Thursday, 17 May 2007

More in the News from today

Big news out of Kamloops BC as the City of Kamloops has unveiled their new sports complex on the campus of Thompson Rivers that will be home to the Wolf Pack men's basketball team among other teams. Former long-time U of T Varsity Blues and Lethbridge Pronghorns Head Coach Ken Olynyk , who took over the Athletic Director's role at TRU a few years ago, now has a world-class athletic facility for his stable of varsity teams. The facility, which sits on the campus of the university, has a seating capacity of 2,500 for basketball, with all seats theatre style. Here is the official announcement from the Thompson Rivers athletic site including pictures and a full description of the new facility, complete with FIBA-rules floor markings Kamloops' newest multi-sport facility is officially named "TOURNAMENT CAPITAL CENTRE" Speaking of Coach Olynyk, who legend has it was a tremendous player in his day, keep an eye on his son Kelly, 16, who is an up-and-coming talent on the hardwood in B.C. currently attending South Kamloops H.S. At 6'5 1/2" and apparently still growing, the younger Olynyk, already part of Basketball B.C.'s Center for Performance as a Grade 10 student, has a chance to be a top player in the province going forward.

We hope to have some reports from the Black tournament in Halifax over the weekend as well as the Ontario Juvenile championships in Sault Ste. Marie, where a number of future CIS players will be competing, among other things. Here are a couple of articles on note including another on this weekend's tournament in Halifax and a piece on an up-and-coming star from the Waterloo, Ontario region.

Chris Clements from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports on the 35th annual Black tournament in Halifax Black basketball event to offer feature tournament

As well, a great piece in the Chronicle-Herald on blog reader Ron Fraser from Antigonish, NS, a long-time member of St. FX's Blue and White booster club X Booster a Credit to his community

An article by Josh Brown of the Waterloo Record on Waterloo's 6'6" 15 year old Murphy Burnatowski, who has been selected to join Canada Basketball's National Elite Development Academy Success within his reach

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