Pronghorns Welcome ‘Reinforcements’

 

Canada West 2016-17  Previews

Lethbridge Pronghorns

’15-’16 –  Lost at UBC in 1/4 Finals                  12 wins –   8 losses  (Pioneer Division)'hornd

Returnees –  5th Years –   Will Hickey, 6-0 guard, Golden, BC.  Lynden Nuumi, 5-8 guard, Lethbridge  …  4th years – Dejon Burdeaux, 6-0 guard, Oakland, CA.  … 3rd Years – Zac Overwater, 6-8 wing, Didsbury, AB. Josh Sparkes, 6-0 guard, Medicine Hat, AB. Mike Pierzchala, 6-4 wing, Lethbridge.

Newcomers –   DeAngelo Ashley, 6-7 fwd, 3rd year, Victorville, CA (Fresno City Coll.). Elliott Sentance, 6-4 fwd, 3rd,  Leicester, England (Mineral Area College, Missouri)) .  Cameron Fischer, 6-7 fwd, 2nd, Medicine Hat (Med. Hat College). Colton Gibb, 6-3 guard, 1st, Lethbridge (LCI) . Mark Rodehutskors, 6-5 fwd, 1st, Dalmead, AB (Chestermere HS). Daniel Lybbert, 6-1 guard, 1st,  Phoenix , AZ (Scottsdale Prep).  Brett Warren, 6-0 guard, 1st, St. John’s, NL (Ridley College, ON).

The Lethbridge Pronghorns have some special hurdles to jump as they aim for another playoff season under 4th year coach, Mike Hansen.  Firstly, they are temporarily without the amiable head man, whose name popped up on the list of people waiting for hip surgery.  He may be back in several weeks, but the recovery can be difficult.

Mike Pierzchala has the scoring touch the 'Horns will need.

Mike Pierzchala has the scoring touch the ‘Horns need.

The ‘Horns also reworked their roster, after graduating 2 top scorers, Brandon Brine, and Rob Olson, along with team leader, Jared Baker, and 3-4 others in the rotation from last year’s 12-8 squad.  Coach Hansen and his staff have landed some promising new ‘local’ talent, with returning Mormon missionary, Colton Gibb, a tough-minded, mature rookie from LCI, and  Scott Mazutinec, a 6-4 wing, who sat out most of his last season at Stirling (AB) HS with an injury.

Import forward DeAngelo Ashley followed Dejon Burdeaux from Fresno, California,  and this quick defender looks to start right away. Former British National U20 player, Elliott Sentance, averaged 11 ppg in 2 seasons for his powerful Junior College team in Missouri. Sentance is looking like a solid scoring threat in pre-season action.  18 year old, Michael D’Agostino, a 6-6 Australian import, announced in the summer, but looks to be red-shirting with the ‘Horns this season.  Another likely red-shirt is 17 year old Mark Rodehutskors from Chestermere, whose Dad played with UL, and brother, Jeff, is a rookie at Calgary.

If he can avoid the injury bug he suffered last year, team leader Burdeaux is a very effective slashing combo guard with all-star skills. Another with some nagging hurts, big Zac Overwater, may be set for a break-out season, with his strong Euro-style, all-round game.  Mike Pierzchala is already giving UL some of the scoring and rebounding they will have to replace, and 5th year guard Will Hickey will be counted on for valuable relief minutes. The steady Josh Sparkes could start as a combo guard.

It may take some time to integrate all the new additions to the playing roster, and Hansen’s absence during his recovery will slow this a bit, but there is confidence that Assistant, Alex Fletcher, has the ability to lead until the head man is back.

Schedule –  Nov-Dec – MacEwan, home/home Mt. Royal,  at Winnipeg, Calgary home/home , at Trinity Western   Jan-Feb – UNBC, Saskatchewan, at Victoria, UBC-O,  at Alberta

Prediction –  Some nice additions.  Should be in the playoff mix.


 

 CIS Action this week – 

Thursday, Oct 27 –   Thompson Rivers   Lakehead  (UBC Invitational)

Also –   Acadia  at Dalhousie

Friday, Oct 28 – at UBC –   Laurier   UBC ,  Lakehead   UNBC

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T 'Birds are at home for a weekend tournament

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T ‘Birds are at home for a weekend tournament

at Lethbridge (Primerica) –  Regina   Lethbridge  ,   Alberta    Carroll College , MT

at Victoria –    Victoria     Mt. Royal

at  Eastern Oregon     Trinity Western

at Ottawa –  (Jack Donohue Tourn.)  Ottawa     Bishops  ,  Toronto    Concordia ,  McGill   Waterloo

Also –  at Guelph   Laurentian

Sat., Oct 29 –  at  Lethbridge –   Alberta  Regina  ,  Lethbridge   Carroll College

at Vancouver –  UBC   Lakehead  ,  Laurier    UNBC

also –  Mt. Royal   at Victoria

Trinity Western   College of Idaho

in Ottawa –    McGill   Toronto  ,  Ottawa  Concordia ,  Bishops  Waterloo

also – at U. Vermont     UQAM  ,  Laurentian  at Western

Sun., Oct 30 –  at  Fraser Valley    W. Laurier

in Ottawa –  Toronto  Bishops  ,  McGill  Ottawa ,  Concordia   Waterloo

also –  UQAM   at Castleton, VT

Canada West Teams – Busy Weekend

 

 

Big Tournament weekend for Canada West teams

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

Aldrich Berrios and his UBC- Okanagan Heat host an all-Canada West Tournament this weekend in Kelowna.

This is the big opening pre-season  weekend for several Canada West squads, and others continue with more non – League fixtures.  Coaches, of course, get to determine just how many game they will play prior to the November 4/5 start of League action.  We will get a better sense of the way things might shape up in Canada West after this week’s action.  There are now 3 weeks of non-League play left prior to the games that ‘really count’.

This weekend – 

Manitoba's all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Manitoba’s all-star wing man, Keith Omoerah will be missed this weekend.

Starting Thursday  –  Manitoba Bisons are in Waterloo , ON for the Naismith Classic . The Herd play the 3-0 UQAM Citadins on Friday, and finish with the  host Waterloo Warriors on Saturday.  Thursday Scores – Humber College, ON  82  Manitoba 71 –  Missing the injured Keith Omoerah, the Bisons suffer 23 turnovers and a 2nd quarter 23-4 blitz from Humber.  UQAM 99 Waterloo 71

Also Thursday –  Guelph 60  Laurier 52

 

The Victoria Vikes are making another trip to Carleton’s House-Laughton Tournament, where they will face the vaunted Ravens (Fri), the Western Ontario Mustangs (Sat), and the Laval Rouge et Or (Sun).

The Alberta Golden Bears are also down East,  in the Queens Golden Gaels ‘Tindall Invitational’ – vs Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday, host Queens on Sat., and the Memorial Seahawks (Nfld) on Sunday.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and the T-Birds host Lethbridge in a pair of games.

Friday- Sunday – Lethbridge Pronghorns, have 2 wins under their belts vs Alberta Colleges squads, Lethbridge CC, and Medicine Hat College (83-75). The ‘Horns are in Vancouver area this weekend for 2 games at UBC (Fri and Sunday)  and 1 at Fraser Valley on Saturday.  Assistant, Alex Fletcher, will be the bench boss for Lethbridge, as Head Coach Mike Hansen is having hip surgery, and may be out for at least a couple of weeks.

 

Also Friday to Sunday In Kelowna, the UBC-Okanagan Heat welcome the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies, MacEwan Griffins, and Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack.  This will be the first CIS action for both the Heat and the Huskies.

Trinity Western meets the traditionally strong BC Colleges power,  Vancouver Island  University,  in Langley on both Friday and Saturday.

Brandon is busy as well, as the Bobcats host Regina Cougars on Friday, then the ‘Cats travel to North Dakota to meet Valley City State for a pair of contests on Saturday and Sunday.


 

Overtime – 

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  •  TRU Coach, Scott Clark (right) … “We need to play some games. It gives us a chance to evaluate things against two pretty good basketball teams. MacEwan made it to the playoffs and went three with Alberta. They have most of their players back. They are good.  Saskatchewan had a good season last year. They had some unfortunate injuries which set them back but they are back healthy. They are a quality team as well.  Getting a chance to play two good teams this early in the season is great for us.”  (From Larry Read, TRU Athletics)