WESMEN NEWS JANUARY 2 – JANUARY 6, 2008

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Thu. Jan. 3 – Men’s and Women’s Basketball vs MANITOBA
(Women @ 6:00 p.m. Men @ 8:00 p.m. Live on 1290 CFRW)

AWAY:

Wed. – Thu. Jan. 2 – 3  Men’s Volleyball @ Thompson Rivers  9:00 p.m. (Wpg Time)

Fri. – Sat. Jan. 4 – 5  Women’s Volleyball @ Thompson Rivers 8:00 p.m. (Wpg Time)

Fri. – Sat. Jan 4 – 5  Men’s Volleyball @ Thompson Rivers University Invitational (Exhibition)
(Fri. WESMEN vs Pepperdine (7:00 p.m. Wpg Time)
(Sat. WESMEN vs Laval (12:00 p.m. Wpg Time)  WESMEN vs Trinity Western (7:00 Wpg Time)

Sat. Jan. 5 – Men’s ans Women’s Basketball @ MANITOBA
(Women @ 6:15 p.m., Men @ 8:15 p.m.)

LEA MARC PRINTING WESMEN ATHLETES OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER)

Erfan Nasajpour, men’s basketball – Erfan, team captain and fifth year guard was named a tournament all-star at the 41st MTS Wesmen Classic. Nasajpour scored 63 points (21.0 ppg), drained eight-three pointers, grabbed 12 rebounds (4.0 rpg) and was stellar on defense with 14 steals (4.7 spg) in the three Wesmen games. Erfan scored a game high 36 points against Calgary, including six – three pointers, seven rebounds and seven steals.

Catie Gooch, women’s basketball – Catie, a second year guard was named the University of Winnipeg Female Athlete of the Week ( Dec. 3 – 9, 2007) after leading the team to a two game sweep against the Brandon Bobcats. Gooch, scored 49 points (24.5 ppg), sank seven-three pointers, and was perfect from the free throw line going 16-for-16. Catie ended the month scoring a team high 15 points against Minot State at the Minot State Invitational.

GENERAL WESMEN NEWS

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen would like to thank all the sponsors, athletes, coaches, media and fans for making the 41st  Annual MTS Wesmen Classic a huge success once again. In the month of December over 100 teams and over 1500 participants ranging in age from Grade 3 to university embarked on the Duckworth Centre to participate in the Classic.

The main section of the Classic held from Dec. 27 – 30 attracted approx. 13,500 spectators who enjoyed the finest in High School and University basketball. Some of the winners during the month were:

University : Brock Badgers
High School Varsity Boys: Garden City Fighting Gophers
High School Varsity Girls: Lord Selkirk Royals
High School Junior Varsity Boys: Sturgeon Heights Huskies

For all the results, game stories and draws please go to www.wesmen.ca

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team finished in fourth place at the 41st MTS Wesmen Classic held at the Duckworth Centre last week. The team finished the tournament with a record of 1-2. The Wesmen got off to a great start on Friday night defeating the Royal Millitary College 80-56. Erfan Nasajpour led the team with 18 points, three assists and six steals. Matt Opalko was named the Player of the Game scoring 13 points and collecting five rebounds. On Saturday night Winnipeg faced Minot State in the semi – finals and were defeated 77-53. Mike James had a solid game for the Wesmen scoring a team high 16 points. The team moved on to the third place game on Sunday against the Calgary Dinos. Calgary defeated the Wesmen 99-79. Erfan Nasajpour had a great game scoring 36 points, including six-three pointers, hauled in seven rebounds and came away with seven steals. Nasajpour for his efforts was named a Wesmen Classic Tournament All-Star. The team (4-6) will resume their regular season schedule on Thursday night when they host the Manitoba Bisons (1-9), Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and will be carried live on 1290 CFRW. The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at the University of Manitoba at 8:15 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Head Coach Tanya McKay and her team traveled to Minot, North Dakota to take part in the Minot State Invitational Tournament. In Friday’s opening game against Minot State the Wesmen were defeated 90-55. First year guard Amy Ogidan led the Wesmen with 10 points. On Saturday night Winnipeg once again faced Minot State and fell 74-45 to the Beavers. Catie Gooch led Winnipeg with 15 points. Winnipeg (4-6) will resume their regular season schedule on Thursday night against the Manitoba Bisons (4-6) at the Duckworth Centre at 6:00 p.m. The two teams will meet Saturday night at the University of Manitoba. Game time on Saturday night is 6:00 p.m.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Head Coach Larry McKay and his team are fully relaxed and anxious to resume their Canada West regular season schedule. Winnipeg (6-2) will begin the second half this evening (Wed) and tomorrow night against Thompson Rivers University (6-2) in Kamloops, British Columbia. The team will stay in Kamloops for a few extra days to take part in the Thompson Rivers Invitational Tournament where they will play against Pepperdine on Friday and Laval and Trinity Western on Saturday.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Head Coach Diane Scott and her team were hard at work during the month of December preparing for the second half of their regular season schedule. The team played several of the top teams in the country and played each match with great effort and determination. The Wesmen (2-7) will travel to Kamloops to take on Thompson Rivers University (2-8) for a two match weekend set starting on Friday night and wrapping up on Saturday night.