Catch You on the Rebound
By Curtis J. Phillips, Connect Contributor
There will be a lot of new faces and new laces as the Keyano Huskies prepare for the 2016-2017 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign.
Last year was the best in the school’s history since entering the ACAC in 1985.
Gold was found in men’s futsal and soccer, silver in men’s volleyball and women’s futsal with a bronze in men’s basketball and hockey.
Gone from the program is men’s hockey due to budget cuts.
Here is a look at some of the Huskies rookies to keep an eye on.
Men’s soccer coach Connor Brady is high on midfielder Duda Ulhoa: “A strong powerful international student from Brazil who is also smart.”
Women’s soccer will showcase the talents of twins Bridget and Zara Chambers from Rocky Mountain House Alberta.
“The twins are eager to get involved and they have good decision making on the field,” said head coach Ian Diaz.
The last twins to play for the Huskies were 6-foot-5 basketball players Henry and Stanley Maduabueke during the 2014-2015 campaign. Their story was interesting as they had left their home of Lagos, Nigeria after the death of their father to attend high school in British Columbia.
Sticking to the hardwood, men’s head basketball coach Lunzaya Nlandu has looked overseas to the hot shooting hand of be 6-foot-3 guard Jose Quintero Hurtado from Spain. Hurtado has a good handle and outside shot from game video we’ve seen.
Two tall timbers will also be hitting the books and hooks with Medicine Hat’s 6-foot-7 Braxton Penner and Cold Lake’s 6-foot-9 Laurie Long.
The women’s hoopsters will showcase a multi-sport athlete in the presence of Moiyan Toure, a 6-1 post who has also represented Alberta in national team handball and is also a champion shot putter.
“She has a high athletic IQ in the fact that she can play many sports at a high level. She was highly recruited by several (CIS and CCAA) schools so we are very lucky to get her,” said head coach Dwayne Vigilance.
Aliyah Johnson, a graduate of Fort McMurray Composite High School, is also expected to impress.
“She (Johnson) has quickness and will use it both on offence and defence,” said Vigilance of the 5-7 quicksilver guard who averaged 28 points per game.
Volleyball men’s head coach Keegan Kuhr has established a recruiting link with former Husky and two-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Male Volleyball Player of the Year Alwyn Piche, who now coaches in La Loche, Saskatchewan. “We may have up to five players coming from there,” said Kuhr.
Women’s volleyball has been blessed with a great recruiting class including: Skylar Van Der Kooi 5-10 middle from Okotoks, Alberta.
“Skylar brings a wonderful attitude and an incredibly high volleyball IQ to a young Huskies lineup,” said head coach Tommy Sloan. “A bilingual, honour roll student off the court, her intelligence translates onto the court as well. She understands her position very well and is rarely caught in the wrong place.”
Another middle is Shania Stone, 5-11, from Manning, Alberta.
“Shania was a member of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games Alberta North squad. One of her former coaches described her as “powerful, coachable, and having a great attitude.”
Looking forward to watch the Huskies Howl once again. Catch you on the rebound.
– Connect Weekly –