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Nathan is Barebones champ
Vernon’s Nathan Champness clinched the 2014 Barley Mill Pub Bare Bones Duathlon by completing the five-kilometre run, 33-km bike and final 5-km run in one hour, 25 minutes and 32 seconds on Saturday. Finishing second was Kamloops’ Justin Birks in 1:26:57 and rounding out the top three males was Vancouver’s Andrew Tuovinen finishing in 1:30:59. Jen Annett was Penticton’s first athlete to finish, placing 14th in a time of 1:37:27. Coming in three spots later at 17th was Murray MacPherson in 1:39:41. The third Penticton finisher was Jeff McFarland, who clocked in at 1:44:29 finishing 23rd. The first female finisher was Belcarra’s Lauren Babineau in 10th overall with a time of 1:35:57. Annett was second and Nakusp’s Janis Neufeld rounded out the top three, placing 19th after finishing in 1:40:13.
Vogt gets 10 mile win
Kelowna’s Jeff Vogt won Penticton’s 10 Mile Blossom run May 11. Vogt finished the run put on by the Interior Running Association in 57 minutes, 58 seconds. Ryan Pidhirniak of Kamloops placed second, but won his 20-29 age group after clocking a time of 59:12 and Kelowna’s Rory Switzer rounded out the top three in 59:59, good for first in his 50-54 age group. Sergio Pio (1:00:41), Josh Heinrich (1:01:15) and Timothy Musselman Bell (1:01:31) were the top Penticton finishers placing sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Kelowna’s Cindy Rhodes was the top female placing 16th overall after crossing the finish line in 1:07:51. Kamloops’ Yvonne Timewell finished second and Merritt’s Marie-Josee Bedard rounded out the top three. Jen Annett was the top Penticton female athlete, finishing 22nd in 1:08:56. Kiah Wheeler, 16-19, of Naramata was behind her in 27th with a time of 1:10:45 and Barb Cutjar, 45-49, was second in her age group and 32nd overall in 1:12:15.
Flames on small skid
The South Okanagan Flames lacrosse team is on a three-game skid in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League. The Flames lost 15-6 to the Venom on May 10, then were doubled up by the Armstrong Shamrocks 10-5 on May 11 at Memorial Arena. Against the Venom, Connor Walton led the Flames with two goals and four points. Dean Grimm scored two goals with Kaid McLeod scoring once and setting up another. Charles Nicholas had two assists. Against the Shamrocks, Walton had another strong offensive outing with two goals and five points. Brenden Deverill scored two goals and Trevor Dermody collected two assists. The Flames had 10 runners. Drew Hassard provided half of the Shamrocks’ offence. The Flames now visit the Raiders May 22 at Kelowna’s Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m.
TOFC boys teams pocket wins
Okanagan Falls’ Isaac Boehmer helped lead the Thompson Okanagan Football Club’s under-13 boys team to a 4-1 win against Fraser Valley FC in the EA Sports B.C. Soccer Premier League on May 11. TOFC also had a 1-1 draw against Richmond’s Fusion FC. TOFC is fourth in the league standings.
Boehmer’s brother David, helped the under-16 team to a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley FC on Saturday, then lost to Fusion FC on Sunday. Along with Boehmer, Jetson Gibbs of Cawston and Magnus Morhart of Kaleden had strong games both days. Morhart scored a beautiful goal from about 20 yards out in the loss. TOFC’s under-16 team sits seventh in the eight-team league with two wins, seven losses and one draw.
Schooner get split in Spring basketball league
Conrad Scotchburn drained 21 points as the Penticton Schooners dropped a 41-36 decision to the Kelowna Wolf Pack. Spencer Toneatto added five points while Jordan Moore hauled down six rebounds. Scotchburn then netted 18 points in a 54-34 win over the Kelowna Bobcats. Owen Labadie scored eight points for the Schooners while Stevie Searcy collected nine steals.