While last weekend was a mix of wins and losses, first- and second-year Huskies made their personal bests in basketball, hockey, volleyball, and track and field.
The women’s basketball team came out of the weekend with their first loss of the season. Playing against the Calgary Dinos, the Huskies came out strong on Jan. 24, winning 66‑38.
The following night, the Huskies honoured their three fifth-year players, Sabine Dukate, Megan Ahlstrom and Vera Crooks. It was a special night for Dukate as she broke into the Canada West’s top 20 for career conference scoring with 1,446 points. To top it off, her mother traveled from Latvia to Canada for the first time to watch her daughter play for the Huskies.
Losing by only a five point margin on Jan. 25, the Huskies still maintain their number one spot in U Sports standings. Holding strong in second is the Dinos, biting at their heels as both teams head into the weekend with a 15-1 season record.
Both the men’s and women’s hockey teams came out victorious against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
Forwards Logan McVeigh and Jared Dmytriw both made five shots that game, landing one each. First-year forward Justin Ball captured two goals on Jan. 25 for the first time in his U Sports career. The Huskies finished the night with a 5-3 win against the Thunderbirds.
While the women’s team scored a combined seven goals over the weekend, top scorer was second-year forward Sophie Lalor who secured one in each game, doubling her goals this season. Second-year netminder Camryn Drever took over goaltending on Jan. 25 and fought hard to deflect 27 shots, letting only one in the net.
The Huskies women’s volleyball team won back-to-back games against the University of Regina Cougars. Middle Mandi Fraser, who has 1.26 blocks per set and is second in the nation, made 17 blocks this weekend. Libero Shae Beaulieu is ranked second for digs nationwide and keeps racking them up. Making 58 digs over the weekend, Beaulieu has rounded her number to 300.
The team stays in sixth place in Canada West standings as they travel to Calgary to face off with the Mount Royal Cougars on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Six members of the wrestling team travelled to the Fraser Valley Open, the final tournament before the Canada West championship. Earning gold was Hunter Lee who is ranked first place in the country for the 90 kg category. Coming in second for their events was Cole Sanderson, Maddie Haney and Mackenzie Alexson.
Staying at home, the Huskies track and field team competed at the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games last weekend. Tyrell Sawatzky made a personal best by cracking the 15-metre mark for weight throw with 15.23 metre, placing him first in the event.
Michelle Harrison completed the 60-metre hurdles with a time of 8.22 seconds. This is Harrison’s career best as she shaved 17 milliseconds off from her performance last year at the K of C Games. This time also puts her first in the U Sports ranking.
Nykole King/ Editor-in-Chief
Photo: Yasmine El-Gayed