Wesmen Classic Highlights Holiday Week
There’s a profusion of university basketball scheduled for play in the next week, as teams play post- Christmas tournaments and make exhibition game trips. Starting on Wednesday, Dec 28, here are the games for Canada West teams –
Dec 28 – 30 … 50th Annual Wesmen Classic at the U. of Winnipeg – The longest running Canadian University Tournament has a full roster of U-Sport teams for this anniversary edition. Algoma from Sault Ste. Marie are the only 1st timers in the field) The Wesmen last won in 2006, and they’d dearly love to capture the 50th ! An 8 team ‘Oregon Draw’ 1st Day – noon Brandon vs Victoria, then 2 pm #8 Alberta vs Lakehead (side B) … To start the evening action at 6 pm, the host Winnipeg Wesmen will tip-off against the Algoma Thunderbirds , and at 8 pm, the defending champions, Manitoba Bisons take on the Regina Cougars (side A) … all games on Canada West TV
Dec 29 – 31 … UQAM – Classique Olga Hrycak – This Montreal event honours the Citadins long-time Coach, who is (to our This 4 team round-robin draw features 1 team from each of the 4 U-Sport Conferences – On Day 1 we have the Citadins vs U.Northern BC, Guelph vs Memorial (NL)
… Dalhousie – Shoveller Memorial – 8 team Draw – Another traditional event, this Halifax showcase has representation from 3 of the 4 U-Sport Leagues. 1st day – A side #4 Ottawa vs UPEI, St. FX vs Acadia , and the B side #10 Dalhousie vs Mt. Royal, St Marys vs Queens Mt. Royal makes the long trip for the 1st time, and draw the host Tigers. The tournament games will be shown live on AUS-TV.
Tours and Single games – Dec 28-30
#3 Calgary in Montana for U. Great Falls, 28th … Rocky Mountain College, 29th … Montana-Western, 30th Live at 4 pm Weds.
#2 UBC in Arizona – Future College (Club team), 28th … Phoenix JC, 29th, Cochise JC, 30th
Thompson Rivers in California vs TBA, 28th … vs West Coast Baptist Coll., 29th … vs Antelope Valley U, 30th
Saskatchewan in CA vs Hope International, Dec 30 … vs Vanguard U., Dec 31
MacEwan in CA vs Vanguard U., Dec 30 … vs Hope International, Dec 31
at Lethbridge vs Montana State-Northern , 28th
at UBC-O vs Camosun College (Victoria), 30th
- The Coaching Association of Canada and Own The Podium announced that our friend and former Athletic Director at U. Calgary, Ron Wuotila, has been contracted as a High Performance Coaching Advisor “to bring leadership and focus” to high performance coaches and their professional development. “Ron will assist the CAC and OTP in supporting National Sport Organizations to create a sustainable coaching development system by designing and activating customized high performance coach professional development plans.”With his extensive background as a coach of basketball at all levels (high school, Mt. Royal College, U.C., NCAA), and his sports admin work with Mt. Royal, UC, then with British Sport, and British Basketball, Ron is eminently qualified. Since leaving UC, he has formed RW Consulting and been busy working with various Sport Associations across the country.
- The challenges of the Holiday basketball schedule include travel, for the student athletes to get home for Christmas and back for practice, then to get the team to the competition sites. Winnipeg looks to be a ‘balmy -5 C with a chance of light snow, but Montreal has a more fierce looking storm front to greet the UNBC T’Wolves. Halifax is not only a long flight, but also promises the classic ‘snow-rain mix’ to greet the MRU Cougars and other visitors. The bus trip to Montana holds unpredictable delights, but California and Arizona will offer friendlier temperatures. Good luck to all travelling teams and to those hosting the tournaments this week!