Wiebe shines and the Rams roll
by Jonathan Hamelin, Sports Editor
Kelly Wiebe delivered another strong performance last Saturday.
The Cougars runner had a time of 24 minutes 55 seconds to finish the eight-kilometre course first out of 334 runners in the division II category at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis.
Other runners who compete for the men’s team, which finished sixth place in the team standings, were Iain Fyfe (seventh, 25:44), Matt Johnson (36th, 26:53), Dale Wig (58th, 27:15), Marc Beaton (125th, 28:18), and Michael Middlemiss (126th, 27:16).
Karissa LePage finished the five-kilometre women’s course 20th among the 287 competitors with a time 23:03. She was the top female finisher for the Cougars. Lisa Benz finished at 94th with 24:37 and Kaytlyn Criddle came in 28th with 25:08.
Next Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross-country team are to compete at the University of Saskatchewan Open.
The Rams are on a roll.
Last Friday, the team earned a 41-6 Canada West road victory – their second victory in a row – against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Adrian Charles continued his amazing play on the ground for the Rams, rushing for 193 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He had a 90-yard touchdown run in the game – the second longest in the team’s history. Marc Mueller had another solid game for Regina as well, going 16/27 for 186 yards and one touchdown. Jason Price and Matt Yausie had touchdown catches for the Rams.
Defensively, Regina was led by Daniel Knaus, who registered 11 total tackles. As a team, the Rams had four interceptions.
Regina moved into a tie with the University of Calgary Dinos for first in the conference at 3-1. Regina hosts the University of Alberta Golden Bears (2-2) on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Mosaic Stadium.
Last weekend’s pair of Canada West games for the Cougars were bittersweet.
On the one hand, the team did drop a 2-1 road decision on Saturday against the previously winless University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. On the other hand, they matched their win total from last season already with a 2-1 road victory over the Dinos on Sunday.
Tayler Firth scored for the Cougars on Saturday. Michelle Anderson made six saves. Megan Florizone and Tegan Koroluk scored for Regina on Sunday. Anderson stopped eight shots.
Regina is 2-3-1 on the season, fifth place in the conference. The Cougars finally return home this weekend with a pair of home games. On Saturday, they host Alberta (6-0-0) and they battle the Huskies (1-4-1) on Sunday. Both games start at noon at Rams/Cougars field.
Regina finished off the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association regular season in Medicine Hat this past weekend, posting five victories and no losses.
On Saturday, the Cougars opened up with a 11-0 victory over the SAIT Trojans. Shirrae Muhr was the winning pitcher. Muhr picked up the win again as the Cougars topped Saskatchewan 2-0 in the next game. Regina beat Lethbridge 11-0 in the last game on Saturday. Jenna Tanner picked up the win. On Sunday, the Cougars beat the Pronghorns 9-3. Tanner was the winning pitcher.
This Saturday and Sunday, the Cougars are competing in the conference championship tournament in Calgary.
The Cougars lost all three games of the Mandi Schwartz Challenge last weekend at the Co-operators Centre.
The preseason tournament – which was put on by the Cougars and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – aimed at raising money for Mandi Schwartz, a 22-year-old hockey player from Wilcox who is currently undergoing cancer treatment in Seattle. A total of $2535.36 was raised.
Regina lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Golden Bears on Friday, fell 7-2 to the Saskatchewan under-18 team on Saturday, and were defeated by the Manitoba under-18 team 4-2 on Sunday.
This Saturday, the Cougars continue preseason play in North Battleford against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks.
The Cougars finished eighth at the U of R Volleyball Invitational last weekend.
On Friday, Regina was defeated 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 by the U of S Huskies and fell 25-20, 25-17, 25-18 to Calgary. On Saturday, the Bisons beat the Cougars 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18 and also beat them 29-31, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 in the playoffs that same day. In the seventh place game on Sunday, Regina fell 25-19, 25-22, 31-29 to the Dinos.
The University of Alberta Pandas won the tournament.
Regina is set to compete in a preseason tournament in Winnipeg this weekend.
The Cougars opened up preseason play with a convincing 115-26 victory over the Briercrest College Clippers on Sept. 22 at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.
Carly Graham led the Cougars in scoring with 21 points. Anne Mercer had a game-high nine rebounds.
Regina plays the Lakehead University Thunderwolves this Friday and Saturday in preseason action. Both games are at 7 p.m., at the CKHS.
Regina defeated the U of R alumni 92-78 last Friday at the CKHS.
The Cougars continue preseason play this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday against Lakehead in Thunder Bay, Ont. They host Briercrest College on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the CKHS.
Regina is scheduled to open up its preseason schedule this weekend with a tournament in Manitoba.
Further details were unavailable as of press time.