The TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team has announced the signing of another recruit.
Britney Walton of the Vernon Panthers is the fourth player to have signed with the WolfPack this offseason, following Sa-Hali Sabres guard Taiysa Worsfold, Kelowna Owls guard Jade Montgomery-Waardenburg and Vanderhoof-Nechako Valley Viqueens forward Dana Clarkson.
Walton, a guard/forward who plans to pursue a bachelor of social work or education degree at TRU, averaged 19 points and six rebounds a game for the Panthers last season. In being named an all-star at the provincial AA championships at the Tournament Capital Centre in March, she averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds in helping Vernon to a fourth-place finish.
She will be the third Panthers alumnus on the WolfPack in 2011-12, with forwards Diane Schuetze and Karalyn Forsyth expected to be back next season. Kayla Forsyth, Karalyn’s sister, just wrapped up her fifth, and final, season with the WolfPack.
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Three members of the TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team are off to Gatineau, Que., later this month for the Canadian junior team’s tryouts.
The selection camp, to run May 17-22, will be followed by a training camp and a few matches against visiting Argentina in June, with the world championship scheduled for Aug. 1-10 in Brazil.
TRU setter Colin Carson, who was a back-up on the team last year, will be at the tryout along with middle Alex Davis and outside-hitter Casey Knight.
Carson, who is from Prince George, has played two seasons with the WolfPack, as has Davis, a White Rock native. Knight, from Salt Spring Island, was a rookie last season.
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Canada West has granted a probationary membership to Calgary-based Mount Royal University beginning in September, but has deferred its decision on the University of Northern British Columbia until next month.
The Cougars, as Mount Royal’s sports teams are known, will be the 15th member institution in Canada West, and will field teams in men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, soccer and volleyball starting in 2012-13.
Canada West’s membership — the TRU WolfPack is a full member — gave the Cougars more than the 75 per cent required in a Wednesday vote. All that Mount Royal needs now is CIS approval.
While Mount Royal was celebrating the announcement on Wednesday, the Prince George-based UNBC was not.
Canada West deferred its membership decision on UNBC until June, “following a request for further information,” according to a press release.
The UBC-Okanagan, which is based in Kelowna, will join Canada West as a probationary member in September, pending CIS approval. The UBC-O Heat will field teams in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball in 2011-12.