Kristophe Baerg (left - Ward Perrin, PNG) and Jon Pelling

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012



LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western men’s basketball coach Scott Allen went back to the school where he used to coach for his latest pair of recruits as the Spartans bench boss officially announced the signing of White Rock Christian Academy shooting guards Kristophe Baerg (Surrey, B.C.) and Jon Pelling (Tsawwassen, B.C.) Tuesday.

The two star guards from WRCA – the high school where current Spartans Tonner Jackson and Eli Mara also graduated from – will join a Trinity Western side loading up for the 2012-13 campaign with a bevy of talented guards and wing players.

With Baerg and Pelling now on board, Allen’s 2012-13 recruiting class is a group of seven that also includes Lucas Goosen (Delta, B.C.), Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.), Mark Perrin (Toronto, Ont.), Jesse Hilleary (Logan City, Queensland, Australia) and Matthew Blackaby (Maple Ridge, B.C.).

Kristophe Baerg

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard captained his WRCA team to a 22-11 record this past season and a third place finish at the B.C. “AAA” Provincial Championship. Along the way, Baerg averaged 12.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game and was named a Third Team All-Star at the provincial championship.

“Kristophe is a strong student-athlete,” Allen said. “He is a hard working player whose determination and athleticism will benefit our program in the coming years.”

Baerg, who played club basketball with Allen’s One Pass Ahead program, was one of The Province newspaper’s 2012 Head of Class Valedictorians. He was also a scholarship winner and Second Team All-Star at the 2012 Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic, an HSBC scholarship winner at the 2011 Telus Basketball Classic and a 2012 Fraser Valley Basketball Commission bursary winner. On top of that, he also earned the chance to play in this past year’s B.C. High School All-Star Game.

In his Grade 12 year, Baerg was on the Honour Roll and Principal’s List with a 90 per cent academic average.

Beyond both the classroom and the court, Baerg also participated in WRCA Guatemala Grade 11 missions trip in 2011.

“The community and support network that Trinity Western offers is outstanding,” said Baerg, who plans to study human kinetics and kinesiology. “I have heard nothing but awesome things about the school from the Trinity Western students that I know. The chance to join such an amazing student community, as well as a very competitive basketball program, is nothing but a blessing.”

Jon Pelling

The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard comes to the Spartans via a similar route to Baerg, having played his high school basketball at WRCA and his club basketball with One Pass Ahead.

“Jon comes from a successful program and his future looks bright,” Allen said. “Jon is an explosive athlete with a great offensive touch.”

This past season with WRCA, Pelling averaged 13.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game and, for his efforts, was named a Surrey High School All-Star.

Off the court, Pelling also participated in WRCA Guatemala Grade 11 missions trip in 2011.

“It has long been my goal in basketball to play at a high level and eventually at the CIS level,” said Pelling, who plans to study business. “I’m excited and pleased to have the chance to now do that and I look forward to contributing to the Spartans for years to come.”

About Trinity Western Men’s Basketball

The Spartans are coming off a 2011-12 campaign in which they finished the regular season with a 10-8 record and qualified for the Canada West playoffs by clinching the wild card position. The Spartans lost in the opening round of the playoffs against Canada West regular season champion and Canada West bronze medalist Saskatchewan.

Trinity Western’s most successful season to date came in 2010-11 when the team earned a CIS silver medal in its first ever appearance at the men’s basketball Final 8. After qualifying for the national championship tournament by earning the wild card spot, the Spartans knocked off Canada West gold medalist UBC in the semifinal before ultimately losing to Carleton 82-59 in the CIS championships game.

The Spartans men’s basketball team has been competing at the CIS level since 1999.


Last Updated: 2012-07-17
Author: Mark Janzen