GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Zachariah Ohori to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Zachariah Ohori. Zach is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Prince George, British Columbia, Zachariah (Zach) is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. Zach brought home the Provincial Championship in 2019 with his BC U18 team, an upgrade from the bronze provincial medal he brought home with his BC U16 team in 2017. Also in 2017, Zach brought home a silver medal at the Western Nationals with his U16 Club team. Finally, in 2016, he brought home a provincial silver with his BC U15 team.

Zach is looking forward to starting his post-secondary education at GPRC as he’s enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, University Transfer program. He is most looking forward to “playing at a post-secondary level of volleyball and connecting with the Grande Prairie community.” Zach is looking forward to attending GPRC thanks to its “great academic options financial support put in place for its student-athletes.”

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to welcoming Zachariah to the squad this upcoming season.

“The men’s volleyball team is excited to welcome Zach to the program.  He brings tremendous experience as a well-rounded volleyball player who has shared team successes by winning medals at the National level as well as Provincially in BC.  Zach has experience playing in multiple positions and he comes from an excellent volleyball program in Prince George.  We know he has had great competitive experiences and he has been well trained, it is awesome to have Zach join the Wolves.”

Welcome to the pack, Zach.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Trey Sanderson to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Trey Sanderson. Trey is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Heading to Grande Prairie from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Trey Sanderson is looking forward to joining the wolf pack and continuing to play volleyball with his Olds College Broncos teammate, Lane Matthews. Trey played for the Broncos last ACAC season, and before that brought home multiple wins with his high school team.

Trey is looking forward to continuing his education at GPRC, where he will be studying business. He is most looking forward to “getting to know all the athletes and coaches at GPRC.” He’s excited to “get some ACAC wins and hopefully a medal under our belt.”

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Trey out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Trey brings experience and versatility to our program that will help add a piece to our puzzle as we build toward our team goals for the fall.  His experience in the ACAC’s South Conference will certainly help add depth and competitiveness for next season.”

Welcome to the pack, Trey.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Lane Matthews to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Lane Matthews. Lane is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the pack from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lane is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Most recently, Lane was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 for the Olds College Broncos.

Lane is looking forward to continuing his education at GPRC, where he will be studying business. He is most looking forward to “being a part of a new culture and school, and being able to bring his attributes to the team.” Another key factor in why Lane chose GPRC was because he gave him the opportunity to watch over his little sister, Lana who will be joining the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team next season.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Lane out on the court in the upcoming season. “We are excited to welcome Lane to our program. His experience, maturity, and competitiveness are going to make him a great fit for us and help us towards achieving our team goals next season.”

Welcome to the pack, Lane.

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

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Josh Dumont to the Men’s Volleyball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Josh Dumont. Josh is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Josh is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season including playing in the GPRC Wolves Volleyball All-Star game in grade 11 and this past December while in grade 12 . The soon-to-be St. Joseph Catholic High School graduate was part of the gold winning Team Alberta at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, was crowned the 2017 Tournament All-Star at the Kelowna Best of the West tournament and brought home a silver medal in 2017 at the Les Jeux de la Francaphonie Canadienne.

Josh is excited to join the wolf pack and start his Bachelor of Education degree at GPRC. He is looking forward to representing and competing for his hometown and also being challenged at the ACAC level to help reach his goals of continuously bettering his skills and becoming a better athlete.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Josh out on the court in the upcoming season. “Josh is an exciting athlete who has been an excellent leader and competitor through his high school and club career. We are proud to have Josh joining the program to continue to compete for Grande Prairie!”

Welcome to the pack, Josh.

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

Another New Wolf on the Court

Another New Wolf on the Court

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Cole Clements to the Men’s Volleyball program.

Welcome to the pack, Cole.

Local graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School, Cole won provincial bronze with the U18 Wolves Club team in the 2018 season, and is excited to develop new skills to be the best athlete he can be. A powerful hitter with solid passing ability, Cole is a skilled athlete who has been on very competitive teams says Head Coach Mitch Schneider. “I’m excited he has decided to join our program.” Off the court, Cole who is interested in either Business or Kinesiology at GPRC, has already formed relationships with many of the student-athletes and feels that GPRC is the perfect place to begin his college education.

Welcome to the pack, Cole.

Two new recruits for Wolves Men’s Volleyball program!

Two new recruits for Wolves Men’s Volleyball program!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Sean Van Oosterwick and Talon Durrant to the Men’s Volleyball program.

Sean who was selected to the top Victorian State team since 2013, played his last season with the Melbourne University Blues, and joins fellow Australian Wolves players, James Haythorne and Tom Wheeler for the 2018-19 season.

Sean Van Oosterwick is welcomed to the team by fellow Australian Wolves players, James Haythorne,

Sean chose GPRC and the Wolves because of the strong athletic department and school culture that he feels is a good fit for him. He is excited to show what he can bring to the team, and how his volleyball skills will develop at a higher level.

Talon, a local graduate of St Joseph Catholic High School joins the squad as a mature athlete and will be a great addition as a setter says Head Coach Mitchell Schneider, who looks forward to seeing how Talons’ volleyball IQ and mentorship of the younger players will benefit the team.

Welcome to the pack Sean and Talon!

New Women’s Basketball Recruit!

New Women’s Basketball Recruit!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Carly Rombs to the Women’s Basketball program.

Carly, who captained the 2017-18 St. Joes Ceinahs has committed to the 2018-19 season with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because she was not ready to hang up her basketball shoes and saw staying in her hometown as the perfect opportunity to continue to grow and develop as a player. Head Coach Mandy Botham says that Carly will bring relentless defense and competitive drive to the squad and is pleased that she has decided to stay local, and become a Wolf.

Welcome to the pack, Carly.

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap

Your GPRC Wolves hosted the University of Alberta – Augustana Vikings at the Pomeroy Field in their second set of home games of the season.

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.

 

 

The squads have no games this weekend, but will prepare to travel to Edmonton Friday September 29 where they will face the Kings University Eagles, and the Concordia Thunder. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics

 

 

 

 

Wolves fall to Team Canada Sitting Volleyball Squad

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball played an exhibition match against the Team Canada Sitting Volleyball Team Friday night at Peace Wapiti Academy.

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.

 

Boys Girls
Gold St. Josephn Catholic High School St. Josephn Catholic High School
Silver Peace Wapiti Academy Peace Wapiti Academy
Bronze Sexsmith Secondary School Spirit River Regional Academy
4th Parkland Composite High School Dawson Creek Secondary School – Juniors

Congratulations to all the teams that participated! We hope to see you in 2018.