Dinos Host Wyoming in the ‘Jack’

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:11 am

In hosting the University of Wyoming Cowboys Men’s Basketball Team this coming weekend, the Calgary Dinos were excited about the 1st ever trip by an NCAA school to play in Calgary, but, with the announcement yesterday that the Jack Simpson Gym has become available for the games, the Dinos are looking forward to the move from the cramped Red Gym to the classy atmosphere of the big court.

The Jack Simpson was originally scheduled to undergo renovations to the track area this Labour Day weekend, but construction delays now leave the big gym open for the September 2nd and 3rd ( 7:00 pm both nights ) games. The obvious advantage is the familiar home court, and the opportunity for many more fans to take in the action in the 4,500 seat centre.

NCAA teams such as the Wyoming Cowboys of the Mountain West Conference are able to travel outside the U.S. for September exhibition games prior to the start of classes to play CIS schools. Other weekend action in Western Canada will also feature games on the West Coast with Arizona, Fresno State, Wichita State, and New Mexico State playing UBC, Simon Fraser, and Saskatchewan. The NCAA schools see the early action as a chance to practice with their full squad prior to the usual October 15th official start; prior to that date, most schools are limited to small group sessions and limited coach to athlete court time.

The Dinos start practice Tuesday with a roster featuring 5th year guards Josh Feist and Brian Finniss, who are expected to be joined in the starting back-court by 4th year shooter Cody Darrah. 2nd year post players Ross Bekkering and Robbie Sihota will be prominent
factors in the frontcourt. Following are the remaining roster players for the Dinos …

Sonny Khangura – 5th year post, Jeremy Odland – 4th year wing, Brendan Groat – 3rd year post, Tony Dhaliwal – 2nd year guard, Joe Schow – 2nd year transfer ( SFU ) post, Joel Bancroft – 2nd year transfer ( Red Deer College ) guard, and Henry Bekkering – red shirt
transfer ( Eastern Washington ). Henry will not dress for the games as his red shirt status applies to any non-league games as well. All intra-CIS or NCCAA transfer players must sit out a year before playing at their new school.

1st year players include Logan Armstrong – guard, Youngstown, AB, Jared Laird – post, St. Francis, Calgary, Dustin Reding – guard, Bowness, Calgary, Chris Unsworth – post, Medicine Hat, AB, and Randy Williams – guard, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Tickets are are being pre-sold at the Kinesiology Client Services Ticket Office for $10.00 per person with children under 12 being admitted for $5.00. Two-game packages are available at $16 for adults and $8 for children under 12. To purchase tickets, visit Kinesiology Client Services in KNA 101, call 220-DINO, or email tickets@ucalgary.ca.


Dinos Prep For Division 1 Opponent

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 3:35 pm

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos men’s basketball team will begin practices on August 29 in preparation for their games against the NCAA Division I University of Wyoming Cowboys on September 2 and 3 at 7:00 PM in the Red Gymnasium. The Dinos will practice each evening at 5:00 PM in the Red Gymnasium up to an including September 1.

Because of limited seating in the Red Gymnasium tickets are limited. To date 30% of tickets are sold, and Dinos Athletics is expecting capacity crowds both nights. Tickets are will be pre-sold at the Kinesiology Client Services Ticket Office for $10.00 per person with children under 12 being admitted for $5.00. Two-game packages are available at $16 for adults and $8 for children under 12. To purchase tickets, visit Kinesiology Client Services in KNA 101, call 220-DINO, or email tickets@ucalgary.ca.

The appearance by the Cowboys marks the first time in school history that an NCAA Division I men’s team will compete in Calgary against the Dinos in men’s basketball.

The Cowboys came within a single basket of making it the NCAA Tournament field of 65 teams in 2006 losing in overtime to San Diego State University. Wyoming plays in the Mountain West Conference and was a Finalist in their Conference tournament last year losing in overtime to San Diego State who garnered their Conference berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Cowboys finished with an overall record of 14 wins and 18 losses and had a Conference record of five wins and 11 losses.

Wyoming saved their best basketball for the end of the season upsetting Air Force Academy 57-55 and the University of Utah 60-47 in the opening two rounds of the Conference tournament before falling 69-64 in the Conference Final. Air Force and San Diego State both
qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Other teams that compete in the Mountain West Conference in men’s basketball are Brigham Young, Colorado State, University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Key players for the Cowboys are sophomore point guard Brandon Ewing from Chicago and his backcourt partner Brad Jones, who could be one of the top backcourt tandems in Conference. Ewing was one of the top freshmen point guards in NCAA Division I basketball last year.
Another solid player is sophomore Bienvenu Songondo at 6’10” forward from the Central African Republic.

The Dinos also received a ruling from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Office stating that “redshirt” Henry Bekkering is not eligible to compete in the game due to his transfer status from
Eastern Washington University.

– Jack Neumann
Dinos Sports Information


Dinos Schedule 2006-2007

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:11 pm

The Labour Day weekend ( Sept. 2 and 3 ) games with the University of Wyoming will mark the earliest start for Dinos Basketball in many years. The Cowboys, who narrowly missed a spot in the NCAA Tournament last season, will be a feature opponent in a busy fall schedule for the Dinos.

Also on the pre-season slate are road trips to Ontario for a three game series, and the Saskatchewan Huskies Fall Tournament. At the end of October the Dinos will host the ‘Battle of the Border’ featuring Montana Tech and the University of Great Falls against the three
Alberta members of Canada West – Lethbridge, Alberta, and Calgary at the Jack Simpson Gym.

The Canada West league schedule gets underway on the first weekend in November with the Dinos facing UBC and UVic on the west coast. Home games in the first half include single games with Simon Fraser and Trinity Western, and a two game set with Lethbridge.

The addition of University of Fraser Valley ( Langley, B.C. ) and Thompson Rivers University ( Kamloops ) and the desire to include games with every Canada West school has created an imbalanced home and away schedule for the Mountain Division. In 2006-07, Calgary and
Lethbridge will have only 10 home games against 12 away tilts, whereas Alberta and Saskatchewan will be 12-10 home and away. For the 2007-08 season the intention is to reverse that.

As well as meeting their Mountain Division competitors in four games each, the Dinos will face each of the other Canada West schools in single games. Familiar faces will become even more familiar, as the Dinos are scheduled to see the U of A Bears in the Christmas Golden Bear Invitational along with their 4 league tussles.


Player Profile – Logan Armstrong – Class of 2006/07

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:52 pm

Big Stone makes a very small geographical imprint on the vast landscape of Eastern Alberta, but a large impression on the basketball world. Logan Armstrong played basketball at Youngstown
High School, the regional school for villages and towns in the farming and ranching area close to Hanna. Logan, at 6’5″ played the point for the Falcons and led them to a 2nd place finish in the 2006 1A Alberta Championships.

Actually, Logan did it all with his smooth shooting stroke, passing ability, and his tenacious rebounding. His coach was his Dad, John Armstrong, who was the recipient of the Alberta Schools Most Sportsmanlike Coach for the past season. Coach and father nurtured a
tremendous talent and a fine young man in Logan, and the Dinos got an early look at his potential when he played with the Junior Dinos in the summer of 2005 under Coach Matt Skinn. Logan impressed with his long range shooting and his very competitive nature, and was a top
priority for Head Coach Dan Vanhooren in the recruiting this past winter.

Logan joins older brother Taylor, a 6’5″ 4th year transfer post player at Trinity Western, in Canada West competition and it will be an interesting game for the Armstrong family on November 11 in Calgary as the Spartans visit the Dinos. Logan will compete at the shooting guard and ‘big guard’ spots for the Dinos as he starts what promises to be a bright career of CIS basketball.

By Wayne Thomas

Player Profile – Chris Unsworth – Class of 2006/07

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:49 pm

Chris Unsworth stands 6’7″ tall and weighs in at a solid 225 lbs.; a very strong player considering he is an incoming freshman for the 2006-’07 Dinos. The left handed post player was a two sport all-star at Medicine Hat High School, and has been recruited by the Dinos Football team as well.

In leading his Mohawk teams of the past two years to back to back Southern Alberta Basketball titles, Chris and his teammates have made history for their high school. Chris’ presence in the post for ‘Hat High was a big determining factor, and he received a lot of interest from Canada West universities in the recruiting wars. The Dinos are fortunate to snag the hard-working freshman, whose older brother Clint, is a 6’9″ 2nd year at the University of Saskatchewan. The brothers transferred to Medicine Hat from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and the Mohawks became an instant powerhouse in Southern Alberta football and basketball.

Look for the big red head to provide an enthusiastic and aggressive element to the Dinos inside game in the upcoming season. Chris will join the Dinos in practice in the last week of August in preparation for games with the University of Wyoming on September 2 and 3.

By Wayne Thomas

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