Sunday, 27 May 2007

Concordia in Isreal; X recruiting update, Mac upgrades

As previously reported, coach John Dore and the Concordia Stingers will be representing Canada in two seperate international competitions in Isreal over the next couple of weeks including the 2nd Annual Friendship Games, a 16 team event with teams from Russia, China, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Estonia, Ukraine, Ireland, Canada, Palestine, Italy, Serbia, Nazareth and Israel. The team arrived in Tel Aviv this past Friday and leaves today for a series of international games at a pre-tournament event in Be'er Sheva between Monday and Thursday. This coming Friday, the team returns to Tel Aviv for the Friendship Games June 1 through June 8. The organizers have been able to attract NBA Hall-of-Famer Clyde Drexler to attend the games and former NBA Head Coach and current Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Herb Brown will give a two-day coaching clinic on June 1-2. Games will take place Sunday, June 3rd through Wednesday, June 6th at Tel Aviv University. We will endeveour to keep readers updated on game results as they become available. Here is a story that appeared recently on the CIS web site Stingers off to Israel for Friendship Games Here is a site with more information on the Games Friendship Games Site Good luck to the Stingers as they represent Canada.

It has thus far been a challenging year on the recruiting trail for long time St. FX mentor Steve Konchalski. While most teams have already announced their classes, many of which consist of multiple incoming recruits, X has made only one announcement: 6'5" Chad Warren from Corner Brook, NFLD and high school teammate of current X-Men forward David Joyce (see more on this later in this article). After bringing in arguably the top recruiting class in the CIS last season led by AUS Rookie-of-the-Year Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, Coach K is looking to bring in another 2 or 3 impact recruits with this season's class using his tried-and-true approach of specifically targeting only a few high-quality players. While X is still involved with at least 5 players, all of who have very good potential, these players are taking their time making a decision for whatever reason. So for all the X fans emailing for an update, remain patient, Coach K is working as hard as he ever has on the recruiting trail and expects it will pay off - just not as quickly as some would have hoped. WARREN JOINS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE JOYCE: As mentioned, newest X recruit Chad Warren played high school 3 seasons ago with current X forward David Joyce at what was then known as Herdman H.S. in Cornerbrook, NFLD. At that time, Herdman and Regina H.S. were the only 2 high schools in the town of Corner Brook. With a recent amalgamation, the two school were combined last school year into a new school called Corner Brook High, where Warren completed his high school career. The amalgamation created a bit of a competition gap in local basketball as Warren's team was forced to travel long distances (8 hours or more) to play competitive games. Speaking of school amalgamations, two famous Halifax high schools, St. Patrick's and Queen Elisabeth Park, both of which have produced numerous CIS stars over the years, have come together to be called Citadel H.S. in Halifax. The Senior boys Citadel Phoenix, as the new sports teams will be called, will be coached by long-time Atlantic Canada coach Mark Parker, who had a long stint as an assistant with Dalhousie Tigers over the years including working with Bev Greenlaw, an article on who we recently shared on this site.

The fruits of a decade-long strategic emphasis on effectively marketing their sports programs continue to be realized in an impressive way as McMaster's Arthur Burridge Gymnasium, home of the Marauders basketball teams is undergoing a significant facelift and, as the Hamilton Spectator's Larry Moko reports, fans visiting the facility beginning next season should see a dramatic improvement in the look and feel of the venue Classic Varsity Look: Mac's gym undergoes extensive reno Once again, congratulations to the entire Mac team, led by Athletic Director Terese Quigley and Marketing manager Robert Hilson for their tireless work building their sports franchises and helping CIS sports grow.

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