UNBC sports department receives awards
Through all the success the UNBC women’s basketball team has enjoyed over the years, Loralyn Murdoch hadn’t been named Coach of the Year.
That changed on Wednesday when it was announced that the Northern Timberwolves long-time head coach received the provincial honour from the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PacWest).
“We have a great bunch of athletes on the team and they worked really hard all season and deserve a lot of credit,” Murdoch stated in a UNBC press release.
Members of the UNBC men’s and women’s basketball teams were also selected as PacWest award recipients. Prince George products Jennifer Clyne, a fifth-year forward, and Mercedes Van Koughnett, a third-year guard, were named to the women’s first all-star squad.
On the men’s side, a trio of Timberwolves were selected to the second all-star team: fourth-year guards Sam Raphael of Prince George, Francis Rowe of Victoria and Jose Araujo of Toronto.
A first-year player on the UNBC men’s basketball team also got recognized with a prestigious honour. Richmond guard Billy Cheng was named to the PacWest All-Rookie team.
Both UNBC teams open their schedules at PacWest provincials today in North Vancouver. Stories are on pages A16 and A19.