Morris named Canada West third star of the week

  Posted on: December 5, 2017

Luke Morris vs UNBC last weekend (Andrew Snucins photo)

For the first time this season, a member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team has been named a Canada West star of the week.

Fifth year forward Luke Morris (Mission, BC) is the Canada West male third star of the week ending December 2nd.

Here is what Morris did to receive the honor: (from Canada West press release)

Friday December 1, 2017: 86-80 win at home over UNBC Timberwolves: 21 points, 10 rebounds (9 def), 2 assists, 2 steals: 38 mins
Saturday December 2, 2017 93-72 win at home over UNBC Timberwolves: 24 points, 13 rebounds (12 def), 3 assists, 1 steal: 39 mins

The TRU WolfPack entered the Canada West men’s basketball Christmas break riding a three game winning streak. One of the key factors in their weekend sweep of the UNBC Timberwolves was the play of the ‘Pack’s lone fifth year player—team co captain Luke Morris of Mission, BC.

Morris had over 20 points in both games to lead the WolfPack, who—according to head coach Scott Clark were playing their best basketball of the season.

The WolfPack will be doing some volunteer work at the New Life Community soup kitchen this coming week (Dec 6). They then will go to Phoenix for a pair of exhibition games against U.S. College competition. They return to Canada West play on the weekend of January 5-6 when they visit the Vikes at the University of Victoria.

Morris becomes the fourth Thompson Rivers University male athlete to be selected as a Canada West star of the week. The others are men’s soccer players Mitchell Popadynetz (Nelson, BC), Ryan Glanville (Williams Lake, BC) and James Fraser (Penticton, BC). Popadynetz was selected twice—a first star in week two (September 5) and a third star in week six (October 3).

There have been no WolfPack female athletes chosen as stars of the week this season so far.

Here are the rest of the Canada West three stars courtesy of Canada West communications:

Three stars of the week: Calgary’s Vinnell, UBC’s Morgan shine before semester break

Highlights:
• Calgary’s Beth Vinnell (VB), UNBC’s Vasiliki Louka (BB), and Mount Royal’s Kennedy Bozek (HKY) are the women’s three stars
• UBC’s Conor Morgan (BB), Manitoba’s Brett Stovin (HKY), and Thompson Rivers’ Luke Morris (BB) are the men’s three stars
• Vinnell was efficient with 25 kills leading the Dinos to a pair of 3-0 sweeps in a first-place showdown, while Morgan recorded back-to-back double-double’s for UBC

EDMONTON – Calgary’s Beth Vinnell and UBC’s Conor Morgan were oustanding in leading their respective teams to important victories as conference action hits the semester break.

Vinnell was efficient in steering Calgary to a pair of 3-0 victories against a UBCO Heat squad that is battling for top seeding in the conference standings. The third-year middle posted a hitting percentage of .619 on Thursday night as she finished with 14 kills to go along with three blocks and a pair of digs. Vinnell was a force at the net on Friday with eight blocks and ledthe Dinos with 11 kills, while hitting at a percentage of .474.

Morgan propelled UBC to its seventh straight victory by leading all scorers in Friday night’s 96-73 win over Regina with 36 points, while also grabbing 10 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the season. The fifth-year T-Bird then recorded a rare 20 and 20 game by scoring 29 points and collecting 20 rebounds in Saturday’s 98-92 overtime win over the Cougars.

Canada West action resumes January 4, 2018 after the semester break.

Also earning stars this week were: UNBC’s Vasiliki Louka (BB), and Mount Royal’s Kennedy Bozek (HKY) on the women’s side, while Manitoba’s Brett Stovin (HKY), and Thompson Rivers’ Luke Morris (BB) are the other men’s stars of the week.

Women’s first star – Beth Vinnell
Calgary Dinos volleyball
Middle
3rd-year
Cochrane, Alta.
Kinesiology/Education

Game log: Date – Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 – 14 kills, three blocks, two digs, .619 hitting percentage in 3-0 W vs UBCO / Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – 11 kills, eight blocks, two digs, .474 hitting percentage in 3-0 W vs UBCO

In a showdown of first-place teams, Beth Vinnell shined for the University of Calgary Dinos as they earned a sweep of the UBCO Heat.

On Thursday night in front of a packed crowd for the Dinos Block Party, Vinnell put on a hitting clinic. The third-year middle had a hitting percentage of .619 as the Dinos win in three-straight (25-21, 25-21, 25-23). She also posted 14 kills, three blocks, and two digs.

On Friday night, the Dinos had another quick night, beating the Heat 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 31-29). Vinnell led Calgary with 11 kills and eight blocks, to go along with two digs and a hitting percentage of .474.

With the two wins, the Dinos remained tied atop the Canada West women’s volleyball standings with the UBC Thunderbirds. They will play their next games on Jan. 12-13 when they host the Brandon Bobcats.

Men’s first star – Conor Morgan
UBC Thunderbirds basketball
Guard/Forward
5th-year
Victoria, BC
Kinesiology

Game log: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – 36 points, 10 rebounds in a 96-73 UBC W vs Regina
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 – 29 points, 20 rebounds in a 98-92 UBC W vs Regina

The 10-2 UBC Thunderbirds enter the holiday break tied for the top record in the Canada West thanks in large part to Conor Morgan’s outstanding weekend against Regina. The fifth-year put up a season-high 36 points along with 10 rebounds Friday night to lead all players on both sides of the court in a 96-72 win over the Cougars.

The Victoria native followed up with a 29-point effort Saturday in a 98-92 overtime win. Morgan’s 20 total rebounds Saturday tied a career-high as he completed his fifth double-double of the season.

Morgan is off to a red-hot start to his final U SPORTS season tied for the conference lead with 25 points per game. He also leads the entire Canada West in defensive rebounds per game with eight and total rebounds per game with 10.3.

With his weekend performance, Morgan moved into the top 45 in Canada West career conference scoring with 1,346 points.

The Thunderbirds have won eight straight heading into 2018 and return to Canada West action January 12 and 13 in Lethbridge.

Women’s second star – Vasiliki Louka
UNBC Timberwolves basketball
Forward
4th-year
Athens, Greece
Public Administration & Government Development

Game log: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 – 31 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in 37 minutes in 86-61 W @ TRU / Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 – 23 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 38 minutes in 91-80 L @ TRU

Louka picked a great time to have the best weekend of her Canada West career, and the best performance of any female athlete in the conference.

The fourth-year forward out of Greece had a monster performance to open a two-game set with the WolfPack, dropping 31 points and hauling in 14 rebounds. She was a force at both ends of the floor, altering TRU shots, while dominating in the paint offensively.

The next night, with the TWolves missing three regulars, Louka played 38 minutes, managing 23 points and 15 boards, despite TRU’s best efforts to shut her down.

Over the weekend, she averaged 30.5 points and 14.5 rebounds, and had a total of five minutes rest on the bench. Louka sits 6th in the conference in scoring, and tops in rebounding, while also registering the second-most minutes per game in Canada West

Men’s second star – Brett Stovin
Manitoba Bisons hockey
Forward
3rd-year
Stony Mountain, Man.
Kinesiology & Recreation Mgmt.

Game log: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 –two goals (one SH), one assist, +4 in 7-3 W @ UBC / Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 – two assists, +1 in 6-3 W @ UBC.

The Bison men’s hockey team finished the first half of the season with a road weekend sweep at UBC on December 1-2 and help the Bisons vault in third place in the Canada West standings.

Bison third year forward Brett Stovin was a big contributor in the two road victories as he recorded two goals (one was a shorthanded), and three assists and +5 plus/minus rating with seven shots plus named First Star of the Game.

To begin the weekend, the Stony Mountain, MB native scored two goals, one shorthanded, plus an assist with a +4 rating with four shots in a 7-3 victory. He was also named First Star for his performance.

The next night, the 6’1”, 195 lbs. forward added two assists with thee shots and a +1 rating during a 6-3 road win to earn the sweep.

So far this 2017-18 season, Stovin has scored three goals and eight assists in 16 conference regular season games, good for a tie for 33rd in conference scoring.

The Bisons (9-5-2) take the holiday break and resume conference action in the New Year as the host the No. 1 Alberta Golden Bears (15-1-0) on January 5-6 weekend.

Women’s third star – Kennedy Bozek
Mount Royal hockey
Forward
3rd-year
Stony Plain, Alta.
Health & Physical Education

Game log: Date – Friday, Dec. 1 – one goal in 3-1 loss @ No. 1 Pandas
Saturday, Dec. 2 – two goals in 4-0 shutout win vs No. 1 Pandas

Third-year forward Kennedy Bozek scored three goals against the No. 1 Alberta Pandas this weekend. On Friday night in Edmonton, despite the 3-1 loss, Bozek scored the team’s lone goal in the contest. The following night back in Calgary, the Cougars stunned the conference, defeating and shutting out the Pandas 4-0 on home ice. The third-year forward scored two goals in the Cougars’ fifth win of the season, and second win over Alberta this year. Bozek’s first goal was the game winner and she followed that up with another in the last five minutes of the game to make it 4-0.

After the break, the Cougars return to Flames Community Arenas to host the Regina Cougars on Jan. 5-6.

     

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