The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball season has hit a groove of major proportions.
The WolfPack has entered the Canada West Christmas break winners of five of their last six matches. Last weekend Thompson Rivers went into Calgary and swept the Mount Royal University Cougars in back-to-back 3-0 decisions.
Two weekends ago, fourth-year player Stuart Richey of Roberts Creek was stellar in a win over Saskatchewan.
“Stuart Richey has helped lead the charge for our team,” said head coach Pat Hennell. “He was our best player in the UBC weekend and solid the past two in Alberta and against Saskatchewan. He has improved from the service line and has made some key tough serves for our team. Stuart has also led the team in defensive intensity and came up with some key digs last weekend. He has shown the leadership I expect from a fourth-year player and captain.”
The basketball season has started for teams at all three Coast high schools.
On. Nov. 26, the Pender Harbour senior girls travelled to Gibsons for a game against Elphinstone with Pender winning 47-31. Top scorers for Pender were Dani Pazur with 19 and Nadine Reid with 12.
Elphi was again in action on Thursday, Nov. 28, when they travelled to Sechelt to take on Chatelech, where the Eagles prevailed 37-32.
In senior boys action, Elphi split its first two exhibition games, losing 61-49 at home to West Vancouver on Nov. 26 and edging Handsworth 68-63 at home on Nov. 28.
“The West Van game was tough. The nerves got to us in the first quarter,” said head coach Mike Sopow. “Both teams had moments of brilliance and moments of frustration. The first quarter put us behind the eight-ball and it was tough to come back. But we bounced back against Handsworth. Everyone had a good game and we really put in the effort.”
On the weekend Elphi was in Penticton winning all three games against Pleasant Valley Secondary, Immaculata and Princess Margaret, the host team, to win its opening travel tournament.