Canada West 2016-17 Previews
’15-’16 – Lost at UBC in 1/4 Finals 12 wins – 8 losses (Pioneer Division)
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.
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
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