WolfPack recruitment update

Adam Williams, Sports Editor Ω

Though the 2012-13 athletics season is just drawing to a close, TRU Athletics has already been busy recruiting athletes for 2013-14. Eleven new recruits have committed to the WolfPack for the coming school year, adding depth and talent to TRU’s athletics corps.

Men’s Basketball

Head coach Scott Clark has announced the signings of Josh Wolfram, Justin King and Reese Pribilsky to the WolfPack men’s basketball team for the upcoming season.

King played for the WolfPack in 2011-12 and was named a second team Canada West all-star. He led the league in scoring and defensive rebounding, averaging 23.1 points per game and 8.3 defensive rebounds per game. King spent the 2012-13 season away from basketball, studying at the College of Southern Nevada.

Reese Pribilsky, the younger brother of recently retired player and new assistant coach Kevin Pribilsky, joins the WolfPack after playing the last two seasons with the University of Victoria Vikes. Pribilsky is a point guard, as his brother was and will look to fill some of the void left by Kevin’s retirement.

Clark feels the addition of King and Pribilsky can help take the WolfPack to the next level.

“Both of these young men are quality individuals in what they can bring to the team, both on the floor and their passion for the game of basketball,” Clark told WolfPack Athletics. “Both are hardworking, energetic type of athletes in practice. They add that to our team. Their talent and ability to score, defend and physical traits add to the basketball team and that is what we were looking to do. We have made some improvements over the years but we are looking to make a jump in the standings.”

Men’s Hockey

The WolfPack men’s hockey team has added three players to their 2013-14 roster: Alex Martin and Ryan Cuthbert of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Brandon Watson of Keremeos, B.C.

Martin and Cuthbert played the last three seasons for the Delta Ice Hawks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League and were defensive partners for the duration of their time in Delta.

“It’s great to be able to continue to be teammates with Alex,” Cuthbert told TRU Athletics. “We talked about it in the past, although it seemed almost too good to be true. I thought the chances were very slim.”

Cuthbert and Martin will be joined by Watson of the KIJHL’s Osoyoos Coyotes. In 41 games with the Coyotes this season, Watson had 23 goals and 22 assists.

Badminton

The TRU WolfPack badminton team has announced the signings of Joel Feenstra and Nathan McNeilly for 2013-14. Feenstra and McNeilly hail from King’s Christian School in Salmon Arm and have been doubles partners for several years.

“Nathan is a strong player with good technical skills while Joel is very athletic and has high end potential,” assistant coach Ross Perkin told TRU Athletics. “Both are very coachable. Joel has won a number of singles and doubles tournaments in the Interior.”
The King’s Christian School badminton program has finished in the top three in both the junior and senior divisions of the Okanagan Valley league the last three years.

Women’s Soccer

Jodi Hutton is the latest athlete recruited by Tom McManus for the women's soccer program. - PHOTO COURTESY TRU ATHLETICS

Jodi Hutton is the latest athlete recruited by Tom McManus for the women’s soccer program. – PHOTO COURTESY TRU ATHLETICS

Head coach Tom McManus has announced the signing of Jodi Hutton to the WolfPack women’s soccer team for 2013-14. Hutton is a Kamloops resident and will be the second person in her family to play soccer in Kamloops—her father Tim Hutton played for Cariboo College in the mid-’80s. Hutton is a defender and will play a role in filling the void left on the WolfPack’s defence by co-captain Blair MacKay’s retirement.

“I am really excited,” Hutton told TRU Athletics. “It’s something I have wanted to do, play university soccer in my home town. I will try my best and show up at training camp aiming to prove I belong.”

Men’s Volleyball

Setter Tyler Pomietlarz and left side/middle Jordan Foot have recently committed to playing for the WolfPack men’s volleyball in 2013-14. Pomietlarz and Foot add to the volleyball team’s considerable depth and will benefit from the mentorship and guidance of their peers in the early-going.

“I think Tyler will blossom here under Mike Hawkins as an assistant coach and Colin Carson as a fifth-year setter, as well as Graham Stoliker,” head coach Pat Hennelly told TRU Athletics. “The first year, Tyler will get a chance to develop strength and be mentored by our current setters and coaching staff. The plan is when Carson finishes his fifth year, Tyler will be able to step in and run our offense and team systems along with Graham, without missing a beat.”

With files from TRU Athletics

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