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Sports year in review - July to December

A chance to look back from the summit of 2013 Sports. - File photo
A chance to look back from the summit of 2013 Sports.
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More moments from 2013 ...

July

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Runners in Terrace are taken aback to learn that the Fall Run will be cancelled this year. But organizer Bob Park clarifies the event is just on hiatus and will be back next year. “After 34 years, we decided to take a break, mainly because of lack of volunteers,” he said.

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Jo-Anne Borgford, the Master Bowler zone director for the northwest zone, her husband Dave, and first-time national competitor Al Annett made the trek to Calgary June 29 to July 3 – the first national event to be held in the city after the flooding – for the Master Bowlers’ Association national tournament, representing Team BC. The crew came back with a handful of medals for their efforts.

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The Terrace StrikeForce Ladies slo-pitch team is once again Queen champions of the 2013 Kings and Queens tournament held during Canada Day long weekend in Terrace.

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Motocross racers from all over the province turn out to the track for Terrace’s last Motocross Association sanctioned home event of the season. “There was about 80 racers each day and they were from all over – Revelstoke, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel, one was from Victoria,” said Terrace Motocross Association’s Ken Parkes.

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After a strong season that saw them beat and tie their toughest competitors, the Prince George Gnats and the Williams Lake Rustlers, at home, the Terrace Northmen rugby club couldn’t do the same on the road, losing a 17-14 squeaker against Prince George, and getting blown out 56-0 by Williams Lake the following day to take them out of playoff contention.

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Terrace’s Cassidy Kitchen is one of just 14 athletes to make the 17U Team BC volleyball team, which ultimately took second against teams from across Canada at the National Team Challenge Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba July 16-21.

August

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Terrace’s Mitchell Hess is in Dublin, Ireland getting ready to compete in his biggest martial arts competition yet, the World Organization of Martial Arts Athletes’s World Martial Games XIV Aug. 9 - 11. He was invited to join Team Canada after winning a gold medal in Brazilian Jujitsu at the Tigerbalm International Tournament in North Vancouver earlier this year.

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Five local cross-country runners met in Grand Cache, Alberta, to participate in the 24 hour grind called the Canadian Death Race on Aug. 4 and 5, a 125 kilometre, 3 summit run with 17,000 feet of elevation change, one wild river and a huge party called the Death Dance on the last day.

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THE ABSENCE this year of the Skeena River Challenge, the race from Prince Rupert to Terrace along Hwy16, didn’t stop local cyclists from coming up with an alternative. The Terrace Off Road Cycling Association cast its eyes northward, organizing a race from Terrace to the Rosswood General Store and back on Hwy113.

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LOCAL mixed martial arts athlete Mitchell Hess returns home from worlds with a bronze medal.

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Northwest B.C. senior athletes return from the Seniors’ Games with an impressive amount of medals, as usual.

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A TERRACE RCMP officer brought home a silver medal from the World Police and Fire Games in her first time there. Kendra Felkar played rugby on Team Canada West at the event in Belfast, Ireland and was the only B.C. player and one of two RCMP members, on the squad.

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THE KING of the Mountain crown returns to Terrace. Chris Hampton, who was second last year, edged out last year’s champion Judson Rowse from Port Edward by 17 seconds, winning the 40+ category and overall race with a time of 0:49:38.1.

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The North Coast Nightmares’ first home bout was anything but a nightmare. The team may have lost 230-133 to Dawson Creek’s Mile Zero Mercy, but Terrace’s roller derby team says the huge outpouring of support from the community had them feeling like winners at the end of the game.

September

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Terrace River Kings executives circulate a notice imploring residents and businesses to “Save the River Kings.” The notice warns that without more sponsors and community support, the 2013/2014 CIHL season – the team’s 10th – could be the team’s last.

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The inaugural cohort of Skeena Middle School’s new hockey academy takes to the ice for the first time.  Run by Pacific Rim Hockey Academy, the close to 45 middle school students enrolled in the program, one of 10 in B.C., can expect three days a week of ice time, two days of dry land training, and a curriculum that covers everything from nutrition, to volunteering, to goal setting.

Beautiful weather brought in a bounty of boaters and spectators to the 8th Annual Lakelse Regatta at the Furlong Bay Boat Launch, Lakelse Lake, on Sept. 7. Terrace Pipes and Drums kicked off the opening ceremonies before a noon start for the races, which featured eight teams this year from Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert and Kitimat.

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Twenty-one Terrace mountain bikers went all out at this year’s Flathead Flatout bike race, held at Terrace Mountain Sept. 15. The time-trial race, returning after a year-long hiatus, travelled the Terrace Mountain bike loop, also known as Flathead.

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The Terrace River Kings travelled to Prince Rupert for the Challenge Cup on Sept. 20 and 21, and came away without a win after being outscored 10-2 in two games against the Prince Rupert Rampage and Kitimat Ice Demons. The Smithers Steelheads would go on to win the tournament.

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The strength of Terrace’s volleyball scene looks to be shining again this season with Skeena Middle School’s Grade 9 girls’ taking second place at the Jr. B Girls Volleyball Kodiak Classic in a hard-fought final against the undefeated College Heights.

October

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It was a record-breaking turnout at the fourth annual Terrace Rod and Gun Club Mountain Bike Biathlon Oct. 5, with 37 competitors turning out to bike and shoot their way across the finish line. “It was the most we’ve ever had out to compete at the event,” said organizer Chris Schooner. “And it has the potential to be much bigger.”

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The Caledonia Senior Boys volleyball team saw success in Prince George over Thanksgiving weekend – taking first place in the College Heights John Bragg Memorial Invitational.

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My Mountain Co-op begins holding community meetings about what members envision for Shames for the next 30 years.

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Atlantis Taekwondo’s athletes are back from worlds with medals around their necks. Eight club members travelled to Edmonton to compete in the International Chang-Hon Taekwon-do Federation 10th Anniversary World Cup, held Oct. 18 and 19 in Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament saw 650 competitors compete, with eight rings going at all times.

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The CAledonia Kermodes senior boys soccer team is heading to provincials after turfing the competition at the Northwest Senior Boys Soccer Zone competition in Prince Rupert.

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Centennial Christian’s Senior Girls volleyball team hit 10th overall in the provincial rankings for Senior Girls “A”, marking an exciting milestone for the team. Centennial’s Senior Boys also hit high, ranking first in the “A” division – the boys would go on to take first at provincials, a first for the school.

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For the first time in the three years of the Cliff Sharples Memorial Tournamant, Terrace’s flagship Peewee tournament, the hometown team has taken the top spot. The Terrace Kermode Pizza Hut Peewee Reps went undefeated, starting off what is promising to be a stellar season.

November

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The Terrace River Kings got November off to a good start, giving their home crowd a show, beating the Kitimat Ice Demons 6-1 at the Terrace Sportsplex – this would be a turning point for the season, and the beginning of a major point streak.

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The Shogun Dojo’s Robbie Clein-Matheis wins gold in his division and goes on to win Grand National Champion at his first ever competition,  the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championship in Burnaby.

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The Terrace Girls Midget Rep team is showing they are a serious provincial contender, beating Lower Mainland teams handily in Kamloops. The team skated away with gold after going undefeated and only allowing two goals against in the entire tournament.

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The Terrace Blue Backs take a small team to the first swim meet of the season in Prince George, and best friends Jade Heathfield and Angelina Filtziakis, both 11, take gold and silver, respectively, in their age category.

December

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Terrace Ringette players Bryn Giesbrecht, Jessica Dahl, and Sarah McLeod make the elite Northern Lights U14 AA Team, based in Prince George, and travel to Alberta to compete against teams from all over the western provinces.

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After a summer of renovations – including a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the lodge – Shames My Mountain Co-op opens Dec. 14 for the 2013/14 season, right on schedule.

 

 

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