Recruits Randall and Inkila commit to Thunderwolves
Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s basketball and head coach Jon Kreiner are pleased to announce the commitments of forward Ashley Randall (Hamilton, Ontario) and wing Lindsay Inkila (Thunder Bay, Ontario) for the 2010-11. Randall and Inkila join Thunder Bay point guard Katie Ulakovic on a talented contingent of recruits that will bolster a veteran-laden ‘Wolves team that is coming off their best season in over a decade.
A 6-0 forward, Randall captained her St. Mary’s Crusaders to a AAAA OFSAA bronze medal and a HWCDSB city championship in 2009, accomplishments that they earned during two of the past three seasons. Recognized as the ‘hardest worker’ on her Crusaders team, Randall was also awarded the ‘Hustle Award’ at OFSAA while averaging 8.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 6.0 APG in one of the toughest AAAA leagues nationwide.
Her high school head coach and club coach with Hamilton Transway Rich Wesolowski says that Randall’s on-court abilities will translate well at the CIS level. "Ashley has a tremendous work ethic and she has been a great ambassador for the St. Mary's basketball program. She is a very tough defender and rebounder and has made huge strides on the offensive end in the past couple of years. She helped lead the Lady Crusaders to a AAAA OFSAA Bronze medal this season, and she will carry forward her leadership qualities and talents to a very solid Thunderwolves squad."
Coach Kreiner sees Randall as just the right player to deliver frontcourt hustle and long term potential to an already talented ‘Wolves team.
“Ashley is a super addition to the Thunderwolves women’s basketball program,” Kreiner says. “She exemplifies all that we are looking for in a player; hard working, great character, leader, tough and has a strong will to improve. Ashley has had a great high school career with great coaching and she will be well prepared to make the jump to the next level. Ashley will make an immediate impact on our program.”
An honour roll student for four straight years, Randall will major in Concurrent Education with Sociology. She is excited to have chosen Lakehead as her next destination as a student-athlete.
“I came into this experience and promised myself that I would follow my gut and my heart. The time that I spent at Lakehead with the girls and the coaches was fantastic. I got an excellent vibe from everyone and the atmosphere at the basketball game was amazing. I was impressed by the coaches and the girls dedication to the team and their commitment to hard work and improving an already great program. I had met their family and was instantly apart of it.”
Hometown: Hamilton, ON
High School Team: St. Mary’s Crusaders (head coach Rich Wesolowski)
Club Team: Hamilton Transway (head coach Rich Wesolowski)
Major: Concurrent Education with Sociology
DOB: November 10, 1992
Key Stats (High school): 8.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 6.0 APG
On Court Achievements: Captained the St. Mary’s Crusaders; Crusaders’ Hardest Worker Award winner; Hustle Award winner at AAAA OFSAA; Helped Crusaders to AAAA OFSAA bronze medals and HWCDSB city championships in two of the past three years including 2009
Off Court Achievements: Honour student for four consecutive years
An accomplished Nordic skier, Lindsay Inkila is a phenomenal overall athlete who will concentrate her varsity sports focus onto the C. J. Sanders Fieldhouse court this coming season. She joins teammate Ulakovic as the second member of the powerhouse Hammarskjold girls’ basketball team to commit to Thunderwolves women’s basketball.
“I chose basketball at Lakehead University because of the great opportunity to play basketball at the varsity level while obtaining my university degree,” says Inkila. “I am looking forward to working with coach Jon Kreiner and my new Thunderwolves teammates to bring my game to the next level.”
The architect of the Hammarskjold program, head coach Dave Paddington is happy to see two of his top basketball players continuing their on-court pursuits in Thunder Bay. "I am extremely proud that both Katie and Lindsay have chosen Lakehead women’s basketball. It is clear that LU has chosen to add to the quality of basketball, but most importantly the quality of character on their team.
Although Lindsey has focused on basketball for a short time, has demonstrated that she is capable of excelling at whatever sport she chooses.”
Coach Kreiner regards Inkila as a multi-talented athlete who will have the opportunity to contribute to the team in several ways. “Lindsay is a very solid fundamental basketball player who has the athletic potential to play and contribute at the next level. Lindsay is a very strong athlete who has benefitted from her hard work as a national calibre cross country skier. Lindsay is a very good 3-point shooter and a tough-nosed player that plays tough defence on both wings and forwards. Lindsay will be training very hard this summer with teammate Katie Ulakovic and will make a great impression on her new Thunderwolves team.”
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
High School Team: Hammarskjold Vikings (head coach Dave Paddington)
Club Team: Thunder Bay Junior Wolves
Key Stats (High school): 12.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG
Athletic Achievements: Hammarskjold Athlete of the Year in grade 11; Girls’ Basketball MVP in grade 11; Helped Vikings to undefeated season (2009); Competed at AA OFSAA in grade 11 and 12; NWOSSAA Champion in grade 11 and 12; SSSAA Champion in grades 9, 10 and 12; Lakehead Pizza Hut Tournament MVP (2008); Lakehead Pizza Hut Tournament all-star (2009); Algoma University Tournament all-star (2009); Captained Vikings girls basketball team in grades 10 and 12; Member of Ontario XC Ski team (2006 to present); Ontario Cup XC Ski Champion (2008 and 2009); Quest for Gold carded Nordic skier
Last Edited: March 6th, 2010
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