Lakehead Athletics roared into action last fall as varsity teams and club teams began their seasons, and campus recreation continued its tradition of excellent intramural programs and fitness classes for our students and staff.
Club sports showed success with teams such as Lakehead Rugby continuing its strong play in the Minnesota Rugby Union. Our new Golf team made an immediate impact at U.S. and OUA golf tournaments as well. Lakehead made its first appearance at the new CIS National Curling Championships, and the Wolves menís squad went a perfect 6-0 in round robin play before bowing out in the first playoff round.
The varsity Thunderwolves teams continue to make inroads and develop. Lakehead Cross Country, under Head Coach Kip Sigsworth, made huge improvements again this season, and Lakehead placed an athlete at the CIS national championships for the first time in a long while. Similarly, Coach Sigsworth and the Indoor Track teams had another strong season this year.
Lakeheadís young Wrestling squads, under Head Coach Owen Dawkins, did very well at this yearís OUA Championships. The men qualified 10 wrestlers for the CIS National Championships (the most of any team) and Mitch Fryia and Huy Nguyen brought home national gold medals. Lakeheadís women volleyball squad, under Head Coach Kathy Clouthier, did not make the playoffs but showed they are developing well. Things look good for next season with most of the team returning.
Coach Lisa Patterson and her two Nordic squads won OUA titles for the fourth consecutive year with Lakehead skiers being named MVP for both men and women and Lakehead garnering six OUA All Stars. The womenís Nordic team went on to capture the Canadian Colleges and Universitiesí National Championship for the fifth straight year.
Coach Scott Morrison and his menís Basketball team and Coach Jon Kreiner and his womenís squad put up tough battles and almost qualified for the playoffs. Lakeheadís men made a huge improvement from last year and lost to eventual national champions Brock by one point in a controversial game which, if Lakehead had won, would have put the Wolves in the playoffs.
Finally on the Hockey front, new Head Coach Don McKee led Lakehead menís Hockey team to a record-breaking season as the team set the best record in the entire OUA. The Wolves got to the Ontario Final Four before bowing out to Brock in the deciding game of the series in overtime. However, the Wolvesí Chris Whitley and Jordan C. Smith were named CIS First Team All Canadians and Whitley was also the OUA and OUA West MVP. Lakehead had three OUA First Team All Stars, one Second Team All Star, and one OUA All Rookie. The team loses only two players and things are looking very good for next season when Lakehead University hosts the CIS national championships.
It has been a fantastic year and next season looks to be an even better one.
Stay in touch with Lakehead Athletics, its teams, and its new intramural and fitness programs by going to our websites at www.thunderwolves.ca and www.thunderwolveshockey.com.