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There are plenty of reasons to take in some games this semester

Autumn McDowell
Sports Writer

This semester, taking in some sports games at the University of Regina is a smart bet.

Going to any U of R sporting event, whether it be men’s or women’s, on the court or on the ice, is guaranteed entertainment. Seeing the students in action and doing something that they are truly passionate about is amazing.

The calibre of athletes is top notch, as many of the athletes have competed at the provincial and national levels.    

Although some teams may not be the owners of records that would put them at the top of the division, the talent on every roster is obvious. 

The talent is clear on the Cougars women’s basketball team. The Cougars currently sit in a tie for first place in Canada West with a 10-2 record. Regina’s biggest competition for the top prize will be the Alberta Golden Bears, who have an identical record. Joanna Zalesiak and Lindsay Ledingham will need to stay strong down the stretch and continue to contribute largely offensively for the Cougars if they are going to make a run at the title. If you are looking for an almost guaranteed winner, be sure to take in some games this semester.

While there isn’t another Cougars team in quite as good shape as the women’s basketball team, there are some others that are definitely in position to make a run and provide some excitement to the fans.

The Cougars men’s basketball team, for example, currently sits sixth in the conference with a 7-5 record but are in position to make a run. The Cougars are an incredibly young team this year, with half of its members in either their first or second year on the squad. Therefore, it is not surprising that the chemistry among teammates is taking a little bit longer to develop. With that said, although the team is young, they are very talented and many of the rookies have seen considerable minutes on the court. The Cougars finished last season off with an 11-12 record, and still managed to make the playoffs, so a playoff berth for this team is not out of reach.

Even a team like the Cougars men’s hockey team could make a comeback. The team has struggled in a sort of rebuilding year this season, and sit at the bottom of the conference with a 6-10 record. However, especially on offence, the club has the talent to improve. Unfortunately this talent has not helped the offence in the first half of the season, which finished dead last overall in goals, goals-per-game and shot percentage.  

Though the team you go to watch at the U of R may not be in contention, you will still have a chance to see some milestones. The Cougars men’s volleyball team, buried in the conference standings at 1-7, picked up a victory this season after failing to do so last season. Many of their losses have been close. Although the team’s record is far from that of a top contender, they have continued to work hard throughout the entire season and are optimistic that they will be able to further improve on their win column.

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