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, Tomislav Stojcic. Tomislav is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Tomislav Stojcic is joining the men’s basketball program this 2019-20 season. Hailing from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Tomislav is looking forward to joining the Wolves and learning from the experienced coaching staff and returning players.

Tomislav helped his team win at the Dover Bay Invitational this last season, and secured the title of Top Male Athlete in 2015. Enrolled in GPRC’s Kinesiology program, Tomislav said he chose GPRC because of the great selection of academic programs. He is excited to get started.

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

“Tom is a great young addition to this year’s squad, he will provide some length and ability to space the floor for his teammates. We are all excited to have him on board.”

Welcome to the pack, Tomislav.

The Wolves kick off their season with their first game on November 1-2 vs. Concordia Thunder.

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

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

Joining the squad from St. Albert, Alberta, Noe Tchomo is bringing a ton of great experience to the pack.

Most recently, over the last two years, Noe has played with the Ameba Starr Basketball Association in his hometown and brought home multiple tournament wins and achievements.

He is excited to join the wolf pack and start his post-secondary journey at GPRC where he will be studying Engineering. Noe is looking forward to playing his first year post-secondary and learning from the older guys both academically and out on the court.

Noe states, “I chosen GPRC because the campus was great and it was a good first step towards my academic career.”

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

“Noe is an athletic guard that has the ability to create his own shot and generate some pressure on the defensive end. We are excited to bring him in and work with him going forward.”

Welcome to the pack, Noe.

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.

GPRC does Winter Walk Day!

GPRC does Winter Walk Day!

Event Detail:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019  | Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Location: GPRC Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre Concourse & Side Entrance
– During this event, participants are asked to walk around the Muskoseepi Park Reservoir Trail at their own leisure.

Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors during winter by walking at least 15 minutes outside. More than 800 organizations and 120,000 Albertans took part last year. This is a fun FREE provincial event to inspire people to go outdoors and demonstrate how easy it is to lead healthy active lifestyles year-round. During this event, participants are asked to walk around the Muskoseepi Park Reservoir Trail next to GPRC campus at their own leisure. The Grande Prairie Be Fit For Life Centre will be collecting the number of participants that take part in the walk between 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Last year over 80 participants enjoyed the fresh air, beautiful walk and a quick hot chocolate/tea with us, lets see if we can beat those numbers this year!

Additional information:

Winter Walking Tips:

  • Wear warm, appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Dress in layers – Over-dressing is better than under-dressing as clothing can always be removed if you get too hot.
  • Wear bright colours so drivers can see you such as safety vests, bright scarves/neck warmers, gloves or toques.
  • Walk with a friend, neighbour, or the whole family
  • Ensure vehicles have come to a complete stop and make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street – many intersections are slippery.
  • Talk with your kids about pedestrian safety skills before and during your walk.

Benefits of Walking:

  • Strengthens bones & muscles
  • Improves or maintains fitness levels
  • Boosts mood
  • Provides an active social opportunity with new or existing friends and coworkers
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Promotes healthy growth & development
  • Helps establish healthy habits
  • Increases energy levels & reduces fatigue
  • Teaches road safety skills
  • Teaches youth about their community

#WinterWalkDay

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 14, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 14, 2019

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 Sam Wiancko from the Wolves Women’s Soccer team and Carter Nadkrynechny from the Wolves Men’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Sam Wiancko #13

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science Nursing
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Stony Plain, Alberta

Now in her second year at GPRC, midfielder Sam Wiancko has played a pivotal role in the Wolves program by mentoring the younger athletes on the team. Sam is calmness personified on the field and never seems rushed when possessing the ball, but rather takes her time to ensure the correct play, pass or shot is made. Anyone who watches Sam on the pitch can see that she is not afraid to head the ball and always puts her body on the line for the sake of the team. Sam excels in the classroom in her Nursing program and is a well-rounded student-athlete. Thank you to Sam for her dedication to the Wolves.

Carter Nadkrynechny #10

Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration
Position: Left-side Hitter
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Carter has grown immensely as a player in his last two years with the Wolves. As a Grande Prairie hometown hitter, he has taken big steps forward in his second season. Carter’s work on and off the court has lead to big rewards in finding ways to adapt his strengths to the ACAC. Carter’s speed and ball control allow him to make important plays on reception and defense that set the base for the team’s offensive system. Thank you to Cater for his dedication to the Wolves.

Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 2019

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 Scott Fraser from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Anna van der Giessen from the Wolves Cross Country Running/Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

 

Scott Fraser #14

Program: 5th Year, Business Administration
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

GPRC Wolves midfielder, Scott Fraser is in his fifth and final year at the College. He has played a key role in the program and mentoring our younger players. Scott has a wand of a left foot and possesses a wonderful first touch complete with a booming shot. He is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the squad and his love for the game brings the team’s momentum up a notch.

Scott is a popular member of the squad. He is a mature student-athlete and advises the younger athletes of the Wolves way. Thank you to Scott for his dedication to the Wolves.

 

Anna van der Giessen

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hometown: Bezanson, Alberta

With the departure of last year’s Cross Country Running MVP Kelcie Bulas, Anna van der Giessen was tasked with leading the Wolves Women’s Cross Country team this fall. Anna stepped up to the task and was the top GPRC Wolves Women’s runner in every race during the October and November season. The pride of Bezanson, Alberta, Anna looks to score points in Indoor Track for the Wolves in the 600m, the 1000m, and the 4 x 400m relay this semester. Thank you Anna for your dedication to the Wolves program.

Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.