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Penticton sports in brief
Hoops camp starting
Registration for Penticton Minor Basketball camp is Oct. 3 and 4. The camps are held every Sunday from Oct. 13 to Nov. 17 with four sections.
Dustin Hyde, organizer and coach of the camp, said his intention is to keep kids active and loving basketball. Grades 2 and 3 will have two sections at Uplands Elementary, the first from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and the second is at 1 to 2:15 p.m. Grade 4 and 5 is at Uplands Elementary from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. Players in Grades 6 and 7 are at KVR Middle School from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
The camps will focus on skill development through fun drills and games. The camp is $70 per person and includes a T-shirt. Payments can be made in person at Pen High on registration day from 6 to 7 p.m. at the main entrance, or by E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropping the payment off at the Pen High office or mailing it to 939 James St. Penticton, V2A 4A8. Cheques should be made payable to Penticton Minor Hoops Basketball Camp. People can also check out the camps Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dustin.hyde.161.
Girls basketball league
The Lakeside-Enamel Dental Centre under-13 Girls Basketball League is returning for a second season. Action begins on Sept. 29 until Nov. 24. Girls are divided into balanced teams with sessions going from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pen High. Sessions include 45 minutes of skill development and 30 minutes for games. A maximum of 40 girls in Grades 6 and 7 will be included. League organizer Chris Terris said the emphasis is on increasing skill development, understanding of the game and providing a fun, competitive atmosphere. Registration forms are available at the offices of Penticton and Summerland middle schools or by contacting Chris Terris directly at email@example.com.
The Thompson Okanagan Rockets female major midget team is ready for another season. Players are from Kamloops to Penticton and play in the B.C. Hockey League that features teams from Prince George, Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley, North Shore and the Kootenays. In addition to league play, the team plans on attending tournaments in Lethbridge, the Lower Mainland and Saskatchewan. The team travels to Prince George for three league games against the Cougars. The Rockets are actively looking for sponsorship to help offset this cost. Those interested in supporting can do so by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penticton hosting Saratoga Cup
Penticton is hosting four rugby clubs this weekend that are vying for the 2013 Saratoga Cup. The men's Independent Provincial Club Championship features teams from the Okanagan, Central, Kootenays and Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island regions in a two-day championship at McNicoll Rugby Oval.
The Penticton Harlequins, the defending champions, were eliminated from the playoffs this year and the Okanagan Rugby Union. Representing the Okanagan is West Kelowna-Salmon Arm Manthers RFC. Delta-based Brit Lions will be returning for a second straight year at the championships, as are third-seeded Williams Lake RFC. BC Rugby Union newcomers Elk Valley RFC - a team comprised of players from Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and Crowsnest Pass - will be debuting. The first semifinal has the No.1 Manthers against No. 4 Elk Valley RFC at 2:30 p.m. No. 2 Brit Lions will face No. 3 Williams Lake at 4 p.m. The consolation final will feature the losers of each semifinal at 9:30 a.m. The championship game will be at 11 a.m. All matches are 60 minutes in length.
Former Vee signs on with Port Alberni
The Port Alberni Bulldogs announced Sunday that Alex Evin, who played in the BCHL for Powell River, Williams Lake and Penticton, is their new goalie coach. During Evin’s final season of junior hockey with the Vees, he led the team to a Fred Page Cup victory. He then played four season with Colgate. Evin founded NLGoaltending and has worked with goalies near his hometown of Castlegar. He has worked with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League’s Selkirk College Saints and the Trail Smoke Eaters. Evin intends to stay on with the Saints as an assistant and goalie coach.
Greer's group wins golf waltz
Robin Greer’s team with Garry Sutherland, Gene Wawryk and Bert Terry shot a -23 to win the 4-man Waltz using three low net scores on Sept.18 in Penticton Senior Men’s Golf. They were followed by two teams tied at -22, which were Len Lund, Paul Bourque, Daryl Eshelman and Keith Sollitt, and the team of Ken Robertshaw, Gord McKay, Frank McKitrick and John Hall. On Sept. 11, the trio of Bob Ogden, Clair Morris and Ken Barron won the Penticton senior men’s four-man two low net per hole format. The winning team finished with a score of 117. Second place was awarded to Ken Robertshaw, Mike Sachowski, Gary MacAdam and Bob Elliot.
Summerland Ladies Golf
Gwen Redfern won the first flight of the Summerland Golf and Country Ladies Club Stableford point with 41 on Sept.17. In second was Lil Smith with 37. Second flight winner was Julie Macaulay at 37 and Linda Palmer was second at 36. Winning the third flight was Frances Colussi with 42. Ellen Clay was second with 36.