The TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team has signed its first recruit of the Canada West offseason.
WolfPack head coach Scott Clark announced Thursday that Mike Zayas, who helped the Richmond-R.C. Palmer Griffins to the provincial AAA championship in March, has signed a letter of intent to play for TRU.
The 6-foot-2 guard will join the team ahead of the Canada West season, which will start in October.
“He is a very good athlete,” Clark said in a press release. “He played for the B.C. under-17 team. We foresee him as a bit of a swing player for us.”
Zayas is looking to study political science and Spanish, which happens to be his native language, at TRU. He was a third-team all-star at provincials, and had been looking at attending UBC-Okanagan, the U of Victoria or Brandon before choosing TRU.
“It seemed like the best fit for me as a student and a basketball player,” Zayas said. “Facilities in Kamloops are fantastic and coach Clark really stressed the development factor of joining the WolfPack.”
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The South Kamloops Titans are getting ready to play host to a badminton tournament later this month.
The tournament, which is expected to bring seven or eight clubs and around 150 athletes to South Kam, is scheduled for April 15-17 with matches at South Kam and John Peterson gyms.
The Titans are scheduled to play host to the high school provincials May 26-28.
The event will feature 16 teams and about 280 competitors on 20 courts at the Tournament Capital Centre and the TRU gym.
Last year, South Kam finished fourth at provincials.
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The Thompson-Okanagan Rockets female midget Tier 1 hockey team, featuring six Kamloops players, lost to the host Edmonton Thunder in the Pacific Regional playoffs on the weekend.
The B.C.-champion Rockets lost the first two games of the best-of-three series — 4-2 in the opener, and 7-1 in the second game.
The Rockets’ roster includes Tara Bouvette, Cora Sutton, Bre Frasca, Kelsey Freudenberger, Nicole Case and Emily Gervais, all Kamloops girls.
They were front and centre in the offence as the Rockets became the first B.C. team to even score a goal in a Pacific Regional playoff, which determines who will represent the region at the ESSO Cup national championship.
Freudenberger scored the Rockets’ first goal, with Frasca getting an assist, before Frasca — with assists to Freudenberger and Sutton — scored the second.
Frasca had an assist in the Game 2 loss.