Wednesday, 2 December 2009

News over the last couple of days

Catching up on life in the last couple of days and I hope to have more original material up in the next few days (be forewarned...). Prior to that here a some items across the newswire.

Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw of St. FX named CIS Athlete of the week

Upshaw had 8 threes at Dal and then followed that up with 2 stellar performances at home against Acadia and Dal.


Earlier this season we had several articles discussing potential new venues for Ryerson University's new athletic facility including a brand-new gymnasium for basketball.

The House that Ivan Joseph is building

There was always the need to wait. After athletic director Ivan Joseph was hired back in July 2008, it was apparent that Ryerson’s athletic makeup was going to change.

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More Articles:

Gardens renovation a complex affair (National Post)

Ryerson strikes Gardens deal (Globe and Mail)

Ryerson and Loblaws make deal for Gardens (Toronto Star)


More on the tremendous first-half for Lakehead Thunderwolves

Expectations rise for Wolves basketball club

Three months ago, Scott Morrison would gladly have accepted five wins in eight first-semester games.

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Wesmen looking for Classic spark

Craig Penniston got his first taste of the prestigious Wesmen Classic when he played for Silver Heights in the high school part of it.

But the 6-foot University of Winnipeg Wesmen guard will compete in the university basketball tournament for the first time at the 43rd annual event this month.

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Dear Santa: Wesmen want hoops glory Trophy in Classic may help stop squad's early-season struggles

Wesmen players Craig Penniston, left, and Mike James pass on their holiday request to Santa, who looks a lot like mascot Wes Lee Coyote.

Under the category of 'there's something you don't see every day,' there was this basketball player sitting on the knee of a coyote dressed like Santa Claus Monday at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.

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Home win a change of pace

Cougars' Jeff Lukomski tries to shoot past a pair of Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack defenders on Saturday night at the U of R.

The University of Regina Cougars men's basketball team can forgo the renovations at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.

In their last game before the Canada West conference goes on hiatus for exams and the holiday season, the Cougars finally got their first home victory with a 92-85 overtime win over the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Saturday.

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Clan split weekend games

The tenth-ranked SFU Clan men's basketball team rebounded from an 87-73 overtime loss Friday to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, to upset the fourth-ranked University of Calgary Dinos, 86-82, on Saturday. Appropriately enough, they did it by rebounding.

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Former Brock All-Canadian Doug Fast looks to have someone in his family potentially following in his very strong footsteps

Redcoats on a roll

There is only one place that Jay Fast wants to be Friday night.

"The Standard Basketball Tournament final is a big goal for me, and I have never been in one," he said. "I am not making plans for Friday night because I want to be at the finals."

The 6-foot-1 guard scored a game-high 23 points, including 3-for-3 from beyond the three-point arc, to lead the Redcoats to an impressive 89-44 victory over the Eden Flyers in their championship-round game in the 48th Standard tournament.

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Tough weekend for Acadia hoops squads

Rookie Owen Klassen continues to improve in his first season with the basketball Axemen. Klassen had 16 points, including four three-pointers, in an 89-72 loss Nov. 28 at St. F.X., then added 10 points and seven rebounds to Acadia’s total in a loss Nov. 29 at Cape Breton. The Axemen enter the Christmas break with a 4-2 record.

The Acadia men’s and women’s basketball teams will, unfortunately, have more than a month to reflect on a disappointing weekend of play to close out the pre-Christmas portion of their schedules.

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UNB get first win in weekend split with UPEI

A home court opener in late November? That was the case for the Varsity Reds men’s basketball team as they hosted the UPEI Panthers over the weekend. The Reds only managed a split and remain out of the playoffs as they head into the break.

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Voyageurs' sign on Espanola guard for 2010 season

Espanola native and Timmins Blues member Eric Ducharme will be donning the blue and gold for the Laurentian Voyageurs' men's basketball team in 2010, following an announcement Nov. 21 at the Ben Avery Gym at the university.

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