Thursday, 30 August 2007

Key Recruit Tollestrup to not play for Horns; Veteran Dhaliwal leaves Dinos

In another surprising move, arguably the top recruit for the Lethbridge Pronghorns this coming season, 6'3" Allen Tollestrup has decided to not play basketball this season. As the article from the Lethbridge Herald by Dylan Purcell intimates, Tollestrup had personal reasons for his decision to instead attend Brigham Young University in Utah Tollestrup Leaves Horns Tollestrup was expected to step right into the starting lineup and immediately push for all-conference status this season.

As our Province of Alberta correspondent Dave "Wellsie" Wells describes, the Tollestrup clan are sporting royalty in Southern Alberta. For those not familiar, Allen's dad Phil is one of Canada's all-time great players:

- three-year starter at BYU when freshmen were not allowed to play Varsity
- All-Canadian in his one year allowable at U of Lethbridge
- Canadian national team captain
- Canada's and one of the leading scorer's overall in 1976 Olympics in Montreal in which Canada finished fourth
- played first division in Spain
- coached at McMaster, Lethbridge College and led a school of under 200 students to two biggest category Alberta provincial championships from a school of under 200 students.

Wellsie also passes along some information on the preparation Calgary Dinos are working through as they prepare for this weekend's NCAA visitors:

DINOS HOOPS NEWS .... by Wayne Thomas Dinos Prepare for NCAA Opponents as Dhaliwal Withdraws

One familiar face was absent at the start of Dinos Basketball practice this week, as Tony Dhaliwal, the hard working 3rd year guard from Abbotsford, B.C., informed Coach Dan Vanhooren that he was forced to take this year off to take care of some family obligations back home. Tony's enthusiam and attitude will be missed by his teammates, but he is expected back for the 2008-'09 campaign. The Dinos team has had 3 workouts this week as they prepare to face NCAA Div. 1 opponents, Creighton Bluejays and Weber State Wildcats this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The team looked aggressive and deep at Wednesday's practice with a starting five emerging for the games upcoming. Fans will likely see Jeff Price (3rd year), at the point, and Cody Darrah (5th year), at the shooting guard, while Henry Bekkering (3rd), Robbie Sihota (3rd), and Ross Bekkering (3rd) look to be the starters up front. Tyler Fidler (1st) and Brennen Fule (1st) will provide shooting off the bench, with Andrew Champagnie (1st) giving Price a break at the point spot. The 'bigs' have great depth with Joe Schow (3rd) and Chris Unsworth (2nd) ready to add muscle and scoring. Jeremy Odland (5th) is back healthy again after breaking his jaw late in the season last year, and he will provide strength from the wing. The 2007-'08 Roster also includes guards Joel Bancroft (3rd), Logan Armstrong (1st), and Dustin Reding (2nd), and forward Josh Lovestone (3rd). A 16th player was to be Calgary product Jordan Flagel, but he has been tabbed as the starting QB for the Football Dinos for their opener this weekend at Simon Fraser, so Jordan appears to have his hands full with that assignment.

All games in the Jack Simpson Gym, UC Campus, Central Time

Saturday, September 1
11:00 am Creighton vs. Saskatchewan
4:00 pm Weber State vs. Lethbridge
7:00 pm Dinos vs. Creighton

Sunday, September 2
10:30 am MRC All-Stars vs. Weber State
1:00 pm Creighton vs. Lethbridge
5:30 pm Dinos vs. Weber State
8:00 pm Saskatchewan vs. Creighton

Monday, September 3
10:00 am Weber State vs. Saskatchewan
12:00 pm Dinos vs. Creighton


Single session (2 games): $10
Weekend pass: $50

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