Thursday, 21 December 2006

UCFV in Idaho; UBC to NCAA ?; Canadians in NCAA News

CIS holiday basketball continued last night as first-year Canada West program University College of Fraser Valley (UCFV) from Abbotsford, BC ventured to Idaho to meet Lewis-Clark State College Warriors, an NAIA Division 1 team (Frontier Conference) from Lewiston, Idaho. In a game that was close early in the second half, the hosts pulled away to defeat Fraser Valley last night. Game Report from Lewis-Clark State site and Box Score
The two teams go at it again tonight and the live audio for tonight’s Lewis-Clark State and Fraser Valley game is available at 8 PM Pacific/11 PM Eastern is available by clicking here

The UCFV web site is very well done with timely articles including a recap of the first half of the Cascades season UCFV mid-season report and second-half preview Another nice article from the UCFV web site

More talk about UBC's potential entry into NCAA athletics. This time the NCAA has apparently put the topic on an agenda during a set of meetings in early January. Although I truly hope UBC remains in the CIS, I can't blame their athletic department for indirectly challenging CIS administrators to improve the way the Canadian game is administered, marketed and managed. Let's hope that instead of UBC leaving, the CIS becomes more driven to improve the overall product from top to bottom and makes it more appealing for programs like UBC to stay and not seek greener pastures. Read More

Dale Stevens excellent email-based CIS discussion group (see link on this blog to subscribe) reports through the Winnipeg Wesmen Sports Information Office that 6’0” guard Cam Hornby, from Winnipeg Glenlawn Collegiate, is transferring back home to Winnipeg after leaving the South Dakota State Jackrabbits an NCAA Division 1 independent with a current record of 3-10. Hornby, a freshman guard this season after sitting out all of last season as a redshirt, appeared in 4 games this season, averaging 1.0 ppg in 7.5 mpg and will be eligible to play for Coach Dave Crooks Wesmen on November 27, 2007 after sitting out the mandatory one year timeframe. 6’6” Canadian Kai Williams, a former Regina high school star, is also a freshman with the Jackrabbits, and averages 9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg in 28 minutes.

Former Canadian National team player (part of the Sydney 2000 Olympics team that showed extremely well) Michael Meeks will be inducted into the Canisius College Athletic Hall of Fame. Meeks led the Golden Griffs to the NCAA tournament in his senior year and has enjoyed a stellar career in Europe and of course with our National team. Meeks played his high school basketball in Brampton, Ontario at Cardinal Leger H.S. Meeks to be enshrined in Canisius Athletic Hall of Fame

Story on Mike D'Agostino, a freshman forward from Montreal toiling with Delaware State Hornets, an NCAA Division 1 program Mike D'Agostino Story

Canadian Jamaal Magloire, NBA Player with Portland, has had a book published Magloire book

The Score nets NCAA tournament TV rights in Canada article

Edmonton's Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds take part in a B.C. tournament under some duress article

The Eastern Commerce High School Holiday tournament begins today in Toronto. It is a 16 team event and usually one of the feature tournaments on the Ontario high school calendar. The basketball web site Hoop has a comprehensive look at this tournament written by long-time basketball observer Barry Hayes here

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