TRU alumni killed on Highway 5

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

Skye Buck and his wife, Courtney, were killed in a car accident near Clearwater, B.C. on Dec. 9, 2012.

Skye Buck and his wife, Courtney, were killed in a car accident near Clearwater, B.C. on Dec. 9, 2012.

The TRU athletics community continues to mourn the loss of one of its alumni and his wife. Skye Buck and his wife Courtney passed away Dec. 9, 2012, when their vehicle went off Highway 5 just north of Clearwater and became submerged in the North Thompson River.

Skye, who played for the University College of the Cariboo Sun Demons from 1999 to 2004, had an illustrious basketball career in Kamloops. He was a Canadian College Athletic Association all-Canadian, a perennial all-star and was named the B.C. College Athletic Association’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2003-2004.

“People came to watch Skye Buck play,” TRU athletic director Ken Olynyk said in an athletics press release. “ He was a tremendous shooter, had great range and was an attraction on the floor. In my first year here, we hosted the National Championships and he was a sight to behold. My kids still talk about his performance and that was in 2004.”

Skye and Courtney were both teachers in Clearwater, Skye at the high school and Courtney at the elementary school and were heavily involved in the sports community in Clearwater. Courtney was seven months pregnant at the time of the accident.

Skye and Courtney will be remembered on Jan. 12, 2013 at the TRU Gym, as a part of TRU’s first annual basketball alumni event. A memorial scholarship has been established in Skye and Courtney’s memory.