Nov. 21, 2018 – Once a Kodiak, always a Kodiak. Lethbridge College is calling all of its former student-athletes home as it hosts its inaugural Kodiaks Alumni Weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
The Kodiaks volleyball teams are in action on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and the basketball teams are on the court on Saturday evening. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going directly to support Kodiaks Athletics scholarships.
“A big part of what makes our program great is how many amazing people have been a part of it over the years,” says Todd Caughlin, Kodiaks Athletics manager, and himself a former Kodiaks student-athlete and volleyball coach. “Those who came before laid the foundation and we have tried to build on it by valuing academic accountability, athletic excellence and community involvement. We are looking forward to re-connecting this weekend as we all cheer on our Kodiaks together.”
Team and intramural athletics have been part of Lethbridge College since 1957, with the Kodiaks team name first being used by the men’s basketball program in 1960. Since then, thousands of student-athletes have represented the Kodiaks in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) action.
The Kodiaks have won 60 ACAC championships, 12 CCAA championships and have produced 59 academic all-Canadians. The program is committed to being a part of the southern Alberta community by hosting camps and clinics, volunteering with local school and club programs, and running the annual Warm Paws charitable campaign.
“The Kodiaks are what connect us all at Lethbridge College,” says Sydney Wakaruk, Lethbridge College Alumni Relations coordinator. “We know those ties run deep for former student-athletes, so we want to emphasize that you are always welcome to come back home and we encourage all of you to stay involved with and connected to the Kodiaks.”
Alumni Weekend features a number of perks and exciting announcements, including:
- free pizza for all Lethbridge College alumni in the Molson Room (second floor of the P.E. Building)
- great prizes and contests
- a special recognition on Friday evening for newly-crowned CCAA national cross country champion Sophia Nowicki and the CCAA women’s silver medallist cross country team
- the unveiling of brand new trophies recognizing all of the Kodiaks past CCAA team medallists, and much more
The Kodiaks volleyball teams host Olds College, with games beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Kodiaks basketball teams host Red Deer College on Saturday, with action tipping off at 6 p.m.
Kodiaks weekend preview: first semester action wraps up
The Kodiaks volleyball and basketball teams are at home, not only for Alumni Weekend, but for the final weekend of first semester action in the ACAC. After this weekend, the basketball teams are off until Jan. 4, and the volleyball squads will break until Jan. 10.
Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m.
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. – all games at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Women: Kodiaks (1-9) vs Olds College Broncos (0-10)
Men: Kodiaks (10-0) vs Olds College Broncos (0-10)
The Kodiaks men’s volleyball team looks to complete a perfect first half of the season as it takes on Olds College in what appears to be a lop-sided battle. The Kodiaks are 10-0 and are in third in the CCAA national rankings. Meanwhile, the Broncos are winless through 10 games and have won just six sets.
Kodiaks right side hitter Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) leads the Kodiaks attack by sitting second in the ACAC in both kills (164) and kills per set (4.69). Zach Wikenheiser (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) continues to run the Kodiaks attack as he is second in the ACAC in assists per set (9.5).
The women’s team has struggled through the first half with just one victory, but it has a chance to enter the break with some momentum as the team faces winless Olds College.
Veteran Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.) leads the attack for a young Kodiaks team with 59 kills. Sophomore Grace Kazanowski (second year, Business Administration, North Saanich, B.C.) has had an impressive net presence this season, leading the ACAC with 40 blocks.
Saturday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Women: Kodiaks (5-2) vs Red Deer College Queens (1-6)
Men: Kodiaks (4-3) vs Red Deer College Kings (4-3)
The Kodiaks women’s basketball team has had a great start to the ACAC season, losing just twice through seven games. The team has won three straight games and has moved into the CCAA national rankings at number 15. The Kodiaks will look to carry that momentum into the break with a win against the 1-6 Red Deer College Queens.
Juhee Anderson (fourth year, Exercise Science, Cardston) had a breakout performance against Briercrest College last weekend, scoring 22 points, including the deciding free throws, in a 66-64 victory. Thompson moved up to 11th in ACAC scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game.
The Kodiaks men’s team goes head-to-head with Red Deer College in an important mid-season matchup. The teams have identical 4-3 records and are tied for the final playoff spot in the ACAC south division.
Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston) had 26 points and 18 rebounds in an 88-72 win over Briercrest last weekend, to move up to second in ACAC rebounding and sixth in scoring. Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) tied his season high with 27 points and is third in ACAC scoring, averaging 22 points per game.
All Kodiaks games this weekend are admission by donation, with all proceeds going to support Kodiaks Athletics scholarships. Results are available on the ACAC website.