We've got a ton of games going on this weekend. The CIS Super Championship weekend has forced conferences to putting all of the big games in a tight window. It is suboptimal (at best) but we're playing the hand we're dealt.
The best way to recap all of it is linking to outside work. If I missed something (which is likely!) please comment or send me an email and I can put it in. I'm trying to stick to media outlet links rather than sports info posts because more clicks for a media outlet means a greater chance the CIS gets more coverage.
OUA Men's Final Four
The National Post's Eric Koreen takes a look at Ryerson's rise to contention. Dave Smart's quotes about kids going Division-1 give something to chew on.
CIS Blog alum Neate Sager's gamers talk about seeding, four OUA teams at nationals and more. Windsor-Ottawa. Carleton-Ryerson.
The Ottawa Sun's Tim Baines with gamers and quotes from both games. I liked his description of Carleton at the end of his Ravens-Rams piece. Also, Ottawa's head coach, James Derouin, had an interesting perspective on hosting the Final Four. That quote falls two-thirds of the way into this recap of Windsor-Ottawa.
Ryerson's student paper, The Eyeopener, has a Rye-heavy perspective with an awesome Phil Scrubb photo.
Got more? Let me know. @Scott1Hastie
OUA Women's Final Four
I couldn't have watched all four games at once and done a good job covering it. Windsor thrashed Lakehead because of a Jylisa Williams injury. The Lancers, in the post-Clemencon+Langlois era, qualify for nationals.
Queen's saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Ryerson Rams. From what I gather, the Ryerson women's basketball program has never won an OUA championship and their 69-60 win gives them that opportunity.
Here's the TBNewsWatch perspective on the end of Lakehead's season and the Jylisa Williams's career. Quotes from Lakehead coach Jon Kreiner in there too.
Meanwhile, Bob Duff at the Windsor Star talks with Lancer players about the blowout win and where they go from here. There's a video interview at the top too! Check out that print media evolution.
Claude Scilley has a quick write-up about the Gaels loss.
Here's The Eyeopener again with their inside look at how the Rams are feeling. Loved the variety of perspectives here - quotes from Carly Clarke, Keneca Pingue-Giles and Annie Sokoloff.
CanWest Men's Final Four
CanWestHoops.com has game briefs on the CW semifinals.
The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix's Darren Zary provides a gamer on Sask's qualification win. (This was a good game down the stretch, but broadcast quality was lacking, as noted by CanWestHoops.)
UVic's win over UFV garners coverage in the Times-Colonist.
CanWest Women's Final Four
I couldn't find anything about the CW women's games. The games weren't particularly close though; Saskatchewan beat Victoria 77-61, UBC handled Alberta 72-59. Of note: Sask head coach Lisa Thomaidis said this is the best Huskie team she has had.
CanWest men's hockey championship
The Edmonton Sun's Brian Swane (who does exceptional work covering Canadian basketball, specifically the women's national team) the takes a look at Alberta's win over Calgary.
CanWest women's hockey
Nothing media wise here either. Here's the CanWest write-up. Alberta takes game one 4-0.
RSEQ women's basketball
Concordia's season came to an end, as UQAM beat the Stingers 54-47. Check out The Link's gamer.
McGill and UQAM meet in the RSEQ finals today.
RSEQ men's basketball Final Four
Not much to dig up here either. McGill will play Bishop's for a CIS Final 8 berth.