Thursday, 21 June 2007

In the News

Queen's University's athletics are being reviewed at senior levels of the University for the first time in 5 years and the administration and coaches is anxiously awaiting the official document which is due out soon as Claude Scilley of the Kingston Whig-Standard reports Gaels teams await report; Athletic review due out 'soon'

Congratulations to former Basketball Canada official Michelle O'Keefe who recently was named Executive Director of Basketball Ontario. O'Keefe, a native of Welland, Ontario, has held various positions in multiple sports governing bodies over her career. Best of luck to Michelle in her new position. Welland native nets top hoops job

A note from Mike Koreen, York University's sports information officer: TORONTO, June 11, 2007 -- York University ... The York Lions men’s basketball team will play host to an opponent that competed in the NCAA Final Four in 2006 on the opening weekend of pre-season play in 2007-08. The Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers, who advanced to the NCAA semi-finals in 2006, will face the Lions on Sunday, September 2 (3 p.m.) at the Tait McKenzie Centre. The LSU game concludes a two-game weekend against NCAA teams for the Lions, who also meet the visiting Morehead State Eagles on Saturday, September 1 (8 p.m.). "It (facing American teams) is a real challenge," Lions head coach Bob Bain said after his team’s schedule was released Monday. "It’s exciting and it’s a good recruiting tool. It’s a nice thing for our players to look forward to." It marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Lions will play two home pre-season games against American teams. LSU advanced to the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament last year after Tigers star Tyrus Thomas was selected fourth overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Draft in
2006 before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. Morehead State qualified for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament last year after a two-year absence. After a pre-season schedule that includes tournaments at Alberta and Dalhousie, the Lions open the regular season in London, Ont., against the Western Mustangs Friday, November 9 and then travel to Windsor to face the defending OUA champion Lancers the next night. The Lions play their home opener Friday, November 16 (8 p.m.) against the Brock Badgers. Another highlight of the home schedule comes Friday, January 18 (8
p.m.) when the five-time defending CIS champion Carleton Ravens make their only visit of the season to the Tait McKenzie Centre. The Lions, who advanced to the OUA East semi-finals last season, are aiming to return to the CIS National Championship in Ottawa for the third time in the past five seasons. For the entire 2007-08 Lions schedule, visit Mike Koreen, Sport and Recreation Information Officer York University; Email:

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