9/29/2006

Dinos Retreat Pictures Online

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:19 pm

After spending a weekend at the Eagles Nest Ranch just outside of Medicine Hat, AB, the Dinos are eager to get going with the upcoming season.

Check out the Dinos Retreat Pictures, by clicking on the link here!

Getting to Know the Dinos: Logan Armstrong

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:17 pm

#20 Logan Armstrong

Key Stats:

Position: Guard
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 185
Hometown: Big Stone, AB

The ‘411’

Favourite Basketball Player: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller

Favourite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad

Idol(s): Family

Logan joins the Dinos roster as a heralded Freshman recruit out of Big Stone, AB where he played at Youngstown School for his father, John. Spending his off time Mountain Biking, Logan is also a graduate of the Jr. Dinos Program where he played for Dinos assistant Coach Matt Skinn for one season before returning for his grade 12 season, and finishing 2nd at the ‘A’ Provincial Championships while taking home the Most Sportsmanlike Player Award for the Conference.

A Kinesiology student, Logan hopes to get into Sports Medicine once he graduates and hopes to work for a professional team.

9/27/2006

Getting to Know The Dinos: Joel Bancroft

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:47 pm

#4 Joel Bancroft

Key Stats:

Position: Guard
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 175lbs
Hometown: Airdrie, Alberta
Year of Eligibility: 2

The ‘411’

Favourite Basketball Player: Tim Duncan

Favourite Food: Cavatappi Alfredo

Idol(s): Parents, Jesus Christ

After returning from his mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joel will hope to make an impact with the Dinos after playing one season at Red Deer College. At RDC, Joel had an outstanding freshman season winning the 2004 ACAC Rookie of the Year Award, and the Top Defensive Player in the ACAC. Joel was also a winner of the Rutherford Scholarship will attending Bert Church High School, and playing for Coach Allan Gallup.

Joel is currently a Communications and Culture student at the U of C, but hopes to have a career in Bio-Medical Engineering.

9/26/2006

Getting to Know The Dinos: Tony Dhaliwal

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:00 pm

#3 Tony Dhaliwal

Key Stats:
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 180lbs
Hometown: Abbotsford, BC
Year of Eligibility: 2

The ‘411’

Favourite Basketball Player: Kobe Bryant

Favourite Food: Banana Bread

Idol: Brother, Jas

A graduate of Rick Hansen High School in Abbotsford, BC, Tony played alongside CIS Rookie of the Year Jacob Doerksen of the University of Victoria Vikes for three seasons with the Hurricanes. Tony was a 1st Team All Fraser Valley performer, and a 2nd Team All British Columbia Basketball All-Star in his grade 12 season.

A General Studies student at the U of C, Tony hopes to be a teacher and be involved with basketball for as long as possible.

A new feature on www.dinosbasketball.com, the “Getting to Know” segments hopes to bring Dinos fans a little closer to their favourite players. Stay tuned for the rest of the 2006/2007 edition of the Dinos team!

9/24/2006

Dinos Retreat Weekend

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:38 pm

The Dinos were off on Friday, September 22 for a two day retreat at a remote location in SE Alberta with team goals, competition, team challenges, and team unity as the focus for the exercise. Players, coaches, managers, and trainers will travel together and spend some time on the road to get to know each other a little better.On Friday, the Dinos will have a short scrimmage with Medicine Hat College Rattlers in Medicine Hat. Calgary are still waiting for the recovery of Ross Bekkering, out until next week with a hand injury, and freshman Logan Armstrong has a back problem which is keeping him off the court for now.

Practices have been going well and the newest Dinos are displaying some good form as they work in with returning veterans. Joseph Schow is working hard to knock off the rust of two years away from the game, and is impressing with his hard work and skills in the post. There is fierce competition amongst returnees Robbie Sihota, and Sonny Khangura as they are challenged by newcomers Schow and lefty Chris Unsworth, a strong presence inside as a 1st year player. Red shirt sensation Henry Bekkering is dominant in most drills with his quickness and power. He is working hard on his shooting touch, and sets a combative tone in practice. Returning perimeter starters Josh Feist, Cody Darrah, and Brian Finniss have looked sharp in leading the workouts. 2nd year point Tony Dhaliwal has been bothered with a sore back, but is expected back to drills next week. 4th year wing player Jeremy Odland has been pushing the starters every practice as he has stepped up his game. Transfer guard Joel Bancroft is proving himself a tenacious defender with the quickness to take the ball to the hoop, and freshman Dustin Reding, at 6’6″, a very tall wing player, has been knocking down shots with regularity. Jared Laird, a 6’5″ freshman has now settled on learning the wing position, and is making steady progress in team workouts.

The Dinos first CIS pre-season action will be October 12-14 in Ontario against McMaster, Guelph, and Brock Universities. Calgary will be at home at the end of October for the ‘Border Battle’ with Great Falls University, Montana Tech, Alberta, and Lethbridge.League play in Canada West follows the next week as the Dinos travel to UVic and UBC.

9/21/2006

Mentorship Program Continues to Help Dinos

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:44 pm

You are at the airport on a Wednesday or Thursday morning bound for Ontario or the West Coast, and you will miss classes for at least two days that week as you play basketball for the Dinos. Every second week brings a new destination and a new challenge to your academic and personal schedule.

The life of a varsity basketball player is full of practice time, training, travel, games, and shortened academic weeks. In order to accomplish academic goals, a student – athlete needs to be organized, confident, and determined. It helps to have the assistance of someone with experience in facing similar life challenges as you try and succeed as a student and an athlete.

The Dinos Basketball Team are fortunate to have just such alumni and supporters to act as mentors for each player on the 15 man roster. Over the course of the school year, and even through the summer months in many cases, mentors from the professional ranks of business, law, education, sciences, and medicine work on behalf of our athletes in advising, listening, guiding, and encouraging career and personal development. These mentors, many of whom are former University and College players themselves, are also basketball fans who follow their player’s progress on the court.

In some cases Dinos players have been working with the same mentor for the past 3 years, and it is not uncommon for the mentor to have made a significant positive impact on the life of the young man. Career discussions can turn into post-university jobs, and encouraging counsel can help a young player through the inevitable rough patches in the life of an athlete. In so many ways these mentors can be a major boost to the success of athletes in our program.

The Dinos team wishes to thank the following mentors for giving generously of their time and expertise in aid of our players: Royce Baker, Kelley Charlebois, Phil Christie, Rob Driscoll, Brian
Fleming, Dr. David Jones, Anton Joseph, Wes Jickling, Adam Kleitsch, Ian Minnifee, Craig Newman, Kurt Pedersen, Keith Smith, Geoff Thompson, Dale Vanhooren, Richard Weibach, and
Dr. Bruce Wright.

By Wayne Thomas

9/19/2006

Groat Forced from Dinos Line-up

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:31 am

Third year player Brendan Groat has been forced to put his basketball dreams aside and to end his comeback attempt with the Dinos this season. Suffering from severe knee pain throughout the last two campaigns, Brendan was still hobbled as he tried to participate in early season practices with the team this fall.

Upon receiving the news of this decision, Coach Dan Vanhooren spoke of Brendan’s dedication to the team and of his courage in battling with the knee injuries over the past two years. “Brendan was so determined to play this year, but the knee pain is just too much to deal with on a daily basis. Brendan was unable to play even close to his old form.” The 6’5″ Groat was a blue chip recruit back in 2003 after leading his Lloydminster Barons High School team to two impressive seasons while playing for his father, Tom Groat. Brendan was a member of the 2003-04 Canada West Championship team which
eventually lost out in the National Semi-Final that season.

While maintaining an honours average academically, Brendan supported the team through every practice last season despite being unable to play. He has been an inspiration to the players and coaches on the Dinos as he has battled to get back to the court. The coaching staff is hopeful that Brendan will remain a part of the team, perhaps assisting in coaching.

Brendan’s quickness, strength, and character will be hard to replace, and his on court leadership will have to be picked up by some of the remaining senior players. We are disappointed for Brendan as his Dinos playing career is foreshortened, but we are proud to have had him as part of our program.

9/4/2006

Cowboys clobber Depleted Dinos

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:13 am

Led once again by their outstanding sophomore guard Brandon Ewing, the visiting University of Wyoming Cowboys laid a sound licking on the Calgary Dinos as they topped the home team 91-68. Ewing’s slashing moves were good for 21 pts. and 7 assists, and he had 4 other
teammates in double figures.

As veterans Josh Feist, Brian Finniss, and Brendan Groat watched from the bench, Calgary’s depleted line-up was picked apart by a quicker, stronger, and better shooting Wyoming team. The Dinos committed 14 turnovers in a very sloppy first half, and the Cowboys seized the
opportunity to snatch a 42-21 lead at the break. Calgary shot a dismal 27% in that half compared to 57% for Wyoming.

The Wyoming dominance continued in the final frame, although the Dinos shooters warmed up to a 43 % clip as Cody Darrah, the lone available starter at the guard spot led with 18 pts., and he was helped by 12 from freshman Dustin Reding including 3 of 4 from 3 pt.
range.

The Dinos will now take a short break before resuming practice prior to the regular pre-season start in October. Coach Dan Vanhooren will look forward to the return of his starting guards, the veteran Groat, and the eventual healing of Ross Bekkering’s broken finger, suffered
in practice last week. The next team activity for the Dinos will be a day working at the
‘Habitat For Humanity’ townhouse site in NW Calgary this coming Tuesday. This will be the 2nd year for the Habitat workday for the team and coaches.

By Wayne Thomas

9/3/2006

Wyoming Get Past Dinos

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:04 am

Quickness and a better shooting touch from the foul line served the Wyoming Cowboys well as the visitors prevailed 79-67 in exhibition basketball at the U of C Saturday night. Wyoming’s two back-court aces, Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones were a wrecking crew for the Cowboys – Ewing, a dazzling talent bombed for 26 pts. including 10/11 from the foul line, while Jones slashed, dished and shot his way to a rare ‘triple-double’ with 15 pts.-11 rebounds-10 assists.

The Wyoming club took advantage of 19 Calgary turnovers and continually scored in transition. The Dinos came out strong in the first half and claimed a 36-35 lead at the break as Brian Finniss’ three point shooting sparked the offensive attack. On the night Calgary was led by Robbie Sihota with 11 pts. and 11 boards, Finniss with 12 pts. and speedy guard Josh Feist with 13 pts. and 5 assists.

Calgary was only 60% on 28 free throw attempts, but a respectable 45% from the field, while Wyoming shot 80% from the line and 45% from the floor. Wyoming won the battle on the boards with 44 rebounds to 35 for the Dinos.

Calgary Head Coach Dan Vanhooren played all 12 of his players as he rolled the line-up over at will, and several of the Dinos newcomers showed well for their first taste of university action. Joe Schow and Sonny Khangura both looked comfortable in the post, and Brendan Groat
played some good minutes after sitting out all of last season with injury problems.

The same two teams are at it again at 7:00 pm Sunday at the Jack Simpson Gym.

By Wayne Thomas

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