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Local soccer player gets provincial invite

Penticton’s Issac Boehmer has been invited to B.C. Soccer’s under-13 boys provincial team.

Boehmer, 12, will be training in Vancouver through July and competing in the CSA Western Regional event, July 21-27, at UBC. Boehmer played club soccer for the Thompson Okanagan Football Club in the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.

In the past, Boehmber has participated in the B.C. Soccer Provincial Development Project in January as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC pre-residency combine during spring break.


Keith wins second

NHL Norris Trophy

Penticton’s Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy again.

“Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling,” Keith told, less than an hour after winning the award for the second time in his career 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.


Baseballers fall short in league playoffs

Penticton’s AA peewee Thunder baseball team 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.


Expos baseball rough playoff start

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 pop-ups.

The main bright spot from the games was Monteiro hitting a home run over centre field.


Freak’n Farmer looking for adventure racers

For over 50 years the Covert Family has been farming in the rugged mountains north of Oliver.

Inspired by history, the adventure obstacle race Freak’n Farmer was born on the property that speaks to the many arduous tasks that farm hands had to perform in the dry blistering heat. Organizers said it is one of the most gruelling of adventures races around as athletes race through the diverse farmland.

Freak’n Farmer takes place Sept. 20 and includes a 12 kilometre, five km, three km kids race and a mini Freak’n Farmer race. Racers can participate as individuals or as a team.

After the course is complete, racers and spectators can enjoy wine and beer tasting, a barbecue lunch and live music with the Super Cooligans.

This is a leave no trace event and racers must bring their own source of hydration. Water will be provided on the course, but racers must bring their own water bottle. For more information on this event visit

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