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 Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 10, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 10, 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 Sydney Kelly and Pieter Boone from Wolves Soccer as our current Athletes of the Week!

Sydney Kelly

Sydney Kelly

Sydney, who is enrolled in Open Studies at GPRC, is in her rookie season and scored two goals in her home opener against the King’s University Eagles over the weekend, earning her Player of the Game recognition on Saturday.

A powerful player who is willing to work hard for her teammates when possession is lost, she can score with either foot, has good control and great stamina, she leads the offense brilliantly and possesses a wonderful attitude to the game.

Head Coach Chris Morgan says that “Sydney always sets a good example and is well respected by everyone.” He adds “She is a pleasure to coach and we look forward to more goals from her in a Wolves uniform.”

Pieter Boone

“It is a pleasure to have Pieter return for his 2nd year to represent the Wolves”, says Head Coach Morgan, “as well as being a real threat in the air, he is a strong and physical defender with a tremendous range of passing and a booming right foot.”

Pieter is enrolled in Open Studies at GPRC and was outstanding in the two games versus the King’s University Eagles over the weekend, with commanding performances on

Pieter Boone

defense, which earned him the Player of the Game nomination on Friday.

A real personality both on and off the field, Pieter is well liked by his peers and plays an important role within the squad.

Congratulations Sydney and Pieter!

The squads travel South this upcoming weekend, facing the University of Alberta – Augustana Vikings on Saturday, and NAIT Ooks on Sunday. Kick off is at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00pm and 2:00 pm on Sunday, with the Women’s game taking place first on both days.

Men & Women Soccer 2018/19 Season Outlook

Men & Women Soccer 2018/19 Season Outlook

Men’s Soccer

Another highly anticipated season of ACAC soccer will commence at Pomeroy Field on the 7th of September against Kings University. The Wolves tied both games with the same opponents last season.

The Wolves are expected to improve in their standings from last season in the conference. It will be a difficult year with many of the players from last season moving on. Coach Morgan has recruited local lads Leo Rojas, Jared Winnicky-Hussey and Kevin Morgan along with three new faces from the West Coast in the form of right back Noah Mohninger, winger Jacob Jahns and dual sport athlete Tucker McCleod. Jared Perry and Aiden Proctor have arrived from Edmonton while Kash Morrison has rejoined the squad.

Veterans Scott Fraser, Seb Lobe and Brandon Harvey will play an important role helping the new recruits settle in during what should be an interesting campaign.

Coach Morgan hopes the squad can fulfil their potential and reach provincials. “Last season the Wolves did not obtain the results we had hoped despite some fine performances. If we can turn the ties into wins and the narrow losses into ties I have no doubt we can reach provincials.”

Women’s Soccer

With only 4 returnees it will be difficult to repeat the success that the Wolves women had the past two seasons reaching Nationals twice and winning a Provincial title win last year.

It is practically a new team says Coach Morgan but I am excited to see what the new recruits bring to the program. “We cannot look back on past glories, we have to look at the present and the future and keep working hard for success.”

The lady wolves have recruited heavily in the off-season. Local graduates aiming to make their mark are Mariah Kyllo and Bailey Richarde. Tea Brown and Kaitlin Buziak arrive from Fort St John; Sydney Embleton and Kate Allison from Vernon; Sydney Kelly arrives from Vanderhoof, and Danja Fredrickson comes from Vancouver. Calandra Bychyk hails from Edmonton while Jayden Demchuk has travelled from Whitehorse in the Yukon.

Returnees Sam Wiancko, Michelle Brodeur, Madi Gillespie and Alex Verhun will play an important role in leading the new squad through the campaign.

“It is always difficult adding so many recruits and I only hope we can gel quickly, fulfil our potential and bring more success to the program. In our pre-season games in Red Deer the girls showed that we can compete at this level. The games also showed if we are not on our game the 90 minutes can be difficult. I just hope the girls fulfil their potential and grow as both students and athletes,” says Coach Morgan.

Back to school jitters are a real thing and we’re here to help!

Back to school jitters are a real thing and we’re here to help!

Back to school jitters are a real and normal experience of post-secondary life. It doesn’t what year of study you’re in, if you’re fresh out of high school, a mature student or somewhere in between; it doesn’t matter what program you’re taking, or if you already know someone attending GPRC or not. Back to school jitters get us all, and with a new academic year starting at GPRC in T-24 hours, we took to our social media followers for some helpful advice on how to combat back to school jitters.

They had some really awesome advice, check it out.

Our first question asked on Instagram was aimed towards GPRC alumni and returning students. We asked “What advice do you have for first students?”

The answers were really incredible.

  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Get your work done right away, it will honestly save so much time and stress in the long run.
  • Buy your textbooks on amazon.
  • Be on time.
  • Attend every class – even after ThursDen.
  • Attend all the orientation events. You’ll meet some awesome friends there!
  • Balance. Balance the essays, lab reports, and studying with things you enjoy.
  • Go for walks. Fresh air will help you think.
  • Learn where your classes are ahead of time.
  • Learn where your supports are around campus and make use of them. They are there to help you after all.
  • Remember to live a little.
  • Come to home games. It’s so fun to be a part of something and why not cheer on your fellow Wolves.
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
  • Get to campus early for parking!
  • Secure your favourite study spot early. Exam time, you’ll thank yourself.
  • Don’t forget to believe in yourself.
  • Talk to your classmates and attend social events. You could meet lifelong friends.
  • You might not have everything under control right off the bat and that’s okay. It’s okay to find your groove.
  • Don’t miss a day! One day can change everything!
  • Don’t be afraid. Life is scary enough, find things to love about college and enjoy it!
  • Utilize all of the student resources and take your studies seriously!
  • You belong here just as much of the next person.
  • The Students’ Association is here for you!
  • Take on chance and sign up for that course you’re curious about. You might find your passion, an awesome hobby or meet like-minded people.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your instructors. Ask for help!

Now that we’ve got some tips on how to battle those back to school jitters, we’re almost ready to take on the new school year. But first, let’s move on to the second question we asked our social media followers. We asked to our new and returning students, “What are you most looking forward to this academic year?” with hopes are sharing their response to give some of students who are nervous about coming back to school, some light and things they can also look forward too.

Here’s their responses.

  • Meeting new people – this is my first time moving away from home and it’s terrifying but also so exciting.
  • Moving out!
  • Freedom!
  • Finishing school so I can start a career I know I’m going to love.
  • Being challenged by classes and assignments again.
  • Volunteering.
  • Living the dorms with my three besties. It’s going to be so much fun.
  • Securing my favourite study spot at the Library.
  • No classes before 10 a.m.
  • Decorating my space to make it my own!
  • Getting the soccer season underway!
  • Seeing all my friends again and getting to meet new ones.
  • Making memories to look back on for a lifetime.
  • Getting back on the court!
  • Meeting like-minded people who share the same passions as me but also challenge me to view the world differently.
  • Joining a student group or club. I love getting involved and want to make the best of my time at GPRC.
  • School supply shopping. New notebooks and pens put me in such a good mood. I can’t wait to use them.
  • Getting back in the gym and getting involved with intramurals again.
  • TOGA! SA parties are the best!

We hope you found some of those tips helpful as you get ready to head back to GPRC or get ready to join us for your first year!

The number one advice we’d like to leave you with is, remember to make use of your student resources. They are here to help you and help you succeed in this next chapter of your life. You can find them all here. 

Welcome to the GPRC family.

Follow GPRC on Instagram to participate in future poles and to stay in the know of everything GPRC related. 

 

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

Hundreds of young athletes flooded into the GPRC Wolves gymnasium to collect their Zone ID’s in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games being held in Grande Prairie, July 19 – 22. The games welcome over 2,500 athletes from all over Alberta to the Peace Region and feature 13 sports, with the GPRC gymnasium hosting 21 basketball games, including Boy’s Bronze and Gold medal games this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips who is heavily involved with Wolves Athletics, is the Zone 8 (Peace Country) Zone Chef and looks forward to the games. He says the various events will highlight what is available in Grande Prairie adding “not many smaller communities are fortunate enough to have access to the many quality facilities we have. I think the athletes will be surprised at what we have to offer.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

Phillips who has athletes participating in football, track and field, triathlon and mountain biking, is excited to see his, and other athletes compete at an elite level, adding that “because I’m new in the community, this will be a great opportunity to meet volunteers, coaches, athletes and supporters from the Peace Country. As the point contact for Zone 8, I also get to network with other Zones which strengthens our relationships province wide.”

As an avid football fan, Phillips will be keeping a close eye on those games, saying that “there is some tough competition out there. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who brought home provincial gold in Division 1 last season, are competing in the Beach Volleyball event and will represent Zone 8 as flag bearers at the opening celebrations which take place July 19, 2018 at Philip J. Currie Museum. With a pre-show at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the games which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The GPRC Gymnasium will be the host of the basketball events which kick off Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with boys Zone 3 (Calgary) vs. Zone 1 (Sunny South) on court 1, and boys Zone 6 (Edmonton) vs. Zone 4 (Parkland) on court 2. The gold medal game is slated to take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.