Dinos Men’s Basketball 2007/2008 Vol. 1

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Stay tuned each week for the Dinos Men’s Basketball Comic Strip featuring the Dinos and their upcoming opponents. You can also check out all of the Dinos Comics in the Photo Gallery!


Dinos CIS Season Kicking off Next Weekend

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:50 am

bb_henry_creighton.jpgThe 2007-2008 version of the Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball team kick off their Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) schedule following the Thanksgiving weekend when they travel to the University of Waterloo to take part in the Naismith Cup. The team will be up against the host Waterloo Warriors, the McMaster Marauders, and the Toronto Varsity Blues.

The Dinos are eager to battle with their bolstered line-up featuring, as many are calling it, one of the top recruiting classes in Canada a long with the core of players who helped the Dinos finish their 2006-2007 regular season campaign strongly. Their returning players include 3 of their top 4 scorers from a season ago. 6’4″ G Cody Darrah enters his fifth year of eligibility, and third year with the Dinos after playing two seasons at the University of Alberta. Cody finished last season averaging 12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg while shooting 42% from the 3 pt line and 87% from the FT line and will be a key to spreading the defense with the Dinos potent inside game. Also returning up front is starter and FISU games National Team member 6’9″ Ross Bekkering. Ross’ athleticism and strength improved this off season and and he should be one of the top posts in the conference during the upcoming year. Ross looks to improve on last season’s numbers which saw him post 13.2 ppg, 7.4, rpg, racking up 20 blocks and 23 steals while shooting 50% from the floor and 40% from 3. Ross is one of the best natural rebounders in the country and should be able to improve on his 4th place standing in Canada West from a season ago. The other returning starter is 6’6″ Robbie Sihota who is one of the most underrated players in Canada West. Robbie is a potent scorer from the inside and out and will be looking to improve on his numbers of 12.0 ppg, and 6.9 rpg. Robbie showed his offensive potential against Winnipeg last season scoring 29 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

The other key returning players for the Dinos who will see action in the rotation are 6’9″ center Joe Schow (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) who missed most of the second half of last season with a high ankle sprain, 6’4″ wing and work horse Jeremy Odland (8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and the 6’8″ meat hook Chris Unsworth (2.5 ppg, 1.7rpg) who showed great promise down the stretch last season and in the playoffs. Also returning is the consistent defender 6’1″ G Joel Bancroft, 6’4″ G Logan Armstrong who medical redshirted last year, and 6’7″ Dustin Reding who will red shirt this season with the club.

The Dinos newcomers are athletic, eager and all come from a winning pedigree. 6’6″ G/F Henry Bekkering joins the team after playing 2 years at Eastern Washington University which competes in the Big Sky Conference. Henry is a super athletic wing player who can get to the rim, post up, and consistently knock down the open jump shot. Henry will be counted on for his leadership, rebounding and scoring this season if the Dinos hope to make a deep post season run. Henry has already shown his ability to do everything as the Dinos beat his old conference champion Weber State in the pre-season. The other new comer who will find his way into the starting line-up is the 6’0″ PG Jeff Price. Jeff has been the Point Guard of an Alberta provincial Champion the last 3 seasons (1 4A Provincial High School, 2 ACAC Titles) and brings this attitude and commitment to the Dinos. Jeff is a great outside shooter, great ball handler, and pesky defender who will run the show for the Dinos this year. Last year, Jeff averaged 17 points, 6 assists per game as he was ACAC Player of the Year, ACAC Male Athlete of the Year, and CCAA All Canadian. The Dinos have also added 6’9″ freshman guard Tyler Fidler to the mix. Tyler joins the Dinos from Western Canada High School in Calgary, and has also seen action with Canada’s Junior National Team. Tyler averaged a triple double in high school last season and is a tremendous outside shooter, ball handler and passer. His ability to stretch the defense and cause mismatches will be a huge asset to the Dinos. Tyler won the city championships with Western last season but was ousted in the Provincial quarter finals despite a 52 point effort. The Dinos line-up will also feature 6’1″ PG Andrew Champagnie out of Ross Shepherd in Edmonton where he led his team to the provincial title in his grade 11 year and to the final in his senior season. Andrew has not played the past two seasons out of high school and with his added experience and quickness should provide depth at the guard spots. 6’2″ Combo guard Brennen Fule will also provide depth at the 1 and 2 spots for the Dinos this season. Brennen won a provincial title in his grade 10 year at Strathmore High School and collected a 57-0 record as the starting shooting guard with the Jr. Dinos. Last, but definitely not least, is newcomer 6’4″ F Josh Lovestone. Josh played last season at SAIT averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds and was also a member of the University College of the Caribou team that won the CCAA National Title in 2005. Josh adds toughness, rebounding and a great outside shooting touch to the Dino line-up.

Practice continues for now as the Dinos gear up for their pre-season schedule which also includes a trip to Montana to play Montana Tech and Carroll College of the NAIA, and a Calgary match-up with Whitworth College of Washington. The Dinos regular season opens up on November 2 and 3 at home versus the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.

***Note: The Dinos played in the Sandman Invitational in Red Deer this past weekend. Without Henry Bekkering and Andrew Champagnie in the line-up the Dinos played hard, with rugged defense and improved every game winning all 3 match-ups against ACAC competition.

Game 1: Dinos 79 Concordia College 56
Top scorers: Ross Bekkering (18), Tyler Fidler (13), Joe Schow (10)
Top rebounders: Ross Bekkering (11), Joe Schow (9), Tyler Fidler (8)

Game 2: Dinos 75 Red Deer College 43
Top scorers: Ross Bekkering (17), Cody Darrah (14), Robbie Sihota (12)
Top rebounder: Ross Bekkering (10)

Game 3: Dinos 93 MacEwan 51
Top scorer: Tyler Fidler (18), Robbie Sihota (11), Josh Lovestone (11)
Top rebounders: Ross Bekkering (10), Josh Lovestone (8), Tyler Fidler (8)


All For a Good Cause – Walk a Mile in her Shoes

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:24 am

n501050177_317920_3511.jpgThe 2007-2008 Dinos Men’s Basketball team appeared very comfortable in their shoes yesterday. High heel shoes that is as they “Walked a Mile in her Shoes” in support of the Calgary YWCA and the Cardel Emergency Housing Fund. Helping to raise awareness for a worthy cause, the boys took to downtown Calgary during Lunch hour on September 24 strutting their stuff in front of a large crowd oohing, awing and cheering the Dinos around the 1 mile track. Even Rex, the Dinos Mascot joined the team on Stephen Ave as more than 250 Calgary and Area men walked in the hope of raising $130,000. Along with the Dinos, the Calgary Stampeders and the Calgary Hitmen were in attendence.

The Dinos were the only team with full representation, thus earning them a spot on Global TV News at Noon, live and on location. The team would like to thank all of those who supported the cause and the team!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Dinos pictures in the Photo Gallery.

The Dinos take to the court this weekend as they head to Red Deer Alberta for a 3 game stint at the RDC Invitational Tournament vs. ACAC competition. Game times are 6:00pm Thursday vs. Concordia University College, 4:00pm Friday vs. Red Deer College, and 4:00pm Saturday vs. MacEwan.


Dinos 2007-2008 Roster

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:00 pm

16.jpg The Dinos Men’s Basketball team will feature a lot of new faces for the upcoming season. The Dinos feature 6 new bodies to accompany a returning 9 players to complete their 15 man roster. The roster will be increased by one once the CIS football season concludes as Dinos starting quarterback Jordan Flagel will also join the team as a red shirt performer. The Dinos have a great exhibition season scheduled featuring the Naismith Cup at the University of Waterloo, as well as travels to Montana, and Winnipeg at Christmas time. The hectic Canada West schedule features 12 home games for the Dinos this year, with 10 on the road, with the potential to host the Canada West Final Four for the Mountain Division Champion.

Here is a closer look at the Dinos (pictured above)(From left to right):
Back Row: 21 – Dustin Reding, 6’7″ F (RS), 15 – Henry Bekkering, 6’6″ G/F, 33 – Ross Bekkering, 6’8″ F, 24 – Tyler Fidler, 6’9″ G, 40 – Joseph Schow, 6’9″ F, 42 – Chris Unsworth, 6’8″ F, 31 – Robbie Sihota, 6’6″ F, 3 – Josh Lovestone, 6’4″ F
Front Row: 20 – Logan Armstrong, 6’4″ G, 22 – Cody Darrah, 6’4″ G, 14 – Brennen Fule, 6’2″ G, 5 – Jeff Price, 6’0″ PG, 12 – Andrew Champagnie, 6’1″ PG, 4 – Joel Bancroft, 6’1″ G, 13 – Jeremy Odland, 6’4″ G (not pictured, Jordan Flagel)


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2007

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 11:20 am

walkamile_logo.jpg Hello Dinos Supporters,

This year, the Calgary Dinos Men’s Basketball team will be taking part in the event, Walk a Mile in her Shoes. The event is a fundraiser for the YWCA and the Cardel Homes Crisis Foundation to help women and their children find emergency housing. The event is to take place on September 24, 2007 at Noon on Stephen Ave.

The Dinos and the YWCA are looking for your support. If you are interested in helping the cause, you can go to www.walkamile.ca, and click on the Calgary Dinos Logo at the top of the page. Once you have clicked the logo, a team photo will appear a long with a button to click to help support the charity. Information regarding the charity and the event can also be found at the ‘Walk a Mile’ site. Any amount would be outstanding as the cause and the charity are outstanding. Plus, with the support we have already received at our ‘Battle of the Border’ weekend, we can help the YWCA and Cardel Homes reach their goal of $130,000! If there are any questions please feel free to contact Asst. Coach Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca or by phoning (403) 220-3453. Thanks for any and all contributions and you are more than welcome to join us on September 24! See Everyone at Stephen Ave!


New Dinos Dunk Video – Summer Camp 2007 featuring HENRY and ROSS BEKKERING

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:33 pm

Our 2007 Summer Campers at the University of Calgary were treated with a Dunk Contest by their counsellors: The U of C Men’s Basketball team including Joe Schow, Tyler Fidler, Robbie Sihota, Ross Bekkering, and Henry Bekkering. Check it out!


Bekkering Makes Omaha Newspaper

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:06 pm

In a story outlining the Creighton Blue Jays trip to Canada, Steven Pivovar not only mentioned the success of their recent games, but the high flying exploits of the Dinos Henry Bekkering. The Omaha World-Herald Journalist listed Henry as number 4 in his top ten list of what the Jays learned in Canada:

4. Stinnett isn’t only player who can jump – P’Allen Stinnett wasn’t the only guy in Calgary with hops. The guy with the best leaping ability in Calgary played for the home team. Henry Bekkering, a 6-foot-7 forward for the University of Calgary, wowed the Bluejays with his high-flying antics. “The kid could jump out of the gym,” Dotzler said. Bekkering has a 42-inch vertical leap and legend has it that he once jumped over seven kids for a throw-down at a camp. His best dunk against the Bluejays came off a one-step baseline drive. “He almost hit his head on the rim,” junior guard Dustin Sitzmann said. Said Dotzler: “The kid was just unbelievably athletic. He could go to the NBA dunk contest and compete with anybody.”

Stay tuned for more high flying antics in the Dinos upcoming games, as well as video footage from The Dinos 2007 Summer Basketball camps which will be posted soon both here, and on youtube.com.



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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

For Tickets Call 220-DINO!


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


Ross Bekkering on Final 14 FISU Games Roster

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Ross Bekkering, native of Taber, Alberta and 3rd year standout forward for the University of Calgary Dinos has made the Final 14 roster for the Canadian National Development team which will compete in Thailand at the World University Games this July. A walk on tryout in Toronto prompted Ross to give the camp and team a shot with no word of an invite for him or any of the Dinos. Ross made the best of situation by beating out over 40 other players to be one of 2 athletes chosen to go to the main camp. Based at Durham College in Toronto, ON, Ross attended the National Camp which was comprised of both National Team and Development National Team members.

Ross again made headway by catching the eye of National Team Coach Leo Rautins, and performing very well at the 4 spot all week during the camp. Beating out several other players who had been formally invited, Ross made the roster of 14 that will train again at Simon Fraser University at the beginning of July. Some other players on the roster include CIS stanouts Jacob Doerkson, Garry Galimore, J.P. Morin, and Casey Archibald. Stepping up his game and improving his inside play and strength have given Ross a very good shot at cracking the line-up. Stay tuned for more updates at www.dinosbasketball.com.


Bekkering Brother’s Dunking at Webber – The Complete Mix

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 7:23 am

Here it is! A complete mix of both Henry and Ross Bekkering dunking at the Webber Academy Sports Banquet. Check out Ross going behind the back, and Henry jumping over 5 students. The CIS is going to FIND OUT!


Henry Bekkering Dunk – Version 2.0

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 4:09 pm

Here is the Sky Cam version of Henry Bekkering, star of the upcoming 2007/2008 version of the University Calgary Dinos, as he jumps over 5 kids at the Webber Academy Sports Banquet.


New Henry Bekkering Dunking Video!

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 3:44 pm

Last Saturday, the University of Calgary Dinos were represented by Henry and Ross Bekkering at the Webber Academy Athletic Fundraiser. The brothers volunteered to raise awareness for Webber Academy Athletics, and to start spreading the word for the upcoming season for the U of C. More Videos to come!


Dinos Recruit Earns Multiple Honors

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:29 pm

Jeff Price, the starting Point Guard for the Mount Royal College Cougars has been in the spot light lately for ACAC and CCAA athletics. Jeff will be a transfer guard for the University of Calgary Dinos starting this September. The 6’0″ Calgary resident won back to back ACAC titles with the Cougars in his first two seasons and finished 4th this year at the CCAA Nationals. Jeff attended Lord Beaverbrook High School where he led his team to the 4A Provincial High School Basketball Title before starting at MRC.

Jeff Price – Men’s Basketball, Mount Royal College – Subway Male Athlete of the Year

Jeff Price is a second year guard with the MRC Cougar Men’s Basketball Team studying business. He led the Cougars in scoring, averaging 18.59 pts per game, and played a big part in MRC claiming their second straight ACAC Championship. At the CCAA national championship, where MRC finished fourth, Jeff ranked third in scoring and was named to the tournaments’ 1st All Star team.

This season, in addition to being awarded ACAC Athlete of the Year, Jeff has also been named to the ACAC All-Conference team, twice awarded Subway Athlete of the Week, and chosen as a CFCN Television Athlete of the Week, a CCAA Athlete of the Month, and a CCAA All-Canadian. As well, Jeff was named the Al Bohonus Male Student-Athlete of the Year at Mount Royal College.

In addition to receiving the ACAC Athlete of the Year, Jeff was also named the 2007 Mount Royal Athlete of the Year, as well as ACAC Basketball Player of the Year.



Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 9:44 am



Henry Bekkering has become a basketball phenomenon! He can be found all over the internet featured in Interviews, movies and even on Television. Check out a few of the latest!

Henry Bekkering on YouTube:

Henry in the Super Pages Dunk Contest:

Henry Bekkering, The TNT Remix:

Henry Bekkering In the Press:

Henry Bekkering Interview, hooplife.ca:
“Allow me to reintroduce myself” – December 15, 2007

And Check out The Best Damn Sports Show Period and its top 50 Dunks of All Time! Henry is featured in Dunk 39!

Henry Will be coming to a court near you this summer and next year for the University of Calgary Dinos. The Dinos will be hosting a Labour Day Weekend Tournament this year at the U of C vs. two NCAA tournament teams. Stay Tuned to www.dinosbasketball.com for details!


Incoming Dino Recruit Tyler Fidler was interviewed on Stage at the BLG Awards on April 30 in Calgary. The BLG Awards celebrate the top student-athletes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and Tyler was picked for the interview based on his high school success, and choice to stay at home to go to school at the University of Calgary. The BLG Awards will be aired on TSN on May 20th.

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