Kodiaks to Make Some Noise for Mental Health this weekend
Feb. 9, 2017 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks are joining in an ACAC-wide venture to “Make some noise for mental health.”
Sponsored by RBC and the Canadian Mental Health Association, all 17 ACAC member institutions are hosting special nights to promote mental health awareness. During the Kodiaks basketball games on Friday and the volleyball games on Saturday, there will be a number of opportunities to learn more about local mental health initiatives. Those in attendance will also have the chance to win great prizes including Calgary Flames tickets and a tablet.
“We want our Kodiaks athletes to be involved in community initiatives and this is a natural extension of that commitment,” says Todd Caughlin, Kodiaks Athletics manager. “Mental health can affect anyone in any walk of life and we want to get the word out that there are resources and support available for anyone who needs it.”
Created and implemented in 2015 by the SAIT Trojans Outreach Program, “Make some noise for mental health” has grown into an ACAC conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health. By involving student-athletes, the campaign is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities.
Basketball prepares for critical tests against Medicine Hat
The Kodiaks men’s basketball team plays a marquee home-and-home matchup this weekend that could go a long way towards determining the final standings in the ACAC south division.
Lethbridge College (12-3) plays Medicine Hat College (12-3) in a battle of two teams ranked in the top 15 in the CCAA. Both teams have identical records, are both tied for first in the ACAC south division and are both riding four-game win streaks. The Rattlers are ranked third in Canada, while the Kodiaks are 14th. Lethbridge is led by forward Chris Maughan (third year, Business Administration – Management), who is coming off a 34-point game in a win over Olds on Saturday and is now ranked 11th in the ACAC in scoring (15.9 PPG) and sixth in rebounding (8.4 RPG).
The Kodiaks women (15-0) have moved up to second in the CCAA national rankings and look to keep their perfect campaign going against the fourth-place Rattlers (8-7). Kodiaks forward Logan Moncks (second year, Business Administration – Management) is second in ACAC scoring, averaging 22.7 points per game, while guard Sunder West (third year – General Studies) is fifth in scoring at 16.7 points per game. Forward Emma Lowry (fourth year, Massage Therapy) is third in rebounding, averaging 10 per game.
The Kodiaks are home on Friday night, with the women’s game at 6 p.m. and the men’s game at 8 p.m. in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. Tickets are $3 for staff members. Saturday’s games begin at the same time in Medicine Hat and can be seen on ACAC TV.
Women's volleyball enters weekend with playoffs in sight
The Kodiaks women’s volleyball team plays its most important series of the season this weekend, battling Ambrose College in a home-and-home series. The Kodiaks (6-14) are in fifth place in the ACAC south division, but are just two points behind Ambrose (7-15) who currently hold the final playoff spot in the south division. The Kodiaks have two games in hand on both Ambrose and Olds, who are tied with the Kodiaks for fifth, meaning Lethbridge holds its playoff fate in its own hands with just four games left in the regular season. Left side Kristine Ward (first year, Massage Therapy) is sixth in the ACAC with 3.28 kills per set and is fifth in hitting percentage at .378.
The Kodiaks men (8-12) have been officially eliminated from ACAC playoff contention and now play for Pride against the Lions (5-17). Left side Dax Whitehead (third year, Geomatics Engineering) is fifth in the ACAC in kills (219) and third in hitting percentage (.499). Right side Carter Hansen (second year, General Studies) is fourth in hitting percentage (.462). Lethbridge won both previous meetings against Ambrose this season.
The Kodiaks are home on Saturday, with the women’s game at 6 p.m. and the men’s contest at 8 p.m. in the Val Matteotti Gym. Tickets are $3 for employees. The games are at the same times on Friday, in Calgary, and can be seen on ACAC TV.
Indoor Track enters final tune-up Grand Prix before hosting ACAC Championships
The Kodiaks indoor track team takes part in its final meet before hosting the ACAC championships in early March. This weekend’s meet in Calgary is hosted by SAIT. The Kodiaks men’s team earned a silver medal in its season-opening meet in Edmonton two weeks ago. The 4x400 metre relay team won gold, while Dayton Jans (first year, Multimedia Production) and Moses Chesseret (second year, General Studies) each earned two medals in individual competition. Cristobal Alvarado (first year, General Studies) will make his Kodiaks debut, running both the 300 metres and the 4x400 metre relay.
The women’s side will get a boost this weekend, as ACAC cross country bronze medalist Emily Spencer (first year, Nursing) will make her season debut. She will run both the 3000 metres and 4x400 metre relay, as she tries to help the Kodiaks climb up from a fourth-place finish in Edmonton. Kayla Enders will look to continue her strong start to the season as she had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the first meet of the season.
“The team is looking forward to bettering its individual performances from the last meet,” says Simon Schaerz, Kodiaks co-coach. “We’re looking to build momentum to carry into the ACAC indoor track championships being hosted in Lethbridge.”