GAITER CLUB eNewsletter July 6, 2005

2005 - a record setting Gaiter Classic

The 2005 Gaiter Classic organizing committee was somewhat concerned before the start of this year’s Classic – a record 180 participants had registered for the tournament. A nice dilemma you say? Their worries stemmed from the sheer number of golfers on the course. How could we ensure that 180 participants enjoy their day of golf without turning the event into a painfully long day? A day of great weather, good course management and plenty of organization prior to the event made for one of the best Classic’s of all time. Equally important was the fact that a record number of golfers raised a record amount – the Classic netted $22,000 (numbers still coming in), making this Gaiter Classic one of the best fundraisers the Athletic Department has held.

The Classic still brings together alumni, friends of Gaiter athletics, sponsors, and former and present coaches for a day of golf and fellowship. After the round of golf, all shared their stories of past athletic prowess and funny anecdotes of their favorite Gaiter moments. New this year was a silent auction as well as a Chinese auction which kept things busy, and Tom Allen on the microphone, right through dinner.

This event has become a highlight for many as they travel back to “Lennoxvegas” a place that played a large part in everyone’s life. This continued support from all is extremely important to the success of Gaiter Athletics as the proceeds go directly to the department, which in turn benefits the student-athletes.

On behalf of the organizing committee Joey Sabo, Matt McBrine, Tom Allen, Eddie Pomykala, and myself, along with our Honourary Chairman Bruce Coulter a huge thank you to all those who attended and shared in a great day at Milby. For those that missed the event, I hope you can be with us next year to partake in a special Gaiter day.

As always, I encourage you to drop me a line or a call at 819-822-9600 ext. 2688 should you wish to discuss Gaiter Athletics – my door is always open.

Enjoy your summer,
Tony Addona
Director of Athletics
taddona@ubishops.ca

On the Football Recruiting Trail....

Training camp seems like it is just around the corner. Players will be reporting to campus on Saturday, August 20th. We are expecting no more than 70-75 players this year. Returning players have all been working out hard; some even staying in Lennoxville for the summer to train. As always the program welcomes football alumni to campus during camp – an invitation will come later this summer, but please mark that date on your calendar.

Our staff is still hard at work recruiting student-athletes to the program. We have lost some prospective players, some very good players, citing everything from distance away from their homes to the inadequacies of our facilities. We have however, received commitments from some of the best high school players in the country! Some of our recently committed players include:

James Yurichuk LB Brampton,ON
Kyle Jones LB/P/K Mississauga,ON
Joel Lefebvre QB Kingston,ON
Marcus Noel CB Toronto,ON (transfer)
Dave Iverson HB/S Windsor, ON
Michael Wabisa WR Windsor,ON
Hyacinthe Boule-Regnier LB Montreal, QC
Michael Atcho DL Windsor, ON

Yurichuk and Jones are arguably the top two high school linebacker prospects in the country. These two young men will have a tremendous impact on our football team. Joel Lefebvre is crucial to the program as up until now we do not have a capable backup for Kyle Williams. Iverson and Noel will add speed and power to our secondary. In Wabisa we now have a burner at WR – he runs a legitimate 4.3 sec. 40yard.

To be successful in the future we are going to need to rely on alumni and friends to help us identify, monitor and recruit quality players from coast to coast to the Gaiter football program.
I am pleased that a number of former Gaiters answered our call to volunteer their time to assist with our recruiting efforts through an Alumni Recruiting Network. Together we will work to improve our recruitment efforts. Gaiter football recruiting captains are:

Quebec City: Peter Dunn ‘66
Montreal: Jake Vaughan ‘87
Ottawa: Carlos Blizzard ‘89
Ottawa Valley: Gord Jones ‘91
Kingston: Matt Legge ‘96
Toronto: Gary Chown ‘74
Hamilton: Wally Zatylny ‘88
Guelph/Halton: Bruce Cruikshank ‘85
London: Rob Allen ‘73
Manitoba: Todd Toutant ‘87
Alberta: Kenny Polson ’87 & Steve Etcheverry ‘77
BC: Paul McHenry ’92 & Tom Europe ‘93

These gentlemen will be ably assisted by several other alumni in their city/region/province. This is a huge step in the right direction and will certainly benefit the program for years to come.
It is very clear that Bishop's Football Alumni genuinely care about B.U., our football program, present and future.

In mid-May four Gaiters -- Matthew Chown, Mathieu Cock's-Morrissette, David Dellaby and Dan McCullough – played in the East/West Bowl held at Sir Wilfred Laurier University. The game and the week of practice is intended for potential CFL draft choices to showcase their talent in front of CFL scouts while playing against other top CIS players. It was gratifying to see our top players not only performed well but be recognized by many in attendance as standouts in the game.

First game of the year is at home on Monday, September 5 (Labour Day) against Sherbrooke, our cross town rivals. They too have had a good recruiting year so it should be a great match up. Homecoming is Saturday, September 24th against Concordia and televised on RDS. Hope to see many of you on campus this fall!

Leroy Blugh
Head Football Coach
819-822-9600 ext. 2683
lblugh@ubishops.ca

Women's Basketball - looking strong again

It has been a busier than usual spring for the Women’s Basketball program. Recruiting has been ongoing and successful while some current players are involved in high level summer programs.

In December of 2005 Quebec will be sending a women’s basketball team to Niger to compete in the World Francophonie Games. Three Gaiters from our 2005-06 team will be representing Bishop’s and Quebec. 4th yr guard and 2 time All-Canadian Anouk Boulanger, 5th year point guard & 3 time QSSF All-star and Defensive Player of the Year France Lanoie and 2nd forward & Bishop’s Rookie of the Year Laure Pitfield. I am also part of the team as an assistant coach.

In addition to playing on the Francophone Games team Laure (aka ‘Lo’) Pitfield and Anouk Boulanger earned invitations to National Team camps. Lo was 1 of 18 athletes invited from across the country to tryout for the Canadian Junior National Team. Unfortunately Lo did not make the 12 player roster this time, but gained valuable experience at her first National Team camp. Anouk is off to Waterloo in early July and is vying for a spot on the Women’s Senior Team or the Student Games team that will represent Canada in Turkey in August at the World University Games.

The 2005-06 edition of the Gaiters is looking very strong. With a core of 7 returning players and a very good recruiting class Bishop’s is looking to make amends for a very disappointing playoff upset in March.

The Class of 2009 features 4 new players who are excellent students, have great character and come from successful programs. They are Kelsie Baker, Christelle Cote, Alana Korcynzski & Robyn Wilson.

Kelsie Baker is an athletic 5’11 forward from Kamloops, BC. Kelsie averaged 12 ppg & 11 rpg for South Kamloops this season. She was an Okanagan all-star, team captain & MVP and her high school’s Athlete of the Year. An exceptional athlete, Kelsie was recruited to play CIS basketball & volleyball, as well as CCAA soccer.

Christelle Cote is a 5’9 guard/forward from Magog, QC. She was a 2 year starter and team captain at Cegep power Edouard Montpetit. She is an excellent perimeter shooter and is a very smart player at both ends of the court. Christelle averaged 10 ppg and 8 rpg this year and was a key player on a team that made the CCAA National Championship tournament.

Alana Korcynzski hails from Holy Cross in Kingston, ON. Alana is a 5’9 guard who guided her team to ‘AAA’ OFSAA title 2 years ago. She was a captain and key member of a provincial ‘AAA’ powerhouse who was named MVP at several different tournaments in the last couple of years.

Robyn Wilson, a 5’10 forward from Vancouver, like our 3 other recruits was a team captain. Robyn led Vancouver’s York House to 3 consecutive ‘AA’ BC Provincial Championships. Robyn has also been a member of the BC provincial teams for the past 3 summers.

I am excited about adding these talented players to our program. In addition I am very confident that they have excellent leadership qualities which has been a strength of our team in recent years. Our recruiting is not quite complete and I expect to confirm 1 more blue chip recruit in the very near future.

2005-06 should be an exciting season!

Sincerely,
Rob Gilpin
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
819-822-9600 ext. 2662
rgilpin@ubishops.ca

West Coast Bballers Headed to Lennoxville

Much of the off-season is spent working on what has become the most important function of a head coach in the CIS – recruiting. I am happy to report that we have three quality players joining the program in September, and in many respects there will be a fourth recruit, but one whom many of you have already heard about over the last year.


Jordan Winnett- New Westminster Secondary School, BC
6’2, guard
Jordan is a pass first guard who was always matched up with the opposition’s best player no matter the size. Co-captain of the team from grades 9-12, Jordan is a leader. He was awarded the Most Inspirational Player Award at the 2005 Western Canadian Championships. A 1st team all-star at the 2004 Lower Mainland Basketball Championships and named 2nd team all-star at the 2003 BC Provincial Junior Boys Basketball Championships which his team won.

Hermon Tesfaghebriel- New Westminster Secondary School, BC
6’8, foward
Hermon has a great feel for the game. He was named as a 2nd team all-star at this year’s AAA Provincial Championship. Hermon can beat you in a variety of ways on the basketball court. He is a long athletic player which makes him a good shot blocker and rebounder on both ends of the court. His game resembles that of Kevin Garnett. He’s skinny but what he lacks in size he makes up for with skill. Hermon can stroke it from downtown and is quite capable of mixing it up from the interior. He runs the floor extremely well for a big man. Hermon has the potential to be an elite player at the university level. Hermon is rated the 3rd best big man in BC. He is a teammate of Jordan Winnett’s and they led their team to a 3rd place finish in the BC championships. Hermon has verbally committed to Bishop’s as his first choice.

Delonny Landon- Woodbridge Secondary School, ON
5’10 combo guard
Delonny is a student-athlete who combines tremendous character, work ethic and natural ability. He averaged 22.5 points 8.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game for his high school team. His quickness and strength are his best physical attributes while what he really brings to the table is a great team-first attitude.

Those of you who followed the team this year will surely remember the name Doug McCooeye. He came to Bishop’s last fall from Dawson College as a blue-chip basketball recruit. At 6’5” and with the ability to play a variety of positions, Doug would surely make his mark as a Gaiter.

In a preseason intra-squad game, Doug did not miss a shot scoring 17 points from the outside. In the Gaiters opening game, 63-60 win against Division 1 University of New Hampshire, Doug finished the last six minutes on the court making every right decision and coming up with every loose ball to help secure the victory. If only Doug’s season could continue the same way.

A couple of weeks later, Doug caught an infection that affected a congenitively defective kidney. He would miss many weeks of school and would have to do his fall exams later on in January. His basketball career seemed like it would be over. Doug finally went in for surgery in March to have his left kidney removed. For most people, that would put an end to any physical activity. Not for Doug, he vowed to return to the court. Doug finished the school year passing all the courses he took with above average marks and started his plans for a comeback on the court.

This summer, he has resumed playing in full scrimmages. Playing in the McGill summer league on a team comprised of Gaiter Alumni that includes Ryan Thorne, Patrice Lemieux and Jamie Woods among others, Doug is sometimes the best player on the floor. While his conditioning and strength are not up to par yet, you can see the signs of a player who competes to the best of his ability every time out. Doug’s courage and attitude will carry him a long way – and will add a boost to team looking for leadership.

Sincerely,
Eddie Pomykala
Head Men's Basketball Coach
819-822-9600 ext. 2663
epomykal@ubishops.ca

Gaiter Club - The team behind the teams

It is increasingly difficult to maintain the level of excellence that has come to be expected from Gaiter teams. New teams, new sports, the introduction of athletic awards, private funding and university budgetary constraints have forced us to examine our programmes and our financial investment in them.

To respond to these challenges the Gaiter Club has been created. The goal of the Gaiter Club is to support and promote excellence in Bishop’s University Athletics. Membership dues (or additional donations) provide direct support for our athletes and coaches beyond the annual budget provided by the University, enabling Bishop’s to attract the best student-athletes from across Canada and around the world.

Bishop's Athletics needs your support to remain competitive in the CIS. The Gaiter Club is the ideal way to demonstrate your pride in and support of all Bishop’s teams and athletes.

If you have already renewed your committment to the Gaiter Club this year - thank you! If you have not, please take a few minutes to learn more about the Gaiter Club. We encourage you to support our student-athletes by "joining" today.

Events

Football Home Opener vs. Sherbrooke

Monday, Sept. 5 @ 1pm

Rugby Home Opener vs. Sherbrooke

Friday, Sept. 23 @ 6pm(W) and 8pm(M)

Women's Soccer Home Opener vs. UQAM

Thursday, Sept. 15 @ 4:30 pm

Homecoming Weekend

Weekend of Sept. 23 - 25

Catch all our Gaiter teams in action that weekend!

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