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Penticton sports in brief
Winter Jam hoops tourney
A 3-on-3 winter jam basketball tournament will he held at the Penticton Community Centre on Dec. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s the first annual winter jam put together by Pacific Sport Okanagan and the City of Penticton Recreation. Teams of up to four players, minimum three, with any skill level can participate. Divisions of co-ed under-13, u-18 and adult with play half-court games. There is a sign up for shooting/skill competitions with prizes to be won. Cost is $69/per team. To register call the Penticton Community Center at 250-490-2426, or in-person at the front desk and provide the barcode of 34935 needed to register. Space is limited. For more information, call Sherrie Pope at Pacific Sport 250-276-2142. Registration deadline is Dec. 20. More info at http://www.facebook.com/penticton3on3basketball.
Seniors ski school at Apex
Apex Mountain has a ski school for seniors who would like to learn how to ski. There is an introduction to skiing for one-hour on Mondays with Vince Rabbitte at 11 a.m. For more info, contact Vince at 250-492-0875.
Ex KISU swimmer qualifies
Former KISU swimmer Robert Harling of the UVic Vikes men’s swim team finished fourth in the 1,500-metre freestyle and sixth in the 200-m freestyle during UVic’s 11th annual Christmas Cracker meet held Dec. 6-8 at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Several Vikes competed in multiple events posting personal best and Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship qualifying times. On the final day, several Vikes qualified for the 2014 CIS Championship. Harling earned a second-place finish in the 200-m fly in 2:05.30 and was fourth in the 100-m fly and 1,500-m freestyle. The swim teams will now head to Phoenix from Dec. 27 – Jan. 8 for their annual training camp. Their next competition is at the VIR Championships, Jan. 17-19.
The Thompson Okanagan female major midget hockey team began making strides in climbing out of the league basement. In their last six games, the Rockets have gone 4-1-1. In three games against the Kootenay Wildcats, the Rockets picked up five points. The Rockets then faced the West Coast Avalanche in Burnaby and lost 6-1. The Rockets came out flying for their next game and won 4-2 then held on for a 4-3 win. The Rockets will compete in a league super weekend in Nelson where all six teams meet to play games league games.
Kripps finishes ninth in Utah
Racing in Park City, Utah, Summerland’s Justin Kripps finished ninth after reaching the finish line in one minute, 35 seconds during World Cup action. Kripps’ Canada 3 sled then finished eighth in the two-man event. Kripps joined forces with Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett to clock a time of 1:36.11, and his best two-man finish ever.