Calgary Dinos – Coach Dan Vanhooren, 16th Year
‘Parity’ is a word being tossed about by some Canada West coaches as we approach the 2015-16 season, while Coach Dan Vanhooren is feeling carefully optimistic about the Dinos’ chances. “We like our team. We are deeper everywhere, and have a nice mixture of experience and young talent”, said Vanhooren. UC lost 5th years, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and Phil Barndt, but have returnees Josh Owen-Thomas, Matt Letkeman, Dallas Karch, and Jasdeep Gill in either their 4th or 5th years at UC.
But, perhaps the most striking difference in the playing roster is the emergence of a group of former ‘lesser-lights’ who have developed into potentially major contributors. The post trio of Mitch Ligertwood, Connor Foreman, and Matt Ellis give the forward line a fresh new look, with 4th year transfer Sunny Johal also in the mix.
At guard, the team has similar depth, with rookie Winnipeg high school star, Torrez McKoy, displaying “ … uncommon poise and leadership for a young point guard”, says Vanhooren. Jhony Verrone, Corey Hauck, and David Kapinga are all itching to make their mark as well.
Last year’s CW Rookie of the Year, Lars Schleuter, brings a dangerous outside threat, and import guard, Thomas Cooper, has demonstrated a deft scoring touch and a nose for the ball on the boards. Calgary finishes their pre-season with the CBU Capers Fall Classic in Nova Scotia this weekend, then hosts Winnipeg for the start of League play on Nov. 6/7.
Corey Hauck G 5-10, 2nd, Abbotsford, B.C., Mouat
Jasdeep Gill G 6-5, 4th, Chestermere, AB , Chestermere
Dallas Karch F 6-6, 4th, Calgary, Wisewood
Jhony Verrone G 6-0, 3rd, Montreal, Vanier Coll.
Josh Owen -Thomas G 6-1, 5th, Adelaide, S.AUS
Lars Schleuter F 6-8, 2nd, Ulm, GER
Matt Letkeman F 6-6, 5th, Abbotsford, B.C., Yale
Mitch Ligertwood F 6-7, 3rd, Port Moody, B.C., Heritage Woods
Matt Ellis F 6-7, 2nd, Calgary, Manning
Connor Foreman F 6-6, 3rd, Camrose, AB, Camrose
Jordan Handel G 6-4, 3rd, Red Deer , Notre Dame
David Kapinga G 5-11, 2nd, Calgary, St. Mary’s HS
Thomas Cooper G, 6-5, 4th, Chattanooga, TN, (tsf Univ. of Nebraska, Kearney)
Torrez McKoy G 5-11, 1st, Winnipeg, MBCI HS
Luke Praught G 6-4, 1st (red-shirt), Canmore, AB, Canmore
Sunny Johal F 6-7, 4th (red-shirt), Abbotsford, B.C., tsf. U. New Brunswick
Trinity Western Spartans – Coach Aaron Muhic, 1st year
The Spartans come off their worst season (2-18) in recent memory, and have an experienced U.S. small college coach, Aaron Muhic, working to revitalize the program. It may take a season to have his ideas translate to wins on the court , but he’s hoping that a couple of key veterans can help the cause immediately.
Kelvin Smith looks like he will have to carry much of the scoring load, and Jesse Jeffers needs to stay healthy, and be his usual robust self on the boards. Lucas Mannes looks to be a leader in the back-court, with his combo game, and Matt Blackaby seems ready to step up his game with this new opportunity.
Vartan Tanielian has a good array of offensive skills, and, as a big guard, can make an impact. The 7-1 Matt Hayashi “ … has a real passion for the game”, says his coach. “Matt works extremely hard every time he’s on the court.” Another notable addition is import is Sebastian Eliason, a strong wing man, who can score inside or out. The ‘biggest point man in Canada West’ has to be import Dean Richey, who has his experience at Spokane Comm. Coll. to help with his formidable task.
TWU is 0-4 in the pre-season to date, with games vs Mt. Royal and Evergreen State in Langley next week, then they start League play at Victoria on the 6/7 Nov.
Josiah Allison G 6-2, 2nd year, Abbotsford
Kelvin Smith W 6-5, 5th, Los Angeles
Patrick Vandervelden F 6-9, 4th, Abbotsford
Vartan Tanielian G 6-4, 2nd, Surrey
Eric Rogers G 6-4, 2nd, Chilliwack
Peter Spanghehi W 6-3 , 3rd, Surrey
Jesse Jeffers F 6-6, 5th, N. Vancouver
Matt Blackaby G 6-2, 4th, Maple Ridge
Lucas Mannes G 6-1, 3rd, Chilliwack
New Spartans –
Kyle Rose G 6-0, Scarborough, ON, J. Vanier
Sebastian Eliason W 6-5, 2nd, Denmark
Dean Richey G-F 6-5, 3rd, Spokane, tsf Spokane CC
Fraser Curry F 6-4, 1st, Ottawa, Woodroffe
Matt Hayashi F 7-1, 1st (red-shirt), Langley, Churchill
Phil Weston F 6-5, 1st , Chilliwack
Canada West Game Scores – Sat. and Sun. – at Calgary 80 Mt. Royal 78 – Both coaches empty the bench, as the Dinos have 4 in double figures, including newcomers, David Kapinga with 11 pts./ 7 steals, and Thomas Cooper a double of 11 pts/10 rebs. Derrick Wolfe scores 17 and Tyis Yellowhorn 14 for MRU, who also get a double of 11 pts/11 boards from T.T. Thokbuom. Box Score.
at Thompson Rivers U. Tournament – TRU 74 TWU Spartans 48 – The 1-2 punch for the ‘Pack … Volodymyr Iegorov with 18 pts/11 boards, Josh Wolfram 13 / 11, and Kelvin Smith hits 15 pts. for the Spartans. Box Score
Great Falls 66 UBC-O 60 – Aldrich Berrios scores 14 points for the Heat, and Austin Penrose grabs 8 boards. Darren Lockett scores 20 points for the winning Argos. Box Score
Rocky Mountain Coll. 81 Lethbridge 65 – Chris Maughan racks up 22 pts /13rebs, Rob Olsen with 20 pts and Will Hickey 19.
at the Graham Construction, Saskatchewan Tournament – Saskatchewan 90 Regina 87 – Evan Ostertag scores 24 pts/ 4 asst., Jauquin Bennett-Boire has 17 / 4 asst. for the Huskies, and Jonathan Tull counts 21 pts/ 5 asst., plus 5 other Cougars in double figures. Box Score Concordia 84 Windsor 75
Other CIS Games – Ottawa 95 Cape Breton 82, Carleton 101 Toronto 56, Queen’s 89 UQ-Montreal 87, McGill 77 York 58, UPEI 78 Maine-Ft. Kent 66, Dalhousie 93 Mt. St.Vincent 66, Laurier 102 Memorial (Nfld) 90, Mercyhurst (PN) 70 Guelph 53, Bishop’s 79 Acadia 68, St. Mary’s 112 at St. FX 108, UNB 94 Holland Coll. 93 … Cape Breton 98 U. Quebec -Montreal 85, UPEI 109 Holland Coll. 81, Toronto 83 Acadia 79, UNB 99 Maine-Ft. Kent 84, Carleton 88 Bishop’s 60. Mercyhurst 88 Laurier 77, Ryerson 103 Memorial 89, McGill 108 Waterloo 56
- Saskatchewan may be without post man Matt Forbes for some time, after he iinjured his ankle at the UVic Tournament, and is on crutches awaiting further tests and treatment. Also hurting is 6-6, Shane Osayande, who is struggling with continuing ankle troubles of his own. Coach Barry Rawlyk says, “He is out indefinitely, but he is improving, and we hope to get him back after he recovers fully enough. “
- How happy is Coach Scott Clark at TRU to have the outstanding Ukranian import, Volodymyr Iegorov, show up for grad studies in Kamloops?! The Wolf Pack look like one of the tops in Canada West with him beside Josh Wolfram, and the offense being directed by veteran point man, Reese Pribilsky.
- The very tall, slender, shot-blocker, Tethloach Thokbuom, played well in both games vs the Calgary Dinos this weekend; Coach Marc Dobell has to be pleased to have more height, with the 6-9 T.T., and 6-8 Brett Layton helping to patrol the paint.
- The Lethbridge Pronghorns are playing annual games with nearby Montana schools. Coach Mike Hansen has been trying to arrange for CIS schools from Eastern Canada to play pre-season in Lethbridge, but it’s not the cheapest, or most convenient travel schedule, so he has had no takers through this season. Maybe a bigger tournament format in cooperation with Mt. Royal and Calgary ?
- Speaking of long pre-season trips, we have both the Calgary Dinos and Regina Cougars flying to Halifax, then driving up to Sydney, NS for the Cape Breton Capers Fall Classic, which runs Oct. 22 – 24. Also down East are the UVic Vikes, who are in S. Ontario for games at Brock, McMaster, and Guelph, Thurs-Fri-Sat.