GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Mandy Botham has been working to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of a new Grimshaw recruit to the program.
Say hello to Jeannie Borger as we welcome her to the pack.
Hailing from Grimshaw, Alberta, Jeannie represented the her high school, Grimshaw Public School this past basketball season with pride.
She is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC where she is interested in pursuing her Bachelor of Education.
“GPRC is close to home,” said the new rookie. “I am looking forward to being part of a solid team, meeting new people and have new opportunities both academically and athletically.”
Head Coach Mandy Botham is looking forward to having Forward, Jeannie out on the court in the upcoming season.
“I am pleased to add Class of 2019 forward Jeannie Borger to our roster for the upcoming season,” said Coach Botham. “Jeannie plays with a grit and tenacity that immediately boosts our rim protection. She is a versatile athlete who excels both in and outside the paint. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team.”
The 2018-2019 basketball season begins with optimism for the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team. The team returns two senior players with 10 rookies on the roster leading to an exciting time for the program.
Returning players Britney Peters and Derian Geddes will be heavily relied on to set the tone and be leaders for the team. “The athletes I have recruited this year are the foundation that we will build on going forward,” says Head Coach Mandy Botham. Five out of the 10 first years are from Grande Prairie, and nine of the 10 are from Alberta. Notable first years are Lilee Burke-Stasiuk from Edmonton; Sophie Leslie from Grande Prairie; Kelly Reid form St. Albert; Jayden Demchuk from Whitehorse and Heidi Derksen from the Provincial Championship La Crete Women’s Team. The Wolves are also excited to have international recruit Sophie Melin from Sweden who will play a key role on the court.
“We will be very exciting to watch,” says Botham. “We have a young roster and there is a lot of learning happening. Our goal is to get a little bit better every time we step onto the court and so far we are achieving that. The athletes have already developed chemistry with each other and I expect that to continue to grow.”
“I am most looking forward to continuing to build and establish our team culture. The group of athletes we have this season are hard working, competitive and driven and that is exactly what we need to build on to be competitive in our conference.”
GPRC Wolves Athletics is pleased to announce the commitment of dual sport athlete Jayden Demchuk from F. H. Collins High School in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. Jayden will play both Soccer and Basketball for the Wolves! In high school Jayden competed in volleyball, track and field, soccer and basketball. She has represented Team Yukon at the Provincial and National levels in Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. Jayden will be attending her first year of Nursing at GPRC.
GPRC Wolves Athletics is pleased to announce the commitment of Lillian (Lilee) Burke-Stasiuk to the Wolves basketball team from Edmonton. She attended Arch Bishop MacDonald High School. Lilee was a very highly recruited athlete and she is a pure shooter with incredible range. Lilee is in the TEN program and she wants to become a teacher.
Head Coach Mandy Botham says that she has been so impressed with Lilee and Jayden’s work ethic and incredible competitiveness. They bring significant commitment and passion to our program.
With a tireless work ethic, and amazing skill set Heidi will be an asset to the Wolves says Head Coach Mandy Botham. Heidi, who has brought home ASAA Provincial Gold and Silver with the La Crete Lancers is looking forward to improving her game and making new friends with her teammates. She also wants to continue playing basketball and GPRC has given her that opportunity by offering the educational program that interests her.
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.