Thursday July 31, 2014






WolfPack baseball team awaits discipline

A number of TRU WolfPack baseball players have been suspended after an incident at the end of last semester.

The Daily News has learned that as many as 17 WolfPack players have been suspended after what has been called a brawl at a residence in late November. Ken Olynyk, TRU's director of athletics and recreation, confirmed there was a "situation," but denied that the number of players suspended was 17.

"I really can't say what occurred," Olynyk said Friday. "It was a situation we felt we needed to deal with and we are continuing to deal with it."

Olynyk said the process should be wrapping up soon.

"We will determine everything by next week, hopefully," he said.

The WolfPack is coached by Ray Chadwick, who is in his 11th year at the helm. It is a club team, meaning that it falls under the umbrella of TRU Athletics, but is run by the Kamloops Collegiate Baseball Society.

Jeff Vanjoff, president of the KCBS, didn't deny that WolfPack players had been suspended. He said there "might have been" a brawl and there "could be" pending suspensions.

"I don't have anything else to say right now," Vanjoff said.

Olynyk confirmed both, saying that the TRU athletic department and the KCBS are working together to find out what happened.

"When something like this occurs, there tends to be a lot of people involved in the incident who may not have been actually involved," Olynyk said.

The team isn't playing at the moment, as its fall exhibition season ended in October and its spring training isn't scheduled to start until February. According to the WolfPack website, the baseball team's roster stands at 41.

Chadwick couldn't be reached for comment.

mhunter@kamloopsnews.ca


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