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Keith wins second Norris Trophy
Penticton's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy again.
"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith told NHL.com, less than an hour after winning the award for the second time in his career on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defencemen in the league and I'm proud to represent all the defencemen."
Keith also won his second Olympic gold medal in men's hockey in Sochi, Russia earlier this year.
Flames downed by Venom
The South Okanagan Flames lacrosse team is fourth in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League with three wins and 10 losses giving them six points. The Flames hosted the Vernon Tigers, who now have 12 wins after defeating the Flames 11-5 at Penticton's Memorial Arena Tuesday night. On Monday evening, the Flames earned their third win of the season with a 16-7 victory over the last place Kelowna Raiders. The Flames host their final home game of the regular season Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Armstrong Shamrocks, then conclude their TOJLL regular season in Vernon and Armstrong on July 2 and 4, respectively.
Peewee Thunder finish fifth
Penticton's AA peewee Thunder baseball fell short of their goal of finishing in the top four during league playoffs in Kamloops. After losing their opening two games to Rutland and Kamloops, the eventual league winners, the Thunder rolled over Kelowna 10-1 and West Kelowna 8-5 to finish fifth on the weekend. Thunder coach Aqil Samuel said his team played well all year, especially when Vernon, Rutland and Kamloops, strong teams, played at the 3A level.
"I liked how they competed," said Samuel. "It was good to end the season with wins against Kelowna and West Kelowna."
Among the highlights for the Thunder was the performance of A.J. Reiter on the mound, which earned him an MVP honour, as did Kevin Zoeller, Ethan Konno and Michael Hansen.
Peewee Expos winless in playoffs
The Penticton Expos peewee A baseball team had a rough playoff losing both their games in Salmon Arm last weekend. The Expos opened against the Rutland Vikings and were in it until the open inning. Expos coach Matt Nelson said they were plagued by fly balls and aggressive base running by Rutland.
"We had strong pitching early on from Jordan Picheniuk, Dylan Hickson and Miguel Monteiro," said Nelson.
Monteiro earned MVP honors in that game. Against Kelowna, the Expos lost 9-7. An inability to get runners on base hurt the Expos chances of coming back.
"We had good pitching from Zach Amyot and Taylor Jones," said Nelson, adding that they also had good bats during the weekend but also several grounders and popups. The main bright spot from the games was Monteiro hitting a home run over centre field.
Tracey's four-some takes best net
Howard Tracey's team of Walter Beyer, Terry MacDermott and Bruce Johnston scored 113 to win the two best net event for Penticton senior men's golf on June 25. In second was Bill Lawson, Bill McDowall, Myong Park and Terry Beniot with 114.