Aaron Paetkau of Ballenas Secondary School

Aaron Paetkau of Ballenas Secondary School

Paetkau signs with TWU

Ballenas basketball standout to play for university program in fall

Aaron Paetkau, a 6-foot-5 wing who helped lead the Ballenas Secondary School senior boys basketball team this past season, has committed to play at Trinity Western University beginning this fall, the school announced Tuesday.

Paetkau averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds per game this past year in his Grade 12 season at Ballenas.

Among his accolades this season, Paetkau was named the tournament MVP at the Sutherland Sabres Holiday Classic in North Vancouver while leading Ballenas to the tourney title.

“Aaron is a great fit for Trinity Western basketball,” TWU head coach Aaron Muhic said. “Coach Kevin McMillen and the program at Ballenas Secondary have done a great job developing Aaron’s basketball game. His skill set is what we are looking for and I know Aaron will work hard and continue to make an impact in our program.”

Paetkau plans to take general studies in his first year at TWU.

“Playing in the CIS has always been a dream of mine and to be able to be a part of a team in which Christ is the focal point made coming to TWU an easy decision,” he said. “Academics are really important to me and the amazing academic reputation of TWU with small class sizes and the exceptional community atmosphere only made the decision easier. Coach Muhic and his staff did a phenomenal job making TUW feel like home and I can’t wait for the adventure to begin.”

—Submitted by TWU