By Woodard, Dale on October 9, 2020.
A familiar name is heading into the Kodiaks den.
On Thursday, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team announced the addition of Karson Valgardson to the roster in time for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season that remains uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chinook High School graduate is the son of Jason and Carmen (Knutson), who were both members of Kodiaks basketball teams that now have their place in the Kodiaks Hall of Fame.
“Karson is a very coachable player who excelled at CHS both on the court and in the classroom,” said Kodiaks head coach Ryan Heggie in a release, noting that Valgardson was a Rutherford academic recipient throughout high school.
“He’s a bit of a throwback player that can score and defend several positions. His mid-range game and scoring around the rim is on-point and he has the ability with his length to defend the wing effectively.”
The six-foot-five forward was a 4A first-team all-star nod with CHS last season.
Valgardson said he’s a strong mid-range player who can knock down a big three or run the floor.
“It’s a great honour to be part of a program that has enjoyed so much success and produced so many great players,” says Valgardson. “I am looking forward to playing at the next level, playing for coach Heggie and getting to know my new teammates.”
Valgardson’s mother, Carmen won back-to-back Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association titles in 1989 and 1990 with Kodiaks women’s basketball teams.
His father earned a CCAA silver medal in 1989 and also coached the Kodiaks to an ACAC title in 1994.
Both parents were part of teams inducted in the Kodiaks Hall of Fame in 2017.