Wednesday April 23, 2014

WolfPack teams, players awarded

Josh Wolfram of the TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team has been named one of Canada’s West’s Three Stars of the week.

Wolfram, a forward out of South Kamloops, helped TRU improve to 4-2 with a pair of weekend victories over the UBC Thunderbirds at the Tournament Capital Centre. Wolfram had 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and a block as the WolfPack beat the T-Birds 78-65 on Friday, then added 12 points, nine rebounds and a steal in TRU’s 86-56 Saturday victory.

TRU, which has won four straight, is on the road to play the Calgary Dinos and Lethbridge Pronghorns on the weekend.

The WolfPack men’s volleyball team turned some heads with a tough weekend set against the Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton.

TRU beat the Golden Bears on Friday before losing in five sets on Saturday. The results left the WolfPack 4-4, but also earned it its first ranking of the season — TRU is ranked No. 10 in Canada.

It is the eighth year of head coach Pat Hennelly’s nine-year tenure that the WolfPack has cracked the national top-10.

“It shows that people recognize our achievements of the last week,” Hennelly said in a news release. “We won once and were on the verge of winning two. No team has gone into Edmonton and swept the Bears since 2000. Obviously, it was about to be a monumental thing. It was great for us to get a win against a tough team on the road.”

The WolfPack is one of seven Canada West teams in the top-10, with the Trinity Western Spartans second, the Golden Bears third, the UBC Thunderbirds fourth, the Brandon Bobcats fifth, the Saskatchewan Huskies seventh and the Manitoba Bisons ninth.

Things don’t get any easier for the WolfPack, which is scheduled to play host to the Huskies on Friday, 7:45 p.m., and Saturday, 6:45 p.m., at the TCC.

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