GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball: Final Home Games of First Semester

GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball: Final Home Games of First Semester

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.

WMB: Player of the Game for Friday night, Logan Rempel.

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.

WMB: Player of the Game for Saturday night, Kenny Johnson.

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 at Go Wolves Go! 

Olivia Abram: Back on her Home Court!

Olivia Abram: Back on her Home Court!

The Wolves Volleyball Camp that took place this last week was a huge success. With over 30 kids participating, the gym was abuzz with activity. We caught up with coach, alumnus Olivia Abram who amassed 653 digs in her two seasons as libero with the Wolves from 2012-14.

Here’s what she had to say;

GPRC Alumnus, Olivia Abram.

What are you doing since you graduated?

I’m teaching Junior and Senior High English Language Arts with the Edmonton Public School District and have coached the Jasper, Sylvan Lake, and Harry Ainlay Volleyball Camps this summer.

What was the highlight of your College playing career?

In 2014, we earned silver medals at both ACAC Championships at home, and CCAA Championships in Toronto. We came together as a team and it was exciting to see how we matched up against teams from all over the country.

What’s the most special memory you have from your time with the Wolves?

Going to Cuba with the team was an incredible experience. All of my most important memories have to do with building relationships with my teammates and coaches – they’ve made me who I am.

Any funny memories?

So many! Ron Thomson booting the ball out of a player’s hands; Ron screaming at the top of his lungs in a pitch you’d expect from a teenage girl after a player attacked the ball out of the court, and of course Larry’s announcing and howling at the beginning of every home game.

Is there a favourite coach saying you use as a guide when you’re coaching, and have you used it your coaching style?

Ron often said to me “don’t do too much”. I think this is very important for the hyper active overzealous athlete who wants to be perfect. Focus on one thing at a time, then move on a tend to your own “garden”. Jeff Smith focused on “we before me” which is another saying I like to use to this day with my teams. Selflessness is important if a team is to be successful. I will always strive to challenge and push my athletes to stretch themselves the way Ron did to me. He always explained the reasoning behind technical feedback and that is something I pride myself in, as well. His passion and energy that I mirror have also helped with my motivating of athletes.

As a coach, how would you coach the younger you?

I would focus on energy and emotional control. I lost my focus a lot because of frustration and expectations I put on myself. I don’t think mental training, like the training we did with Matt Bain in college can ever be taught too soon.

GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold 2017

GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold 2017

We are reminiscing about honouring our GPRC Wolves athletes this morning on blog.

The 47th annual Festival of Gold celebration happened on our GPRC Grande Prairie campus this past Friday, March 31.

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Congratulations to all our GPRC athletes for the fantastic work you’re doing inside the classroom and on the field, track, or court,” said GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk at the celebrations. “GPRC athletes represent our community and region across the province and across Canada. You are ambassadors of not only GPRC but our region. The entire community is proud of your accomplishments.

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Our GPRC Wolves had an incredible year. Bringing home 11 ACAC All Conference awards3 provincial ACAC medals and representing GPRC at the national level on multiple occasions.

Not only do our athletes excel in their sports of course but many are at the top of their classes. With nine individual athletes receiving a Academic Award this year.

Congratulations to all our athletes that were honoured at Friday’s event.

Wolves Athletics has always been a big part of our college and our community. You are all part of that strong tradition,” said Gnatiuk. “Be proud of your achievements, you all deserve recognition for what you have accomplished. Celebrate your success!

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To see more photos for the celebration, head over to GPRC Wolves Facebook page.

We are all Wolves at GPRC!