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.
The energy was high in the gym gymnasium this weekend.
The Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder for their last home game weekend series of the year.
On Friday night, the crowd was loud, as the Wolves jumped out to a quick lead; getting a kill and two service aces by #1 Megan Koch.
The Wolves would take a 5-2 lead before Wolves #7 Leah Friesen would serve 5 straight points to add on. The Thunder took a timeout and rallied together to put 5 straight points on the board making the score 12-7 for the Wolves. The set went back and forth before the Wolves finished it 25-16.
The Wolves came out strong in the second set and battled hard to put the score at 15-10. Great action on both sides of the net to end the set 25-17. Wolves take a 2-0 lead.
The third set started off close. 6-4 for the Wolves, Thunder serving. A big kill by #6 Megan Warner and the Wolves would go up 7-4. Lots of great action at the net, and the Thunder come within 3 points. Thunder called a timeout and the Wolves came out strong, looking to end the game, score now 16-10. The crowd gained some momentum as the stands filled up, and the Wolves used their energy to put the game away 25-15. Wolves win 3-0.
Wolves #12 McKenna Wolsterholme lead the Wolves with 12 digs, #1 Megan Koch lead with 11 kills and #16 Bailey Chartrand lead with 29 assists.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #7 Leah Friesen and for the Concordia Thunder, #8 McKayla Ebel.
On Saturday afternoon, the Wolves played their second game of a weekend series against Concordia.
The Wolves were looking to even out their record at 5-5.
During the first set, Concordia got off to a good start and went up on the Wolves 7-3. The Wolves answered back with 7 straight points before the Thunder called a timeout. A few kills from #1 Megan Koch and the Wolves took a 5 point lead, 23-15. The Thunder called a timeout and then got a couple kills by #3 Kayla Whiteman Kyte to come within 4.
#1 Megan Koch finished the set with a kill to end the game at 25-20.
Thunder came out strong the second set, but the Wolves responded. The set went back and forth to 17 points when #6 Megan Warner served for 3 points to take the first lead, 20-17. Two more quick points for the Wolves before the Thunder called a timeout. They rallied back and fourth before #7 Leah Friesen had a big kill to make it 24-19. The Thunder battled to close the gap to 24-22 before the set ended 25-23 for the Wolves.
Third set was a battle at the net. Both teams played well. The Wolves fought hard and stayed ahead to win 25-18 and take the game 3-0.
#1 Megan Koch lead the Wolves with 14 digs and 9 kills.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #4 Tori Mooch with 3 kills and 1 dig and for the Concordia Thunder, #9 Tianna Smith with 8 kills and 7 digs.
Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder this past weekend, in their last home game series of the year.
The first set was close with lots of great plays on both sides of the net. The score went back and forth before the Thunder sealed it, 25-21. GPRC’s #5 Andrew Fogle lead the way in the first set with 5 digs and 9 assists.
Second set open up with the Thunder taking the lead 6-3. At 8-3, Wolves called a time out. #6 Kirk Testawitch has a big kill straight out of the time out and a tip for another point. Wolves close the gap to 4 points. Thunder still pushed strong, and got ahead by 6. The battle at the net continued as the Thunder pull away by 7 and eventually went on to win, 25-20.
Wolves are down 2-0, after a quick 3 minute break, they were ready to go to battle. Lots of back and forth at the net, and big kills on both sides, resulted in the third set being a crowd pleaser. Wolves #9 Tom Wheeler ended the set with a big kill, 25-20.
Thunder are up 2-1 heading into the fourth set.
The set started out as a back and forth affair. At the 10 point mark the battle at the net had been forgotten as both teams go on an all out big hit blitz. The Wolves display their mental and physical toughness as they claw back to tie the match at 14, after wreathing a storm of insane hits lead by Concordia’s #17. At 23-22 for the Wolves, Head Coach Mitchell Schneider calls a time out and the ensuing play pushes the Wolves a point to lead 24-22. Last kill of the set goes to #12 Ethan Nashim, causing the Wolves to win 25-23 and the game is tied at 2-2.
With the game tied at 2 sets each, both teams are hungry for the win, and the crowd is loud.
The Thunder get off to an early lead up 3-1. The Wolves come back to jump ahead 7-4 with a big kill by #12 Ethan Nashim, #10 Carter Nadkrynechny and #6 Kirk Testawitch.
The Thunder called a timeout to try to get things going again, and rally for 4 straight points to come within 1 point, 8-9 Wolves. The battle continued for both teams until Thunder finished the game 16-14.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves is #5 Andrew Fogle and for the Concordia Thunder #8 Kale Kruger.
On Saturday, the Wolves were hungry for redemption.
During the first set, the Thunder got off to a great start going up 8-0 on the Wolves. Wolves battled hard and brought the score back to 9-13 but the Thunder still managed to come out on top, winning 25-17. There were 20 total kills in the set to keep the crowd entertained.
The second set saw the points going back and fourth with both teams battling hard. The Thunder came out on top once again, 27-25.
By the third set, the Wolves were gunning for a win. They opened up the set with a big lead, and went up 14-6, thanks to a big kill from Kirk Testawitch. The Thunder called a couple timeouts but the Wolves were ready to take a set and ended up winning, 25-16.
Heading to a fourth set, and the afternoon looking an awful lot like the night before. The Wolves were ready to battle.
The fourth set was a tight one with both teams rallying back and fourth until 16 points. There, the Wolves pulled ahead 19-16. They held onto the lead even when the Thunder came back to bring the score to 23-21 with the Wolves still ahead. Thunder called timeout, looking to end the game. They brought the game to 23-23 and the Wolves got a kill to make it 24-23. After the Thunder tie it back up at 24, Wolves called a timeout. Thunder go onto win 30-28.
The Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves, #6 Kirk Testawhich with 11 kills and 7 digs and for the Concordia Thunder, #3 Ryab Teliske with 12 kills and 14 digs.
GPRC Wolves Volleyball teams are on the road this weekend as they head to Fort McMurray to take on the Keyano Huskies.
GPRC Wolves Basketball teams had a by-weekend this past weekend, but welcome the Keyano Huskies to GPRC for their last home game series of the year this coming weekend.
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.
The GPRC Wolves concluded their home schedule for the first semester by welcoming the NAIT Ooks to the GPRC Gymnasium.
Friday night saw the first quarter played very evenly, with the Ooks having the slight advantage, up 19-17 after 10 minutes. The Wolves responded with a great second quarter, going 20-14 to lead the game 37-33 at half. The Wolves kept pace with the Ooks, winning the third quarter 16-15 and the fourth quarter 23-20, resulting in a Wolves victory. The Wolves shot 44% from the field, and had a whopping 38 points in the paint Friday night.
The Wolves also improved their Free Throw percentage, by going 15/20 for 75%. Logan Rempel was Player of the Game on Friday night with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Fifth year guard Kenny Johnson had another strong performance scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and third year post Ryan Pelster had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.
The Wolves and Ooks returned to action Saturday afternoon, with the Wolves looking for their second consecutive sweep and fifth win in a row. The teams would be tied at 20 after one quarter, and the Ooks outscored the Wolves 30-19 in the second quarter to lead 50-39 at half. The Wolves began to claw back, winning the third quarter 16-15 to cut the deficit to 10 after three quarters. The Wolves, lead by Kenny Johnson, went at the Ooks in the fourth quarter to have a 84-81 lead with less than 10 seconds to play. The Ooks were able to get a contested three-point shot off to tie the game at 84 and force overtime. The Overtime saw the game see-saw back and forth, with both teams sharing the lead throughout the five minute overtime. Both teams scored 13 in the extra time, resulting in a second overtime. The second overtime saw the Ooks take the lead and never let go, outscoring the Wolves 18-8 in the second overtime and beating the Wolves 112-105. The Wolves were lead by fifth year guard Kenny Johnson, who scored an amazing 58 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. First year guards Jonathan Mueller and Logan Rempel, as well as third year post Ryan Pelster all contributed with 10 points.
With the split against the Ooks, the Wolves have a 5-3 record, sitting second in the North standings.
The Wolves now finish out the first semester schedule on the road, first visiting the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder. The games are Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Ralph King Athletic Centre. Both games can be watched online atwww.acactv.ca. Go Wolves Go!
Sporting their new team gear, the Women won 7-1 on Saturday, and 4-1 on Sunday, claiming 6 valuable points to tie the top of the standings in the North Division. Players of the Game were rookie striker Ashtyn Haycock and veteran defender Bailey Zahorodniuk.
Goals from Alexi Watson (2), Ashytn Haycock (2), Kelsey Wudkevich, Madi Gillespie and Brook Robert secured Saturdays win for the ladies. Coach Morgan commented that Sunday’s game was a tighter affair, with the Wolves coming out the out eventual winners 4-1. Jess Winterford opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half and Shelby Henley increased the lead early in the second half. The Vikings reduced the arrears soon after before goals from rookie midfielder Kelsey Wudkevich and 2nd year defender Megan Dalziel secured the win for the ladies.
With a draw 0-0 on Saturday, and a win 3-0 on Sunday, the men bounced back from last weeks’ defeat to garner 4 points well-earned points. Players of the Game were striker Bernardo Cruz, and goalkeeper Brandon Harvey. Coach Morgan commented that the Wolves should have won Saturday’s encounter, but a host of missed chances allowed the Vikings to claim a share of the spoils, going on to mention that a magnificent performance in the midfield by Bernardo Rojas confirmed his Player of the Game nomination. Goals from rookie midfielder Rui Vale, 2nd year defender Cameron Close and rookie striker Zack Fischer on Sunday secured the win with Coach Morgan saying that Sunday’s game was much better with the Wolves racing into a three-goal lead. Despite missed chances to add to the score line in the second half, the men deservedly secured their first win of the season.
Despite a 1-4 loss to the National team, it was an excellent experience for our athletes and our program. The opportunity to train and compete with our National team was one that everyone was easily excited for, and to have the maple leaf in our gym and across the net from us was unforgettable, said Wolves Head Coach Mitchell Schneider. The National Team has a strong Wolves connection with 3 of the coaching staff being Wolves Alumni, Head Coach Jeff Smith (WVB 2012-14, Assistant Coach Krystal Bush (WVB 2004-05) and Athletic Therapist Caitlin Baker (WBB 2008-11).
Smith, the Head Coach of the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team who won ACAC and CCAA Silver in 2014, was thoroughly impressed with the turnout and by the game play. He said that we don’t get an opportunity to play against a large block on a consistent basis, and the GPRC guys bought into the opportunity to learn a game, and also teach a few things to the national team. Smith plans to come back to Grande Prairie for exhibition games until the team qualifies for the 2010 Paralympic Games to be held in Japan.
This event was a great opportunity for Grande Prairie and area to see the calibre of play of the Team Canada Sit Volleyball Team said GPRC Wolves Athletic Director Francois Fournier; they are great athletes who perform at a very high level. Congratulations to their coach Jeff Smith, his coaching staff and the players and best wishes for continued success on the world stage.
St. Joes: Double Gold at Big Red
One of the largest volleyball gatherings in the Province, The Service Plus Inns and Suites, Big Red Volleyball Tournament was hosted this weekend by Wolves Volleyball. 22 Girls, and 17 Boys teams registered for the tournament, but in the end, it was an all Grande Prairie final, with St. Joseph Catholic High School and Peace Wapiti Academy battling it out in both the Boys, and Girls. St. Joe’s emerged as the winner on both fronts, clinching gold and the 2017 Championship Banner.
St. Josephn Catholic High School
St. Josephn Catholic High School
Peace Wapiti Academy
Peace Wapiti Academy
Sexsmith Secondary School
Spirit River Regional Academy
Parkland Composite High School
Dawson Creek Secondary School – Juniors
Congratulations to all the teams that participated! We hope to see you in 2018.