Outstanding Performances in the ACAC

Outstanding Performances in the ACAC

by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips

There were several outstanding record breaking performances in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference this year 2017-2018.

Quicksilver guard Kenny Johnson of the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves men's basketball team becomes only the second player in ACAC history – according to ACAC archives kept since 1964-65 – to average more than 30 points per game (ppg) during the regular season as he finished with an impressive 31.9 ppg clip.

His highest output was 58 points against the NAIT Ooks.

Bob Butlin from NAIT dropped in a 30.16 average while suiting up in 12 games for the NAIT Ooks back in 1969-1970.

 "It was a different league back then," said Butlin, 69 in a telephone interview from his Edmonton home. "We did not play as many games as they do now.

"I was a good shooter and I could also penetrate. I had quickness in my game.  It was a sport that I liked and could play fairly well and there was a lot of competiveness.

"I know some of the (ACAC) guys have come close in past years. There was that player at Lakeland 10 years ago or so (Mike Page, Lakeland College, 29.59 ppg, 2004/2005) that I thought would break it."

Last year Ooks' Jackson Jacob dropped in 29.0 ppg.

"It is a tough task as the teams you play against know who the scorer is and they get on you to stop you," said Butlin, who stood 6-feet even. "So, some games you will score below your average while during over games you will score above it."

Butlin remains involved with basketball development in Edmonton as former manager of the Saville Community Centre and with his connection to the Edmonton Grads Basketball Centre, where he keeps alive the history pertaining to the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team.

A team, coached by J. Percy Page, which dominated the sport from 1915-1940 by compiling record of about 502 wins and some 20 losses.

Briercrest College star women's volleyball player Sam Zacharias became the first ACAC player to have four consecutive seasons of 300 kills or more with 304, 2014- 2015; 305, 2015-2016; 347, 2016-2017 and 344 this year.

She finishes her career as one of the most decorated student/athletes in ACAC history:  2014-2015 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women's Volleyball Player of the Year to go along with four consecutive ACAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Year distinctions to go along with an ACAC gold medal championship in 2015-2016.

ACAC Footnotes

Red Deer College has been granted to go-ahead to become a degree-granting institution and with that the word "University" may be added to it's title in as little as three years.

With this in mind, will Red Deer make the jump from the ACAC to U Sports?

College President Joel Ward told the Red Deer Advocate: "It will probably be about a decade before we consider moving into high cost, high profile university sports market. That's because transitions take time and come with a hefty price tag."

Teams from the inaugural Zara and Bridget Chambers Memorial High School Futsal Tournament surrounded Keyano Huskies fifth year soccer/futsal stars Pedro Bianchi (left No.10) and Rodrigo Wogel Koebsch (right No. 7) as they are presented framed team jerseys. The five-team co-ed event held recently at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre was captured by the Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School Trappers in a penalty shootout against the Westwood Community High School Trojans.

Lakeland College Rustlers Nathan Newman captured the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (CIRA) Cowboy of the Year honours this past weekend as the Canadian College Finals Rodeo was held at Lakeland College Equine Centre in Vermilion.

Olds College Broncos have participated in rodeo for 50 years!