The Concordia Thunder Men's and Women's indoor track teams ended a successful 2013 season with a pair of bronze medals at the 2013 ACAC Indoor Track Championships held at the Edmonton Canadian Forces Base (CFB).
"I'm really pleased with how the teams ran this weekend," said Head Coach Matt Norminton." We had several personal bests and picked up four medals.”
Indoor track will become an official ACAC sport in 2014. Both teams will break before training for the fall cross country season in September.
The teams are always looking for new runners. Interested athletes can in contact Coach Matt Norminton at 780-935-3771 or email@example.com for more details.
Heading into this past weekend, the Thunder Men's Basketball team were in a three-way tie for fourth place in the ACAC and for first place in the ACAC North.
Friday night at home, the Thunder played their best ball of the season jumping out to a 34-14 first quarter lead. The Thunder slowed the pace in the second half and cruised to an 83-66 win.
“When you start like that, it makes your life pretty easy,” said Coach Wood.
Saturday was a much tighter and physical game in Camrose. A back and forth first half saw the Thunder go down by four at the break, but a 24-7 third frame put the Thunder up 13 going into the fourth where they fought to hang on to a tough 66-58 victory.
“Sometimes you have a night where an aggressive defensive philosophy can get you in some trouble,” said Coach Wood.
The Thunder wrap up the 2012/13 season with a home and home against the Lakeland Rustlers. Saturday night’s home game starts at 8 p.m. at the Ralph King Athletic Centre. It's Senior Night and the Thunder will honour their graduating players.
The Concordia Thunder Hockey team came away with four more points this past weekend recording two solid victories over the Portage Voyageurs. The two wins leave the Thunder tied with Portage for fourth place and sets the tone for the first round play-off series which will feature the same teams.
“We are starting to show some very healthy signs of being ready for the playoffs, but we have three games remaining that will really test us as we go into post-season play,” said Coach Peacocke.
The Thunder will round out the regular season with three more games this week starting with NAIT on Tuesday, to make up for a game that was postponed. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the NAIT Arena.
The Thunder will conclude their regular season schedule, playing the Augustana Vikings. The home game goes on Friday with an 8:15 p.m. start at Confederation Arena. Those looking for a ride to the game can catch a bus leaving the Hole Acedemic Cetre at 7:15 p.m.
The Thunder's regular season concludes with a trip to Camrose on Saturday to play a rematch game against the Vikings.
The final matchup of the season for the Concordia Thunder Women's Volleyball team pitted the Thunder against the Augustana Vikings for a home-and-home series. Starting in Camrose Friday night, the Thunder struggled to find their drive. The lack of composure led to a three-straight game match loss (25-21, 25-20, 25-18).
The Thunder returned home to full house attendance on Saturday to play their final match. The Thunder came out with more fire and determination than they had shown this season, wanting to show fans that the season had not been in vain. The Thunder made good on that promise and defeated the Vikings in four sets (28-26, 25-17, 25-27 and 25-19).
"Our success was due to all of our players fighting for a win. Our veterans pushed our first year players to strive for excellence," said Coach Sherri Milne.
The Thunder Women's Volleyball team would like to thank all those who have supported the team this season.
Fourth year veteran Samantha Wong won the Gold Medal in Women's Singles at this weekend's ACAC Championships. With her Gold Medal performance, Samantha Wong will travel to the CCAA Championships to be held February 28 to March 2nd at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario.
In addition to the stellar performance by Wong, several other Thunder athletes also fared well on the weekend. The Thunder women owned the podium in Single's play with all three medals going to Thunder Athletes.
On the men's side, first year player Connor Reinson did very well, losing only in the Single's final against the 4-time national champion from NAIT to claim the Silver Medal.
The Concordia Thunder Hockey team survived the long trip to Briercrest this past weekend and came away with its needed four points. In the first game, the team carried a five to one advantage into the third period and then cruised to a six to one victory.
On Saturday, the team once again got out to a fast start and were up six to two going into the third period. Despite giving the Clippers a leg up by taking penalties that put the Briercrest team on the power play for most of the third period, the Thunder still skated away with a 6 to 3 win.
The Thunder is now four points back of the Portage Voyageurs whom they play this coming weekend series. The home game is Friday night starting at 8:15 p.m. at Terwilligar Arena. On Saturday the team travels to Lac La Biche for the series finale.
Coach Dan Peacocke and the Thunder Hockey Booster Club hope to see everyone out to support the team!
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The Thunder Women's Basketball team played host in a double header with the Keyano College Huskies this past weekend and came away with two solid victories.
On Friday the limited bench of the Huskies was too much for the high energy Thunder who turned the 18-16 half time score into a 59-39 win.
On Saturday, the Thunder were geared up for their early afternoon game, with a goal to put four quarters of hard basketball together to prep for upcoming games. The final score was 71-43 for the Thunder who will now use the momentum this weekend as they face the 1st place Augustana Vikings. Tip off time for the home game is Friday night at 6 p.m.
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The Concordia University College of Alberta Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Frank Imbrogno will step in as the new Head Coach of the CCAA Silver Medalist Concordia Thunder Women’s Soccer team.
“I’m excited to be back at Concordia,” said Imbrogno. “I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence and achievement that this program is renowned for.”
Concordia’s Athletic Director Bernie Masterson is also excited to have Imbrogno as the new Head Coach.
“We’ve had a very strong program here in recent years that Frank has been a part of as an Assistant Coach. I have every confidence that he will continue – and build upon – that success in his new role.”
Imbrogno is a former player and alumnus of Concordia and was an Assistant Coach with the Thunder from 2009 to 2011. He is presently coaching a Major League squad, several levels of Youth Soccer and at the Paul Kane High School Soccer Academy.
Welcome Frank and we wish you every success!
The Thunder Badminton Team just returned from competing in the 2012 Honolulu Badminton Open in Hawaii over the Christmas Break. They enjoyed the sun and played in a very competitive tournament with many local players from Honolulu.
Accompanying the Thunder on the trip were NAIT and VIU from BC. There were also players from Japan that came to compete in the tournament as well so there was great competition all around. The tournament definitely got the team ready for the semester of Badminton ahead with National Qualifying coming up in February.
"Overall it was another experience of a life time for all of the Badminton athletes at Concordia," said Coach Kevin MacAlpine.
The Thunder get their first taste of ACAC action on January 26th when they host the first of two conference tournaments this semester.
As the calendar switched to 2013, Thunder Men’s Basketball has undergone some changes. Welcoming two new players – Andrew Youn and Chris Stoltz – to the roster and losing star forward Jamaal Bucknor to a ruptured Achilles tendon, a new look squad took to the court this past weekend against the King’s Eagles. With foul trouble plaguing several starters the Thunder got key contributions from the bench, especially in the second half that carried the squad to a 73-55 win.
Lucky 13 – Concordia's Dallas Wright
Saturday night, the Thunder came out gunning in the final frame, jumping out to an 11 point lead by the 6 minute mark of the quarter and held that margin until the end finishing with a 77-66 victory.
“Tonight we had great scoring balance,” said Coach Wood. “We struggled early in this one, but once we started moving the ball with more efficiency and taking better shots we were able to have our best 3 point shooting night of the year.”
The Thunder now prepares to take on the MacEwan Griffins this coming Friday at MacEwan and Saturday back at the Ralph King Athletic Centre. Both games are at 8pm.
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