Peters, Mohawks head to Hall
Brian Peters and the 1955-56 North Kamloops Mohawks baseball team will be inducted to the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame on April 13 in the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University.
“Peters came to Kamloops in 1974, impacting the lives of the basketball community, teaching and coaching at McArthur Park and John Peterson junior secondaries, along with NorKam and Brocklehurst secondaries,” a press release said.
Peters, along with co-coach Alf Konrad, guided the NorKam Saints to four medal-winning appearances at the B.C. High School rugby championships, including a first-place finish in 1983.
He spent 24 years at Brocklehurst, taking the senior girls’ basketball team to nine Okanagan titles and six provincial championship appearances.
The Mohawks were assembled from the many Japanese-Canadians who relocated to Kamloops after the Second World War.
The 1955 and 1956 Mohawks won B.C. Interior Baseball League championships.
The highlight of the two-year period was winning the Dominion Day Tournament at Riverside Park.
The teams surviving members are Tom and Gord Miyahara, Stan and Spud Kato, Sam Aura, Dave Kuromi, Tosh Takanaka, Ken Kochi, Joe Yamake, Henry Mori, Ted Isobe, Rudy Morelli, Jim Motokado and Dick Lee.
Coach Pat Miyahara has passed away, along with players Sho Yamada, Joe and Sam Motokado, Art Yuen, Steve Varanai and Richard Oikawa.
Seiji Kazama coached the team before Miyahara took the reins.