Notes on our players and teams of interest from The 613 ...
Ravens/Gee-Gees: As OttawaFan noted in the comments, Canada's K-4 men's kayak has a uOttawa student, Rhys Hill, and a Carleton undergrad, Angus Mortimer. They are part of an unlikely Olympic foursome.
It would be remiss not to point out that Kristin Gauthier, a K-2 500 paddler, also attends uOttawa.
Gaels: Presumably, Kendra Walker-Roche, one of two women's basketball newbies confirmed yesterday, can look forward to a quiet, normal life with the Gaels after her NCAA D-1 career at Fresno State.
The Brockville native's career at Fresno State was marred by a legal brouhaha that must have been heartbreaking to be associated with, especially for an upperclasswoman. If the mention of Fresno State and women's hoops jogs anyone's memory, it might be because the school was successfully sued for wrongful dismissal/gender discrimination suit by ex-coach Sandy Johnson-Klein. Johnson-Klein was somewhat notorious in hoops circles for her comportment on the sideline -- and after she was awarded $19.1 million US last December, the players spoke out against the award (it was significiantly reduced on appeal). The legal principles notwithstanding, that speaks to what it might have been like around that basketball team.
Walker-Roche, a 3-point shooting specialist, won't have to worry about that kind of distraction in Kingston. Her shooting such help stretch some defences and her team won its conference last season, so she's been around winners. Dave Wilson's not a plunging-neckline kind of guy.
Wilson's other recruit is also a transfer, 5-foot-11 forward Jill Wheat, who averaged 10.3 points and 7.45 rebounds last winter at Red Deer (Alta.) College. It's nice to be able to add experience; Walker-Roche,
Commitments: Two Kingston puck-chasers who got short-shrifted by the Frontenacs, Phil Mangan and Tony Rizzi, are headed for the CIS. Mangan, a Gananoque native who had a good overage season in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats, is headed down East to join the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. Rizzi, who eventually finished his junior career with the Kingston Voyageurs, has signed with the UOIT Ridgebacks.