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Bobcat Bulletin #2 - November 6 - 12, 2006

November 16, 2006

Source: Brandon University

ZD: 47.2

For the week of November 6-12, 2006

1. Athletes of the Week

Marius Oros

Volleyball: Leftside: 1st Year

Marius led the Bobcats on the weekend to their first ever weekend sweep. His steady play against the Calgary Dinos allowed the Bobcats to move to 2 wins and 2 losses on the season. Marius led all Bobcats with 31 kills over the two matches.

Teagan Hunter

Volleyball: Outside Hitter: 1st Year

Teagan was chosen player of the game both nights. She led our team in kills. So far this year Teagan has 28 kills and 4 stuff blocks. As a rookie, she is showing that she is a definite threat.

2. Men and Women’s Basketball Home Opener

First Place Bobcats Set To Host First Place Huskies, Goldenbears

BRANDON, MB – Two of the best teams in the Canada West conference will march into the Wheat City this weekend for a pair of first place showdowns with the Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team.

The 3-1 ‘Cats will host the 3-1 Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday and the 3-1 Alberta Goldenbears on Saturday. All three teams currently reside in first place; Brandon leads the Great Plains division by a game over Winnipeg, while the Huskies and Goldenbears are tied atop the Central division.

"We’ve got two really tough teams coming in here this weekend," said Brandon head coach Barnaby Craddock. "It’s a big opportunity for us to show that we’re considered among the top teams in the conference. Our home crowds will be treated to some great basketball. Hopefully, we can play well in our own gym and have some success."

Brandon defeated the Huskies 80-72 at a tournament in Saskatoon in October.

"We managed to play well together for a large portion of that game," noted Craddock. "For us to have success again, we’ll need to run the floor, play strong defense, and contain perennial Canada West all-star (Andrew) Spagrud."

The Bobcats enter action this weekend following a 2-game sweep of their provincial rivals from the University of Manitoba.

"It’s always good to get a road sweep," commented Craddock, whose team beat the Bisons 83-64 on Friday and 93-92 on Saturday. "Our defense wasn’t particularly strong at times on Saturday, and we showed some inconsistencies as a team... but overall, I was very pleased with the effort we showed."

Dany Charlery led the ‘Cats on Saturday, scoring a career high 31 points on 11-23 shooting from the field, including a perfect 5-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

"He’s an all-star caliber player," added the 2nd year Bobcat coach. "He definitely showed that on Saturday night."

This weekend’s action tips off on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information

Next action for both teams will beNov. 17 vs. Saskatchewan (6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.)Nov. 18 vs. Alberta (6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.)

Bobcat Game Ticket Prices: Adults $7.00, Alumni & BU Faculty & Staff $5.00, High School students & Seniors $4.00, Children 13 & under $2.00. Family Pass $15.00 & BU students free.

Brandon University Lady Bobcats

BRANDON, MB - The Brandon University Lady Bobcats will have their hands full this weekend when they play their 2006-07 regular season home opener.

The 0-4 ‘Cats will host the 5th ranked Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday and the 8th ranked Alberta Pandas on Saturday, two teams who are currently tied for first place in the Central division with records of 3-1.

"We’ve been very defensively focused this week," said first year Lady ‘Cat head coach Jaime Hickson. "We want to increase our efficiency on both ends of the ball, but defensively, we know we’ll need to be stronger if we want to compete with these two teams."

The ‘Cats enter action following a pair of losses this past weekend to the University of Manitoba Bisons. Brandon lost 84-51 on Friday night, then fell 88-37 on Saturday.

"I thought we looked good at times on Friday," noted Hickson. "We came out aggressive, we played aggressive all game long. Saturday was a different story, though. We came out flat, and our defense was non-existent. Their pressure and press gave us a lot of trouble."

This weekend’s action tips off on Friday and Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information

3. Women’s / Men’s Volleyball

The Volleyball Teams are heading to British Columbia this weekend to take on Thompson River University. This is the first meeting against Thompson River University for the second year Bobcat program.

After a sweep of Calgary this past weekend, Coach Paddock is looking to lead his team to a .500 record with a pair of wins over Thompson River University, who are currently 0 - 4.

Women’s Coach Lee Carter feels that this is a must win situation in their pursuit of a playoff position. Currently, Thompson River University is sitting at 2-2.

4. Bobcats Athletics Salute Green Acres School

On Tuesday, November 14, Coaches Barnaby Craddock and Jaime Hickson and members of the Brandon Bobcats basketball teams paid a visit to Green Acres School to put on a demonstration of their skills and play a game against members of the Gators basketball team.

The Bobcats will be saluting the Green Acres School on Friday, November 17 at their basketball matches!

5. Brandon University Orchestra to Perform at Bobcat Game

The BU Orchestra, led by Professor Mark Rudolf, will be performing at halftime at the Friday, November 17 men’s match against the University of Saskatchewan. "The fans will be party to both great basketball and great music performed by talented students from Brandon University," says Athletic Director Rick Nickelchok.

Should you have any questions about these or any other Athletics related items, please contact:

Rick Nickelchok,Athletic DirectorPhone: (204) 727-7405Email:

Kelly StiforaBU Communications OfficerPhone: (204) 727-9762Email:

Xanthe BurchAthletic Clerk,Phone: (204) 727-7375Email:

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