The TRU WolfPack women's basketball team has added some experience to its back court by getting a commitment from libero Rebecca Merasty of Meadow Lake, Sask., for the 2012-13 Canada West season.
Merasty played last season in the Alberta College Athletic Conference with the NAIT Ooks. That is where TRU head coach Keith Lundgren coached before coming to TRU two years ago.
"I'm really looking forward to moving up to the next level and seeing how I compete in the Canada West," Merasty, who played provincial volleyball for Lundgren with Team Saskatchewan when she was in Grade 9 in 2006, said in a news release. "Knowing Keith, I know what he expects from his players and the way he operates his program."
"She is a competitor," Lundgren said. "A really competitive kid. I appreciate that from her. She has great technical skills and it will be fun to see her grow at the CIS level."
Merasty was a member of the gold medal-winning women's volleyball team at the North American Indigenous Games in Denver in 2006 and competed with Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Summer Games in 2009 in Prince Edward Island.
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The TRU WolfPack men's basketball team has added Spencer Jaroszuk, a 6-foot-9 forward from the South Kamloops Secondary Titans, to the fold.
"He is big and he can shoot," WolfPack head coach Scott Clark said in a news release. "From that perspective, he has some skills. The big thing is that he is going to have to learn to rebound and defend his position. If he can do that, he will find himself with some playing time."
According to Jaroszuk, his strength is his shooting. He averaged 26 points, three blocks and 15 rebounds per game last season.
"My size and versatility will also be an advantage," he said.
Jaroszuk said one of the big reasons for signing with TRU is that he will be able to play in front of friends and family.
"It will be pretty special to have a large cheering section and to have a good base," he said. "I know a lot of people (in the community and at TRU) already."
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The TRU WofPack hockey team has received a commitment from forward Tyler Jackson, who was the captain of the junor B Kamloops Storm last season.
Jackson had 76 points and 78 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Storm. He added 20 points in 13 playoff games.
"I have been going to school here for the last couple of years," Jackson said in a news release. "My association with (head coach Don Schulz) is a big plus. I've gotten to know (general manager) Chris Hans and he seems like a good guy. The hockey program here has been strong. I am honored to keep on playing and becoming a part of the team."
Schulz was Jackson's coach in peewee AAA.
All told, Jackson played four seasons with the Storm, totalling 180 points in 184 games.
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Positioning in the Canadian College Baseball Conference's Chris Reitsma division will be at stake this weekend in Lethbridge.
The TRU WolfPack and U of Calgary Dinos will head to Southern Alberta to join the host Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs for games on Saturday and Sunday.
The Dawgs (10-4) lead the division, with the WolfPack (8-8) and Dinos (5-9) trailing.
The WolfPack returns home to play the Dinos and the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners, April 27-29. Those games were to have been played in Calgary, but were moved because the Dinos' field is unplayable after suffering damage in a storm a few weeks ago.
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