slowly chipped away at the deficit. The Thunder won the third quarter 21-13 to reduce the lead to 14. The Thunder kept chipping away in the fourth quarter, winning the quarter 30-15 and the game 79-78. The Thunder took the lead on a contested 3 point shot with 5.6 seconds left. The Wolves were lead by fifth year guard Kenny Johnson, who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Third year forward Alexander Joseph scored 14 points and 5 rebounds and Vishal Dhillon scored 9 points and 2 rebounds in the game.
With the split against the Thunder, the Wolves have a 6-4 record. This has the Wolves sitting tied for first in the North standings with Lakeland and NAIT. The Wolves now have a bye week, and finish out the first semester schedule on the road next weekend, visiting The King’s University Eagles. The games are Friday, November 24 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 25 at 3 p.m. at King’s University Gym. Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.
Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Dylan Moes and Tom Wheeler as our current Athletes of the Week!
Dylan is a strong competitor who brings positive energy and passion to the court. As a first-year, he is dedicated to growing everyday as a player to help the team have success.
He is a versatile player who brings physicality to the setting position which helps him play with an aggressive style. As a team player, he distributes the ball well to set up his teammates in good positions, but he also scores points with blocking and serving making him a much-valued player for the GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball team.
Tom brings both physicality and composure to the court. At 6’8 he is an imposing figure at the net, but he does not rely on his size alone as he is a strong read blocker who has good patience to put himself in position to make plays.
Tom balances between a thoughtful, and process driven approach to training and competing and an active and emphatic approach to exciting plays on the court with a number of signature celebrations.
Your GPRC Wolves Basketball hosted the Keyano Huskies in their Home Opener this weekend. After a tough battle, the women faced defeat – 58 – 80 on Saturday and 62 -76 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being twin sisters, Jordan and Sydney Andres.
Although the women got off to a shaky start on Friday, they improved offensively in Saturdays game, with 23 points coming from Player of the Game, Sydney Andres.
Coach Botham commented that with only 8 healthy, eligible athletes, it was a tough weekend for the ladies. Having such a small squad means that, a major focus for the team going forward will be consistency in hard effort for the full forty minutes of play.
The men split the weekend, winning 76-74 on Friday, and losing 59-77 on Saturday, with Players of the Game being Kenny Johnson and Jonathan Mueller.
Friday night saw the new look Wolves secure Interim Coach Evan Lloyd his first ACAC victory. The Wolves gained the lead early, and never gave it up throughout the game. The Huskies clawed back in the third, but the Wolves extended the lead in the fourth and never looked back on their way to the victory. ACAC All Conference Athlete, Kenny Johnson lead the way with 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists earning him the Player of the Game nomination. Rookie guard Jonathan Mueller contributed with 13 points and second year forward Kellen Morris scored 12 in the victory.
Saturdays’ game was close throughout the first half, with the Wolves up 38-33 at half. The Huskies lead by one at the third quarter break, and never let up on the way to their first victory of the season. The Huskies beat the Wolves 77-59, outscoring the Wolves 24-7 in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Mueller lead the way with 12 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist to be the Player of the Game. Third year forward Ryan Pelster and Kenny Johnson both had 9 points in the game.
The teams are back on the court this weekend, hosting the Lakeland Rustlers. The teams play at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) on Friday, and 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men) on Saturday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Your GPRC Wolves Volleyball travelled to Fort McMurray to face the Keyano Huskies in their Home Opener this weekend. The Women split the weekend losing 0-3 on Friday, and winning in 3-1 on Saturday. Wolves Players of the Game were 2nd year libero McKenna Wolstenholme and rookie setter Renae Regal.
Coach Chantelle LaMotte commented that it was a good opportunity [for the women to get their] feet wet and begin regular league play. Being on the road is always tough with long travel but the team responded well on day 2. On Saturday, the women took the first 2 sets comfortably, but dropped the third 6-25, only to came back and take the fourth 25-22. LaMotte says that she was proud of the team for regrouping and rebounding after the Friday losses to take Keyano in 4 on Saturday. It was a good learning experience and now we are on to our next weekend of travel back to back heading off to Lakeland.
The men were defeated 0-3 on Friday, and 0-3 on Saturday. Wolves Player of the Game on Friday was 5th year outside hitter, Austin O’Neil.
The teams are away this weekend, facing the Lakeland Rustlers in Lloydminster. The teams play at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) on Friday, and 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men) on Saturday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Your GPRC Wolves Soccerhosted the ACAC North Division Leaders, NAIT Ooks this weekend. The Women split the weekend winning 2-1 on Saturday, and losing 0-2 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being defender Meghan Dalziel and goalie Michelle Brodeur. With 2 games left in the regular season, the women are ranked 2nd in the North division clinching a playoff spot at the ACAC Women’s Soccer Championshiphosted by Olds College, October 27-29, 2017.
On Saturday, goals came from Alexi Watson who is tied 3rd in the Conference for Goals, and Kelsey Wudkevich. On Sunday, the women honoured 5th years Brook Robert and Shelby Gitzel who have both played their full eligibility with the Wolves. We thank them for their contribution to the Wolves Soccer program and hope their final season is a memorable one.
The men suffered double heartbreak, being defeated 0-3 on Saturday, and 1-2 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being Tyler Noppibul and Sebastian Lobe.
In Sundays’ game a goal from Zach Fisher levelled matters after the Ooks scored early. NAIT scored midway through the second half to take the lead, but had to fight all the way against a determined Wolves side to secure the three points.
The squads are away in Edmonton this weekend, facing the Concordia Thunder on Saturday, and Kings Eagles on Sunday. The teams play at 12 p.m. (women) and 2 p.m. (men) on Saturday, and 12 p.m. (women) and 2 p.m. (men) on Sunday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Bill Corcoran for the Ambassador
With two weeks until the 2017 ACAC Championships, hosted by Red Deer College on October 27, 2017, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Teamis trending in the right direction. Both the women’s and men’s teams made progress relative to their peers on Saturday at ACAC #4 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.
The Wolves women finished in 4th place among the college teams, one spot better than in ACAC #3 in Red Deer two weeks previous. They were led by rookie Kelcie Bulas who placed 10th individually. Anna van der Geissen and Kailey Bratland were 19th and 20th respectively, while Brittany Duvall was 25th.
The Wolves men were 5th among the college teams. Brandon Wladyko was the top local individual finishing 5th. Eric Nooy (16th), Troy Bogh (20th), and Jarred St Arneault (28th) all improved their standings from the previous ACAC race. David Clifford (34th) made his debut with the Wolves.