When a player’s time in the WolfPack program comes to an end, it’s never easy for all parties involved, but it’s part of university athletics. Everyone must accept the reality, their time at TRU may end, but the memories will never fade.
From the outside looking in, the life of a student athlete seems like a fleeting experience. It comes across as something that is over before one knows it.
Every year, long serving players lose their eligibility to continue playing for the WolfPack program, some of these players are leaders and star athletes in their respective teams.
For those that loving competing they might develop an itch that one can’t scratch, whilst for some they will miss the camaraderie of being in a team environment and the preparation for games.
That is certainly the case when it comes to both Shenise Sigsworth and Luke Morris, who both will no longer be playing for the women’s and men’s basketball teams respectively. Both will be major losses to their teams as they have been key contributors to their programs.
Luke Morris, fifth-year forward from Mission, BC, finished of his final regular season game with 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in addition to his 21 points and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes in the team’s one playoff loss.
Upon speaking with The Omega, Morris gave the impression that he is both a humble and laidback individual.
“Over my time here I just enjoyed getting to know all the fellas,” Morris said.
Morris also voiced his love for the supportive community in Kamloops.
“I like the school environment too, I used to go to the university of Fraser Valley then when I moved here, I found that they had more of a school community atmosphere, that’s what I really enjoyed here,” he said. “Honestly, I’m going to miss the adrenaline rush and practicing every day and hanging out with the guys.”
In terms of what was his favourite memory Morris fondly spoke of the time TRU made it into the final four.
“Making nationals in my third year, beating UBC in the final four was a big moment,” he said.
Sigsworth was also just as complimentary about the community support she received as a TRU athlete and the various challenges that came with being a part of the program.
“I loved the whole experience of having the community behind you and going to community events as well as travelling on the road, just the whole team aspect of sports,” Sigsworth said.
Sigsworth finished her final game for TRU with 11 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 27 minutes.
Sigsworth stated that her biggest challenge was dealing with time management and getting her school schedule to align with her basketball schedule.
It was especially difficult because she is in the nursing program, one of the more demanding programs.
Thankfully for her, the professors and coaches were willing to make it work and allowed her to have a schedule that allowed her to spend time both on school and basketball.
Sigsworth like Morris, stated she will miss the adrenaline rush before games, especially the pre-game routine of getting mentally ready to compete.
Despite being ineligible to play Sigsworth still plans on attending some games as a supporter of the team.
“I still have one year of nursing, so I will still be around, I’m hoping to catch all the home games,” she said.
She admitted it won’t be easy for her, however.
“It’s definitely going to be tough, something I’ll have to get used to but, if I can support anyway I can, I will be there,” Sigsworth concluded.