Three Kodiaks teams head on the road, hunting for ACAC gold
March 1, 2017 – One established contender and two ambitious start-up teams will head on the road to carry the Lethbridge College Kodiaks colours into action during ACAC championship tournaments this week.
The Kodiaks men’s basketball team will be looking for its second ACAC championship in three years in Medicine Hat, while the men’s and women’s futsal teams will make their ACAC debuts at the championship tournament in Calgary.
These championships are in addition to the women’s basketball and indoor track tournaments that are both being held in Lethbridge this week.
The Kodiaks men’s basketball team (15-6) finished third in the ACAC south division and will face the NAIT Ooks in a quarterfinal on Thursday night.
Lethbridge was led by forward Chris Maughan (third year, Business Administration – Management), who returned to the Kodiaks after a year at the University of Lethbridge and led the team in both points (15.4 PPG) and rebounds (7.9 PPG). The Kodiaks also received strong offensive seasons from Australian-import Cory Richardson (first year, Business Administration - Management) who averaged 15.2 points per game and Grady Taylor (third year, Criminal Justice - Policing) who contributed 14.7 points per game.
“The ACAC has two bids for nationals and our goal is grab one of them,” says Kodiaks head coach Ryan Heggie. “To do that, we must continue our strong team defense, as well as trust each other and play with confidence and composure on offence. That will give us our best chance to win.”
The Ooks finished second in the ACAC north division with a 17-7 record. The two teams met in an exhibition game on Jan. 6 where the Kodiaks took a 78-61 win, led by Taylor’s 25 points.
The Kodiaks will enter the ACAC futsal championships for the first time, as part of an ACAC trial to get more teams invested in the start-up sport. The championship runs from Thursday to Sunday in Calgary and is hosted by Ambrose College.
Both Kodiaks teams will rely heavily on players from the Kodiaks soccer programs and will be led by new head coach Sean Carey.