Friday, 16 March 2007

Day One of the Nationals

Articles of note from this morning:

Chad Lucas of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports on the transformation of the Acadia Axemen program under coach Les Berry in this morning's edition. The Axemen will meet four-time defending champions Carleton Ravens in tonight's four quarter-final game at 8 PM Atlantic Les is More Also, Chris Kallan of the Halifax Daily News offers another story on the second-year Axemen and their young head coach I'm Extremely Proud of my guys

Chad Lucas from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports on Windsor's first appearance ever in Halifax Lancers Make First Appearance at Metro Center

Doug Smith from the Toronto Star, the Raptors beat writer, has a nice article about the CIS with quotes from Canada Basketball's National team head coach Leo Rautins Ravens can cause flap with 5th title

Wayne Kondro's article in this morning's Ottawa Citizen and picked up by other newspapers in the Canwest Media family on chasing Carleton again Hunting for Ravens resumes at nationals

Rob Brodie from the Ottawa Sun discusses this weekend's tournament with both Ottawa-based coaches in a comprehensive article this morning GG's hoping to end Ravens hoops run

Carleton's student newspaper, the Charlatan, explores the possibilities of a new format at the Nationals. Expect the dialogue to continue as many within CIS circles are in favour of expanding the tournament to a 16 team affair Basketball championship format under fire

The Charlatan reviews Raven high and lows from this past season Raven Highs and Lows also, a tournament preview from the Carleton campus newspaper The Final 8: Sizing up the competition

Mary Caton from the Windsor Star reports on the Lancers first game at the Final 8 today against former #1 ranked Brandon Bobcats which goes at 3 PM Atlantic (2 PM Eastern time) - with the added bonus of play-by-play coverage via webcast from your's truly and colour commentary from Scott Morrison, Lakehead's Head Coach Lancers set for big test

Randy Phillips from the Montreal Gazette highlights the selection to the All-Canadian first team of Stingers forward Patrick Perrotte and previews Concordia's chances in the tournament in this morning's edition Perrotte named All-Canadian Also, the Gazette reports on Dawson College Blues and their recent win at the CCAA Nationals, defeating Douglas College of B.C. in the championship game - congratulations to Coach Wayne Yearwood and team on the big win Dawson Celebrates men's basketball crown

Larry Moko from the Hamilton Spectator honours McMaster's Martin Ajayi with a nice tribute article after Ajayi was named CIS Defensive Player-of-the-Year yesterday during the major awards announcements His best defense is offense

Hugh Townsend from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald with another nice piece on one of the numerous volunteers here in Halifax that have made this tournament run so well over the last couple of decades plus Halifax's volunteer sector amazes Neal Alderson

Chris Cochrane from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald provides some financial numbers and quotes from tournament Executive Director Phil Currie among other things in his column this morning No guarantee the Final 8 will ever return

The Toronto Star's Chris Zelkovich provides his opinions about television and the Final 8 tournament with quotes from Peter Metuzals from the CIS Toronto Star article on Final 8 television coverage

Rob Brodie from Sun Media Group talks about the webcasting coverage put together by Howard Bloom & Co. augmenting coverage of this weekend's Final 8 Canada gets a touch of madness

Jennifer Stewart provides readers with a 24 year history of the CIS Nationals in Halifax in a report in this morning's Halifax Chronicle-Herald with quotes from St. Mary's Head Coach Ross Quackenbush among others Final 8 Halifax tradition like no other Also, Chris Kallan of the Halifax Daily News provides the thoughts of honorary chairman Mickey Fox among others in this tribute on the 24 year run of the CIS Nationals in Halifax End of an era

JEANTY NAMED PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR Osvaldo Jeanty of Carleton is the repeat winner of the Mike Moser Award for CIS top player... Michael Grange from the Globe & Mail provides an excellent insight into how Jeanty made himself into the top player in the CIS Jeanty excels when stakes are highest Also, Chad Lucas from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald provides his insights on Os and the award Jeanty named player of the year again

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