MCAC All Conference Selections for Futsal

March 10, 2017

The 2017 Futsal season concludes this weekend as four men’s teams and four women’s teams will compete in the Copa de la Paz Championship hosted by Providence University College. From the six MCAC schools that fielded both men’s and women’s futsal teams this season, the following athletes have been recognized by the head coaches throughout the conference as exceptional athletes within their sport.

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5 Tips for the River of Life

March 6, 2017

We’ve all been caught in the rush of the world in its quest to be going somewhere. This constant pressure has had us staring at a screen until out eyes are pounding , sitting on our butts until our back hurts…..what’s up with that, and going for hours without eating except for those few cups of coffee….that’s kind of like food right?

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Triple Threat Workout: The Final Installment of the Rebels Rec Home Workout Series

February 27, 2017

Got the post holiday blues? Hate getting into a cold car to head to your fitness centre?  Too cold to go outside to be active?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then Rebels Rec may have the solution for you.   We asked each of our fantastic fitness instructors to provide an exercise routine that anyone can do by themselves in the gym or at home. The final installment in our home workout series is from Lesley:

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Rebels fall in MCAC Womens Vball Semifinal

February 25, 2017

2017 Women’s Volleyball Semifinal: #1 PUC defeats #4 RRC 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-13)

The first game of the 2017 MCAC Volleyball Final Fours was a three-set sweep for the women’s defending champion Providence University College Pilots.

The game’s first set started out with the score close, neither team asserting much dominance over the match and trading points back and forth without a significant lead.

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2017 MCAC Volleyball Final Four Preview

February 24, 2017

2017 Volleyball Final Fours Preview

Women’s

#4 Red River College Rebels vs #1 Providence University College Pilots
Saturday, February 25th, 12:00 PM 

Providence University College will try to repeat as MCAC champions this weekend but their road to back-to-back trophy presentations will start against a Red River College team that pushed the Pilots to five sets when the two teams last saw each other on February 4th (25-13, 19-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7).

RRC Head coach, Dan McGregor, believes the time off between the end of their season and this weekend’s semifinal matchup has been a big boost for the Rebels.

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2016-17 MCAC Volleyball All Stars

February 24, 2017

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference All-Conference Teams are selected by the head coaches involved in their respective sport. This season’s Volleyball All-Conference Teams are as follows:

MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team 2016-17

LaRae Driedger – Providence University College

Shayna Staerk – Providence University College

Raegan Caron – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Gabrielle Marquis – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Rayzanna Kehler – Canadian Mennonite University

2016-17 Most Valuable Player

Katie Reeves  – Canadian Mennonite University

MCAC 2016-17 Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

MacKenzie Hildebrand – Canadian Mennonite University

Jason Friesen – Canadian Mennonite University

Eric Dornez  – Universite de Saint-Boniface

Nathan Doull – Assiniboine Community College

Lucas Pappel  – Providence University College

2016-17 Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player

Adrian Dyck – Providence University College

The 2016-17 MCAC Volleyball Final Fours are being held this weekend at Universite de Saint-Boniface (200 Cathedrale Avenue, Winnipeg, MB). All semifinal matches take place on February 25th, with both the Men’s and Women’s Finals being played on Sunday, February 26th. Match ups are as follows:

Women’s

#4 Red River College versus #1 Providence University College – Saturday, February 25th 12:00 PM

#3 Universite de Saint-Boniface versus #2 Canadian Mennonite University – Saturday, February 25th, 2:00 PM

Men’s
#3 Universite de Saint-Boniface versus #2 Providence University College – Saturday, February 25th 4:00 PM

#4 University of Winnipeg College versus #1 Canadian Mennonite University – Saturday, February 25th 6:00 PM

Sunday

Women’s Final – 1:00 PM

Men’s Final – 3:00 PM

 

Rebels Weekend Wrap February 10-11

February 13, 2017

MCAC Basketball Championship weekend came and went for the Rebels, with the women’s team capturing their 6th straight championship, while the men’s team fell short in defending their title. For in depth stories of both, please click on the below links:

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

The Rebels women’s volleyball team earned their first shot at a MCAC Championship in 4 years this weekend, qualifying for playoffs by the slimmest of margins. Even the though they were swept by ACC in both games this weekend, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) and 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-11), they still managed to qualify on a 4th (!!!) tie-breakers. The following is the MCAC explanation of how the Rebels earned the 4th and final playoff spot.

i: Record Head to Head – The record between Red River College and Assiniboine Community College this season was 2-2

ii: Sets Won/Lost Head to Head – Red River College and Assiniboine Community College both won 8 sets and lost 8 sets against each other.

iii: Sets Won/Lost Overall – Red River College finished the season with 31 sets won and 49 sets lost, a differential of -18.
Assiniboine Community College finished the season with 27 sets won, 47 sets lost, a differential of -20.

 Red River College enters the 2017 MCAC Volleyball post season on behalf of a 2 set difference.

The lady Rebels will face the PUC Pilots in their MCAC semi-finals on Saturday February 25th at 12:00pm with the championships being hosted at St. Boniface.

In other Rebels action:

The men’s volleyball team ended their season splitting the final two games against ACC 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21) and 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-16). The men finished in 6th place and will miss the playoffs.

The Rebel futsal games, faced USB Les Rogues Friday night in St. Boniface winning both games: Men 7-4 and women 4-1. Both teams next travel to CMU to face the Blazers this Friday night, with the women’s game starting at 6:00pm.

To be Active or Not: Tips for When You are Sick

February 13, 2017

sick-quote-1The brunt of winter is here and the classroom or office has a cold running through it.  You’re coughing and sneezing but your active living routine has achieved a nice rhythm and you don’t want to lose momentum. There are two voices in your head—one encouraging you to rest—the other urging you to get up and go. Now what do you do?

It’s the toughest call and it’s usually made under duress. Read More →

2017 MCAC Women’s Basketball Final: Red River College wins Sixth Straight Championship 68-57

February 12, 2017

It was clear from the beginning of the 2017 Women’s Final that RRC had found their shot and CMU was going to need to work the ball inside if they were going to contend with the scoring touch of the Rebels. The beginning of the game was relatively low scoring as both teams felt the opposition out and neither clicked into their offensive sets immediately. The largest lead of the first half came late in the first quarter when Red River went up 16-7 and CMU was struggling to get open looks. Regular season MVP Zera Lynn Panesa played terrific in the early stages of the first half, shooting 2-for-4 from 3 pt and led all scorers with 10 points. CMU helped their case considerably by taking the ball to the rim and drawing fouls, scoring 10 points off free throws alone. Shortly before the half the Rebels went on a small run that put them up 31-24, and their 15 points to CMU’s 0 from the 3 point line looked to be the largest factor of the half. Jessica Marx-Houndle led CMU in scoring with 6 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

Red River busted out of the break adding to their lead and getting a much needed boost from 3rd year Raven Boulanger, who hit a couple of huge back-to-back 3 pointers for RRC. The Rebels were up 38-25 midway through the 3rd quarter and CMU was lacking a boost.
Rookie centre Caitlin Fennell gave her Blazers a much needed wake up when she blocked Panesa in CMU’s end and then laid a number of big pick and rolls for the Blazers, getting to the line and playing with some grit. She also played tremendous defence inside, something CMU was able to do quite well throughout the game.

When CMU had cut RRC’s lead to just 8 with less than a minute to go in the third, RRC coach Jaenas Pangilinan called a timeout to try to get control of his team’s dwindling lead. Out of their timeout, RRC was unable to convert their possession into points and CMU’s Remy Dickson got a huge and-1 for the Blazers, cutting RRC’s lead to 5. After RRC again failed to score on their trip down the floor, CMU then got the ball with about 10 seconds left in the quarter. They turned the ball over before the clock could run out and as the crowd counted down the final seconds, Panesa hit a wild runner in the lane to stem the momentum that CMU had begun generating.

The beginning of the 4th quarter was back and forth but CMU continued to cut into the lead that RRC had established in the first half. A huge turning point occurred when Zera Lynn Panesa fouled out with 3:57 to play and All Conference guard Sarah Townsend hit both free throws to bring CMU’s deficit to 58-49. Panesa’s scoring had slowed down considerably in the second half before she fouled out, but Boulanger continued to either make shots or get to the foul line, effectively slowing the game down and preventing CMU from generating enough momentum to catch up.

Remy Dickson shot 5-for-12 on the day and led all Blazers with 12 points. Brita Enns-Kutcy had a big game, grabbing 10 rebounds and finishing with 5 points. Boulanger led all scorers with 20 points and was named Tournament MVP.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Men’s Basketball Final: CMU Upsets RRC 77-68

February 12, 2017

The CMU Blazers started hot out of the gate in the men’s Final on Sunday afternoon, getting a 16-8 lead on Red River early. Blazers third-year forward Sam Kinsley shot 3-for-8 and led the Blazers with 9 points in the first half, but it was the collective play of CMU that helped them spread the ball out and keep the lead early.

The Rebels – who were looking for their program’s ninth straight men’s basketball title – didn’t get a lead until the 4:50 mark of the third quarter when Jonathan Wilner scored a layup to put the Rebels up 47-45. At this point the youth of CMU’s roster looked to be finally catching up with them, and Red River kept pushing.

CMU Head coach Billy Isaac was forced to take a timeout with Red River leading 54-47 in hopes of stopping the momentum. But it appeared to keep rolling in Red River’s favour when Gliff Macalua, who finished the game with 9 points, hit a 3 shortly before the third quarter was over. But CMU inbounded the ball and got it up the court just time for Evan Klassen to bang a 3 in response, and the third quarter ended with the Rebels up 58-56.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Blazers began to take control of the game by reclaiming the lead and playing a strong defence against RRC’s Taylor Brown and Jon Wilner – the two players who had carried much of the offensive load for Red River this season.

“We needed to shut down Jonathan, because he’s obviously a big part of what Red River did” says CMU head coach, Billy Isaac.

The Blazers were able to curb Wilner’s scoring to 13 points on the day, making him shoot 5-for-15 and keeping him from getting comfortable in the lane where he was deadly against University of Winnipeg College in the semifinal. And after racking up 18 points in the first half, Taylor Brown would add just 4 more in the second half to finish the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.

Late in the game with CMU leading by 14 and RRC struggling to hit shots from the outside, it began to look like CMU had wrapped up the 2017 Final. But a couple of costly turnovers led to Red River getting the ball back and RRC’s Paul Luzige hit a couple of big threes late to cut the lead to 5. Issac used his timeouts to slow the pace and remind his players what they needed to do to weather the storm.

“I told them our offence still needs to attack because we can’t just stall away the game. We need to still look to attack and be at the rim.”

CMU would get to the foul line and make enough free throws to push their lead out of reach, and when the final horn sounded it was CMU on top 77-68.

Junior forward Sam Kinsley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, after finishing the Final with 15 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. With a gold medal around his neck and a huge smile on his face, he spoke about his confidence entering Sunday’s Final.

“I knew it was gonna be a battle with both teams punching, making their runs, but I knew we were gonna win. The boys were peaking at the right time so I mean that might sound cocky, but I knew we had each other’s backs and I knew we were gonna play the best game we’ve played all year”.

The win is Canadian Mennonite University’s first men’s basketball title since they won back-to-back in 2008 and 2007.