Around U Sports Football: East-West Bowl Story, Pro Opportunities, a Historic Championship and 2022 lookahead. 

Hamilton,ON- The sun was shining last Saturday in Hamilton as the U Sports East-West Bowl made its triumphant return after a two year hiatus. Team West – made up of players from Canada West schools and half of the OUA – edged out team East (AUS, RSEQ and other half of the OUA) 11-8.  McMaster quarterback Andreas Dueck found Waterloo receiver James Basalyga for the go-ahead … Continue reading Around U Sports Football: East-West Bowl Story, Pro Opportunities, a Historic Championship and 2022 lookahead. 

Dueck Marks Return to Mac with East-West Bowl Triumph

Hamilton, ON- McMaster Marauders quarterback Andreas Dueck capped off his first East-West Bowl in style.  Dueck weaved past defenders to score on a two-point conversion to give his West team a late 11-8 lead over the East. One play earlier, he found Waterloo Warriors receiver James Basalyga for the go-ahead touchdown. The West would win the game 11-8, their fifth straight East-West bowl victory. The … Continue reading Dueck Marks Return to Mac with East-West Bowl Triumph

The End of the Road: Inside the 2022 U SPORTS WBB Final 8

Kingston, ON- As the buzzer sounded to bring the 2022 U Sports Women’s basketball Final 8 in Kingston to a close, it also brought to an end a season like no other. It was a season of highs and lows, ecstasy and disappointment. It was a season of uncertainty amid a global pandemic. It was a national championships that for a time didn’t seem certain to … Continue reading The End of the Road: Inside the 2022 U SPORTS WBB Final 8

Queen’s Gaels Cap Special Run with Historic Bronze Medal 

Kingston, ON- A day after a close loss to Winnipeg in the national semi-finals, the Queen’s Gaels rebounded to make history and win their first ever nationals medal in front of a lively home crowd at the Queen’s ARC.  “I’m really proud of what we did,” Queen’s head coach Claire Meadows noted. “We played our best three games of the season back-to-back-to-back and this weekend … Continue reading Queen’s Gaels Cap Special Run with Historic Bronze Medal 

Huskies rely on mix of old and new to finish off Nationals 

Kingston, ON- As the clock wound down, the realization finally hit Saskatchewan Huskies fifth-year forward Summer Masikewich. Her university career was over. It was one with a national title, four Canada West titles, a U Sports Defensive Player of the Year Award and multiple other accolades.  As the buzzer sounded in her fifth-place game against the UPEI Panthers and her team celebrated an 80-48 career, her … Continue reading Huskies rely on mix of old and new to finish off Nationals 

Déjà vu: Rams Ramp up Defence to Edge Badgers in Overtime Thriller

Kingston, ON- For the second week in a row, the Brock Badgers had a chance to win the game with regulation winding down. In the national semi-final, for the second week in a row against the Rams, the Badgers had the ball near the end of regulation with the game tied. For the second week in a row, the Rams’ defence held strong.  The Rams … Continue reading Déjà vu: Rams Ramp up Defence to Edge Badgers in Overtime Thriller

What’s next for battled-tested Badgers after Critelli Cup loss

St. Catharines, ON- The game and the OUA title was in their hands. Despite blowing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead and being unable to deal with the Rams’ full-court press, the Brock Badgers women’s basketball team still had a chance to win the Critelli Cup. Fifth-year guard Mackenzie Robinson went up for the layup but it could not fall as the buzzer sounded to end regulation. The … Continue reading What’s next for battled-tested Badgers after Critelli Cup loss

Brock Badgers capture Wilson Cup through hard work and culture

St. Catharines, ON – The Bob Davis Gymnasium was full and loud on Saturday Mar. 26 for the Wilson Cup finals. The Brock Badgers men’s basketball team had made their presence known on the OUA scene in recent years – most notably under former head coach Charles Kissi. The Badgers had enjoyed playoff success and reached nationals under Kissi but now Kissi was gone (he’s … Continue reading Brock Badgers capture Wilson Cup through hard work and culture

WBB: Rams resilient amid adversity in long-awaited Critelli Cup victory

ST. CATHERINES, Ont. The Rams women’s basketball has faced its share of hardships over the past couple of years: The Critelli Cup finals loss and early nationals exit in 2020, losing last season due to COVID and key players due to injury. On Saturday, Mar. 26, they faced adversity once again.  This time, it came in the form of a Brock Badgers team – the top … Continue reading WBB: Rams resilient amid adversity in long-awaited Critelli Cup victory

U Sports WBB Final 8 Bracketology Version 2.0: Absences and Opportunities 

Hamilton, ON- A lot has changed since my first version of bracketology. As expected, the conference playoffs have provided some clarity on the nationals picture. As of Mar. 21, half of the eight-team field is set: host Queen’s, Canada West champion Saskatchewan, runners up Winnipeg and AUS champion Acadia.  In the past month, two key absences have shifted the nationals picture. Reigning U Sports Player … Continue reading U Sports WBB Final 8 Bracketology Version 2.0: Absences and Opportunities