Kelowna Falcons

Rivalry Born

The Kelowna Falcons in conjunction with the West Coast League welcome the Kamloops NorthPaws to western North America’s premier summer collegiate baseball league.

“As Canada’s ‘Tournament Capital,’ Kamloops is obviously a hotbed for amateur sports in British Columbia, so collegiate summer ball is a perfect fit,” said WCL commissioner Rob Neyer. “As a new team, the NorthPaws face a stiff challenge, and we look forward to seeing them face off against the established clubs … especially their B.C. brethren in Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Victoria. Congratulations to Kamloops, and welcome to the West Coast League!”

The NorthPaws are the the second WCL expansion team slated to begin play in 2021, with the Nananio NightOwls being the other. The NorthPaws become the 14th member team of the WCL.

“We love that we now have another Kelowna-Kamloops rivalry to get excited about in our city,” says Falcons General Manager Mark Nonis. Whether it’s hockey or donating blood the Kelowna-Kamloops rivalry always brings out the best in each city. This expansion not only gives our great fans another team to see and cheer against (laughing) in the West Coast League, but also shows the strength of our League as a whole growing to now 14 teams and four in Canada. Our club is counting down until the 2021 season.”

“Our group is thrilled to bring the West Coast League to Kamloops,” said Norm Daley, one of the NorthPaws’ owners. “This league is one of the premier collegiate summer leagues in North America and the skill level is incredible, so fans will experience an elevated level of play at Norbrock Stadium next summer.”

Other NorthPaws owners include Neal Perry and Jon Pankuch. Together, the group has dreamed about bringing a team to the city for years. Now that dream has become reality, and the group is excited about what this means for baseball and family entertainment in a city they all love.

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