Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω
As their respective seasons get closer and we leave the summer behind, The Omega thought it right we should pass along a few quick updates about the recruiting that various athletics staffs have done in their constant attempts to better their programs.
Head coach Tom McManus has stayed with tradition at this school and looked primarily to the local region to find his incoming recruits.
Karlee Poeschek is the most recent addition to the squad. She joins her teammates from Kamloops Youth Soccer Association U-17/U-18 REP team, Jodi Hutton and Jordy Hamer-Jackson as the third local to sign letters of commitment this off-season.
It’s hard to imagine the team struggling with chemistry, considering these three recruits make a total of seven over the past two years that have come from the Kamloops Youth Soccer system.
Head coach Pat Hennelly has gone back to Manitoba for the second off-season in a row to find a recruit. This year’s intake from Canada’s easternmost prairie province is left side Randy Grundmann, who comes off a recent stint with Team Manitoba at the U-18 National Championships, where they finished in fourth place.
Grundmann will play behind current starting left side Brad Gunter, who is a member of Canada’s National Junior Team, so he’ll continue to learn from one of the best in Canada at the position.
He joins Jordan Foot and Tyler Pomietarz, who played at the same National Championships for Team B.C. as this year’s TRU commitments.
With the return of Justin King, who played for TRU two years ago when he earned a spot as a Canada West second-team all-star, the men’s basketball team has immediately improved this off-season.
When you add that one of the team’s most prolific players over the past four years and finalist for Basketball BC’s Male Athlete of the Year award this past season (Kevin Pribilsky) will be retuning as an assistant coach — and gets to boss around his younger brother, who has been recruited after a year off from playing with the University of Victoria Vikes — there is reason to believe the team will perform much better than their 8-14 record last year.
WolfPack badminton won’t find themselves without bodies to put on the floor next year as five new players from B.C.’s interior have all signed up to join the squad.
Carly Dal Ponte of Kelowna, Joel Feenstra and Nathan McNeilly of Salmon Arm and Anthony Arduini and Ali Hines of South Kamloops Secondary will add significant depth to the roster and should create a strong foundation from which to build for the coming years.
WolfPack co-head coach Ross Perkin has especially high hopes for Dal Ponte, telling sports information officer Larry Read he feels she is, “definitely one of the strongest high school players in the Interior this year.”
For more news and information on the WolfPack squads, click on the WolfPack link on the TRU website’s homepage (bottom right of homepage).
And, of course, watch future editions of The Omega.This post was edited Aug. 16/2013 @ 8:26 a.m. to reflect recent changes to the TRU website.