In a first for the Thunder Men's Volleyball program, the team won their first match of the regular season in straight sets! The Thunder started on a high note, taking their first set of the year by a 25-22 margin in front of a raucous home crowd on Friday night. They followed up that achievement with even more impressive 2nd and 3rd sets, scoring 25-18 and 25-16 victories. "The guys showed the progress we have made and that we are going to be a tough team to get through," stated Head Coach Luc Jacobson. Injuries and illness made Saturday night's match in Lloydminster a tough one and the guys inevitably lost the match in 4 sets (25-23, 19-25, 21-25 and 21-25). "Although the performance was not what it was on Friday, there were still positives to be taken from our Saturday match. We weren't at our best and still competed for the entire match against a talented Lakeland team." Marc Langevin took Player of the Game Friday and veteran Connor Reeves, the same honour on Saturday night.
The Thunder will face another challenging opponent in Week 2 when they go up against the NAIT Ooks. The home game goes Saturday night at ~ 8PM.
The 2016-17 ACAC regular season began this weekend for women’s basketball as they went up against the Vikings of Augustana. The Thunder are coming into the season with high expectations as they have a very seasoned roster with a lot of potential. “We have had an excellent pre-season. The girls have been working extremely hard challenging each other in practices and for the rookies, it's (about) getting used to the game at a higher level,“ stated Head Coach Robbie Valpreda. As the Thursday night game started, you could see that the Thunder had some nerves and excitement as the players worked to shake off some of the cobwebs. Even though the Thunder have a number of returning players it always takes time to adjust and learn how to play with each other. After the first two quarters the Vikings were the aggressors with a 29-25 halftime lead. The Thunder struggled at first, missing a lot of easy looks and not capitalizing on easy buckets. As the second half began the Thunder pulled it together, led by Captains Nakita Newman, Shyanne Walton and Ann Stewart. “They stuck together and led our team through some rough patches; they set the tempo and everyone else contributed.” In the end the Thunder pulled out a 69-64 OT victory. The Thunder team looked great to start off the season with Nakita Newman leading all scorers with 20pts. But, the difference makers on the defensive end were Ann Stewart with 14rebs and Sofia Lucadello with 10 rebs. Player of the Game was Nakita Newman.
On Saturday evening the Thunder travelled to Augustana to compete in the always-difficult gym of the Vikings. “It’s a tough place to play. They have great fan support and it brings the energy and hustle to the home team.” The Thunder knew that they had to be able to weather the storm and play as one team. The Vikings again were the aggressor and jumped out to as much as a 13-8 lead. But the Thunder were able to answer back and finish the first quarter down just 18-16. In the second quarter, the Thunder pounced all over the Augustana defense, attacking them off the dribble, making the extra pass and getting up the floor in transition. “We're playing really well right now; everyone on the team is contributing in one way or another and we need that in an environment like this,” said Coach Valpreda. Going into halftime it was the Thunder with a 37-33 advantage. For the last 20 minutes of the game it was Concordia who 'brought the Thunder'. They applied great defense and took advantage of Augustana's 26 turnovers. A big stand out in the game was newcomer Lacey Weddle as she had 14pts and made some big shots at crucial moments. “Lacey played well. She is still adjusting to the game and coaching style but she has the potential to be a good player in this league.” Sofia Lucadello also had an excellent bounce back game with 10pts and 4rebs. Concordia sealed the game with a 77-64 win. “This was a great weekend for our team. It proved to the girls that they can win and for everyone (else), how hard these athletes work. It's such a long season and we have a long way to go but it gives us confidence and momentum going into next week’s games.” Player of the Game went once again to Nakita Newman.
The Thunder will have their mettle tested this coming week when they take on perennial powerhouse NAIT. The home affair goes Friday night at 6 PM.
The very first CCAA regular season game in the entire country this year was played this past Thursday night as the Thunder hosted the Augustana Vikings. The Thunder would lead by 1 after the first quarter and by 11 at the half. The Vikings would match the Thunder in the 3rd and not allow the lead to grow but a few minutes into the 4th the Thunder would push the lead to as many as 25 and ride out the 84-69 win. Leader for the Thunder – Ryan McLaren with a career high 20 points and 8 rebounds. Ron Bacon notched 15 points and 10 rebounds along with 4 blocks. Mike Malin also added 15 points and 8 rebounds with Brett Jakubec contributing 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Paul Smith-Profit came in with a solid contribution off the bench with 8 points and 4 rebounds. “(It is) always nice to open the season with a win, especially at home,” said Head Coach Reagan Wood. “We had a nice team game, moved the ball well and made big defensive plays when we needed to. Augustana is a really nice up and coming team so we’re happy to get this one.”
The rematch would come Saturday night out in Camrose. The Thunder would again break on top 17-11 after the first but a slow, low scoring second frame would see the Vikings pull within 3 at the half. The Thunder would explode for 60 points in the second half and finish off the sweep of the Vikings with an 84-55 victory. Leaders for the Thunder – Brett Jakubec with a career high 27 points to go along with 9 rebounds, Ryan McLaren scored 14 points with 4 rebounds, Euriah Pemberton tallied 10 points and 7 rebounds, Mike Malin pitched in with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Julien McFadden had 4 points and 10 rebounds. “Augustana can be a tough place to win. They always have a loud crowd and they usually shoot the ball well at home. I was happy with our defensive effort. It allowed us to maintain our edge while we found our flow offensively. Our defense definitely carried us in this one.” noted Coach Wood after the win.
Next up for the Thunder is a home and home with the defending ACAC and CCAA National Champion NAIT Ooks. Tip off times are Friday at 8 PM at the RKAC and Saturday at 8 PM at the NAIT Gym.
The Thunder Cross Country teams headed out to Camrose on Saturday to compete in the final race before the ACAC Championships. Conditions were cold and snowy at the largest race of the season which saw the UofA and MacEwan Universities join all of the ACAC schools.
The ladies were missing both of their Co-captains due to illness but Elise Nawrocki and Baylee Frissell both had solid runs, finishing as the 6th and 8th ACAC runners across the line. "Elise had a solid run today and Baylee was fighting the same illness that has been going around so her run was really good too, all things considered," stated Head Coach Matt Norminton. Rookie Haley Dunwoodie had her best race of the season, finishing in 13th place while 3rd year runner Ana Zulic continued her return to fitness with a solid Top 20 performance to help the girls finish 3rd overall in ACAC competition behind Red Deer and Lethbridge. Second year runner Bailey Troccolli-Hughes was next across the line for the ladies in 22nd while rookie Mienna Starosielski continued her strong season with a 26th place finish. Rookie Lannie Houle finished in 39th. "I honestly think we have 3 girls in the top 10 at the ACAC Championships this year," said Norminton. "If Baylee or Elise can crack the Top 5 and Haley sneaks into the top 10 as well, we could very well surprise Lethbridge and Red Deer up in Grande Prairie. But for now, I'm happy to head into the champs as the underdog".
The Thunder men were led by Co-captain Ian Lee who had another solid race, finishing in 11th place. Third year runner Michael Quick finished in 19th place with rookie Keith Spruyt in 24th place. Thunder Hockey team member Connor Reinson closed out the scoring for the men in 31st place to help the men finish 6th overall. "I think the guys found it pretty tough out there today," said Norminton. "Out of our top four, only Mike has ever done an XC season and to race in this amount of snow takes some racing experience. Connor was a bit tired from playing hockey the night before, too. We'll bounce back at the ACAC Champs and do our best to compete for a team medal." Four more rookies also competed for the Thunder men with Brad Agnew in 43rd overall, Mo Abdullahi in 46th, Darien Khan in 48th and Jackson Murrell in 53rd place overall.
The top 7 ladies and men will now head up to Grande Prairie to compete at the ACAC Championships in Grande Prairie on October 29th and hopefully qualify for the CCAA Champs.
This weekend the Thunder took on the previously undefeated Voyageurs from Portage College. Friday night at home, the Thunder played well and were able to put themselves ahead 3 to 0 by the third period. The Voyageurs were able to close the gap later in the period with two quick goals but the Thunder responded and ended up winning 5 to 2. First year player, Ian McLellan had a pair of goals as did Phil Dillon. Tanner McCorriston made 37 saves for the win.
Saturday night on the road, the Thunder again jumped out to a lead on goals from Adam Wheeldon, Rory Davidson and Phil Dillon. The Thunder however could not hold on this time as the home team came back in the latter half of the game including scoring two in the third period, including an empty netter. Final score was 5 to 3.
The Thunder will now enjoy a bye week before returning to the ice in two weeks for a pair of games at home against the Briercrest Clippers.
Due to the unusually early winter weather, the Thunder Women's Soccer team played the 'home team' NAIT Ooks on a neutral turf field in Sherwood Park this past Sunday. The field of play or the setting was enclosed by a perimeter wall of snow and filled with brisk air, ideal setting for another fall classic between the two women's programs. It may have felt like winter, but the action on the pitch was heated. The two teams exchanged chances in the first half, but it finished with no score. In the second half, NAIT scored to take a 1-0 lead in the 62’, but only to be tied by Concordia’s Jaida Stasiuk several minutes later. Unfortunately for the Lady Thunder, they conceded a second goal late in the game and lost 2-1. The game was not without controversy with some inconsistent calls throughout the match. NAIT also led the game in fouls, but yellow cards were tied at two per team. When asked about losing twice to NAIT this season, Coach Imbrogno replied, “Our season is far from over…We have sowed the seeds this year; we’re looking to harvest in a couple weeks at soccer provincials.” Concordia will be hosting that ACAC Women's Soccer Championship from October 28th to 30th and the possibility of the two teams meeting up again is a distinct possibility. But first, Concordia needs to focus on next week’s final two regular season games against Augustana and Keyano. Both games will be home affairs with Saturday's game against Keyano going at Noon and the Sunday game against Augustana also at Noon. Please note the starting time of the Keyano game was originally scheduled to be 2 PM but has been moved up to Noon.
"Disruptions, disruptions, disruptions. First it was Thanksgiving, then snow, and finally, NAIT. Yup, those guys again. But each time we get this test we improve, take something away and get that much closer to solving these types of opponents. In this instance a 2-1 result was fair, yet not far away." – Thunder Head Coach Ian Skitch. In his first appearance of the season, freshman Goalkeeper Aaron Bannard single-handedly kept the NAIT Ooks out for the first 40 minutes until a dreadful error dealing with a back pass put the hosts up by one. Despite some good pressure from the Thunder, it could have been 3-Nil for the hosts without some goalkeeping heroics from Bannard. Within 6 minutes of the 2nd half restart the Thunder had put the game back on level terms and pushing the Ooks after an Anass Drissi finish from close range. But alas, a lapse in concentration gave NAIT the opening it needed to regain the lead and ultimately seal the points.
The Thunder will finish the regular season this coming weekend with a two game home stand. On Saturday, they will host the Keyano Huskies at 2 PM and on Sunday, the Augustana Vikings at that same 2 PM start time. Please note the change in start time for the Saturday game; the game was initially scheduled to start at 4 PM but has been moved up to 2.
The Women's Volleyball team opened up their 2016-17 season facing the Lakeland Rustlers over the past weekend. As the team continues to grow and develop a solid foundation, they were challenged against one of the top teams in the league and it was a great learning weekend that the ladies will build off of. On Friday, the team struggled with their first contact and the Rustlers capitalized on this and won easily in three sets with scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-22. Julia Heupel was selected as the Player of the Match for the ladies.
In Saturday's return engagement, the ladies played much better and had opportunities to control the match but in the end, experience for the Rustlers took over and the team lost again in three sets, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-21. Shae McDonald was the Player of the Match for the Thunder.
Coach Turner's comments on the weekend – "Right now we have the talent and a group that wants to be successful. What we are lacking is still the mental toughness to respond to pressure that the other team applies during the match. When that happens we make a ton of unforced errors and we struggle to get our mental focus back and that is what I saw from the two matches over the weekend. We had some positive play in spurts both nights but we need to have that consistency to give ourselves a chance and we don't have that, yet. We will continue preparing each day to get to that point that will give us a chance to succeed."
The Thunder face another stiff test this coming weekend when they will face the NAIT Ooks. The home game goes Saturday night at 6 PM at the Ralph King Athletic Centre.
For the first time in Thunder Athletics history, a member of the Golf team will be competing in the CCAA National Championships. The Thunder Golf team's lone female member Kassidy Turcotte has qualified for the National Tourney after finishing 4th overall at the ACAC Championships on October 2nd. Through the CCAA infill process, Turcotte will be heading to the eastern most point in the CCAA when she travels to Charlottetown, PEI's Holland College to compete from October 18th to 21st.
Good luck Kassidy!
The Thunder wrapped up their 2016 preseason schedule with two wins over Burman University – 102-59 on Thursday in Lacombe and 89-53 on Saturday back in Edmonton. Sandwiched in the middle on Friday was the 1st Annual Thunder Men’s Basketball Alumni Tournament which was a huge success. 30 Thunder Alum came back for the event and showed they could still play! The current Thunder – using a split squad – was able to hold off the 2005-2010 Thunder Alumni in the final.
“We’re very grateful for so many Alumni coming out for the event. Several travelled in from out of town to be here and come play some ball. Having so much support from our past players is awesome and means a lot to me as a coach and I know the current players were happy to meet some of the greats from year's past. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the program for 10 years now so to see so many guys who I’ve had the pleasure of coaching again was special. We hope to build on the success of this event for next year and have even more guys out!” – Reagan Wood, Head Coach, Thunder Men’s Basketball.
This weekend the Thunder faced a tough match up against the Augustana Vikings. Friday night at home the Thunder stumbled out of the gates and spotted the Vikings a 3 to 0 lead after the first period. The Thunder fought hard and played better in the remaining 40 minutes but were did in by some penalties and ended up dropping a 5 to 2 result.
Saturday night the Thunder traveled to Camrose and came out fast against the Vikings. Ian McLellan scored just 35 seconds into the game but the Vikings came back with a goal of their own on a late power play and the teams ended the first tied at 1. In the second frame, the Vikings took the lead only to see the Thunder storm back with a late goal by rookie Jordan Busch to set up a furious 3rd period. The Thunder missed a few key chances to score and a lucky deflection led to a late game winner for the Vikings. Three to two was the final.
Despite the losses the young Thunder team has played well and look forward to trying to get back in the win column next weekend against Portage College. The home tilt goes Friday night at 8:15 PM at Clareview.
Concordia Thunder Athletics is pleased to announce that Mr. Dylan Theroux will be joining the department as the Head Coach of the Thunder Curling program. Please click in the Press Release below for complete details.
The Concordia Women’s Soccer team played under the worst weather conditions of the season this past Saturday against the King's University Eagles. Faced with cold air, a torrential downpour and a must-win game, Concordia kept their slim hopes alive for a league championship with a 3-2 victory. The Thunder ladies imposed their will early in the match by creating a number of chances and eventually scoring two quick goals in the 21 and 22 minute mark by Jaida Stasiuk and Jill Sander. The ball movement was exceptional in particular the wide play by both Sander and by Player of the Game, Brynn deVries. “We achieved our offensive objectives today,” said Coach Imbrogno. “We maintained possession throughout the pitch including in stressed areas…today we demonstrated intelligent football by all units and created chances, what more can we as coaches ask for?” One possible area can be the reduction or elimination of scoring opportunities of other teams. “Yes, that’s always a focus and that’s an ongoing principle that is tended to and nurtured…unfortunately, these types of days (rain and cold) are a big equalizer.” Leading 2-0, Concordia was stung by King’s late in the first half to give the host team some life, which carried over into the second. The game ended with two consecutive goals from questionable penalty kicks awarded to both teams. First, the Eagles at the 83’ mark tying it at 2-2, then the eventual game winner by Concordia’s Karey Lubkey at the 90’.
The Thunder will now enjoy the traditional weekend off for Thanksgiving before getting revved up for the big showdown with NAIT on October 15th.
Away to Kings + cold rainy day = slick watery pitch + seat at provincials on the table = character test. The Thunder Men's Soccer team passed said test in style. Although the 1-0 result seems narrow at first glance, Men's Soccer stuck to the script and its principles, attacking the host with possession and probed throughout. After a rocky first 2 minutes, the boys settled down and dominated the ball. The only downside of the first half was allowing a couple of Kings counterattacks to threaten and not having broken through with a goal. The second frame was better as the boys took complete control but just struggled to find a way through. To their credit, Kings have a decent defensive record and they showcased this to stay in the match. Ultimately the boys found a way and came from the unlikeliest of sources when Santi Vergara, having come on for Kenny Johnson through injury, found himself just inside the box with the ball sitting nicely for him to first time it through traffic low into the far corner. "Not a bad way get his first minutes of the 2016 season," commented Coach Ian Skitch. "Israel Olufuwa was immense and was deservedly named Man of the Match, however, The Team must ultimately take the credit for passing this test in such a manner. Well done boys."
The Thunder will now have the Thanksgiving weekend off and will then prepare for a showdown with the NAIT Ooks on October 15th at NAIT.
The Thunder Golf team competed in the ACAC Championships this past weekend, hosted by Portage College in Lac La Biche. On Day 1, the conditions were wet and cold but the Thunder battled through the day. Concordia's star female golfer Kassidy Turcotte was sitting in a tie for third place after shooting 89. The Thunder low guy after Day 1 was third year veteran Connor Beeston, who shot an 83 and was in a tie for 10th place.
On Day 2 the Thunder team once again braved the cold and came out with great results. Connor Beeston shot another 83 and finished in a tie for 12th. "Connor actually played very well the 2nd day, but just had a couple unfortunate holes that hurt him," commented Head Coach Kevin MacAlpine. The Men's team – comprised of Connor Beeston, Michael Lastiwka, Connor Dobberthien and Dylan Brown – finished in 5th place. The highlight from the weekend was Kassidy Turcotte's fourth place finish, which could give her the chance to qualify for Nationals in Charlottetown, PEI.
"Overall it was another great season for the Thunder Golfers," enthused Coach MacAlpine. "All are expected back next year which is exciting for the program!"
After taking the previous weekend off, the Thunder XCR team made the long trip up to Grande Prairie on Saturday. With conditions less than ideal, the ladies set off first for the 5k portion of the day. Second year runner Elise Nawrocki led the way for the Thunder Women with a 7th place finish followed closely by Co-Captain Rachael Smillie in 8th place. Bailey Troccoli-Hughes, Haley Dunwoodie and Shelby Edgar were next across the line for the ladies in 10th, 11th and 12th places, overall. Rookies Lannie Houle and Mienna Starosielski were the next Concordia runners across the line in 16th and 18th places, respectively followed by 3rd year runner Anna Zulic in 24th place. The Thunder Women finished in 3rd place as a team behind Red Deer College and the hosts Grande Prairie. "I felt the ladies ran well today," said Head Coach Matt Norminton. "It's certainly not ideal to sit crammed into a van for 5 hours and then jump out and race in miserable conditions but the girls did well and it was important for us to check out the ACAC Championship course. We'll be ready for the ACAC Champs in 4 weeks."
The Thunder Men were up next, competing over 8km. Co-Captains Ian Lee and Michael Quick led the way for the Thunder men, finishing in 4th and 7th place, respectively. Rookies Keith Spruyt and Connor Reinson closed out the scoring for the men in 9th and 13th places overall. The rest of the men were also rookies with Mohammed Abdullahi, Nils Jansen, Brad Agnew and Darien Khan finishing in 18th, 19th and 20th places overall. "Ian and Mike both had solid runs today and Keith continues to improve at each race," said Norminton. "I know Connor had a tougher day out there but he'll bounce back, he's a competitor." The Thunder Men ended up tied with Red Deer College for points but lost on the tie breaker which goes to the team with the better 4th place finisher.
The teams will now take the Thanksgiving long weekend off before heading out to Camrose for the Augustana invitational.
The official preseason for the Thunder Men's Basketball team got underway this past week with 3 games against teams from the ACAC South Division. First Up for the Thunder – the Briercrest Clippers. In what would prove to be a very exciting game the Thunder found a way to hit several big shots including a 3 at the end of regulation from Ron Bacon and two free throws from Kwame Kang at the end of the first overtime to keep the Thunder alive until they could finally gain some momentum and pull away in the second overtime and finish off the Clippers 95-86. Leaders for the Thunder in this one – Mike Malin with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, Ryan McLaren with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Ron Bacon and Brett Jakubec each added 11 points with Kwame Kang chipping in 10 to round out the double digit scorers. “This was a fun way to start the season,” remarked Coach Reagan Wood after the thrilling win. “We were forced to play hard and battle every possession by Briercrest who is a much improved team this year. It was great to see the determination and team-first play from the guys. We wouldn’t have been able to pull this one out without it. We also want to thank J. Percy Page High School for hosting the game for us. They did a first class job and helped make it a special night.”
After a long night the Thunder would face the Ambrose Lions in an afternoon affair at the Saville Centre. It was not the prettiest game from either team but the Thunder were able to shoot the 3 at a 50% clip and hold off the Lions 78-61. Leaders for the Thunder – Ron Bacon with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, Ryan McLaren notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kwame Kang matched his total from the night before registering 10 points.
Game 3 of the weekend pitted the Thunder against the St. Mary’s Lightning. After falling behind by 1 point at the end of the first quarter the Thunder would go on a tear and outscore the Lighting by 51 over the final 3 quarters and win the game by a score of 105-55. Leaders for the Thunder – Ron Bacon with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Brett Jakubec with 18 points and 4 assists, Mike Malin notched 12 to go along with 7 rebounds while Ryan McLaren and Kwame Kang each notched 10. Kwame also added 6 rebounds and 5 assists. “(I'm) very happy to see the balance we had in all facets of the game today,” said Coach Wood. “We will be successful this season if we share the ball and defend well each time up and down the floor. After a few early miscues we were able to put some great stretches together in this one. I know we can use this game as a step in the right direction for the kind of team we want to be this year.”
Next up for the Thunder is a home and home series with Burman University out of Lacombe on Thursday and Saturday this coming week with the first ever Thunder Alumni Tournament sandwiched in between on Friday. The Thunder will travel to Lacombe on the Thursday with the rematch at the Ralph King Athletic Centre on Saturday at 8pm. That will be the final test for the squad before conference play opens on October 13th at home against the Augustana Vikings.
This weekend the Thunder fell twice to their cross town rivals from MacEwan University. Friday night at the new Downtown Community Arena, the Thunder showed determination fighting back from 2 goals down in the second period to make the score 3-3. However the Griffins responded right back and were able to beat the Thunder 5 to 3. Dallas McIntosh scored 2 in the game and Brady Bakke added his first of the year.
Saturday night the Thunder and Griffins played a tight game at Clareview. The Thunder opened the scoring with a goal by Rory Davidson mid-way through the second period but MacEwan responded with 3 quick goals to close out the period. The Thunder fought hard but could not get back even in the game eventually losing 5 to 2 after a Griffins empty net goal.
The challenge remains difficult next week as the young Thunder look to be victorious against the strong Augustana Vikings.
The following phrase, “It’s not over when you lose, it’s over when you quit,” (author unknown) resonated loudly to the Women’s Soccer program this past week following the unusual debacle of losses in Grande Prairie last weekend. The Thunder ladies committed to a week of training, classroom sessions and the infamous player-led meeting. “It (losing) is all part of the game,” said Coach Imbrogno. “It’s how you respond when you fall. We coaches trust this group, we believe in this group and we believe we are a team that will continue to elevate our game as the season progresses and peak come provincial weekend.” If the character of this group was tested after Grande Prairie last week, then it passed with Honours with Distinction in matches this past Saturday against University of Alberta Augustana in Camrose and Sunday versus the visiting Keyano Huskies of Fort McMurray.
In Saturday’s game in Camrose, the Thunder started the game with composure, maintained ball possession and created scoring chances throughout the game. An early goal by first year player Paige Martin, got Concordia on the board at the fifth minute mark. Jaida Stasiuk continued her goal scoring streak with two goals and earned ‘Player of the Game’. “Stasiuk's movement off the ball was the best I’ve seen from her over the last two years. Her runs into areas provided our central players options to play direct balls into scoring areas,” said Imbrogno. “It was as close to a complete game by the starting group. We played intelligent football today. The movement from the back line and the endless supporting runs from our midfielders created numerous opportunities.” Concordia finished the game with a 5-1 victory. Other goal scorers were Karey Lubkey and Madison Kindzierski, both with their first goals of the season.
The Concordia ladies started Sunday’s home match against the Huskies with the same tenacity and composure as the day prior and got off to another fast start. Jill Sander got the group going with a darting run down the flank and rattled a shot of the goal post from distance. “Her work rate as a wide player created numerous chances in the attacking zone,” said Imbrogno. “She was determined today and her efforts were recognized and equaled by her teammates.” Her contributions earned her the ‘Player of the Game’ honours. On this day, Concordia’s keeper Kathleen Lang earned a clean sheet with no goals against and saw the Thunder Ladies score five unanswered goals by five different players. Jaida Stasiuk, Kaitlyn Diduck, Gabby Bayne, Laura D’Andrea and Jill Sander all got on the score sheet.
Next up, the Thunder will travel across the river to face the King's Eagles at Kings on Saturday, October 1st. Game time is 12 noon.
The Thunder Golf team competed in – and also played host to – the ACAC North Regional tournament this past weekend at Raven Crest Golf Course in Edmonton. On the men's side, the team got off to a very hot start in Round 1 on Saturday. After 9 holes of Round 1, the Thunder were actually leading the entire tournament, with Connor Beeston at +1, Connor Dobberthien at +2, Dylan Brown at +3 and Michael Lastiwka at +4. Unfortunately it did not continue for the Thunder. The team had a rough back nine but still were only 2 shots out of 2nd place at the end of the day. The Golf team's lone female player Kassidy Turcotte was in 8th place at the end of Round 1.
On Day 2, the Thunder Men struggled again but finished in 5th place ahead of Olds and Portage. Connor Beeston and Michael Lastiwka led the Thunder finishing in 17th and 20th place, respectively. Dylan Brown and Connor Dobberthien rounded out the team with 26th and 29th place finishes. On the lady's side, Kassidy Turcotte played much better and more relaxed on the Sunday. She had the 4th best score on the Sunday shooting 85 and finished in 7th place overall.
The Thunder look to take the positives from this weekend and improve for the ACAC Championships that are being held in Lac La Biche next weekend. Great Job Thunder!
The Thunder Men's Soccer team saw both ends of the winning spectrum this past weekend, as they split their matches. On Saturday the Thunder travelled to Augustana, winning convincingly by a 6-2 margin. Israel Olufuwa was the Man of the Match. On Sunday, the Thunder returned home to Concordia to host the Keyano Huskies. "The visitors showed us why they are the defending Provincial Champions, scoring 2 on either side of the half to bag the points, 4-0, stated Head Coach Ian Skitch. "Despite some good work by Man of the Match Ernest Kotio, it was a worryingly flat performance from the Thunder that will need to be addressed before travelling to Kings next weekend – a significant game that the Thunder will have to approach correctly."
The Thunder will face the King's Eagles on Saturday, October 1st with the action on the pitch starting at 2 PM.
This weekend the Concordia Thunder Hockey team opened their season with a home-and-home series against the SAIT Trojans. On Friday night at home the Thunder got off to a quick start with 3 goals in the first period from Nathan Smith and a pair from rookie defenseman Jordan Busch. In the second period the Thunder continued to push the pace and were able to add 3 more goals from Ian McLellan, Phil Dillon and Nathan Smith. The final score was 6 to 2 for the Thunder. First year goalie Tanner McCorriston picked up his first victory with a 42-save performance and Jordan Busch was named Player of the Game.
On Saturday the Trojans turned the tables on the Thunder in Calgary. Dallas McIntosh scored a first period goal to get the Thunder back into the game and the contest remained close until early in the 3rd period when the Trojans pulled away and ended up with a 6 to 1 victory. Next week the Thunder take on their cross town rivals from MacEwan. Friday night the Thunder play at the new Rogers Community Arena and Saturday night back home at Clareview. The puck drops at 7:00 PM for the Friday match up and at 8:15 PM at Clareview the following night.
This past weekend the Women’s Basketball team took part in friendly round robin matches hosted by College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC. The Thunder had a successful tourney, going 2-1 in their 3 games. “We have a very hardworking, talented group for the upcoming season,” stated Head Coach Robbie Valpreda. The team beat Capilano College, North Vancouver, Ambrose College, Calgary and lost a very close one 67-65 to Camuson College from Victoria.
This past weekend the Women's Volleyball team hosted their annual pre-season tournament to start the year off and get an idea of where they are at in the early stages of the season. With four teams participating – Concordia University of Edmonton, Augustana, Keyano and Ambrose, the ladies were able to play three matches over the two days and work on team play, as they have done minimal team play in practice.
On Friday against a very much improved Augustana team, the ladies were ahead in all three sets halfway through but the Vikings applied some pressure and the team lost all three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-16. In Saturday afternoon's match against Keyano College, the ladies continued to improve on their team play and were able to manage a victory with scores of 25-17, 25-21, 17-25 and 25-20. In the night's match against Ambrose – who will be the sleeper pick in the ACAC South Division, the team struggled on their first contact and lost in three with scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-16.
Coach Turner's comments from the weekend: "Overall we were pretty pleased with the steps we took in each match. We have been stressing that it is not the results that counted for the weekend but making sure we improve on the skills we have been working on in practice for the first two weeks. It was also a chance to get some of the new ladies into a University-level match so they understand how much different this level is compared to high school and club volleyball. We have a ton of work ahead of us but the group so far has been very good in trying the stuff that we are asking as a coaching stuff, so we are looking forward to the progressions that we will make this year."
The Concordia Thunder Badminton is proud to introduce the newest members of the team for the 2016-17 ACAC season.
Braxton is a graduate of Old Scona High School and was the 2014 and 2015 Boy's Doubles City and High School Provincial Champion. He was a part of the 2014 Gold Medal Alberta Winter Games team and won the Doubles Gold Medal at those games. He was awarded the Royal Glenora Involvement Award in 2013 which entailed Braxton volunteering and coaching many hours for their badminton program. He received the Old Scona Most Valuable Athlete Award in 2014 and 2015. He also received the Badminton Canada's Sportsmanship and Fair Play Award for the 2016 U23 Junior National Badminton Championships.
Cecelia is a graduate of Archbishop MacDonald High School. She has been playing Badminton for 6 years and began her training at the West Ed Junior Badminton Club and is currently training at the Derrick Club. In 2014, Cecilia was on one of the Alberta teams for the Western Canada Team Championships and she also participated in the Alberta Winter Games winning a team Gold Medal the same year. She is a three time High School Girls Single's Provincial Champion winning it in all three grades in high school.
Badminton Head Coach Kevin MacAlpine had this to say about his incoming class:" Both of these athletes look forward to being part of the Concordia Badminton Team this year and are excited to represent Concordia at badminton tournaments in the years to come. Other athletes that will be joining the team are Kassidy Turcotte, Kaylee Morris and Luc-Ly Nguyen. All of them have represented their high schools in provincials and we look forward to them being on the team as well."
The Thunder Men's Soccer team took all 6 points that were up for grabs this weekend in Grande Prairie and have moved up the north division table to 2nd place. After the long, early morning haul to GP on Saturday, the boys expended what energy they had left to go up 3-0 before settling with a 3-1 win. Two goals came from wonderful fast counter attacks showcasing the pace in this team. Man of the Match Mas Arya scored on the best of these fast break attacks.
In the Sunday rematch, the boys came out a bit flat but ascended quickly to control the game for the best part of 75 minutes, getting their first clean sheet of the season in a solid 2-0 victory. Thunder Head Coach Ian Skitch is very pleased with the play of his team in this young season. "Our defensive solidity was driven by a good tactical plan that earned Clinton Osaje Man of the Match. In attack, the boys have now hit 10 goals on the season with Ahmed Abubaker leading with 5. The only downside was missing a second penalty of the season."
Coming up, the Thunder will play their third straight double-header weekend, first heading to Camrose on Saturday for a tilt with the Augustana Vikings before returning home on Sunday to host the undefeated powerhouse Keyano Huskies. Kickoff will be at 2 PM.
Both the Thunder Ladies and Men's teams took 3rd place at the 2nd ACAC Grand Prix hosted by SAIT in Calgary on Saturday. Elise Nawrocki ran her fastest time ever over 5km to lead the ladies as the 5th place ACAC runner across the line. Rachael Smillie was the next Thunder lady across the line in 8th place while Baylee Frissell also ran a personal best to finish right behind her Co-captain in 9th place. Rookie Haley Dunwoodie completed the scoring for the women in 11th place, also running a personal best followed closely by 2nd year runner Bailey Troccoli-Hughes in 12th. Co-captain Shelby Edgar finished in 17th while rookie Mienna Starosielski finished in 21st, also running a new personal best. Third year runner Anna Zulic opened her season in 22nd place. As a team, the Thunder Women ended up in 3rd place, only 8 points behind first place Lethbridge and just 4 points back of 2nd place Red Deer. "The women ran very well today," said Head Coach Matt Norminton. "Four of the ladies ran new personal best times and we put 6 ladies in the top 20 today. That's a great 2nd race of the season."
The Thunder Men were led by their Co-captains Ian Lee and Michael Quick, who finished in 10th and 15th place, respectively. "Ian had a great run. He moved through the field really well today," said Norminton. Rookies Keith Spruyt and Connor Reinson finished in 16th and 17th, respectively, both running new personal best times for the 8k distance. Rookie Mohammed Abdullahi also ran a new personal best time to finish in 27th place overall to be the 5th Thunder runner across the line while 4 other rookies, Nils Jansen, Darien Khan, Brad Agnew and Jackson Murrell all ran new personal best times to finish in 34th, 35th, 38th and 40th places, respectively. The men finished in 3rd place overall as a team behind SAIT and Lethbridge but beat Red Deer who got the better of the Thunder Men the week before at the season opener. "For the guys to lose all 7 of our runners from last year's team and be contending as a top 3 team this season is really impressive," enthused Norminton.
The Thunder teams will take a week off before heading up to Grande Prairie to check out the ACAC Championship course on October 1st.
In an unprecedented outcome, the Concordia Thunder Women's Soccer team lost both matches this past weekend against Grande Prairie, delivering a massive blow to Concordia’s aspirations of a league title. The first match Saturday afternoon in Wolves’ country finished in a 3-1 defeat. As is always the norm for the Thunder women, during the same day travel to Grande Prairie, the women stepped off the bus to play their first match lacking the mental and physical focus needed, and fell to 2-0 at half. The Thunder awoke in the second and controlled the run of play and were rewarded in the 62nd minute by a Jaida Stasiuk goal. Playing desperately for the tying goal, Concordia were caught on a counter attack and conceded the third and final goal of the match.
Sunday’s rematch promised to be a different result and different it was. The Thunder controlled the majority of play throughout the match but were victims of a 'wolf spell' that seemed to repel soccer balls from the Grande Prairie net. The Thunder created numerous opportunities toward the goal but were stopped by cross bars, goal posts, goalies’ hips, players’ torsos and numerous other unfortunate wolf obstacles. On Grande Prairie’s first chance, Concordia found itself down 1-0. On GP’s second chance, Concordia found itself down 2-0 and so this theme continued until GP went up by 4-0. At the 71st minute Stasiuk scored the Thunder’s first goal and started to alter Concordia’s fortunes. The Thunder scored two more goals, Stasiuk’s second of the game and Jill Sander’s first, but unfortunately time elapsed for Concordia and the result was a 4-3 final score.
The Thunder will have a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Augustana on Saturday, September 23rd to face the Vikings before returning home to host the Keyano Huskies on Sunday. Game time is at Noon.
This weekend was busy for the 2016-17 edition of the Concordia Thunder Hockey team as they closed out the preseason. Following an organized scrimmage against NAIT put on by the Edmonton Oilers at the new Rogers Place on Thursday night, the Thunder headed to Lac La Biche for a game against the Portage Voyageurs on Friday. The Thunder took an early 1 to 0 lead but despite multiple chances could not beat the Portage goaltender and ended up falling 3 to 1.
Saturday night the Thunder returned home to face the Voyageurs once again. The Thunder played an excellent game and finished with a 7 to 3 win. Phil Dillon led the way with 4 points (2 G, 2 A) and rookie line mate Ian McLellan also chipped in adding 3 points. Tanner McCorriston was excellent between the pipes picking up the win.
Sunday night the Thunder travelled to Camrose to face an excellent Augustana Vikings squad. Playing what was essentially their 4th night in a row, the Thunder couldn't sustain a consistent level of play and eventually succumbed 7 to 1 to the Vikings.
Head Coach Dan Glegloff is looking forward to the start of the regular season and had these comments: "Next weekend the games start to count and this young Concordia team is eager to begin. We hope to see lots of Thunder fans on Friday night when SAIT comes to town for the home opener." That game will go at 8:15 PM at Clareview Arena.
Photo Courtesy of Nick Kuiper
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In front of a large, enthusiastic home crowd Friday afternoon, the Concordia Thunder Women's Soccer team opened their ACAC regular season with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Eagles of King’s University. Jaida Stasiuk scored a goal in each half in the 32nd and 82nd minutes, respectively, to secure the victory. The latter goal was a pile up in front of the Eagles goal line which saw a number of Concordia players crashing the area to ensure the ball entered the back of the net. Concordia’s commitment to its defensive play diffused any offensive opportunities from the visitors. The Thunder’s central defender Nicole Klepic earned Player of the Game honours and Kathleen Lang earned the clean sheet in goal.
On Sunday, Concordia hosted their crosstown rivals, the NAIT Ooks, a team against whom the Thunder have struggled to earn a result of any kind over the last several years. On this day it would be different. The game was played on a rainy and windy day that saw both teams motivated to play. The Thunder demonstrated a continuous attack throughout much of the first half and were rewarded midway through. Central midfielder and Player of the Game Kaitlyn Diduck played a brilliant through ball to forward Shyanne Walton who broke through the NAIT’s back line to earn her first goal of the season. Concordia had several chances to score, but were unfortunate at times. Late in the first half Concordia attempted to clear the ball from deep in their zone and unfortunately, the shot was deflected off a NAIT player into the back of the net to tie the match 1-1. The second half saw chances from both sides but no goals were scored and as a result, Concordia earned its first point off NAIT in over three years. Although the weather was cold the temperature on the pitch was heated. The game saw 22 fouls and four yellow cards. The rematch is scheduled for October 15th at NAIT. It may be colder for the second match, but the intensity will certainly be heated.
The next action for the Thunder will see them take the long trek north up to Grande Prairie for a pair of games against the GPRC Wolves on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, the 18th.
The Thunder Men's Soccer team opened their 2016 ACAC campaign this past weekend, putting 3 of a possible 6 points into the ledger. Friday night's home opener saw the boys fight back twice to overcome an improved King's side, 4-2. Ahmed Abubaker got the hat trick and earned the 'Man of the Match' title. On Sunday the Thunder hosted NAIT on an unseasonably cool & inhospitable day. Despite coming up short 4-1, the boys showed they are not far away from the top sides. Unforced errors plus a missed penalty were the difference against a savvy and bigger NAIT squad.
Next up for the Thunder will be the annual away trip, this year to Grande Prairie to face the GPRC Wolves on September 17th and 18th.
The Concordia Thunder Cross Country Running team got their season rolling this past weekend, hosting the first race of the 2016 season at Tiger Goldstick Park. The ladies team started the day with the top 5 Concordia women finishing all together from places 9-13 out of the CCAA competitors and within 26 seconds of each other. Elise Nawrocki led the way, followed closely by Baylee Frissell and Co-Captain Rachael Smillie. “Our top 5 ladies really packed in well. I’m excited to watch them improve as the season goes on,” stated Head Coach Matt Norminton. Next across the line was rookie Lannie Houle and 2nd year runner Bailey Troccoli-Hughes. Co-Captain Shelby Edgar and rookie Haley Dunwoodie crossed the line in 19th and 20th place, respectively while rookie Mienna Starosielski finished in 24th place out of the CCAA competitors. The ladies finished in 3rd place out of the CCAA teams, behind UBC Okanagan and Red Deer College. “To have 8 competitive women out there today was really great to see,” said Norminton. “We’ll be ready to give RDC a run for their money at the ACAC Championships at the end of October.” Thunder alumni Marriya Jenkins finished in 5th place overall while Kristen Hansen (Thunder Assistant Coach) ended up in 33rd place overall and Vanessa Chambers finished in 48th spot.
The men were up next and with the entire 2015 XC team having all departed, Coach Matt Norminton knew that this would be a great learning experience for his Thunder men. Co-Captains Mike Quick and Ian Lee (both ran Indoor Track last year but not Cross Country) led the way for the men, finishing in 9th and 14th place, respectively. After the 2 captains, it was all rookies across the line for the Thunder with hockey player Connor Reinson finishing just ahead of Keith Spruyt in 15th and 16th places. Darien Khan, Nils Jansen and Jackson Murrell were the next Thunder men across the line in 31st, 32nd and 34th, respectively. Concordia students Mo Adbullahi, Ojeme Ogharo and Benjamin Garnett Lopez also competed in the race finishing 48th, 63rd and 64th overall. “With the exception of Mike, I don’t think any of these guys have ever raced an 8km so we did exceptionally well today!” enthused Norminton. “I think more than half of them have never even done an actual running race before so I’m really proud of these guys. They are only going to get better from here. I strongly believe that they can be competitive at the ACAC Champs this year”. The Thunder men finished in 4th place overall behind SAIT, UBC Okanagan and one point behind Red Deer.
Thunder Alumni Kirk Sundt picked up the overall win at the race while Kenton Sportak finished in 27th place overall.
Next up for the Thunder XC teams will be a trip down Highway 2 on Saturday to take part in the Jordan Fish Open XC race, hosted by SAIT.
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The Concordia Thunder Athletics Department is pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual 'Bring the Thunder' Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 21st at the Raven Crest Golf and Country Club. Tee times are still available for this auspicious event but space is filling up fast. For more information on how to register, please contact Athletics Game Day and Special Events Coordinator Nate MacLellan at email@example.com.