Monday, October 17, 2016

McChesney gains valuable minutes of play in T-Birds/Pronghorns series

Former CHSS Rainmaker
Justin McChesney was in action this
past weekend for UBC
The University basketball season is now in full swing for former Rupertite Justin McChesney, as his UBC Thunderbird squad takes on an accelerated pace to their 2016-17 season, with exhibition games now a regular part of the fall training program for UBC basketball.

For the  6 foot, ten inch former Rainmaker, October is providing the foundation for his future with the Thunderbirds, as he adjusts to the fast pace of the University game and the added media attention that the high profile UBC team receives.

That learning curve continued this weekend, as UBC resumed their schedule of pre-season tune ups, by hosting a pair of games with the University of Lethbridge.

The two games provided the young first year T-Bird some significant playing time, with McChesney receiving nine minutes on the court for the T-Birds in game number one, grabbing three points for UBC as they topped the Pronghorns 94 to 81 on Friday night at UBC's War Memorial Gym.

Game Two on Sunday saw him shut out on the scoreboard for his twelve minutes of play on the court, though his T Bird team mates kept the score keepers busy as they swept the two game series, winning the second match up by a score of 101-73.

Over the course of the weekend of play, the former Charles Hays forward averaged 1.5 rebounds on the two game series and was credited with 1 steal for his time on the court.

The Thunderbirds continue with their exhibition season this coming weekend when they are in Edmonton for the University of Alberta  Golden Bears Invitational. That early season test for the UBC squad will see them play two Ontario teams over the weekend, facing the Western Mustangs on Friday and Nipissing Lakers on Saturday.

McChesney is one of three former Prince Rupert athletes taking to the University basketball courts this fall and winter.

Across the Strait in Nanaimo, Celina Guadagni is settling in for a leadership role with the Mariner program at the University of Vancouver Island, with their CCAA exhibition season also just getting underway.

And at Thompson Rivers University, Kyler Eckess continues on his path with the TRU Wolfpack, with the Kamloops squad having launched their exhibition season over the weekend.

You can follow their efforts through the year from our Archive page here, which we will update as the season moves along with items of interest for your review.

When it comes to University Sports, McChesney, Guadagni and Eckess are the only Rupert athletes at the moment to be found on the rosters of the post secondary schools across the country.

However, the Northwest is well represented in a number of sports being played from coast to coast.

To track some of the names that may be familiar to sports fans of the North Coast, we've compiled a list with links to  those student athletes from around the region and their teams. As we come across more Northwest athletes on the post secondary rosters we'll add them to the inventory.

You can find that resource at the bottom of our Prince Rupert players Archive page.

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