Zukowski in action with Nelson's L.V. Rogers Bombers this past season.

Nelson’s Zukowski off to Olds College

L.V. Rogers graduate Matt Zukowski will head to the prairies this fall to play basketball with Olds College’s Broncos.

L.V. Rogers graduate Matt Zukowski will head to the prairies this fall to play basketball with Olds College’s Broncos.

After playing four years at LVR, the 18-year-old who served as captain of the senior boys basketball team is welcoming the opportunity to take his game to the next level.

“I am looking forward to it,” says the 6’2 former Bombers guard.

“Not many people get the chance to play basketball after high school so I am excited.”

Students playing basketball in Nelson are limited to the high school season, where as in bigger city centres there are clubs to play in year round, he explains.

Zukowski was named L.V. Rogers’ Outstanding Athlete of the Year for his play this past season and in the 2013 AA Provincials played in Kamloops, he finished 7th overall in scoring. It was during this provincial-level play that a coach from Olds approached him.

“The coach watched one of my games and talked to me afterwards,” Zukowski says. “It was one of my better games at provincials. I played well. He liked my intensity and my defense.”

The pair kept in touch after that and after Zukowski visited the campus, he decided it was where he wanted to play.

Zukowski plans to study Business Administration while in college and will attend on partial scholarships. He earned a basketball scholarship from Olds College as well as the Ernie Gare Scholarship for athletic excellence, the Dogwood School District scholarship based on his academic plans and the BC High School Boys Basketball Association scholarship for his performance at provincials and general service in the basketball community.

Zukowski coached and refereed in junior-level boys basketball played at LVR.

Also a volunteer with the KidSport program and Relay for Life, the athlete has consistently given back to his community.

He feels his time in Nelson playing ball at LVR has prepared him well for a future college career.

“I’ve been lucky to have good coaches all through my high school career. Ross Naka used to play in the same league I am going to so he’s been really important in helping me prepare — knowing what I need to do to make it,” Zukowski says.

Naka played for the Langara Falcons in the Pacific Western Athletic Association in the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association. The upcoming 2013-14 season is Old’s second in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference in the CCAA.

Olds is located one hour north of Calgary where Zukowski used to live so he’s comfortable leaving the mountains behind for a new prairie adventure.

 

 

Just Posted

Downtown Automotive awarded for hiring practices

The annual award is handed out by the Kootenay Career Development Society

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

Purcell withdraws from Nelson council election

First-time candidate Heather Keczan has also withdrawn

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

B.C. could provide clues as to how New Brunswick electoral results shake out

Premier Christy Clark faced a strikingly similar scenario following the province’s 2017 election

Most Read