2017-18 ACAC Headlines

  • Bob Day Tribute - ACAC mourns the passing of former Executive Director Dr. Robert Day
    January 19, 2018
    A long serving member of the ACAC community, Dr. Robert Day passed away on the morning of January 1, 2018 after a lengthy battle with cancer
  • Kennedy Werre about to set ACAC record
    January 19, 2018
    Kennedy Werre is a beast. Not literally though. “Friends, family and teammates would say, “You’re a beast on the boards!,” Basically that is what they would say,” says  Werre, a 5-foot-10 pivot for the Medicine Hat College Rattlers women’s basketball team, who has her eyes set on establishing a Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) record this weekend.
  • Curling feature Portage College Voyageurs
    January 16, 2018
    Starting the sport of curling when she was a six years-old, many years later Cassie Kotyk is now part of the Portage College Voyageurs mixed curling team that sits atop of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) standings with a perfect 5-0 record.
  • Say hello to Run DDO
    January 16, 2018
    Taking the initials from each of their first names, they are better known as Omon Edobar, Dshawn Tyrell and Darien Valdes of the Red Deer Kings men’s basketball team.
  • Feature on Briercrest Volleyball Player Taylor Klassen
    January 10, 2018
    It is outside the village of Linden, Alberta that Taylor Klassen learned his “work ethic.” Spending “eight-to-12 hours a day during the summer” working on his parents – Mike and Rosalind Klassen – Broiler breeder chicken farm, “taught me the work ethic to where I am today in sport and in school. The farm boy mentality of grinding it out.”
  • Feature on Briercrest Volleyball Player Taylor Klassen
    January 10, 2018
    It is outside the village of Linden, Alberta that Taylor Klassen learned his “work ethic.” Spending “eight-to-12 hours a day during the summer” working on his parents – Mike and Rosalind Klassen – Broiler breeder chicken farm, “taught me the work ethic to where I am today in sport and in school. The farm boy mentality of grinding it out.”
  • The Storied Curling Career Of Jules Owchar
    January 09, 2018
    He may not be a household name to the everyday person, but if you are apart of the curling community you have likely heard of Jules Owchar.
  • NAIT Ook Represents Canada In Sitting Volleyball
    January 08, 2018
    NAIT Ooks women's volleyball player, Sarah Melenka not only competes in the ACAC, she competes on the Canadia National sitting volleyball team.
  • Make Some Noise for Mental Health - Jan. 15 - Feb. 11, 2018
    January 04, 2018
    Created and implemented in 2015 by the SAIT Trojans Outreach Program, Make Some Noise for Mental Health has grown into an ACAC conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health. By involving student-athletes, Make Some Noise for Mental Health is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities.
  • 18 is Enough?
    December 31, 2017
    Austin Dyer has a large family. Sort of. Up to 18 daughters. Yet his wife Amber wants more.
  • Kings Eagles badminton player Abigail Ledda
    December 11, 2017
    As a badminton player Valerie Loker represented Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Now as a badminton coach at Edmonton's Royal Glenora, she is passing on her skills to younger students.
  • SAIT Trojans coach basketball Marty Birky
    December 11, 2017
    The Chinook Sugarbeeters. It wasn’t that long ago that Marty Birky was a Sugarbeeter. Wearing the basketball jersey of Chinook Sugarbeeters, he graduated in 2007 from the Montana high school with an impressive scoring average of 20.7 points-per-game, 2.8 steals-per-game and 2.1 assist-per-games.
  • SAIT Hockey Player Joel Hamilton
    December 11, 2017
    Joel Hamilton has picked up a new hobby...learning how to play a guitar. His goal is to strum Garth Brooks’ 1990 super single “Friends in Low Places.”
  • Former soccer stars trade in cleats for clipboards
    December 11, 2017
    A pair of former Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association soccer stars have kickstarted their coaching careers thanks to the Female Apprentice Coach Program. Kaity Letwiniuk of the Medicine Hat Rattlers and Kelsey Acaster of the Douglas Royals were mentored by their former head coaches this past soccer season.
  • Keyano Huskies Men's Volleyball Blazej Pellowski
    December 04, 2017
    Despite the fact that his hometown of Wroclaw, Poland is roughly 350-kilmoetres from the Baltic Sea, Blazej Pellowski loves beach volleyball. Such is his passion, that the fifth-year Keyano Huskies student/athlete says his “biggest dream” would be “starting a beach volleyball academy here in Fort McMurray.”
  • NAIT Ooks hockey player Jake Mykitiuk
    December 01, 2017
    At the age of 16, Jake Mykitiuk packed his suitcase and left home. Home had been St. Albert, Alberta. For the next two years he would call Prince George, British Columbia his “Home Away From Home.”
  • GPRC Wolve's Women Volleyball Megan Koch
    December 01, 2017
    Her father has nicknamed her Megnado. “It means kind of chaos...like a tornado,” says Megan Koch of her family moniker.
  • Olds Women's Basketball Brittney Thibeaux
    November 28, 2017
    Fight songs in North American sports, especially those of college and university folk lore, carry a lot of weight. Prior to every Jayhawks men's basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse, 16,000–strong, sing the traditional University of Kansas alma mater "Crimson and the Blue".
  • Concordia Thunder Takeisha and Desmond Wang
    November 23, 2017
    Have badminton racquet will travel. For the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder badminton duo of brother-and-sister Takeisha and Desmond Wang, the sport of their choosing has allowed them to globetrot around the world.
  • Griffins Hockey Player Carley Jewell
    November 23, 2017
    Carley Jewell was an all-around athlete growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You name the sport? She was on it.
  • Lethbridge Volleyball Player Corissa Mildenberger
    November 23, 2017
    On Wikipedia, its states that Elkford, British Columbia is known for its outdoor recreation with kilometres of hiking trails and cross country ski trails, And if you like indoor facilities, there is the Elkford Aquatic Centre, home of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club. All three of these things were and continue to be, an important part of Corissa Mildenberger’s life.
  • Augustana Vikings Curler Colton Simard
    November 21, 2017
    ?There's gold in them thar hills?" is a quote sometimes attributed to the California gold rush of 1849. ?There?s gold in them thar rinks?? could be a quote attributed to the Simard family of Chauvin, Alberta. A village in east central Alberta, with a population of 335, it is home of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) curlers Colton Simard of University of Alberta Augustana Vikings and Ashton Simard of MacEwan University Griffins.
  • Lakeland College Basketball Player Terrell Murdaugh
    November 21, 2017
    As a kid, Terrell Murdaugh would sit on the bench at his dad’s basketball games. To impress his dad’s teammates, he would, in his own words, “Do pushups for money.”
  • Brirecrest Athlete Basketball's Kai Wyatt
    November 21, 2017
    Sneaking out to play Pop Warner Football despite her mother’s wishes, Kai Wyatt soon found her passion for a new sport? Basketball.
  • CCAA Cross Country Championships
    November 15, 2017
    The SAIT Trojans become only the third Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference s(ACAC) school to claim medals in both men’s and women’s team events at a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country Running Nationals.
  • CCAA Men's Soccer Championships Feature
    November 14, 2017
    The 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Soccer National Championships had one major difference this year? No Humber Hawks.
  • CCAA Women's Soccer Championships Feature
    November 14, 2017
    For seven years in a row, prior to entering the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s National Soccer Championship which concluded Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Elans de Garneau and NAIT Ooks have stood on the podium be it gold, silver or bronze.
  • Portage Voyageurs Gael-Mukeba Lebwele
    November 10, 2017
    Gael-Mukeba Lubwele’s father and mother, Didier and Angel, knew little, if anything, about ice hockey when they moved to Canada from the Congo. “They left the Congo and came to Canada because they wanted a better life and at that time they had a lot of war over there,” said Lubwele, a first-year student/athlete for the Portage College Voyageurs men’s hockey team.
  • Augustana Volleyball Player Rae Metrunec
    November 10, 2017
    The Metrunec surname is well-known within the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings athletics community. Jill Metrunec played five years for the women’s volleyball team from 2011-2016. Lee Metrunec had a cup of coffee with the Vikings soccer team in 2014-2015.
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