Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Pilots coaches are busy recruiting student-athletes ahead of the 2018-19 season. Naturally, they look to sign players who have excelled in their sports at high school and club levels, but they also place considerable importance on academic achievement, leadership ability and character. Much is expected of Providence student-athletes. They must not only be good teammates, but also meaningful contributors in their classrooms and communities.
In 2018-19 Pilots student-athletes will compete in basketball, volleyball, soccer and futsal and represent Providence in Canada and the United States as part of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and National Christian Colleges Athletic Association.
The 2018-19 volleyball season is less than four months away, and the Pilots women’s team continues to take shape.
Lauren Derksen of Clive, AB (Clive is half-an-hour northeast of Red Deer) signed her letter of intent last week, and Pilots head coach Kyle Guenther, who scouted his latest recruit at last season’s National Championship, is looking forward to what she’ll bring to the team.
“Lauren is a great addition,” he said. “She is versatile and has a strong game from both positions she plays. She’s very athletic and strong. Getting to see her at Nationals and speaking to her coaches made signing her even more exciting.”
Adept at playing both outside and middle positions, Derksen was captain of her Lacomble Composite High School team and has a National Championship silver medal from the 17U, Div. II category as part of the Sylvin Lake Wave club program.
“I am very excited to be attending Providence next year,” she remarked. “I have heard nothing but good things about both the team and the school, and I hope to be able to contribute to both in a positive way.”
The Jr. Pilots club volleyball program continues to funnel players to the Providence varsity teams. Ile-des-Chenes setter Adrian Kalyniuk is the latest club graduate to sign a letter of intent at Providence, and as a student-athlete he’ll study science and psychology on the Otterburne campus.
A Provincial All-Star at both the AA and AAA levels, Kalyniuk will be one of the setters counted on to replace Pilots Male Athlete of the Year Lucas Pappel, who graduated from Providence last month.
“Adrian has been improving steadily over the last couple of years, and we are excited to have him come in and challenge for the setting role next season,” remarked men’s volleyball head coach Scott Masterson. “Adrian shows a lot of potential, and, along with a great work ethic, will be a great fit for our team.”
Away from the volleyball court, Kalyniuk enjoys playing badminton, basketball and soccer.
“I’m really excited to be continue playing volleyball after high school,” he said. “I think I’m going to get along really well with the guys on the team, and I’m very excited to get to know all of them.”
If Kole Bergman has his way, the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team will be celebrating with the “shake ‘n’ bake” next season.
The 6’1” left side out of Carman, MB cites the Talladega Nights celebration routine as his favourite movie quote and puts the “celly” right up there with his ability to hit and block on the court.
“I’m excited to play for the Providence Pilots,” says the 2017 AA Graduating All-Star, who recently signed his letter of intent at the Otterburne campus. “Let’s fly high!”
Bergman plans to pursue his Bachelor of Business Administration through the Providence-based Buller School of Business. Apart from volleyball he enjoys gaming, skateboarding and snowboarding.
“Kole will be a great addition to the team, and it seems like he’s going to fit in really well,” says Pilots head coach Scott Masterson. “We are excited to see his growth over this next year and hopefully well into the future.”
Sofia Beltrame has been recognized as a standout soccer player throughout high school. In Grade 10—two years younger than many of her teammates—she as named Most Valuable Player of Abbotsford, B.C.’s St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary School’s girls team, and in Grade 11 she won the squad’s sportsmanship award. She has also been an honour roll student since Grade 8.
Starting this summer, Beltrame, a quick, technical forward, will apply her considerable sporting and academic abilities at Providence, where she’ll play for the Pilots women’s soccer team and pursue her Bachelor of Science. She hopes to one day become a veterinarian.
“Sofia’s athleticism and character are great additions to our team,” explains Pilots head coach Tory Walker. “We are building a team full of great people, and Sofia will fit right in.”
Beltrame enjoys travelling and being outdoors and has a passion for coaching kids’ soccer. She also participated in a recent missions trip to Nicaragua, during which she helped with home renovations and the building of a classroom. She also played soccer with some of the local people.
“I feel so honoured and blessed to have this opportunity to play for Providence and represent something I believe in,” she says. “I can’t wait to show Prov what I’ve got!”
Adds Walker: “Sofia brings a strong work ethic which will help her be a solid contributor right from the start of training camp. Welcome to the Pilots family, Sofia!”
Caleigh Peden is a multi-sport athlete who has played both softball and volleyball in addition to soccer. A quick, ball-moving defender who can also play further up-field, she’ll add a technical element to the Pilots back-line next season.
Peden signed her letter of intent last week and is looking forward to moving to Manitoba and studying Biology at Providence.
“I am honoured to be joining the Providence women’s soccer team and am excited for a great season,” she says. “Go Pilots!”
Head coach Tory Walker is looking forward to having Peden’s “technical skill and passion” in his line-up.
“She is a very diverse player and can play a few different positions, which will add a lot to this team,” he says of the Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School Athletics Award winner. “Welcome to the Pilots family, Caleigh!”
Kristen Taillon has yet to play her first match as part of the Providence Pilots women’s volleyball team, but she is nevertheless excited about joining a squad that should once again contend for silverware in both Canada and the United States.
“I feel like Prov was the best fit for me, and I’m excited to try and earn our spot at nationals next year,” she says, referencing the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament in South Carolina.
A Manitoba High School Athletics Association AAAA Graduating All Star at Winnipeg’s Vincent Massey Collegiate, Taillon is also a two-time Pilots Sports Camps MVP. She’s is no stranger to Providence, and she’s looking forward to becoming part of the campus community.
“I love the class sizes and I can already tell it’s a super-inclusive and accepting environment,” she says. “I’m also excited to take my sport to the next step and play at the university level.”
Pilots head coach Kyle Guenther is anticipating the “energy and enthusiasm” Taillon will bring to the team.
“I’m very excited for Kristen to be joining us in the fall,” he says. “She is very athletic and is a dynamic volleyball player. She will be a great addition to our squad, both on and off the court.
Grunthal’s Cainen Driedger has been representing Providence since 2012, when he signed up for Jr. Pilots club volleyball in the U13 category. Six years later he’s set to join the varsity men’s volleyball team and attend Providence as a student.
“Starting about two years ago I really wanted to be part of the men’s varsity team,” explains Driedger, who also attended Providence sports camps between 2013 and 2017. “Now that I have the opportunity I feel very blessed and thankful!”
An award-winning athlete in both volleyball and hockey, Driedger also has a good attitude and willingness to improve, says Pilots head coach Scott Masterson.
“We have seen him develop over the years at our sports camps and our club program, and we are always excited when players can use those programs as catalysts to join our varsity team,” he says. “Cainen will be a great addition to our program.”
Jordan Moyer is a two-time Landmark Collegiate Athlete of the Year (2016 & 2017). In 2017 she also won the Players Choice Award at the Manitoba High School Athletic Association’s AAA Provincial Tournament.
Athletically, the 6’2” right side will bolster what is already a competitive Providence Pilots women’s volleyball team. And while she’s obviously excited to begin her Pilots career, Moyer is also looking forward to community life as a Providence student.
“I am very excited to be able to take the next step in playing volleyball on a team where I can grow in skill and in my walk with God,” she says. “I can’t wait to build relationships and learn from the people on my new team.”
Pilots head coach Kyle Guenther cites Moyer’s “power” as one of her key athletic attributes and sees her settling comfortably into her new surroundings.
“Jordan brings a lot of positives in her game, as well her character,” he says. “She will be a great fit on our team and in our community.”
Megan Wiebe, the reigning Manitoba High School Athletic Association “A” Player of the Year, has signed her letter of intent and will represent the Providence Pilots women’s basketball team next season.
Wiebe is coming off a strong season in which she led Vita’s Shevchenko Sabres all the way to the MHSAA “A” final at the provincial tournament, where she was named Most Valuable Player. She says she is looking forward to joining a Pilots team that will return nine players from the squad that finished third at the Association of Christian College Athletics competition.
“I’m excited to start this new journey at Providence with a new group of girls,” she says.
According to Pilots head coach Joel Coursey, Wiebe will add to a “mature group” that is “highly motivated” to win next season. The 2018-19 campaign will get underway on October 13 at Mayville State University in North Dakota.
“Megan is a dedicated player who has put in countless hours working on her game,” adds Coursey. “She is incredibly passionate about basketball and the people she plays with. She is a very talented athlete and I see a great amount of potential that she has yet to reach.”
Last month, while in Joplin, Missouri for the Association of Christian College Athletics basketball tournament, local high school star Colton Carpenter was invited to work out for Pilots head coach Tim Friesen.
“I did, and they offered me [a letter of intent],” Carpenter recently told the Joplin Globe. “I went up there over spring break to check out the campus and really liked it.”
Carpenter, a 6’0” power forward who was named a Team Best Defensive Player while representing his Webb City high school, just northeast of Joplin, plans to study biology at Providence.
“I feel like Providence has a great athletic and academic program and that being here will better myself in many ways,” he says.
Steinbach’s Maddie Fehr will bring considerable experience and ability to the Providence Pilots women’s volleyball team when she debuts for the reigning Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference champions next season.
Having already represented the University of Winnipeg, the outside hitter is looking forward to playing for the Pilots and becoming part of the Providence community.
“I’m very excited to join and established program and hope to contribute to a great team,” she says. “I’m looking forward to playing with some girls I know and meeting new teammates. Providence has everything I need to set me up for success as a student, an athlete and an individual. I can’t wait to be part of such a great environment!”
Fehr is also no stranger to Providence. The former AAAA Graduating All-Star, Conference All-Star and Provincial Beach Volleyball bronze medalist previously played for the Jr. Pilots club teams. Her new coach, Kyle Guenther, expects her to be a great fit in an already competitive side.
“Maddie is a great athlete,” he says. “She has a lot of talent offensively and will be a big block for us with her amazing vertical. She also brings experience and knowledge of volleyball at a high level and has a great attitude.”
The British Columbia contingent of Pilots men’s soccer players will be pushed to three in the fall when Kaine Dreaver arrives from Victoria. A forward capable of playing both as a striker and attacking midfielder, the two-footer will study social science at Providence.
“I’m beyond excited to be a part of the Pilots community and to create a bond with my new teammates,” he says.
Pilots head coach Joey Passi is looking forward to putting Dreaver’s composure and finishing to use.
“Kaine is a big, strong player who gives us another dimension up front,” he says. “He’ll be a great post-up striker that makes life easier for everyone else on the field. Furthermore, he has a good shot and his character will make him a great fit in our team’s culture.”
Dreaver has represented the Cowichan Secondary School Thunderbirds as well as the Cowichan U21 club team.
Trey Friesen is accustomed to winning. As a Rosenort Redhawk he led his high school volleyball team to back-to-back Provincial A championships in 2015 and 2016. In 2016 and 107 he was named a Provincial All-Star, and for this past season he won the Provincials Players’ Choice Award.
The 6’1” left side is also a long-time Providence sports camper, having represented the Junior Pilots in every age category between 14U and 18U. Last week he signed his letter of intent to play for the varsity Pilots and attend Providence as a student.
“I am very excited for this next step, and to play with my new teammates,” he said.
Scott Masterson, head coach of the men’s volleyball team, is looking forward to welcoming Friesen, whom he describes as a “great guy with a great attitude and work ethic.”
“Trey is very athletic, and I believe he has a lot of potential to continue developing into an even better player,” said Masterson. “He is going to fit right in with our team, and we’re excited to have him join our program.”
Santi Hildebrand is no stranger to Providence. The defensive midfielder is a previous Pilots summer camper and has played his high school and club soccer in nearby Winkler.
“He is a product of our camps, so we know him well,” says Pilots men’s soccer coach Joey Passi. He has amazing character, works his butt off and has the talent to become a solid player in this league. I know he’ll fit in seamlessly with our team and bring a lot of joy with his charisma.”
Hildebrand signed his letter of intent at the Otterburne campus last week and will represent the Pilots varsity team next season. An honour roll student at Northlands Parkway Collegiate, he has won both the MVP of his Nighthawks team and his school’s Citizenship Award. Away from the pitch he enjoys fishing and motorcycling.
“I’m excited to commit to this team,” says Hildebrand, who is described as a good passer and hard tackler. “I’m looking forward to working with Joey and I anticipate a great year being a part of this growing and already successful program.”
Hildebrand plans to study Business Administration at Providence.
The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team continues to take shape ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Earlier this week Katerina Cook, who hails from Vancouver Island, committed to the Pilots and will study social sciences at Providence beginning in the fall. A central midfielder with a heavy shot, she specializes in free-kicks and corners.
“Kat is a great addition to our team,” says head coach Tory Walker. “She is a mature player who will bring some experience and confidence to our young squad.”
Cook has high-level playing experience in British Columbia, where she has featured in the Gorge Soccer Association’s Metro League and High Performance League. She is also a previous winner of both the Best Offensive Player and Most Valuable Player awards at the Ladysmith Tournament.
“I am very happy to become a Pilot,” she says. “I’m excited to meet the rest of the team and to grow as one.”
The Providence Pilots women’s soccer team has solidified its back end by recruiting goalkeeper Morgan Andries for the 2018-19 soccer season.
Andries brings an impressive soccer resume to Providence. She currently represents her high school side at Glenlawn Collegiate and has also played for Winnipeg club teams Southend United and FC Northwest. She has considerable technical skill for a ‘keeper and has the ability to lead and distribute the ball from the back.
“This is a huge signing for us,” says Pilots head coach Tory Walker. “Our team is really starting to come together for next season. Morgan is a top goalie in the province and will bring us a lot of stability in net. We are extremely excited to build off the great season we just had and I believe we will only get better.”
An honour roll student at Glenlawn, Andries volunteered with the Live Your Goals youth program in Winnipeg during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She is interested in studying social sciences at Providence.
“I am excited to start this new chapter in my life,” she says. “I am looking forward to joining such a successful team and hope to help build and contribute to its future success. I’m excited to be a Pilot!”