The Weal » The Score

By: The Weal  09-12-2011

The Weal » The Score

When the health and condition of your body is essential to your livelihood, you tend to take fitness and health a little more seriously, and Trojan athletes at SAIT put in serious work to ensure that they are in top physical form when it’s time to don the red and white of the Trojans.

In preparation for their weekend game schedule, Trojan athletes train as much as six-days-a-week, for a total of six to eighteen hours.

SAIT has been a part of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) since 1964, and though this conference may not have the same distinction the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the Trojans manage to build championship caliber teams on an annual basis.

A recent tragedy in Edmonton has brought attention to the most dangerous play in hockey—shot blocking.

Sixteen-year-old Kyle Fundytus, a player for the Edmonton Don Wheaton Midget AA, lost his life Nov. 13 after being hit in the neck by a shot. He went into cardiac arrest and died later in the hospital.

The event shook the hockey world, and showed many how much damage a puck can really do.

The Trojans women’s basketball team may have hearts as big as their basketballs. They’ve teamed up with the Calgary Women’s Centre to organize a toy drive for women in need. Toys will be donated to mothers needing an extra hand this Christmas so their children will have something to unwrap Dec. 25.

The team had never paired up with the women’s shelter until assistant coach Mecoh Bain suggested the idea. Head coach Donovan Martin quickly jumped on board.

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A slow start for the Trojans  women’s hockey team has not dampened their spirits or drive for success.

After winning the ACAC championship last year, the women’s team now stands in the middle of the league, with a record of two wins, four losses, three ties and one overtime loss. The Trojans, however, are not panicking, as they sit only six points behind Mount Royal and NAIT, who are tied for first in the standings.

One of the most overlooked aspects of being a student­ athlete is the added pressures of trying to balance a commitment to sports, as well as finding time to study while constantly at practice or on the road for away games.

Post-secondary athletic facilities are often some of the most in-demand and highly utilized services a school has to offer, and SAIT’s are no different.

How many schools can say they have a FIFA level two certified soccer field? SAIT can.

The Cohos Common field could be considered the jewel of the SAIT athletic facilities crown.  The field, which opened in 2010, now provides the Trojans with a FIFA caliber soccer pitch.

Being an Oilers fan in Calgary is akin to belonging to a secret club but instead of a secret handshake, it’s a nod or polite smile to a passing stranger brave enough to wear orange and blue on the street.

There is an instant connection, a friend in the face of adversity.

It’s nice to have someone share the brunt of the ‘boos’ or ‘Oilers suck’ chants, but why is this necessary?

After a disappointing 2010 – 11 season, that saw the Trojan men’s volleyball team finish eighth overall, the Men of Troy are off to an impressive start with a record of five wins and one loss.

With only five returning players, the culture in the locker room has shifted and resulted in the Trojans excelling on the court.

After a solid bronze medal finish at this year’s ACAC cross-country championship, the women Trojans were ready to impress once again.

This past weekend the women’s Trojans cross-country team sent six members to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship in Kamloops, BC. It marked the first time since 2006 that SAIT has sent that many female runners. What the team might have lacked in experience at the event, they made up for with dedication and hard work.

Standing tall beside the net at five-foot-eleven, petroleum engineering student Caia Morstad crushes the competition as one of the Trojans women’s volleyball team’s menacing new left sides. Her height and incredible athletic abilities have helped Morstad’s number seven jersey stand out.

Morstad, a first-year SAIT student from Swift Current, boasts a power-packed resumé with experience from multiple teams and clubs throughout Canada and the US.

It seems that Dejuan Peart was always meant to be a Trojan.

Now that he is, he not only earns his keep on the basketball court, but continues to learn every step of the way.

After graduation from Lester B. Pearson High School in 2006, Peart stayed with friend Ryan Wetherell in California. He attended the University of South California (USC) and played pick-up with the USC Trojans.

Darcee and Robyn Froese have more than just parents in common, this year they’re also captains of the men’s and women’s Trojans volleyball teams.

Robyn was joined by her brother Darcee at SAIT this fall after he attended and played for Red Deer College taking business administration. Darcee is continuing his education in the bachelor of business administration at SAIT, good news for Trojans because it means the 21 year-old will be at SAIT for an additional year.

The SAIT Trojans outmuscled, outshot and, most importantly, outscored the Concordia Thunder 5-1 this past Saturday on home ice.

The play was back and forth in the first period until Trojans captain Jonathan Malin took a mindless penalty halfway through. After being the recipient of a heavy check before clearing the puck, Malin speared the opposing player, leading to a four-minute penalty.

Women’s Basketball

The 2011-2012 edition of the Trojan women’s basketball team has changed a lot from the experienced squad that captured a semifinal appearance in last season’s ACAC championship.

Only Jordan Rabbit and Rachel Caputo remain, meaning the team will rely heavily on its eight first-year recruits. Yes, you added that correctly, only 10 players are on the roster this year, something that will surely challenge head coach Donovan Martin.

As far as rivalries go, it doesn’t get much better than Mount Royal and SAIT. Unfortunately for Trojans and Cougars’ fans alike, they’ll no longer be able to see these two post-secondaries battle it out on the soccer field

MRU announced that starting next season the Cougars are leaving the ACAC to join the larger Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) league.

The SAIT Trojans men’s soccer team’s playoff hopes have been dealt a serious blow. In what was a must win game, the Trojans dropped the match to Mount Royal by a score of 4-0 and now find themselves behind the eight ball in the ACAC playoff race.

MRU scored in the second minute of the game, but the Trojans had many opportunities to draw even in the first half.

Kate Dupuis (right) and Roz Telfer enjoy a practice run with SAIT’s cross-country running team at Confederation Park last Thursday.

The fleet-footed men and women of the Trojans cross-country running teams are ready to make huge strides this fall.

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