WolfPack Bites – Sept. 1, 2013

The WolfPack golf team lost the Coquihalla Challange to the University of the Fraser Valley this weekend.

The ‘Pack, coached by Bill Bilton Jr. again this year, lost to the Cascades 6.5 to 5.5 in match play (one-on-one match winners receive one point, ties receive a one-half point).

Despite the loss, it was one of TRU’s better performances in the annual tournament.

Nic Corno, Blake Gozda, Brett Pound and Natasha MacKenzie will return for the team this season.

The Pacific Western Athletic Association golf season begins Sept. 7 at Morningstar Golf and Country Club in Nanaimo. TRU won’t host a tournament stop this year.

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Blaz and Ivan Bozinovic. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

Blaz and Ivan Bozinovic. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

The WolfPack men’s basketball team is off to a rough start, losing three players before the season has even started.

Twins Blaz and Ivan Bozinovic have elected to play professional basketball in Croatia, while Justin King, who was returning to the WolfPack after taking a year off, is academically ineligible to play.

King led the ‘Pack in scoring in 2011-12, his only CIS season. The 6-foot-11 Bozinovic brothers were expected to provide Thompson Rivers University with much needed depth.

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TRU’s men’s soccer team is welcoming Braeden Burrows back into the fold for the 2013-14 season. Burrows missed all of 2012-13 with an injury.

Burrows is a versatile player that will strengthen the WolfPack up the middle in its final Pacific Western Athletic Association season.

He played for the Kamloops Heat of the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Premier division this summer.

Justin Wallace. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

Justin Wallace. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

The news is not so good for defenceman Austin Schneebeli, however. He is expected to miss the entire season with a torn ACL.

Schneebeli will have four seasons of eligibility remaining after this season.

The men won both of their exhibition matches against the UNBC Timberwolves (2-0 and 3-1), but lost their opening preseason match 7-0 to UFV.

Kyle Fertile and Dion Gouldsborough scored in Saturday’s 2-0 victory. Justin Wallace assisted on both goals.

Corey Wallis scored in TRU’s victory Sunday, with Justin Wallace netting another two.

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Head coach Don Schulz and the WolfPack men’s hockey team will start the season on the road against the University of Victoria Vikes, Sept. 27 and 28.

The WolfPack’s schedule, which was released earlier this month, has the ‘Pack playing their first game at Memorial Arena on Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m. versus the Trinity Western University Spartans.

The longest homestand of the season will be four games, which will occur twice: Oct. 25-Nov. 9 and Jan. 17-25.

The WolfPack will play exhibition games against the Spartans, the SAIT Trojans and the Red Deer College Kings, all of which will be on the road.

Home games this season will be at 8:30 p.m. with Saturday games starting at 8 p.m.

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TRU Athletics is hosting an alumni event Sept. 7 to honour the school’s proud history in men’s and women’s soccer.

In the break between the WolfPack’s women’s and men’s home-openers, TRU will honour the 1998 and 1999 soccer teams who represented the school at the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association national championships.

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The WolfPack’s women’s soccer team will look largely the same this season, though with some changes to its leadership.

Alanna Bekkering, Laura Smylie and Bronwyn Crawford will captain the women’s soccer team this season.

The three returning players take over for graduates Blair MacKay and Abbey McAuley.

The women exit the preseason with a win and a draw, playing to a 1-1 tie and a 3-1 victory against the UNBC Timberwolves this weekend. Crawford, Bekkering, Nadine Netelenbos and Katie Sparrow had the goals.

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Brad Gunter. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

Brad Gunter. Photo courtesy of TRU Athletics

Brad Gunter of the WolfPack men’s volleyball team just wrapped up his time with Canada at the Fédération International de Volleyball (FIVB) under-21 world championships.

Canada finished with a 3-5 record, losing to the United States in their final game and settling for 12th place.

Gunter was one of two players to lead Canada with 10 points in the match against the U.S.