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Vikings Nation Volume 1, Issue 1

October 24, 2012

Men’s Basketball Travels to Idaho

Upcoming Game Schedule HOME Women’s Cross Country Championships Oct 27 1pm Men’s Cross Country Championships Oct 27 12pm Women’s/Men’s Volleyball vs Keyano Oct 26 6/8pm & Oct 27 6/8pm Men’s Hockey vs SAIT Oct 27 7:30pm

By Tony Nguyen During the weekend of October 18-20th, the Augustana Vikings men's basketball team travelled to Lewiston, Idaho to play Lewes-Clark State Warriors. We played two games over the weekend, against the Warriors who are part of the NAIA's Frontier Conference. The first game Friday night began quite slow for us. We shot poorly offensively but was able to

match up with them defensively. However, their size and 3 point shooting was our down fall and ended up losing by a considerable margin. Comments from the Warriors' coach and players were that "the Viking players never stopped running" and "battled every play". Saturday nights game was a different story. We came out gunning versus the Warriors. We executed our offence much more efficiently and was able to

score easy buckets off their turnovers. Although we were on the wrong end of the score, the experience we gained playing such a strong team will be very valuable come season opener. The trip proved to be a great bonding experience. Having to drive 1100 km each way was easily worth the time and has become a yearly event that every player looks forward too!

Augustana Hosts Cross Country Championships Oct 27 AWAY Women’s/Men’s Basketball @MHC Oct 26 6/8pm Women’s/Men’s Basketball @ Briercrest Oct 27 6/8pm Men’s Hockey @ SAIT Oct 26 7pm

By Alex Frost As our season is ending, the Cross Country Running team is looking forward to possibly the toughest race of the season. The upcoming race On October 27 is the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Championships. We’ve all trained hard, perfected our technique and prepared ourselves for the grueling Augustana course. The running team has this one final challenge before we

head out to the national running competition in Montreal. In brief, the women will be competing in a 5 km running race and the men will be running 8 km. The course takes us from the Stoney Creek Centre, down to the University, through the river valley and back across the other side and over the ski jump hill. Our course is full of hills, turns and ample space for people to come cheer on your Augustana Vikings. The more

fans drawn out to the Stoney Creek Valley will surely encourage our Vikings to push that little bit harder. We hope to have a sea of red and white supporting us on course. Don’t hesitate to volunteer either! The ACAC Championships are being held in Camrose at the Stoney Creek Ski lodge on October 27th. Races start at 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock for men and women respectively.


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Kari Kubinec Named ACAC Athlete of the Week By James Shanahan

Photo by Prosport Photography

Women’s Basketball star Kari Kubinec is the first Viking of the year to be named an ACAC Athlete of the Week. Kari had an outstanding performance this past weekend in a preseason exhibition tournament in Edmonton. Kari led the team in steals with a total of more than 13 on the weekend. Her defense was outstanding and she contributed

with more than 25 rebounds and 35 points throughout the weekend. She helped lead the Viking to three big wins against NAIT (7860), Olds (83-55) and Kings (74-44).

ketball this season. See Kari and the whole team in action next at here at Augustana in their Home Opener against the SAIT Trojans November 2nd at 6pm.

If Kari’s preseason performance is any indicator to the dominate nature of this year’s Vikings basketball team then the fans are in for a treat each and every night of Vikings bas-

Congratulations Kari on being named Athlete of the Week!

Vikings Sweep Griffins By Calee Dufva The Vikings took two big wins this past weekend against the Grant MacEwan Griffins. On Friday the Vikings travelled to Edmonton and won 4-2. On Saturday, Grant MacEwan came to Camrose hoping for a game in their favor. The Griffins were unable to defeat the Vikings as they pulled together for a dominating 7-3 win. The Vikings have moved into third place in the ACAC league. Photo by Pro Sports Photography


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Men’s Volleyball Exhibition vs NAIT By Calee Dufva Men’s volleyball continued their preseason action against NAIT Ooks on Friday, October 19. The men had a slow start and were unable to capture a win. The NAIT Ooks won the first two sets 25-15 and 27-25, respectively. Vikings came back to

NAIT in the fourth set 25-19. Second-year player Devin Varga was announced as Player of the Game for the Vikings.

Player of the Game Oct 19

Women’s Volleyball Team Continues Pre-Season Play By Catherine Laskosky This past October 19th and 20th weekend the Augustana Vikings Ladies Volleyball team travelled to Grande Prairie Regional College for their last weekend of exhibition games before the regular season. The Vikings battled the Wolves only to win one in the third set

and ultimately losing the match in four (25:11, 25:10, 22:25, 25:19). On Saturday the Vikings battled back and forth, however, the matched ended in four sets again (25:22, 25:12, 19:25, 25:21). Although the team couldn’t pull out a win, the progress of team court play and dynamics has moved posi-

tively towards the anticipated regular season. With already having defeated the Keyano Huskies from Fort McMurray in exhibition play, the home opener for the Vikings against the Huskies is sure to be a thriller. We look forward to seeing everybody out to cheer on the ladies on October 26th at 6:00pm.


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Photos of the Week by Pro Sports Photography Find more photos online! www.augustanavikingsgallery.com


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The Last Word By Josh Ryan With the NHL lockout dominating news headlines and general discussion from the furthest reaches of continent to our very community here in Camrose, there is a sense of restlessness amongst the average person. Professional sports are so ingrained into our culture that the absence of one, especially the NHL in this country, leaves a collective void in our routine. Instead of talking about what a great move Jordan Eberle had on that penalty shot last night or what kind adjustment’s the Oilers need to make to be a playoff team, we are lamenting the current financial dispute between millionaires and multi-millionaires. However, there is a solution for this in communities like ours. While not professionals, we have quality sports product on campus that is growing and here to stay. With professional sports leagues, fans are left with disappointment more the popular

perception tells. Franchise relocation, free agency taking away stars and lockouts over financial disputes are just a few setbacks sports fans go through. Turning to college sports, like our Vikings, is a fantastic alternative for a number of reasons. First, cost. Rather than spend a few hundred dollars in one night to see an Oilers game, you could spend around ten dollars on a 50/50 ticket, hot chocolate, popcorn and a game ticket for a Vikings hockey game. Basketball and Volleyball games would be even less. And while the community work that NHL players can do is significant, our Vikings are truly apart of the community. They are regulars in stores/ restaurants, volunteers in community service like Athlete Mentorship Program (AMP), and help to showcase the city to the rest of Alberta. They are on first name terms with many members of the community. And perhaps most importantly, their motivation isn’t based solely on money.

Most of the athletes in the ACAC will never make any professional league and may never play their sport competitively again in their lives. They play because they love the sport and love to compete for a championship. So if you are one of the many individuals waiting impatiently for the lockout to come to an end or have become dissatisfied with professional sports, you can find your solution at Augustana. There are 9 teams, 7 different sports and over 100 athletes; all of whom are striving to achieve excellence or continue to achieve it. Some have already gotten a glimpse after seeing the hockey team and cross country running team compete. In the next two weeks, those who make it out to the gymnasium here on campus will see our volleyball and basketball teams in their home openers and be in for a treat.


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Augustana Campus Recreation Update “Offering gym time for students to participate in a number of sports and activities throughout the week! There’s always something to keep active with!” Schedule for this week Sunday – League volleyball 9:30PM – 11:00Pm Monday – league volleyball 9:30Pm – 11:00pm Tuesday – Drop in Badminton 9:45pm – 11:00PM Wednesday – League dodgeball 9:30Pm – 11:00Pm Thursday – Drop in basketball 9:30 – 11:00Pm Find us on Facebook: Augustana Campus Rec Find us on Twitter: @jdanyluk01, @mdlesziak, @hronekourtney

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