3rd Annual Bearcat Prowl

On April 8th, Bearcat Athletics kicks off the 3rd Annual Bearcat Prowl. The Prowl is a 5km Glow in the Dark Run/Walk open for all ages and skills. This is the perfect event for beginners as well as a good one for the experienced runner.

This year Bearcat Athletics will be donating all proceeds from the event to Dormick Park Elementary School. With the proceeds the school plans on purchasing recreation equipment for the students to use during their recess and lunch time breaks: such as soccer balls, frisbees, skipping ropes and more for each class room. Bearcat Athletics is very excited to help the children of the school continue to have fun during their breaks as well as promote a healthy lifestyle within the school.

At the moment, 4 times a week, groups of Bearcat athletes head out to Dormick Park for their lunch time break to hang out with the kids and play games with them. The athletes have enjoyed helping out the school and their students and Bearcat Athletics is excited to help support Dormick Park Elementary.

If you’re interested in signing up and running or even walking for the Bearcat Prowl and supporting Dormick Park Elementary, click on the link below and register. Any more info you might need is located on the page. But hurry up and sign up as registration closes on March 31st.

www.columbiabc.edu/prowl 

Men’s Volleyball Signings

Combining Youth and Experience:

Justin Wood

Coach Jason Warkentin and the Men’s Volleyball program are excited to announce the return of Justin Wood, a 5’8 libero from Abbotsford, BC. Justin returns to the Bearcats after a five year break, bringing a wealth of playing experience. Playing a key role in the historic 2011 National Championship season, Justin was also a key player the following year as CBC placing fourth in the country.

“The addition of Justin immediately provides us with one of the top defenders and serve receivers in the country,” reflects Coach Warkentin. “His drive for excellence, reading of the game and passion to win will be a driving factor for our team next year. Even more than that, he is a winner, a perspective which we need to have around this program.”

When asked about his return to the court, Justin cited a few factors, “I miss playing the game, I want to help this program get some wins again, and I want to embrace the role of mentoring younger athletes.”

Welcome back Justin! #WEAREBEARCATS

Graham Walkey

Coach Jason Warkentin is also pleased to announce the signing of Graham Walkey, a 5’11 setter from Prince George, BC. “Graham is one of those players who stands out from the moment you watch him play,” remarks Coach Warkentin. “A common theme, from observing him at Baden Cup in 2015 to watching him lead his high school team to a memorable finish at provincials, is his compete factor. The bigger the game, the higher his level of play.”

Graham brings an impressive resumé of playing experience. His list of accomplishments include: North Central zone MVP for 2016 season, 1st team All Star at AA boys provincials 2016, Silver medal at 2016 AA boys provincials, North Central zone champions, Played with the “black” team at the 2016 BC boys all-star game, BC Summer games 2016 beach bronze medal and Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary recipient and Team BC 16u in 2015.

On joining CBC, Graham explains, “I am looking forward to making the transition to the high caliber of college volleyball. I am also excited to join the tight knit group of athletes in the Bearcat program. For school, I look forward to building new friendships and participating in campus life. Weekly chapels and biblical courses will be an interesting and welcome addition to my average week.”

Welcome to the Bearcats, Graham! #WEAREBEARCATS

          

Jacob Molitwenik

CBC Men’s Volleyball would also like to announce the signing of Jacob Molitwenik, a 6’2 outside hitter from Vernon, BC. Jacob has played an important leadership role on almost every team he has played on, resulting in his ability to handle a high volume of sets and play a variety of positions. Captaining his Vernon Christian high school team, he has lead them to a number of provincial tournaments, becoming the key contributor offensively.

Coach Warkentin observes, “One of Jacob’s biggest strengths is his athleticism. The transition to the college game will be a jump from the level he has been playing at, but the combination of his athleticism, character and willingness to work leave no doubt in my mind that he will be successful.”

Welcome to the Bearcats, Jacob! #WEAREBEARCATS

Great End of the Season

Last weekend the all four Bearcats teams played their final regular season games. Although the record for the 2016-2017 season was not incredible, every team ended off very strong.

Thursday had the Bearcats hosting the UFV Cascades at Columbia Place. This cross town rivalry brought out a large crowd. Women’s volleyball came up first but could not beat the Cascades and ended up losing 3 sets to 1. Although the game only went to 4 sets, the Bearcats put on quite a show coming out of the gates with a lot of power, taking the Cascades 25-12. However, they could not continue the momentum and fell 3 straight sets to the Cascades. Men’s volleyball had a harder time as they came up against the number 2 ranked Cascades. Although they lost in 3 straight sets the Bearcats put on quite a show giving some of the best plays Columbia Place had seen all season, including a great dig off Mark Goertzen’s face, another dig off Curtis Stelzer’s foot and a huge off the block kill from Ben Smith who hit the ball straight off the setters head and into the rafters.

Friday the basketball teams took on the VIU Mariners. The CBC crowd that came out on Thursday returned on Friday to give the Bearcats as much support as possible. Although both teams fell to the Mariners they were two great games.

Saturday showed some of the best basketball Columbia Place had seen all season. The games started out by honouring our Senior Athletes Mandy van Delden and Vanessa Funk who have played with the Bearcats through all 5 years of their eligibility. This lead to a great game by both girls against the Camosun Chargers. While Vanessa only scored 7 points for the game, she lead her team through an amazing game with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Although the stat numbers seem low, Vanessa had a great game in leading the Bearcats in her last game as a player and captain. Mandy van Delden had the best game of her career as she put up 34 points for the game. Mandy shot 12 for 21 in field goal range, 4 for 6 outside the 3 point line, and 6 for 7 on the free throw line. Mandy also finished the game with 6 steals and 6 assists. Although the Bearcats fell to the Chargers 79-74, it was by far the best game of their season and definitely did not feel like a loss. Men’s basketball saw a great game against the Chargers.
Elijah Calhoun and Umbori Watson both put up 22 points a piece and 1st year Michael Olive had a great game putting up 20 points of his own. The men went to own the entire game and had their first win of the season. They beat the Chargers 99-88.

Saturday and the Bearcats season ended with volleyball at UFV where the women fell to the Cascades in the first two set, but came back in the 3rd to win the set as well as the 4th. The women couldn’t quite push through the 5th set and lost to the Cascades 3 sets to 2. But the game was one to remember as the girls had quite a few great plays that kept them within reach of the win. The men had their last game and Ethan Larsen had his first start as Libero. Although the Cascades took the game 3-0, the Bearcats fought with all they had and left nothing on the court for the last games. The CBC crowd also put some spirit into the end of the season as a large crowd followed the teams to UFV to cheer on their Bearcats in their final games of the season.

Now the season is over and the coaches and teams are gearing up for next year. Stay tuned for more announcements and events happening with Columbia Bible College Athletics.

Bearcat Spotlight

Alexa Eger

Volleyball – #7 – Setter – Kelowna, BC

Program: Caregiving and Counselling

Year: 1

What does being a Bearcat mean to you?

Being a Bearcat has meant being a part of not just a team, but a family! The Bearcats have also taught me what it means to work your hardest physically and mentally. I have LOVED being a Bearcat and having a massive support system on and off the court.

What are your plans after CBC?

As of right not I have lots of options up in the air, but I am confident for what the future will bring and the decisions I will make. Whether that means being back at CBC for another year or going a different direction.

What is your funniest memory from being a Bearcat?

The most recent memory I have is from a couple of weeks ago when we went to the island. We had to get lunch before our game, so we decided to go to Red Robins. Becky was confident and in charge of getting us there and led the way. We were walking in a neighbourhood and Becky said we were almost there and said it was the next street on the left. The street was called Robin’s Street. Becca and I looked at each other and knew something wasn’t right so I looked up Red Robins Restaurant on my phone and the closest restaurant was a 21 day walk away. Long story short, make sure to double and triple check when Becky is in charge of directions.

 

Mark Goertzen

Volleyball – #3 – Outside Hitter – Richmond, BC

Program: General Studies

Year: 1

What does being a Bearcat mean to you?

It means commitment to the team and the sport and representing our school on and off the court.

What are your plans after CBC?

I am hoping to pursue nursing at UFV after CBC. However, I might do a bit of work and travelling first.

What is your funniest memory from being a Bearcat?

Getting hit in the face by a ball during a rally at Capilano was pretty great.

Bearcats Away

This weekend all four teams hit the road to play some away games.

Both volleyball teams take a road trip to Cranbrook to take on the College of the Rockies Avalanche. Women’s volleyball are on the cusp of losing out in a playoff spot this year. The girls need to win all four more of their games to remain in contention for the spot. Men on the other hand have lost out on their chance for provincials this year and are simply hoping for their first win of the season. You can catch the games online on Friday at 5pm and 7pm PST and Saturday at 12pm and 2 pm PST at http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/cotr-avalanche.

The basketball teams head out tonight to Capilano to take on the Blues and Saturday they head to New Westminster to take on the Douglas College Royals. Both Bearcats basketball teams are still in the running but the window is closing fast for them to make a playoff spots this year. The Bearcats are hoping to clinch their first season win this weekend to take them into their 4 game final stretch at home. You can catch the game tonight at 6pm and 8pm at http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/capilano-blues and on Saturday at 5pm and 7pm at http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/douglas-royals.

Next week Bearcats basketball will be hosting the Langara Falcons on February 10 and the Quest Kermodes on February 11 at Columbia Place.

Keep up your support of the Bearcats as they enter into the home stretch of the season.

Playoff Crunch

This weekend is very important for all four Bearcats teams.

With the playoffs around the corner the Bearcats are feeling the crunch to put more wins under their belts in order to make the playoff berth.

For women’s volleyball this weekend puts them up against the Camosun College Chargers. In the PACWEST rankings the Bearcats are only 4 points behind the Chargers for the final playoff spot. With a sweep of the weekend the women’s volleyball team can tie the rankings up with Camosun and keep themselves in the running to enter the playoffs this year.

There is still hope for men’s volleyball, but it is an even harder road for them to make playoffs. men’s volleyball Bearcats need to win every game from now until the end of the season to have a chance at a playoff spot.

Men’s and women’s basketball travel to the island this weekend to take on the Chargers at home and then the VIU Mariners on Saturday. Both teams have been unable to pull out a win so far this season. However, with a second half push both teams can still make playoffs by getting some wins under their belts.

The pressure is mounting for the Bearcats to bring home some wins with the end of the season looming. Come out and support your Bearcats at Columbia Place this weekend. Games against the Chargers are Friday at 6pm and 8pm and Saturday at 1pm and 3pm.

Bearcat Spotlight

Rebecca Garner

Volleyball – #3 – Outside Hitter – Surrey, BC

Program: General Studies

Year: 2

What does being a Bearcat mean to you?

Being a Bearcat means so much to me! It means sharing God’s love through sport while fiercely competing. It’s all about having good character while battling to the fullest. Acting out a Christ-centered and tenaciously competitive attitude on a day to day basis, in practice, and in games. Being a Bearcat has taught me characteristics not just for my sport, but for life.

What are your plans after CBC?

After all of my schooling, I plan to be a teacher! I am hoping to teach grades 5, 6, or 7. Seeing as I will be working in a school, my goal would also be to coach a volleyball team!

What is your funniest memory from being a Bearcat?

In one of our pre-season games, I got a very nice set to me when I was in the back row. I optimistically went to attack it and hit the ball so hard, straight down…on our side! There was a lot of laughter from the whole crowd and the team. This was easily one of my funniest moments as a Bearcat.

Elijah Blu Calhoun

Basketball – #7 – Guard – Brooklyn, NY

Program: Caregiving and Counselling

Year: 4

What does being a Bearcat mean to you?

Being a Bearcat means working hard on and off the court. Competing tenaciously and leaving everything you have on the floor for everyone to see. All while maintaining the values we live by.

What are your plans after CBC?

To pursue a career in professional basketball and to take care of my family.

What is your best memory from being a Bearcat?

My best memory as a Bearcat is the day I connected with the Athletic Director, coaches, teachers, and students on campus. Those connections have helped me foster relationships that I believe will last far after I graduate and leave this school.

This weekend the Bearcats basketball teams get a rest while the Volleyball teams head to the island to take on the VIU Mariners on Friday and Saturday. Watch them at http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/

Hard Fought Weekend

Women’s volleyball had the hardest time on Friday as the fell 3 straight sets to the Douglas College Royals. The Bearcats came out looking alive in the first and almost took the set, but Douglas ended up taking it and the ladies just couldn’t take back the momentum that the Royals got from the first set.

Men’s volleyball started out on Friday against the Royals having quite a bit of difficulty in the first two sets. But in the third they struggled back from a deficit and ended up taking the set. The third set win propelled them to a huge set in the fourth forcing the fifth set against Douglas. Unfortunately the Bearcats just couldn’t finish it and ended up losing the fifth set and the game.

Women’s basketball had a good game on Friday as they were away in Squamish taking on the Quest Kermodes. Although they did not pull out a win, they kept the game within 8 points and fell to the Kermodes 59-51.

Men’s Basketball had a similar game as the Women. Only falling to the Kermodes by 7 points. Before the half the Bearcats looked quite good, but just couldn’t pull it out in the second half and fell to Quest 74-67.

Saturday was a harder day for the teams, both volleyball teams fell in 4 sets and both basketball had a hard time against Langara.

This week basketball gets a rest as they have their bye week and our volleyball teams head for the island to take on the VIU Mariners. You can watch them play on Friday and Saturday at http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest

Important Weekend Coming Up For Our Teams

After a tough start to the second semester our volleyball teams are back at home taking on the Douglas College Royals. This is the first time we take on Douglas since the beginning of the season where both men’s and women’s team could not quite pull out a win against the Royals. This time we take them on at home and hope for some good news.

The women take on the Royals who are ranked second with a 10-3 record this season. The last time our Bearcats took on the Royals we lost in 3 sets and then 4. We hope to change that around this week. With the leadership of Karah Kostamo, Rebecca Garner, and Jodi Enns, the Bearcats hope to show the Royals a new team this semester with a big win this weekend.

The last time our men took on the Royals they lost in 5 sets and then 4. The Royals currently sit in 5th with a 5-8 record for the season. The men’s team is desperate to get some wins under their belt with the hope of making provincials becoming a harder dream to catch now with the end of the season looming. So come on out and support your men’s volleyball team as they hope to put a bad start to the season behind them.

Men’s and Women’s basketball will be away this weekend at Quest and Langara hoping also to capture their first wins this season.

Tough Weekend for the Bearcats

As the Bearcats came back from the break we were ready to take on any challenger. The weekend turned out to be tougher than anticipated.

Both basketball teams started out taking on the Douglas College Royals, but both were unable to capitalize on the energy brought from the holiday. With the women falling 83-30 and men coming up short 86-57 on Thursday. On Saturday the women had just as hard of a time against the undefeated Capilano Blues where they fell 85-45. Although our women showed some life in the first half keeping the gap in the score to a minimum, they just couldn’t pull it out in the second half and ended up losing the game. On the men’s side of things the game stayed intense through all four quarters of play, but in the end the Bearcats couldn’t quite pull out the win and lost 70-59.

Both volleyball teams took on the Capilano Blues on Friday at home and then again on Saturday at Capilano. On Friday both teams played hard, but were unable to come up with the win and fell 3-1 consecutively. On Saturday, our teams played at Capilano. The women although fighting in the third set fell to the Blues, 3-0. The men also had a hard time and fell 3-0.

We can definitely see a fire under the Bearcats burning as the desire for a win increases each game. We’re hoping to see each team bring home some more W’s and achieve their goals of making the playoffs this year. Each coach, player, and fan is hopeful for their Bearcats to see some victories in the near future.