High school students can check out the Kodiaks for free

High school students can check out the Kodiaks for free

Feb. 14, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks believe “we are all Kodiaks,” and that extends to the local junior and senior high school communities. To show that spirit, all students and their chaperones are invited to check out Kodiaks basketball action for free on Junior and Senior High School appreciation night on Friday. 

The Kodiaks are hosting Briercrest College in ACAC action and the evening will feature a free BBQ, games, a photo booth, and contests for great prizes, including one of four Kodiaks summer sports camp passes, valued at $175 each. 

“Our athletic programs have always been supported by the local high schools, and this is part of our commitment to give back to that community,” says Todd Caughlin, manager of Kodiaks Athletics. “Our Kodiaks student-athletes are excellent community ambassadors and we want to share that enthusiasm with the junior and senior high school students. We feel the energy rise in the gym every time that we hold one of these nights and I expect the same will be true on Friday.”

The BBQ dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. 

This is the final home weekend for the Kodiaks basketball teams this season, while the volleyball teams head on the road to close out the ACAC campaign. 

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BASKETBALL 

Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. vs Briercrest College at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. vs Briercrest College at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium

Women: Kodiaks (12-5) vs Briercrest College Clippers (8-9) 
Men: Kodiaks (8-9) vs Briercrest College Clippers (2-15) 

The Kodiaks basketball teams play their final home games of the ACAC regular season this weekend, before wrapping up the season on the road next weekend.

The women’s team (12-5) needs just one win against the Clippers (8-9) this weekend to officially clinch an ACAC playoff berth. The Kodiaks come into the weekend tied for third place in the south division, four points back of second place. 

The Kodiaks are the hottest team in the ACAC, having won six straight games. The team beat Briercrest 66-64 in their first meeting of the season back on Nov. 17. Juhee Anderson (fourth year, Exercise Science, Cardston) had 22 points in that game and leads the Kodiaks in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game. Jocelyn Neilson (first year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is fourth in the conference in shooting percentage (54.1 per cent). 

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks (8-9) have lost five in a row and are now four points out of the final playoff spot in the ACAC south division. However, the schedule shapes up well as the Kodiaks look to claw back into a spot, as their final four games are against teams below them in the standings, beginning this weekend against the last-place Clippers (2-15).

The Kodiaks beat Briercrest 88-72 in the first semester, led by 27 points from Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) and 26 points from Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston). Anderson and Porter rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in ACAC scoring this season.

These will be the final home games for senior Michael Clemons (fifth year, Exercise Science, El Paso, Texas), who leads the conference in assists at 11.5 per game, which is 5.5 more per game than anyone else in the conference. Clemons holds the ACAC career records for both steals and assists.

The Kodiaks host the Clippers on Friday and Saturday in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. On Friday, the women’s game is at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game is at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 3 p.m.Admission is free to Lethbridge College students with their student ID, $3 for college employees, $5 for seniors, youth and alumni, and $8 for the public.

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VOLLEYBALL

Friday – women: 6 p.m., men: 8 p.m. – at Olds College
Saturday – women: 1 p.m., men: 3 p.m. – at Olds College

Women: Kodiaks (3-19) vs Olds College Broncos (1-21) 
Men: Kodiaks (20-2) vs Olds College Broncos (0-22)

The Kodiaks volleyball teams wrap up the ACAC regular season this weekend with two games at Olds College. 

It’s shaping up as a mismatch on the men’s side as the first place Kodiaks (20-2) tangle with the last place Broncos (0-22). The Kodiaks are coming off their first two losses of the season last weekend against Red Deer and will look to get back in the win column and finish the season on a high against the Broncos.

Carter Hansen (fourth year, General Studies, Magrath) recorded his 1,000th career kill last weekend against the Kings. He is second in the ACAC in kills this season, averaging 4.38 per set. Michael Svab (second year, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Pincher Creek) is second in the conference in blocks, averaging 0.81 per set, while Zach Wikenheiser (third year, General Studies, Lethbridge) is second in the ACAC in assists, averaging 9.41 per set.

The Kodiaks men have already clinched first place in the ACAC south division and are ranked 8th in the CCAA national rankings. The next action for the team will be at the ACAC championships from Feb. 21 to 23 at NAIT. 

On the women’s side, the Kodiaks (3-19) will not be going to the playoffs but will look to finish on a positive note against the last place Broncos (1-21). The two teams split a pair of first semester meetings with each team winning in straight sets.

These will be the final ACAC games for Laura Serafini (fifth year, General Studies, Grasmere, B.C.) who leads the team with 1.66 kills per set. Mackenzie Lewicki (second year, Massage Therapy, Taber) is close behind, averaging 1.65 kills per set. 

The Kodiaks are in Olds this weekend. On Friday, the women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s game gets going at 1 p.m., with the men’s contest set for 3 p.m. Games can be streamed live on ACAC-TV.

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