Nicole Betker

100 memories… 100 moments… 100 Years of Huskie Athletics

Each Monday, Huskie Athletics will release a series of moments with the Top 10 being released at the Huskie Centennial Reunion Banquet March 31. Dig into your memory bank and share your greatest Huskie memories, stories, and photos because We Are All Huskies!

Videos for the moments can be viewed here:

Moment #43 – BLG Success

Dale Friesen, a beach boy in volleyball, picked up good vibrations with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Friesen was the volleyball team’s defensive specialist in 2000 and part of the crew that brushed aside the Calgary Dinos in the league final at the Education Gym. That was the same year the Huskies landed Adam Ens, a high-flying rookie from Rosthern. Ens pounded out the hits in his career with the Huskies, capped in 2004 by winning the BLG Award as the most outstanding male athlete for all university sports in Canada.

Moment #48 – Tasmanian Devil

A coach once compared Laurie Eisler to the Tasmanian Devil in Bugs Bunny cartoons. Playing setter for the University of Saskatchewan volleyball team from 1983-87, Eisler had that buzz about her, hands moving, feet motoring. Three years after playing for the Huskiettes, Eisler was the team’s head coach for one season while Mark Tennant was on sabbatical leave. She was named conference coach of the year. Laurie has gone on to coach the University of Alberta to six national titles.

Moment #65 – Chairman of the Boards

Ron Friesen was the chairman of the boards, diving boards, that is. Friesen got into diving in 1968 and soon was the big man on campus, not only at the University of Saskatchewan but across Canada. He swept the one- and three-metre events at nationals for three straight years while at the U of S. A native of Moose Jaw, Friesen was named Saskatoon’s athlete of the year by the Kinsmen in 1971.

About Huskie Athletics:

In 2011-12, Huskie Athletics will celebrate 100 years of Huskie Pride with Centennial celebrations! Huskie Athletics has 95 Canada West Championships and 25 CIS Championships under its belt. Huskie athletes leave the campus and the University of Saskatchewan with the skills to become successful at work, with family and in the community. Home to 893 all-stars since 1920, Huskie Athletics strives each year to provide quality programs for athletes while they prepare for the future. Huskie tickets can be purchased by calling, 306-966-1111 or online at