Sports briefs: Huskies women’s basketball team continues undefeated streak

Sports briefs: Huskies women’s basketball team continues undefeated streak

Weekend results from U of S basketball and volleyball teams, as well as high school provincial volleyball championships and Parapan Am Games

Published Nov 26, 2023  •  3 minute read

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University of Saskatchewan Huskies guard Andrea Dodig (7) during first half action against MacEwan University Griffins in Saskatoon on Nov. 10. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies women’s basketball team handed the visiting Calgary Dinos their first losses of the season on the weekend, to improve their own record to 8-0 and take the top spot in Canada West standings.

On Friday, Carly Ahlstrom picked up 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Huskies to a 70-56 victory over the Dinos, while the following night, Gage Grassick scored 23 points for the U of S in a 72-65 win.

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Saskatchewan is now one of only two teams who are undefeated this season, with the other being the Trinity Western University Spartans who are 6-0.

Over on the men’s side, the Huskies were on the opposite end of the sweep, losing both of their games to Calgary.

Saskatchewan led 41-31 at halftime of Friday night’s game, but the Dinos dominated in the third quarter, outscoring the Dogs 19-8 to take the lead, which would carry them through to earn the 78-75 victory.

Kymahni Bent and Alexander Dewar shared leading-scorer duties for Saskatchewan with 17 points each.

On Saturday night, Calgary outscored Saskatchewan in the first three quarters, eventually winning the game 78-61, while Tyrese Potoma had a game-high 17 points for the Huskies.

With an even 4-4 record, the U of S now sits 8th in the Canada West standings.

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University of Saskatchewan Huskies forward Easton Thimm (2), guard Kymahni Bent (4) and guard Noah Nickel (0) during first half action in the Canada West home-opener against the MacEwan University Griffins in Saskatoon on Nov. 10. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

VOLLEYBALL

Taking on the host Trinity Western Spartans, the Saskatchewan men’s volleyball team split their series.

In Friday’s game, the Spartans won the first set 25-14, but it was all Huskies after that and, led by Emmett Graham‘s 17 kills, the team won 28-26, 28-26 and 25-22 in the final three sets to pick up the 3-1 victory.

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Trinity Western sought revenge and got in on Saturday night, earning the win in three straight sets (26-24, 25-16 and 25-22) to snap Saskatchewan’s four-game winning streak and drop the Dogs to an 8-2 record, second in Canada West.

In that game, Saskatchewan’s Isaiah Mamer had 10 kills.

It was a less successful trip for the Huskies women’s team as they returned from Trinity Western having suffered back-to-back 3-1 losses.

Saskatchewan started Friday’s game off with a 25-20 win in the first set, but lost the next three 14-25, 17-25 and 21-25.

The following night, the Huskies lost the opening set 10-25, won the second set 25-20, but then lost again in both the third and fourth sets 17-25.

Keely Anderson led the U of S team in kills on both nights, earning 13 and 15, respectively, as the team drops to a 5-5 record and seventh place in the Canada West standings.

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Huskies Isaiah Mamer (13) celebrates a win against the Calgary Dinos in this file photo from March. Photo by Michelle Berg /Michelle Berg

High school volleyball season in the bag

The second half of the high school volleyball provincial championships wrapped up over the weekend, with the boys’ 1A-4A medals handed out.

Saskatoon Christian School didn’t lose a set in the round robin or in playoffs, including their 2-0 victory over Makwa in the final to claim the 2A provincial title.

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In other action, Rouleau hoisted the 1A trophy with a 2-0 win against Fox Valley, Esterhazy were the champions of 3A after winning 2-0 over Assiniboia and Meadow Lake claimed the gold in 4A after defeating North Battleford’s John Paul II 2-0.

Also in the 4A division, Saskatoon’s E.D. Feehan finished the round robin 2-2, but lost 2-0 in the quarterfinals to Moose Jaw Central.


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Midale’s Keely Shaw — seen here takes the silver in the women’s para-cycling C5 Individual Pursuit Final race during the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August — captured silver for Canada in the track para cycling women’s C4-C5 3,000m individual pursuit at the Parapan American Games. Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP via Getty Images

Saskatchewan athletes finish Parapan American Games

Myriam Soliman, a member of the Saskatoon Lasers swimming club, competed in eight races at the Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile last week, including a pair of relays.

Her best result of the Games was the women’s S7 50-metre butterfly, where she finished in fourth place with a time of 44.63 seconds.

Midale’s Keely Shaw captured silver for Canada in the track para cycling women’s C4-C5 3,000m individual pursuit and also competed in three other road and track races.

Meanwhile, Regina’s Nik Goncin and Garrett Ostepchuk joined the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team in a bronze-medal finish.

Wheelchair tennis player Mitch McIntyre of Esterhazy and para badminton player Wyatt Lightfoot of Regina also competed in Chile, with both losing in the quarterfinals of their events.

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