Connect with Us
Sports in BRIEF
Mustangs girls soccer pulls off Valley championship repeat
The Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls soccer team have won back-to-back AA Okanagan valley championships. The Mustangs, who will host provincials at King’s Park May 29-31, took to Twitter to express their excitement and posted photos. The Mustangs won the championship after defeating Kamloops' Valleyview Secondary 1-0 in penalty kicks. They did not concede a goal in four games. Mustangs coach John Buckley, who couldn’t be reached for comment, posted on Twitter, “So proud of these Mustangs Sr. Soccer Girls.” Shayla Hearne wrote, “Way to sweep up the gold girls!” The Mustangs opened the championship with a 5-0 win against Westsyde with a pair of goals by McKenzie Ricard and singles by Nicole Mann, Kaycee McKinnon and Ardessa Alleyn. Taylor Corrie collected three assists. The Mustangs then defeated Sa-Hali 1-0 on a goal by Ricard. They advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 win over Kalmalka on goals by Danielle Ruocco and Hearne.
Peach City Half Marathon
The 16th annual Peach City Half Marathon and 10K Run is this Sunday at 8 a.m. at Skaha Lake Park. It’s expected that approximately 120 (90 for the 10-km run) are competing. The start and finish will be at Skaha Beach by the volleyball courts with the first runners expected to come in around 8:30 a.m. and the final half marathon runners around 11 a.m. Drivers are asked to use caution and keep an eye out for the runners and traffic marshals. The course follows Skaha Lake Road north to Kinney Avenue and then onto South Main and out along Eastside Road to just before Skaha Estates. It turns back to finish at Skaha Beach. There may be traffic delays on the course by Derenzy Place and also just before Skaha Estates. Participants are expected from the Pacific Northwest, B.C. and Alberta. Registration is still open and available at Peach City Runners.
Giant’s Head Grind exceeds participant goal
The inaugural Giant’s Head Grind Beach to Peak race surpassed its goal of 300 participants by 38. The race, scheduled for May 17 in honour of Christopher Walker who died from colon cancer in 2013, hit its goal on May 5. The race starts at the shores of Okanagan Lake where walkers, runners and racers will scale Summerland’s volcanic landmark, a distance of more than five kilometres and a 500-metre elevation gain.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people eager and excited to take on a new challenge,” organizer Ellen Walker-Matthews said earlier to the Western News. Proceeds from the race will go to provide funding for the B.C. Cancer Foundation, targeting colon cancer research and to assist Summerland Rotary’s Club raise funds for the upkeeps and improvement of the trail system in Giant’s Head Park. There are 50 additional barbecue tickets sold and with volunteers, it’s expected the event will have up to 420 in attendance.
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.
B.C. Enduro Series rolls into Penticton
BC Enduro Series is in Penticton this weekend starting on Naramata Road. Registration is at 10 a.m. at the Poplar Grove Parking lot on Saturday. The riders' first stage begins at 11:20 a.m. and finishes between 2:30 and 4 p.m. There will be a social gathering starting at 6 p.m. On Sunday, the second stage begins at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 1:15 p.m. Awards will be handed out at Misconduct Winery. For more information, check www.bcenduro.com.
B.C. female under-18 hockey camp
Penticton's Alyssa MacMillan and Alexandra Rempe are going to the 2014 female under-18 provincial camp in Lake Cowichan May.15-19. The athletes were selected from the High Performance program, including the 2014 Female U18 BC Cup, which was held in Salmon Arm in April and a select few from the 2014 BC Winter Games Zone Teams. The provincial camp is five days and is run by staff, provincial instructors and experts in strength and conditioning, nutrition and other sport science principals. Selected players will advance to the Team BC Summer Strength and Conditioning camp that will be held in July in Summerland.
Okanagan Hoops net victory over Kelowna
Jennifer Hayman dropped 18 points to help the Okanagan Hoops roll past the Kelowna Minor Basketball Association under-13 team 47-21. Hayman also collected five rebounds and five steals. Kayley Davies scored 13 points to go with three rebounds. Kalli Doell, Kate Coombes and Live Elder each scored four points.
“The trend of a different girl coming to the forefront each week continued as Jennifer had her best game of the spring,” said coach Chris Terris. “She was aggressive all night at both ends of the floor.”
Terris also said that scoring in transition continues to be their bread and butter. The players are getting better every week with execution offensively.
“This is such a quick, athletic group that when we control the pace, it’s hard for teams to stay with us for an entire game.”
Arnett fires an 85 in Penticton ladies golf
Jean Arnett fired an 85 in the 0-23 gross category for the Penticton Golf and Country Club Tuesday ladies night low gross/low net event. Right behind Arnett was Loura Mansell firing 87 and M L Lancaster, 88. In the 24 handicap, Joan Eaton fired a 90, while Louise Hickey and Ann Peach shot 97. In the 0-23 handicap net, Barb Gair edged fired 70 as did Janice Clary. Brigitta Faraday shot 71. In the 24 handicap, Jackie Perry shot 64, Lorna Wysiousil, 66 and Lynn Popoff. 72.
Senior men's golf
Peter Neilans team with Tony Murray, Gary Coy and Bernie Bermbach won the Penticton Senior Men’s golf three best net score. Finishing in second with 186 was Dave Mansell, Robin Greer, Len Cooke and Gene Wawryk.
The Summerland Golf and Country Ladies Club celebrated Heritage Day on May 13 to honour past members, many of whom contributed to the building of the golf course. The winners of the low gross/low net competition are: first flight, first low gross Val Eibner, first Low Net (tie) Vijai Vaagen and Doreen Butterworth. Second low gross went to Doris Tower and second low net to Lil Smith. Margo Humphreys took the first low gross in the second flight and the low net was a tie between Pat Stohl and Helen Benallick. Frances Colussi was the second low gross winner with Anka Manders taking the low net. In the third flight Ev Crane won the low gross and Sheila Westgate was the low net winner. Janis Goll was the second low gross winner, Ellen Clay took low net. The event attracted 30 past members.