GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 2, 2018

GPRC Wolves Weekend Recap: November 2, 2018

Men’s Basketball 

Wolves split with the Vikings at home.

The GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team continued their home-stand welcoming the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings from Camrose.

#3  Jon Mueller wins POG status for his performance vs. the Augustana Vikings.

Friday, November 2, saw the Wolves and Vikings come out offensively, with the Vikings up 27-26 after one quarter.  The Wolves responded in the second, winning the quarter 24-20.  At halftime, the Wolves had a 50-47 lead.  The Vikings responded in the third, outscoring the Wolves 29-16 to lead 76-66.  The fourth wasn’t much better for the Wolves, being outscored 38-33, resulting in a 114-99 defeat.  Both teams lit up the lamp, with very little defense being played. Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game honors went to Wolves second year guard Jon Mueller with 20 points.  Other leading scorers were Payton Tirrell with 28 points and 8 rebounds, and Liam O’Hallahan with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Wolves and Vikings returned to the hard-court Saturday afternoon (November 3) to conclude the weekend set of games.  The Wolves came out of the gate playing phenomenal defense, which lead to a great offensive quarter.  The Wolves led 28-12 after one quarter.  The strong play continued into the second quarter with the Wolves winning, 20-15.  At halftime, the Wolves had a 48-27 lead.  The Vikings responded in a big bad way in the third quarter, eliminating the 21 point lead the Wolves had accrued.  The Viking won the third quarter 29-10, trailing the Wolves 58-56 heading in to the final fourth quarter.  The teams played the fourth quarter equal, both teams scoring 17 points, resulting in the Wolves getting the 75-73 victory.

The games this past weekend were both very different. Friday’s game being an offensive shootout and Saturday’s being a defensive battle.  The results were like the past two weekends for the Wolves.  The Wolves are now 0-3 on Friday nights, but 3-0 on Saturday afternoons. The Wolves just need to find a way to play both games with that sense of urgency they play with on Saturdays.

Mr Mike’s Player of the Game honors went to Wolves third year Dane Philipenko with 7 points and 7 rebounds, playing shutdown defense in the fourth quarter.  Other leading scorers were Liam O’Hallahan with 20 points, 7 rebounds and Jon Mueller with 14 points and 3 assists.

Mr Mikes Grande Prairie Player of the Game for the Wolves, #5 Dane Philipenko with 7 points and 7 rebounds and #15 Spencer Marion for #Augustana.

With the weekend split, the Wolves are 3-3 on the season.  The Wolves now enjoy their bye week before welcoming the Keyano Huskies to the GPRC Gymnasium as the home-stand concludes.  The games are Friday, November 16, 2018 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3 p.m.  Both games can be watched online at www.acactv.ca.

 

 

Women’s Basketball 

The GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team welcomed the #10 ranked University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings to the gymnasium on Friday (November 2) night. Lots of fans took to the stands to watch their hometown Wolves play the undefeated Vikings.

Packed stands to cheer on the GPRC Wolves on November 2 as they took on the Augustana Vikings.

The first quarter was an exciting match up as both teams were playing hard. #11 Britney Peters scored 6 points and #11 Torey Lauber had 11 points to the end the first half.

The Wolves entered the second half down 23-14. They started to make a come back and then took a bigger lead when first year Lilee Burke-Stasiuk sporting #5 hit back to back to back 3-pointers to put the Wolves up 36-31 at half. The Wolves held the Vikings to 8 points in the 2nd quarter.

The half-time performance was brought to you by the Gymniks Cheer Team from Grande Prairie. 5 different cheer teams performed to entertain the crowd. They received lots of applause as they demonstrated their local talent and cheer skills.

Both teams came out strong in the 3rd quarter. The Vikings were looking for redemption on the scoreboard. #6 for the Vikings lead the quarter with 6 points. The quarter ended Vikings up 56-49.

4th and final quarter started. Wolves looking to regain the lead. They got 8 points from #11 Britney Peters but it wasn’t enough as the Vikings held on strong to end the game 68-60.

Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the Wolves was #11 Britney Peters with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Player of the Game for the Augustana Vikings was #11 Torey Lauber with 17 points and 3 rebounds.

Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the Wolves was #11 Britney Peters with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Player of the Game for the Augustana Vikings was #11 Torey Lauber with 17 points and 3 rebounds.

On Saturday, November 3, the Wolves were ready to even out the weekend series against the Vikings. The first quarter started off with low scoring by both teams. Wolves #11 Britney Peters scored 5 points and the Vikings put up 2 – 3 pointers to go up by 5 to end the quarter.

The second quarter started strong for the Wolves. Sophie Leslie drained a 3 pointer and a steal by Heidi Derksen put the Wolves within 2. The Vikings went onto a 5-0 run which ended with a Wolves timeout. Vikings up 23-17. A few quick hoops back and forth, a GPRC fast break and the Wolves closed the gap to 6. #11 Heidi Derksen scored and was fouled late in the quarter to come within 4. Vikings called a timeout and came out strong. #12 for the Vikings landed 3 points to go up 7. #11 for the Wolves, Brittany Peters once again responded with a bucket. Vikings drained a 3 with 20 seconds left, Vikings up 35-27 at half.

Both teams came out strong in the second half. The Vikings put a quick 10 points on the board to take a bigger lead. Wolves battled hard and closed the gap to 54-40.

#12 Sophie Melin had 6 points for the Wolves during the final quarter. Both teams battled hard at both ends, and the game ended 66-51 for the Vikings.

Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the Wolves was #12 Sophie Melin with 18 points and 9 rebounds. For the Vikings #5 Jessica Haenni with 16 points and 3 rebounds.

The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the Wolves was #12 Sophie Melin with 18 points and 9 rebounds. For the Vikings #5 Jessica Haenni with 16 points and 3 rebounds.

 

 

 

Men’s Volleyball 

Despite the steady snow all day, the crowd piled in to the Augustana court to watch the Vikings take on the visiting GPRC Wolves from Grande Prairie. After five hard fought sets, the Wolves ultimately lost to the Vikings.

The first set was a good indicator of what was to come as both teams battled it out with the Vikings eventually pulling just slightly ahead taking a 27-25 win for the set. The Wolves picked up their game in the second set taking Augustana 25-22. They continued this momentum into the third winning 25-21. The Vikings found their ground again, and won the fourth set 25-16 after gaining an early lead. With both teams looking to take the win for the night, intensity was high. Augustana managed to get a slight edge and take the win, with a fifth set score of 15-12.

GPRC Wolves first year setter, Sean van Oosterwijck, was awarded Player of the Game with 2 blocks, 5 service aces, 8 digs and 32 assists. On the Augustana side the Player of the Game Award went to Jesse Weber, second year biology student, with 4 digs and 17 kills.

GPRC Wolves first year setter, Sean van Oosterwijck, was awarded Player of the Game with 2 blocks, 5 service aces, 8 digs and 32 assists.

For Saturday’s afternoon game, fans gathered despite terrible roads to watch the Augustana Vikings and the GPRC Wolves compete on day two of the weekend matches. Vikings came out victorious the previous night so the Wolves were hungry for redemption.

Taking the lead early in all three sets, even if by just a few points, the Augustana Vikings held on. They got a taste of victory the night before and did not want to let go. Both teams played hard, but power was the focus of the game. Phenomenal hits came from both sides and at the end of three, Vikings pulled out a win.

Bringing the Vikings to a win was player of the game, Jesse Weber, #11, with 16 kills and 6 digs. Taking home player of the game honours from the GPRC Wolves was #6, Kirk Testawitch with 10 digs, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 service ace.

GPRC Wolves Player of the Game was #6, Kirk Testawitch with 10 digs, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 service ace.

 

 

Women’s Volleyball 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball took on the University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings this past weekend, November 2 and 3, in Camrose, Alberta.

Despite the steady snow all day on Friday, the Wolves were able to play in a gymnasium full of fans, making the energy of the match that much better.

Despite an incredible effort, the Vikings came out with a victory after four close sets.

The Vikings started strong taking the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-18 respectively. The Wolves then found their ground and got an early lead on the Vikings, although the Vikings caught up after a while, Grand Prairie pulled ahead with the win of 25-22 in the third. After some firm words from head coach, Greg Ryan, the Vikings managed to win the fourth set to complete their work for the night with a final score of 25-17.

Player of the Game for the Wolves Bailey Chartrand.

Bailey Chartrand, first year student from Edmonton, AB, was awarded Player of the Game for the Wolves with 2 blocks, 6 digs, 3 aces and 23 assists. On the Augustana side the Player of the Game Award went to rookie Sydney Leslie, with 6 digs and 11 kills.

The two teams met for the final match on Saturday, November 3.

After starting the game strong with a win in the first set, Augustana Vikings lost to the GPRC Wolves in a very close second set. The Wolves brought on the heat despite the cold outdoor temperatures and were on their game, making the Vikings work for every point they earned.

From the beginning, the Wolves took the lead, Vikings scrambling to catch up but once they did, the plays were tight and the competition was at its peak.

The third set kept a tight score until halfway through the set when the Wolves pulled away, winning 25-14. Heading into the fourth, the score was nail biting, inching its way up point by point with a 1-3 point split each time. In the end the Wolves managed to pull out the win with a score of 28-26, taking the match and ending with a 3-1 split for the Wolves.

Taking home player of the game honours for the GPRC Wolves is #10, Karly Burkinshaw, with 7 kills, 5 digs, 5 blocks, and 2 service aces. #8, Shae Boyes of the Augustana Vikings took home player of the game honours with 11 kills, 12 digs, and 1 block.

Player of the Game for the Wolves was Karly Burkinshaw.

It took some time for the fan engagement to begin but once the cheers started, the gym was filled with victorious cheers from both teams, fans and players alike. For an icy day in Camrose, fan turnout was impressive. Seeing much more that just students of Augustana in the stands, it is awesome to see local community members supporting our teams.

Cross Country Running 

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running team is preparing to head to Toronto, Ontario this coming weekend to compete at the 2018 CCAA XC Running Nationals at Seneca College’s King City Campus on November 10.

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GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 1, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 1, 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 Erin Grier and Miguel Macedo from Wolves Cross Country Running as our current Athletes of the Week!

Erin Grier
1st Year Personal Trainer
Duchess Park Senior Secondary
Grande Prairie, AB

Erin Grier returns to school this season and embarks on a new challenge: XC Running. This Mother-of-Four/Ultra Marathoning/Wolves Athlete, Erin has competed in a number of half marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon races in the past few years, but the 6 km ACAC XC distance is uncharted territory for her.  Grier looks forward to learning the ins and outs of “short distance” racing with the help of her younger Wolves teammates.

 

Miguel Macedo
1st year B Comm Transfer
Spirit River Regional Academy
Rycroft, AB

Miguel Macedo enters his rookie year as one of the top runners on the Wolves men’s team.  In his Grade 12 year, Miguel placed 3rd in the ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championships and 8th in the 1500m at the ASAA High School Provincials.  Miguel credits his teammate and fellow SRRA graduate Eric Nooy for pushing him in races and practice and making him a better runner and better person.

 

Congratulations Erin and Miguel! 

XC Running and Indoor Track 2018/19 Season Outlook

XC Running and Indoor Track 2018/19 Season Outlook

A trio of talented recruits, look to bolster the 2018 Men’s Wolves XC Running team in their quest for an ACAC podium finish.  Brandon Tufford (GP Comp), Brice Wilkes (Peace River High), and Miguel Macedo (Spirit River Regional Academy) comprise the strongest recruiting class the Wolves men have had in the past ten years.

Tufford, one of the top high school runners in Alberta last year, is coming off a bronze medal in the 800m at last June’s Provincial High School Championships.  Wilkes was the runner-up to Tufford in the 2017 NW Zone XC Running Championship; Macedo placed third

Joining the talented trio are second-year runners Eric Nooy (Spirit River Regional Academy) and Troy Bogh (St Joes).  In addition, 2004 CCAA National XC Running Champion Kyle Reynolds (GP Comp) returns to the Wolves for his fifth and final year of college athletics.

The Wolves men placed 5th in last year’s ACAC Championships.

The Wolves women, who placed sixth in last year’s ACAC championships, are still in the process of finalizing their 2018 roster.  Veterans Anna Van der Geissen (PWA) and Brittany Duvall (Eaglesham) should lead the way for Wolves women this season.

Both Wolves teams look to be in the hunt for a podium positions at the ACAC championships at the end of October in Vermilion.  While the Red Deer women and SAIT men clearly look to have strangleholds on the top spots for 2018, the Wolves will compete with the likes of Lethbridge College, Concordia University, and the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus for the minor medals.

Both Wolves teams plan to be at CCAA XC Nationals in Toronto on November 10. Last season, the Wolves women ran their best race of the season at Nationals and surprised many by ending up ranked 13th in nation. The men finished 20th at last season’s Nationals.

Next season’s CCAA XC Nationals will be hosted by GPRC in November 2019.

After Nationals in November, the focus shifts to the Indoor Track season.  The Wolves Indoor Track roster should be fairly similar to the XC running roster this year.  Last season’s highlight was a 4th place finish in the 3000m in the ACAC Championships from 2018 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year Brandon Wladyko.

The Wolves plan to contest two ACAC meets in January and February before tackling the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in March.

Coaches Bill Corcoran (28th season) and Rick Scott (27th season) will provide veteran leadership to the Wolves runners in 2018-19.

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: Monday, November 21, 2016

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: Monday, November 21, 2016

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Megan Hopkins

Program: Bachelor of Science

A 2015 graduate of GP Composite, Megan comes to the XC Wolves with a multi-sport background: running, xc skiing, mountain biking, and swimming. She was a regular participant in Wolves XC Running Series races during her Jr. High and High School years.

Megan is known for her work ethic and optimistic attitude.  She was an integral part of the XC team this fall.

 

aotw-jarred-st-arnaultJarred St. Arnault

Program: Bachelor of Education

Hailing from the bustling, Northern AB metropolis of Fox Lake, Jarrad St Arnault is in his rookie season with the XC Wolves.

New to running, Jarrad steadily improved over the course of the season and ended up as the #4 GPRC runner at the ACAC Provincials at the end of October.  He is known for his quirky sense of humour and misguided devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs.