Eryn Orysiuk is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on December 4, 2017
Fifth-year Pandas volleyball setter, and team captain Eryn Orysiuk is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week after leading the nationally ranked Pandas to a sweep of of the visiting Thompson Rivers WolfPack, this past weekend at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Orysiuk was equally superb in each of the Pandas wins this weekend, as the perennial power Pandas moved back above the .500 mark in conference play, as they enter the winter break with a 7-5 record. The veteran Pandas setter, who is back in her natural position after spending last season as their libero, recorded 71 assists, 20 digs, and eight aces in the two Pandas wins.
Orysiuk, a product of the Pandas Volleyball Club, recorded at least 30 assists in each of the two matches, highlighted by a 37 assist performance in the Pandas 3-1 win over the WolfPack on Sunday. She also added a team-high four aces and 15 digs, leading the Pandas to the series sweep. Entering the winter break, the Edmonton native now sits second in Canada West with 10.00 assists per set this season, third with 27 aces, while leading the conference with 480 total assists.
The Pandas will resume conference play in January, as they visit the UBC Okanagan Heat (Jan. 5/6), and the MRU Cougars (Jan. 12/13), before returning to the Saville Centre on January 19th for a series against the Calgary Dinos.
Mamadou Gueye is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on November 27, 2017
Fifth-year Golden Bears basketball forward Mamadou Gueye is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week after leading the Bears to a weekend sweep of the Saskatchewan Huskies at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Gueye was stellar in the Bears series-opening 78-65 win over Saskatchewan on Friday. He finished with a game-high 19 points on 7/14 shooting, while also adding 15 rebounds, three blocks, and one assist. The double-double was his first of the season, with his 15 rebounds a new season best.
The Quebec City, QC product was just as impact on Saturday, adding another 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in just 22 minutes. With the dominant 100-54 win over the Huskies, the Bears improved to a perfect 8-0 this season, and are the only remaining undefeated team left in Canada West.
Gueye and the conference-leading Bears will be back in action this weekend, as they host the 4-4 Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday night.
Kirsten Chamberlin is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on November 20, 2017
Following back-to-back outstanding performances against the Saskatchewan Huskies at home, sophomore Pandas goalie Kirsten Chamberlin is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week.
Chamberlin made 49 combined saves on 51 shots, as she led the Pandas to a weekend sweep of the previously top-ranked Huskies at Clare Drake Arena. The sweep gave Alberta their seventh and eighth wins of the season, and moved them into second place in Canada West with a 6-2-2-2 conference record.
The second-year goalie stopped 16 of 17 shots she faced on Friday night, as the Pandas knocked off the Huskies 3-1. She was even better on Saturday night, turning in a 32-save performance, earning the games First Star, and leading the Pandas to their second-straight 3-1 win over Saskatchewan.
The U SPORTS No. 1 Pandas will head on the road this weekend, as they face the 8-4-0-0 UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. Both Friday and Saturday's games will be available to fans on Canada West TV.
Elle Hendershot is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on November 14, 2017
Fifth-year Pandas forward Elle Hendershot is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week after leading the nationally ranked Pandas to a pair of road wins over the UBC Okanagan Heat.
Hendershot recorded a combined 29 points, 39 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks as the Pandas improved to 5-1 in conference play. Following the monster weekend for Hendershot, the veteran Panda now leads Canada West and U SPORTS in rebounds, with 81, and rebounds per game with 13.5.
The highlight of Hendershots weekend came on Friday night, as she recorded one of the biggest double-doubles in program history. The Lubbock, Texas product scored 19 points on 5/7 shooting, while adding a program-record 23 rebounds in the Pandas 67-60 win.
She followed that up with another dominant performance, recording her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
The No. 7 ranked Pandas will have their first ‘bye’ of the season this weekend, before hosting the Saskatchewan Huskies in Edmonton on November 24th and 25th.
Taryq Sani is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on November 6, 2017
Following back-to-back stellar performances on the road against Regina, sophomore University of Alberta Golden Bears outside hitter Taryq Sani is the Canada West First Star of the Week.
Sani led the Bears to a pair of wins over the Cougars, as the No. 8 ranked Bears improved to 4-0 in conference play. The second-year hitter finished with 47 kills, 25 digs, and three aces in the two-game sweep of Regina. Sani also now leads Canada West with 4.88 kills per set this season.
The 2016-17 Canada West All-Rookie team member was sensational in Friday night’s four-set win, finishing with a career-high 24 kills on 39 attempts, while also adding a game-high 12 digs.
Saturday’s match was no different, as he finished with a game-high 23 kills, 10 more than any other player. Sani also added another 13 digs, to go along with an ace and an assist.
The undefeated Bears will look to stay atop the Canada West standings this weekend, as they host the 1-3 Manitoba Bisons at the Saville Centre on Friday and Saturday night.
Tylor Henry is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on October 30, 2017
Fifth-year Golden Bears wide receiver Tylor Henry is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following a massive performance in the Bears Week 8 win in Calgary. Henry hauled in nine catches for 159 yards, four of which went for touchdowns, as the Bears shocked the No. 1 ranked Dinos 53-3.
Henry's four TD catches were the most in a single game in Golden Bears history, and the second most in Canada West history. Henry set the Canada West record for career receptions earlier in the season, while finishing second all-time in receiving yards.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers draft pick played a central role in helping the Bears clinch their first post-season berth since 2010, as the Bears earned their first on-field victory over the Dinos in nearly a decade. The last win for Alberta in Calgary came in 2007, while their last non-forfeit win came in 2008.
The Golden Bears will once again visit the Dinos this week, as the U of C hosts one of two Canada West semifinals at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Dylan Bredo is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on October 23, 2017
Fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey defenceman Dylan Bredo is the University of Alberta Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week after leading his Bears to a series sweep of the nationally ranked Calgary Dinos.
Bredo scored his first three goals of the season over the weekend, including the overtime winner on Saturday, while adding an assist on Friday night for the four-point weekend.
The Edmonton product was tremendous in the series opener on Friday night in Calgary, as the veteran D-Man scored twice and adding an assist as the Bears earned a thrilling 7-5 win over the Dinos.
Bredo capped off the strong weekend with his third goal of the season on Saturday, sniping a shot over Jordan Papirny in overtime to give Alberta the series sweep.
The No. 2 ranked Golden Bears, who still own an undefeated 6-0-0 record, will but their perfect record on the line this weekend, as they visit the Regina Cougars.
Easton Ongaro is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on October 16, 2017
Rookie University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer forward Easton Ongaro is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his four-point performance in a weekend sweep of the MacEwan Griffins.
Ongaro led the Bears with three goals and four points, as the Bears earned a pair of decisive wins over their cross-town foes this past weekend. The pair of wins also clinched the Prairie Division for Alberta, who now own a 9-1-2 record in 2017.
Despite playing just 54 minutes on Saturday, Ongaro was an offensive catalyst for the Bears. The rookie Bear scored two goals 14 minutes apart in the first half, the second and third goals of his young career.
Ongaro was just as dynamic on Sunday at Foote Field, finishing off a nice feed from Ajeej Sarkaria in the box for his third goal of the weekend, before setting up Sarkaria for his third assist of the season.
Luke Philp is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on October 10, 2017
Sophomore Golden Bears hockey forward Luke Philp is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his six-point performance on opening weekend.
Pegged as head coach Serge Lajoie’s 2017-18 Player to Watch, the Golden Bears sophomore took little time proving why, recording six assists in the Bears opening weekend sweep over the Mount Royal Cougars.
Philp was easily the best player on the ice in Friday night’s 7-0 win over the Cougars. The Canmore, AB native recorded a career-high four assists, including setting up each of the Golden Bears first three goals, highlighted by a two-on-none shorthanded breakaway, which was finished off by Jamie Crooks.
Philp was just as strong on Saturday in Calgary, adding another two assists in the Bears 5-1 win over Mount Royal. His six points are the most in Canada West after two conference games, while his +6 rating is also a conference-high.
Philp and the undefeated Golden Bears will be back at Clare Drake Arena this weekend, as they host the 1-1 Manitoba Bisons on Friday and Saturday night.
Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on October 2, 2017
For the second-straight week, fifth-year Golden Bears running back Ed Ilnicki is both the University of Alberta's Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week and Canada West Football's Offensive Player of the Week. Ilnicki was tremendous on Friday night, rushing for 278 yards on 44 carries, while adding five catches for 63 yards, adding his sixth rushing score in the Golden Bears 36-25 win over the Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg.
Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on September 25, 2017
Fifth-year running back Ed Ilnicki is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his offensive explosion this past weekend against UBC. Ilnicki carried the ball 22 times for 196 yards, scoring all three of the Golden Bears touchdowns this past Saturday in the Bears 41-21 loss. For his efforts, he was also named Canada West Football's Offensive Player of the Week.
The veteran back now leads Canada West with 551 rushing yards through four games this season, 156 more than UBC's Ben Cummings. His five touchdowns are also tied for the most in Canada West. With his 22 carries on Saturday, Ilnicki was also able to pass Nathan Connor for the second most carries in Golden Bears program history (561).
Ilnicki capped off the Golden Bears first drive of the game against UBC with a 15-yard TD scamper his third major of the season. He followed that up with the highlight of his afternoon, cutting through the UBC defence for a 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Jamie Pasemko is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on September 11, 2017
Fifth-year Pandas soccer defender Jamie Pasemko is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following her tremendous performance in the Pandas season-opening weekend. Pasemko's play helped the Pandas obtain four of a possible six points against the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Pasemko, who was recently named captain of the Pandas, led them both offensively and defensibly in Saturday's 1-0 win over the U SPORTS No. 7 ranked Dinos. The Edmonton, AB native assisted on the lone Alberta goal, sending in a beautifully executed set piece into the Dinos box, before rookie Georgia Tansley netted her first career goal.
The veteran defender was also responsible for a pair of saves inside her own crease, saving keeper Cassie Bazzarelli with a pair of foot-saves on the goal line.
Pasemko was just as solid on Sunday, exhibiting poise and creativity throughout the match, however, the Pandas were unable to capitalize on their chances in a 0-0 draw.
Pasemko and the 1-0-1 Pandas will return to the pitch this weekend, as they visit the undefeated MacEwan Griffins and the UNBC Timberwolves.
Nathan Rowe is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on September 5, 2017
First-year University of Alberta Golden Bears football receiver Nathan Rowe is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his stellar debut this past weekend. Rowe hauled in seven catches for 208 yards and a touchdown on Friday night's loss to the Calgary Dinos.
Rowe was a the favourite target of Bears QB Brad Baker, who found the rookie receiver four times for 25 yards in the first half. However, the Calgary, AB native exploded in the second half, hauling in two massive catches totaling 164 yards.
The first, in which the Bears were pinned deep in their own territory, went for 55 yards, and led to a Golden Bears 30-yard field goal.
However, the highlight of Rowe's performance came late in the fourth quarter, as he hauled in a record-breaking 109-yard TD reception. The reception was the longest in Golden Bears history, and tied a 16-year old Canada West record, held by current Seattle Seahawk Jon Ryan.
Rowe and the Golden Bears will be back in action this weekend, as they visiting the 1-0 Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night. The game will be available on both Canada West TV, as well as TELUS Optik TV.
Ajeej Sarkaria is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week
By Connor Hood on August 28, 2017
Sophomore University of Alberta Golden Bears striker Ajeej Sarkaria is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his four-point weekend.
After one of the single greatest seasons in Canada West Men’s Soccer history - in which he led the conference with a record 19 goals – Sarkaria showed last season was no fluke with another dominating weekend in Calgary.
The Edmonton native powered the No. 1 ranked Golden Bears to a hard fought 1-0 win over the Mount Royal Cougars, with his 39th minute penalty kick standing as the game-winning-goal.
Sarkaria was even more spectacular on Sunday against the Calgary Dinos, as his three points led the Bears to a convincing 5-0 win over their rival. Sarkaria scored his second of the season in the 12th minute, before assisting on Tolu Esan’s second of the match in the 43rd minute, and earning the helper on Ajay Khabra’s tally in the 47th. Sarkaria, along with Trinity Western Spartan Leighton Johnson, hold the tie for the conference scoring crown with four points each after two matches.
The Golden Bears will return to Foote Field this weekend, as the host the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the home-opener on Saturday, and the Saskatchewan Huskies the following afternoon.
Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer player Niko Saler is the Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week following his play at the CIS national championship tournament at the University of Guelph.
In the final games of his university soccer career, Saler notched two goals and an assist to help lead the U of A to the national championship banner and trophy. It was Alberta’s fifth national title in program history, and first since 2006. The three points also bumped Saler’s playoff production to five playoff points in six post-season matches.
He scored a pair of goals from free kicks in the national championship quarterfinal, leading the Bears to a 2-0 win over the two-time defending national champion York Lions, and then he added an assist on the game winning goal in the gold medal final when his corner kick was met by Ajay Khabra for the 1-0 finish.
Saler was also a Canada West all-star and a national all-Canadian this season after finishing with 11 points, including seven assists, in the conference season.
By Matt Gutsch on November 14, 2016