Horcoff, Liu headline hot streaks afar

Sarah McChesney also leading the way for TRU Wolfpack swimmers in Rupert athlete roundup.

With Thompson Rivers’ (TRU) first foray into the CIS swimming arena, Sarah McChesney earned the school a more than respectable showing at the recent Canada West swim championships in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The first-year Wolfpack student swam a personal best in the 400 metre freestyle with a 4:46.14 and ended up in 14th.

In the 100 metre freestyle consolation final, the freshman took fifth with a time of 1:00.15.

With the two swims, McChesney helped TRU to an eighth-overall placing in the Canada West women’s competition.

Meanwhile, Frank Slubowski’s Western Michigan University Broncos compiled an 8-2 win over defending NCAA national champion Union on Saturday to take the fifth annual Shillelagh Tournament, hosted by Notre Dame. The Broncos also defeated Ohio State 6-2 in the first game of the tournament to earn the right to face Union in the final.

While the Rupertite Slubowski did not himself play – the Broncos opted for their other netminding choice, Lukas Hafner – his Broncos have witnessed a turnaround as of late. With those two tournament wins, the Broncos broke a two-game winless streak where they lost to Miami 1-0 and 5-2 entering the tourney.

Slubowski is 1-3-0 (W-L-OTL) with a 3.29 GAA and .878 SV% in four games with the Broncos this year.

In the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), Braydon Horcoff is riding a two-game point streak with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks after assisting on a goal against Creston Valley and scoring versus the Grand Forks Border Bruins. Horcoff has already surpassed his previous season-high total of 15 points with 17 in just 27 games played this year, including five goals.

Devin Oakes has recorded six points in 27 games with his Merritt Centennials in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) while Tyler Ostrom has the same number in 28 games with Osoyoos of the KIJHL.

Brady Ward also has six points under his belt with the KIJHL’s 100 Mile House Wranglers, including three goals.

In badminton action, top-seeded Adrian Liu and his men’s doubles partner Derrick Ng fell in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Yonex Welsh International to England’s Matt Nottingham and Harvey Towler 22-0, 21-15 and the English duo would go on to win the tourney title on Saturday.

That wasn’t the first time Liu had seen Nottingham and Towler. Just over a week before the Welsh International, Liu and Ng participated in the 2014 Scottish Open in Glasgow where the pair would fall to the same Englishmen 23-21, 22-0, again in the quarter-finals.