A trio of local athletes have committed to run with the Wolves starting in September.
Chris Nelissen, a 2018 graduate of Hillcrest Christian School, is one of the province’s top U20 800m runners. In addition to having great speed, Nelissen is no stranger to longer distances. He has placed at or near the front of numerous local and regional cross country and road races over the years. Nelissen plans to study Education at GPRC.
Lydia Steinke, from this year’s graduating class at PWA, is a multiple NW Zone champion in xc running and track. Short of stature, but big on heart, Steinke has represented the Peace Country in two Alberta Summer Games and five Provincial High School Championships. She is also a highly competitive Scottish dancer. Steinke’s long term goal is to become a nurse. She will enrol in Open Studies this fall.
Another PWA grad, Jordan Lundstrom, completes the incoming trio of Wolves recruits. Primarily known for his xc skiing and mountain biking prowess, Lundstrom also has serious XC running credentials. He placed 13th at this year’s Provincial High School championships. Lundstrom plans to pursue the Power Engineering program at GPRC.
In addition to welcoming three new athletes this fall, Wolves XC is also looking forward to the return of 2014 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year, Hayden Hollowell. A two-time ACAC All Conference XC runner, Hollowell last competed for the University of Saskatchewan five years ago. He plans to start his Millwright apprenticeship training in September.
The Wolves XC Running program is one of the College’s most successful athletics teams, producing five CCAA national champions (3 individuals, 2 teams) over the past 30 years.
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 Brandon Tufford and Maria Houle from our GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!
Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Engineering Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Brandon Tufford graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School last year and was recruited to GPRC as one of the top middle distance runners in the province for his age. In 2018, Brandon placed 3rd in the Provincial High School Championship in the 800m.
During the 2018 cross-country season, Brandon struggled a couple set-backs as stomach issues derailed most of his races. However, when indoor track came around second semester, his fortunes turned around and he consistently placed among the top 3 in his indoor races and setting 7 GPRC Wolves school records.
At the ACAC Indoor Championships this past weekend (March 15-16) in Calgary, Brandon brought home two medals. He became only the second Wolves male athlete ever to achieve a podium placing at theACAC level since the first in 2014. Brandon finished second in the 600m, fifth in the 300, and anchored the Wolves men’s 4 x 400m to a third place finish alongside teammates, Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes and Miguel Macedo.
Thank you Brandon for your dedication to the Wolves!
Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts Hometown: Paddle Prairie, Alberta
Maria Houle is a third year Wolves Athlete studying Sociology at GPRC. She took a year off of school and running last year to have her first child, daughter Willow.
For the indoor track season, Maria was asked to step down in distance and compete at the 300m and 600m distances. She came up big at the ACAC Indoor Championships. Maria won the B Final and placed fifth in the 300m and finished sixth in the 600m. She also ran a leg on the fourth place Wolves 4 x 400m team.
Thank you Maria for your dedication to the Wolves!
The energy was high in the gym gymnasium this weekend.
The Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder for their last home game weekend series of the year.
On Friday night, the crowd was loud, as the Wolves jumped out to a quick lead; getting a kill and two service aces by #1 Megan Koch.
The Wolves would take a 5-2 lead before Wolves #7 Leah Friesen would serve 5 straight points to add on. The Thunder took a timeout and rallied together to put 5 straight points on the board making the score 12-7 for the Wolves. The set went back and forth before the Wolves finished it 25-16.
The Wolves came out strong in the second set and battled hard to put the score at 15-10. Great action on both sides of the net to end the set 25-17. Wolves take a 2-0 lead.
The third set started off close. 6-4 for the Wolves, Thunder serving. A big kill by #6 Megan Warner and the Wolves would go up 7-4. Lots of great action at the net, and the Thunder come within 3 points. Thunder called a timeout and the Wolves came out strong, looking to end the game, score now 16-10. The crowd gained some momentum as the stands filled up, and the Wolves used their energy to put the game away 25-15. Wolves win 3-0.
Wolves #12 McKenna Wolsterholme lead the Wolves with 12 digs, #1 Megan Koch lead with 11 kills and #16 Bailey Chartrand lead with 29 assists.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #7 Leah Friesen and for the Concordia Thunder, #8 McKayla Ebel.
On Saturday afternoon, the Wolves played their second game of a weekend series against Concordia.
The Wolves were looking to even out their record at 5-5.
During the first set, Concordia got off to a good start and went up on the Wolves 7-3. The Wolves answered back with 7 straight points before the Thunder called a timeout. A few kills from #1 Megan Koch and the Wolves took a 5 point lead, 23-15. The Thunder called a timeout and then got a couple kills by #3 Kayla Whiteman Kyte to come within 4.
#1 Megan Koch finished the set with a kill to end the game at 25-20.
Thunder came out strong the second set, but the Wolves responded. The set went back and forth to 17 points when #6 Megan Warner served for 3 points to take the first lead, 20-17. Two more quick points for the Wolves before the Thunder called a timeout. They rallied back and fourth before #7 Leah Friesen had a big kill to make it 24-19. The Thunder battled to close the gap to 24-22 before the set ended 25-23 for the Wolves.
Third set was a battle at the net. Both teams played well. The Wolves fought hard and stayed ahead to win 25-18 and take the game 3-0.
#1 Megan Koch lead the Wolves with 14 digs and 9 kills.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves was #4 Tori Mooch with 3 kills and 1 dig and for the Concordia Thunder, #9 Tianna Smith with 8 kills and 7 digs.
Wolves played host to the Concordia Thunder this past weekend, in their last home game series of the year.
The first set was close with lots of great plays on both sides of the net. The score went back and forth before the Thunder sealed it, 25-21. GPRC’s #5 Andrew Fogle lead the way in the first set with 5 digs and 9 assists.
Second set open up with the Thunder taking the lead 6-3. At 8-3, Wolves called a time out. #6 Kirk Testawitch has a big kill straight out of the time out and a tip for another point. Wolves close the gap to 4 points. Thunder still pushed strong, and got ahead by 6. The battle at the net continued as the Thunder pull away by 7 and eventually went on to win, 25-20.
Wolves are down 2-0, after a quick 3 minute break, they were ready to go to battle. Lots of back and forth at the net, and big kills on both sides, resulted in the third set being a crowd pleaser. Wolves #9 Tom Wheeler ended the set with a big kill, 25-20.
Thunder are up 2-1 heading into the fourth set.
The set started out as a back and forth affair. At the 10 point mark the battle at the net had been forgotten as both teams go on an all out big hit blitz. The Wolves display their mental and physical toughness as they claw back to tie the match at 14, after wreathing a storm of insane hits lead by Concordia’s #17. At 23-22 for the Wolves, Head Coach Mitchell Schneider calls a time out and the ensuing play pushes the Wolves a point to lead 24-22. Last kill of the set goes to #12 Ethan Nashim, causing the Wolves to win 25-23 and the game is tied at 2-2.
With the game tied at 2 sets each, both teams are hungry for the win, and the crowd is loud.
The Thunder get off to an early lead up 3-1. The Wolves come back to jump ahead 7-4 with a big kill by #12 Ethan Nashim, #10 Carter Nadkrynechny and #6 Kirk Testawitch.
The Thunder called a timeout to try to get things going again, and rally for 4 straight points to come within 1 point, 8-9 Wolves. The battle continued for both teams until Thunder finished the game 16-14.
The Mr. Mikes Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves is #5 Andrew Fogle and for the Concordia Thunder #8 Kale Kruger.
On Saturday, the Wolves were hungry for redemption.
During the first set, the Thunder got off to a great start going up 8-0 on the Wolves. Wolves battled hard and brought the score back to 9-13 but the Thunder still managed to come out on top, winning 25-17. There were 20 total kills in the set to keep the crowd entertained.
The second set saw the points going back and fourth with both teams battling hard. The Thunder came out on top once again, 27-25.
By the third set, the Wolves were gunning for a win. They opened up the set with a big lead, and went up 14-6, thanks to a big kill from Kirk Testawitch. The Thunder called a couple timeouts but the Wolves were ready to take a set and ended up winning, 25-16.
Heading to a fourth set, and the afternoon looking an awful lot like the night before. The Wolves were ready to battle.
The fourth set was a tight one with both teams rallying back and fourth until 16 points. There, the Wolves pulled ahead 19-16. They held onto the lead even when the Thunder came back to bring the score to 23-21 with the Wolves still ahead. Thunder called timeout, looking to end the game. They brought the game to 23-23 and the Wolves got a kill to make it 24-23. After the Thunder tie it back up at 24, Wolves called a timeout. Thunder go onto win 30-28.
The Mr. Mike’s Player of the Game for the GPRC Wolves, #6 Kirk Testawhich with 11 kills and 7 digs and for the Concordia Thunder, #3 Ryab Teliske with 12 kills and 14 digs.
GPRC Wolves Volleyball teams are on the road this weekend as they head to Fort McMurray to take on the Keyano Huskies.
GPRC Wolves Basketball teams had a by-weekend this past weekend, but welcome the Keyano Huskies to GPRC for their last home game series of the year this coming weekend.
The GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team continued their home-stand welcoming the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings from Camrose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure to follow @GPRCWolves on Instagram for an athlete take-over to show you all the behind the scenes action of their time in Toronto.
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 Cianna Forseille and Brice Wilkes from the Wolves Cross Country Running team as our current Athletes of the Week!
3rd Year Bachelor of Business Administration
St Joseph High School
Grande Prairie, AB
Cianna Forseille is no stranger to Track and Field, but cross country running is a new endeavour for her. This is Cianna’s first year on the Wolves Cross Country running team. While in junior high and high school, Cinanna competed in two Alberta Summer Games in the shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin, winning a bronze medal in the 2014 Games in Airdrie. She is excited about the XC running season and the many adventures that she and her teammates will encounter while pursuing ACAC and CCAA glory.
Brice Wilkes 1st year Open Studies
Peace River High School
Peace River, AB
Small in stature, but big in heart and effort, Brice Wilkes enters his rookie season with the Wolveswith lofty goals. A 2018 graduate from Peace River High School, Brice was runner-up last year to current Wolves teammate Brandon Tufford in the ASAA NW Zone XC Running Championship. Brice is excited about training and racing with the 2018 Wolves, the best GPRC men’s XC team in a number of years.