Everyone needs to be more like Kelly Wiebe

Autumn McDowell
Sports Editor

Men’s hockey

The Cougars men’s hockey team went to war with the top team in the Canada West last weekend and finished with a splitting headache once again.

On Nov. 9, the Cougars made the life-threatening trip to Saskatoon during a blizzard. Once there, they put up a great fight against the Huskies that was highlighted by second-year goaltender, Andrew Hayes’, 40-save performance.

However, the Cougars lost to the Huskies 2-1 in overtime, but they would make up for it the very next night in their home barn.

Regina flipped the script on the Huskies and scored a 2-1 victory over their highway rivals, and earned a valuable two points in the standings.

The Cougars, now 6-3-1, will face the University of Alberta Golden Bears (9-3-0) this Friday and Saturday at The Cooperators Centre, puck drops at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball

After their unusual 1-1 start to the season, the Cougars women’s basketball team got back on the winning track against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen.

The Cougars cruised to two dominating wins over the Wesmen on Nov. 9-10.

The first night featured a 20-point performance from fourth-year guard Michelle Clarke, which easily propelled the Cougars to an 81-60 victory.

Let’s just think about that for a second. Even if the Cougars were completely without Clarke, they still would have won. It must suck to be Winnipeg.

The next night wasn’t much better as the Cougars managed a dominating win once again; this time it was 76-55 for the visitors.

The Cougars look to continue their crushing ways this weekend for a pair of afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday against the Manitoba Bisons (2-2) at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport. Tip off is at a special time of 1p.m.

Men’s basketball

While the Cougars women’s basketball team was crushing Winnipeg, the men’s team was getting crushed.

The men’s team fell behind early on night No. 1 to the Wesmen and could never recover, ultimately leading to an 88-73 loss.

Although Regina was able to put up a fight against the Wesmen during the first quarter on night No. 2, they could not keep up the pace set by Winnipeg, and so they were handed their second loss of the weekend, 92-74.

One bright spot from the Cougars rather dismal weekend was Frank Brown. The Phoenix College transfer has led Regina in points in every game so far this season.

Brown currently ranks third in the conference with an average of 23-points per game and also leads Canada West with 17 three-pointers made.

The Cougars will look to get back on the winning track against the University of Manitoba (2-2) this Saturday and Sunday. Tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. following the women’s game.

Cross Country

Can anyone catch Kelly Wiebe?

Seriously, the fifth-year Cougars runner absolutely dominated the CIS championships in London, Ont. on Nov. 10. Wiebe was not satisfied with just being a national champion; he had to do it in record-setting fashion.

Wiebe finished the 10-kilometre track with a time of 30 minutes and 21 seconds, absolutely crushing the old course record by roughly 36 seconds.

To fully demonstrate how dominant Wiebe was on the course, it should be noted that the second-place finisher was a full 44 seconds behind Wiebe — that’s, like, two hours in cross country time.

Due mostly to Wiebe’s strong finish, the Cougars men’s cross country team finished second with 53 points.

Fourth-year Cougar, Karissa LePage, had the best finish for Regina’s women’s team, placing 17th – a full 29 places better than her finish in 2011 – with a time of 18 minutes and six seconds on the five-kilometre course.

Wiebe was named a Canada-West first-team all-star, and a first-team All Canadian, obviously.

Photo courtesy Emily Wright

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