Weekend Thunderwolves Sports Preview


ThunderwolvesTHUNDER BAY – There is a full range of sports coming forward this weekend. Lakehead’s athletic programs are in full swing this weekend, with the Cross Country Running, Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball teams on the road. The Lakehead Baseball team will play at home on Saturday and Sunday. All game times posted are local to the host team.

Here is an overview of where Lakehead University Thunderwolves will be this weekend:

Cross Country Running – The team will be in competition against the field at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in La Crosse, Wisconsin. this is an annual cross country meet in honor of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse All-Americans and Champions. It will begin Saturday at 10:30 am with the men’s Jim Drews race (8 km), followed by the women’s Tori Neubauer race (6 km) at 11:30 am.

Coach Kip Sigsworth shares, “The UW La Crosse home meet is always very competitive and will provide some of the best competition from around the mid-western US. This will be our final tune-up before the OUA meet in two weeks in Ottawa. So far this year both teams have been running really well and they look to continue to improve this weekend.”

Results can be found at the PT timing website under ‘Race Results‘.

Women’s Volleyball – The women will be competing versus three teams this weekend in Superior, Wisconsin at the 2011 UW- Superior Stinger Classic. Their first game is Friday, October 14th at 4 pm versus Bethel Univeristy (MN), followed by a match against Augsburg College (MN) at 6 pm. On Saturday they face St. Catherine Univeristy (MN) at 10 am and finish the weekend against Finlandia University (MI) at 12 pm.

These games will not be webcast.

Men’s Baseball – LU’s newest club team has been wowing the competition and hometown fans in their debut season. They will take on the University of Minnesota for 3 conference games at Baseball Central, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 noon and 2:15 pm, followed Sunday with an 11 am game. LU is now 8-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

For more info, check out their website: www.eteamz.com

Women’s Basketball – The women’s team will once again take on competition from our Manitoban neighbors to the west at the Women Bison’s “Shoot For The Cure” Invitational. Lakehead plays Winnipeg Friday at 6:00 pm, Trinity Western on Saturday at 5:00 pm, and the host Manitoba on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Coach Jon Kreiner says “This will be our 4th games vs Winnipeg and Manitoba and our first against Trinity Western. We saw great improvement against Winnipeg but struggled to defend Manitoba’s best player. Trinity gives us a new look but our goal is to keep improving our defense and get smarter on offense.”

Live stats and webcast info were unavailable at press time. Check www.thunderwolves.ca closer to game time for possible webcast updates.

Men’s Basketball – The men’s cagers will be in Brandon to play a double header against the Bobcats. Their last trip to Brandon resulted in a “Super 8 Invitational” championship. This weekend will mark the debut of two Manitoban Lakehead recruits (Michael Thorne-Finch, Joseph Nitychoruk) to the lineup, who have been cleared to play having recovered from minor injuries. In a bizarre twist, Brandon head coach Gil Cheung will be walking picket lines, due to the current strike at U of Brandon, with his assistant Jeremy Weilenga stepping in as bench boss.

Coach Scott Morrison states, “This weekend is the first taste of road play for some of our young players. We are looking to stay focused on our opponent as well as bring an improved level of play since our last games two weeks ago.”

Live stats and webcast info were unavailable at press time. Check www.thunderwolves.ca closer to game time for possible webcast updates.

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