Gould golden at Games

The West Kootenay Kodiak’s competed without one of their best players at the provincials in Prince George on the weekend because Salmo’s Haley Gould was helping the Team B.C. U16 girls softball team win gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina.

The 15-year-old short stop and her teammates played spoilers Friday afternoon defeating host Saskatchewan 6-5 in the gold medal final.

B.C. qualified for the title match with a 16-1 triumph over Alberta in a semifinal game Friday morning. Alberta went on to lose 25-1 to Ontario in the bronze medal game.

B.C. went 2-1 in round-robin play with a 9-1 victory over Saskatchewan and an 11-0 shutout of Manitoba, followed by a 4-3 loss to Wisconsin.

Gould has played on the West Kootenay team for the last four years, was a member of the B.C. Summer Games team in 2012,  and was also selected to be on the B.C. Summer games team for the 2014 Summer games.

Team B.C. was the overall winner at the Games collecting 63 gold, 49 silver, and 48 bronze medals for a total of 160 podium finishes.

B.C. was closely followed by the host province with Saskatchewan nabbing a total of 159 medals, with 72 gold, 54 silver, and 33 bronze, followed by Ontario with 55-54-40 for 149.

A total of 20 regions competed in the Games including 10 provinces and three territories as well as representatives from Florida, Washington, New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Colorado, and California.

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