Bronco Beat - Feb. 11, 2019

Bronco Beat - Feb. 11, 2019

There was some history made in women’s basketball, women’s hockey maintained its course, and the volleyball Broncos hit the road for the last time this season.

As part of its home-and-home series with Red Deer College, the basketball Broncos participated in the President’s Challenge in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.

On the court, the women’s basketball Broncos took care of business, defeating the Queens 82-67 on Friday to give head coach Avery Harrison his 500th career ACAC victory at the Ralph Klein Centre. Michaela Allen-Gullion posted a career-high 32 points to lead the Broncos, while Brittney Thibeaux added 26 points and 13 rebounds in three quarters of play. Thibeaux turned things up in Red Deer on Saturday, posting 46 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Broncos to an 80-65 victory.

The men’s basketball Broncos went the other way, dropping Friday’s contest to the Kings by a score of 88-76. Jouvon Edison paced the Broncos with 19 points to earn Olds College’s player of the game honours, while Landon Parrington picked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Olds College fought hard to salvage a weekend split, but were unsuccessful as they fell 92-78 on Saturday in Red Deer. Edison again led the Broncos in scoring with 20 points and five rebounds, while Parrington was named the team’s player of the game with 18 points and six rebounds.

Women’s Hockey
The Broncos had a crucial home-and-home series with the SAIT Trojans, with control of the final ACAC playoff spot at stake. On Thursday at the Olds Sportsplex, the Broncos didn’t have their best game as they lost 3-2 to the Trojans. Mairyn Tucker earned Olds College’s player of the game honours, while Tori Chenier and Bree Edwards scored for the Broncos, and Lexi Bruce made 30 saves. The Broncos bounced back on Saturday in Calgary, as Megan Quesnel’s first-period goal was all Olds College needed in a 1-0 victory. Tori Eilers made 25 saves to earn her first ACAC shutout for the Broncos, who sit five points clear of SAIT for the final playoff spot with four games remaining.

The volleyball Broncos headed south for a weekend series with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, their final road trip of the season. On the women’s side, the Broncos were competitive, though they dropped both matches in straight sets. In Friday’s contest (25-13, 26-24, 25-14), Emily Zaleschuk led the attack with six kills and two aces, while Karley Dieken added six kills of her own. Saturday’s matchup (25-15, 25-13, 25-20) again saw Zaleschuk leading the way with seven kills and eight digs, while Megan Gleddie chipped in with seven kills of her own.

The men’s volleyball Broncos met a similar fate in terms of results, though the matches couldn’t have been more different. In Friday’s straight-set loss (25-20, 26-24, 25-18), Thundersky Walkingbear led the way with nine kills and six digs, while Haiden Hurtig added eight kills, six digs, and two blocks. Saturday’s match went the distance, with the Broncos up after three sets before Medicine Hat came back (25-21, 18-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13.) Walkingbear put up a monster game for the Broncos with 26 kills and eight digs, while Hurtig also got into double digits with 11 kills and 10 digs.

Broncos At Home This Weekend
It’s a jam-packed schedule at home this weekend for your Broncos!

Women’s Hockey vs. NAIT - 7 p.m., Olds Sportsplex
Valentine’s Day Theme

Volleyball vs. Lethbridge - 6 p.m. (W), 8 p.m. (M) - Ralph Klein Centre
Graduating Student-Athlete Night

Volleyball vs. Lethbridge - 1 p.m. (W), 3 p.m. (M) - Ralph Klein Centre
Family Night - Final Volleyball Games of 2018-19 Season

Basketball vs. St. Mary’s - 6 p.m. (W), 8 p.m. (M) - Ralph Klein Centre
Graduating Student-Athlete Night

The men’s and women’s futsal Broncos are hosting the Broncos Invitational at Frank Grisdale Hall on February 16 and 17.

Saturday, February 16
Men’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Augustana - 10 a.m.
Women’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Augustana - Noon
Men’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Red Deer - 2 p.m.
Women’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Medicine Hat - 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 17
Men’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Medicine Hat - 8 a.m.
Women’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Lethbridge - 10 a.m.
Men’s Futsal - Broncos vs. Lethbridge - Noon