Friday, September 30, 2011

Lakehead Opens Non Conference Schedule

Lakehead opens the non conference portion of the 2011-12 season hosting Winnipeg Wesmen for two games.

The games are broadcast online. See below for details

Homecoming Weekend Basketball Preview

September 29th, 2011

Author: Hugh Mullally

The men's and women's basketball teams will play their first home games of the season, beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm for the women, and 8:00 pm for the men versus the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. They will rematch on Saturday evening with the same tip-off times. All games will be webcast on SSN: Thunderwolves Webcast

Friday will be a momentous evening for Thunderwolves fans, as they will be treated to their first OUA men's basketball banner raising and Wilson Cup presentation in the Thunderdome. The men's team is carrying 16 players this season, five of whom are natural freshmen and seven are 4th year seniors. Freshmen Michael Thorne Finch and Alex Robichaud will not dress due to injuries.

The Winnipeg Wesmen are coached by Mike Raimbault, who enters his 2nd year with Winnipeg after winning a CCAA national championship (and coach of the year honors) with UNBC. He also took the Brandon Bobcats to the 2007-08 CIS Final 8 with a 20-2 regular season record. Winnipeg 4th year forward Benny Iko attended the same school (Howard) as Lakehead forward Joseph Jones prior to joining the CIS. Winnipeg's roster boasts four 5th year seniors.

LU Coach Scott Morrison:

"We are excited to finally match-up with a different colour jersey and try to gauge our pre-season development against a non-conference opponent. I am looking for our core of seniors to step up and show our younger players the type of game prep and focus required to be successful at the CIS level. Winnipeg is a well coached team on the rise and present a number of tough match-ups for us to contain at this early stage of the season."

Sunday, September 25, 2011

3rd Annual Lobster Dinner a Success!

Thank to all who supported the Back Court Club's 3rd annual lobster dinner.

For a quick highlight reel of the night's action please click on the link below...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

3rd Annual Lobster Dinner September 24th!

The team's 3rd Annual Lobster Dinner is set to go - again featuring fresh PEI lobster served to your table by members of the Thunderwolves...
Tickets are now available for the event which will offer a full plate of "fixins" such as baked potato, choice of salad, drinks, desert, cash bar and silent auction.
The event runs September 24th at 6pm and tickets are $75 (include $40 tax receipt).

Sunday, September 4, 2011

'Wolves Beef Up Coaching Staff for 2011-12

With the first day of class just a week away, basketball programs throughout the CIS are putting the final touches on their respective benches. The Lakehead Thunderwoves are no different as they introduced a revamped staff to training camp last week in Thunder Bay.
Returning to the bench from last season are three former 'Wolves including lead assistant Matt Erdman back for his 7th year working with Coach Morrison. Rejoining Erdman on the bench will be Pat Charlebois and Andrew Quirion who both joined the staff prior to the 2010-11 season.
New to the pack are three coaches with a combined 12 years of CIS playing experience at their respective schools.
Nathan Johnson of Pictou, NS (and brother of guard Ben Johnson), moves to Thunder Bay and switched back to the Men's side of coaching after helping the StFX women's team to the CIS Final 8 as an assitant coach last season. Johnson also has experience on the national level as an off-season intern with Canada Basketball.
Another maritimer, Mark English, joins the team after a playing career at Memorial University in Newfoundland where he also was an assistant coach for the past two seasons.
No stranger to Lakehead fans the final addition to the staff is Jamie Searle. Searle is one of the most decorated players in LU history capping an excellent career with an OUA Championship last season.

"We are very fortunate to have such an energetic and experienced staff working with the program this season. With a number of young players on the roster, the future of the team will rely heavily on the ability of our coaches to share their knowledge and help in the all-around development. I am excited to have so many coaches with championship experience on the bench and looking forward to going into the OUA season with them." - Coach Scott Morrison

Stay Tuned for more information on the 2011-12 Season including upcoming events in the pre-season.

Thunder Bay Blaze Set for Season

The Thunder Bay Blaze boys basketball club is set for the 2011-12 season with registrations currently underway online. The club is run in partnership with Lakehead Basketball and offers programs for boys age 6 and up.

"Under 10" - Sunday and Thursday Sessions (September, January & May)
"Under 14" - Saturday and Mid-Week Sessions (Sept-Dec, January-March)
"High School" - 8 session 'Pre-Season Training' program begins October 2

For more information on the above programs please contact Coach Morrison and to register online please click on the link on the right hand side of this blog in the "Camps & Leagues" section.