8/22/2007

BATTLE OF THE BORDER 2007

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 12:58 pm

2007 BATTLE OF THE BORDER – WEEKEND SCHEDULE

All games in the Jack Simpson Gym

Saturday, September 1

11:00 am Creighton vs. Saskatchewan

4:00 pm Weber State vs. Lethbridge

7:00 pm
Creighton vs. University of Calgary DINOS


Sunday, September 2

10:30 am Mt. Royal All-Stars vs. Weber State

1:00 pm Creighton vs. Lethbridge

5:30 pmUniversity of Calgary DINOS vs. Weber State

7:00 pm Saskatchewan vs. Creighton

Monday, September 3

10:00 am Weber State vs. Saskatchewan

12:00 pm Creighton vs. University of Calgary DINOS

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8/20/2007

Dino News – Keeping you up to Date!

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:49 am

Former Dinos post man , Ian Ferguson, was married on August 11 to former Dinos Volleyball star Robyn Horner. The couple will continue to live in Calgary, and Ian will be finishing a degree in Education, and coaching this winter at Cochrane HS.

The top Dinos player academically last season ? None other than big Sonny Khangura, who earned Academic All- Canadian status with his 3.50 GPA. This is quite an accomplishment for the big man, who finished strongly on the court in his 5th and final year, and improved markedly in the classroom.

After starting to work for Anton Joseph’s ‘Strive Fitness’ Centre in South Calgary, Brian Finniss, one of the Dinos co-captains last year, got the call from Citybasket Recklinghausen, the team in Germany for which Chris Wright played last year. ‘B’ will enjoy the reduced practice schedule and the opportunity to see some of Europe in his spare time. Former Dinos Wright and Chris Harris are just down the road playing for Hagen BBV.

Ross Bekkering and his Canada teammates advanced to the quarter finals in the World Student Games in Thailand with an impressive 83-54 shellacking of Israel . On Wednesday they beat Germany for a berth in the semi-final, but lost to Lithuania. The team won a bronze medal by shading Japan 90-84 in yet another come from behind win.

The all-time , All-Dinos family has to be the Bekkerings. Anna and Cory both played 5 years for the Women’s Dinos and their husbands, Jeff Loomis and Mark Gillrie both played for the Dino Men’s Team. Brothers Henry and Ross will suit up together this season, while youngest sister Janelle, who sat out last season with a knee injury, will play at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Their father, Simon, was a University player in the ’70s.

Assistant Coach , Matt Skinn is coaching with the Alberta U-17 Team in Quebec this week, and they are in the Final against the home province after having beaten Ontario. Bert Church – Airdrie’s Dominyc Coward is the leading scorer for Alberta, and he is a hot prospect in next year’s recruiting class for UC. Update … Alberta wins the gold over Quebec 73 – 68. Congrats to Matt, who has had a great record in Summer Hoops , both with Alberta and, of course, with the Junior Dinos.

Former Dinos Surinder Grewal and Aman Heran are running a series of junior basketball camps in the Lower Mainland with some success.

By Wayne Thomas

8/1/2007

Ross Bekkering to compete for Canada at FISU Games

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:30 pm

CALGARY – University of Calgary Dinos forward Ross Bekkering is heading to Thailand with Team Canada.

Bekkering, who will enter his third season with the Dinos men’s basketball squad this fall, was named to the Canadian team for the Summer Universiade in Bangkok Aug. 8-18. The 6’8″, 225-pound forward averaged 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in the 2006-07 season, making him the number-four rebounder in Canada West.

“This is a huge day for both Ross and the Dinos program,” said Calgary head coach Dan Vanhooren. “For Ross, this will improve his confidence, and the international experience will make him a better competitor when he comes back.

“From the perspective of our program, having three guys with national team experience – Ross, Henry (Bekkering) and Tyler (Fidler) – is a big positive. It shows that athletes don’t have to play in the U.S. to have a shot at competing internationally, we can develop elite athletes right here in Canada.”

Bekkering’s older brother Henry joins the active roster this season after sitting out a year due to the transfer rule. An impact player known for his highlight-reel dunking ability, the elder Bekkering made the decision to return to Canada after a two-year stint at Eastern Washington University. Tyler Fidler, one of the top basketball recruits in the country this season, turned down several offers from American schools in electing to stay home and play for the Dinos. He was the consensus MVP in Calgary last season at Western Canada High School.

Vanhooren expects big things from the younger Bekkering when he returns from Thailand and begins his third year with the Dinos.

“We have huge expectations for Ross, and I think this will be his breakout year,” he said. “How well he plays will contribute to how well the team does. It’s awesome for us that he’s going to Thailand because we rely on him so much for our success, and this experience will only help him provide that leadership on our team.

“Team Canada will use him as a rebounder and an energy guy off the bench. We’re not worried so much about his playing time as much as the overall experience for him.”

Bekkering is the first Dinos men’s basketball player to represent Canada at a Universiade since Richard Bohne in the mid-1990s. Bohne won a bronze medal with the team in 1995.

The team departed for Thailand Wednesday morning after final cuts were made Tuesday night. Coach Chris O’Rourke (University of Guelph) and the team will begin training on site later this week in preparation for the competition.

Canada opens Pool A play against the host Thais on Tuesday, Aug. 7 (3:30 am MST), with their second preliminary game against New Zealand set for Wednesday morning at 8:30 am local (7:30 pm MST Tuesday night). Both of Canada’s opening round match-ups come before the Opening Ceremony, set for Wednesday evening in Thailand.

Bekkering will rejoin the Dinos in late August as they prepare for the Battle of the Border event Labour Day weekend, which will see the NCAA’s Creighton Bluejays and Weber State Wildcats pay a visit to the Jack Simpson Gym. For ticket information visit www.goDINOS.com.

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