2013: Sports in review – January to April

Winter sports in the 100 Mile House was active and successful

Week 1 – Jan. 2

Snow for skiing

Snow a welcome sight for Nordics Club: Cross-country ski lessons in full swing

With snow on the ground, children in the skill development program were out on the trails learning technique and having fun.

Week 2 – Jan. 9

Sled dog races

Race organizers were looking at a banner event.

The Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Race provided a busy couple days of racing and entertainment when it ran Jan. 12-13.

Week 3 – Jan. 16

Juvenile curling

Local boys excited about qualifying for provincials.

100 Mile House had one boys’ team competing at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Juveniles Curling Championships. Team members were Mathew Nielsen, Michael Nielsen, Christian Taylor, Ethan Sikiric and Chance Bourassa.

Back-country safety

Free avalanche awareness was made available for outdoors enthusiasts.

South Cariboo Search and Rescue reminded folks about having winter fun with safety in mind during Avalanche Awareness Days with workshops on Jan. 19-20.

Week 4 – Jan. 23

Men’s curling

100 Mile House curlers grabbed the top prizes at the annual men’ bonspiel.

Fourteen teams from around the Cariboo came to compete, but it was the 100 Mile Curling Club rinks coming out on top at its annual bonspiel Jan. 18-20. Three local teams won in their respective finals.

Hurdling obstacles

Life’s demons were boxer’s biggest opponent during his life.

Local boxing coach Kelly Ricketts told his story of a troubled upbringing, his perseverance, and finding life’s true meaning inside and outside the ring.

Week 5 – Jan. 20

Facing elimination

Tomahawks found themselves in a precarious position.

Lac la Hache’s senior men’s hockey team faced elimination in round 1 o f their Central Interior Hockey League playoff matchup with the Williams Lake Stampeders.

Week 6 – Feb. 6

Hawks eliminated

Stamps trample Hawks in first round of men’s hockey playoffs.

The Lac la Hache Tomahawks were eliminated from Central Interior Hockey League playoff contention by the Williams Lake Stampeders in a 4-2 loss on Feb. 2.

Group folds

Youth outdoor club closes its doors after a 13-year run of introducing youth to the great outdoors.

The C-Nile Sharp Shooters, founded in 2000 by 100 Mile House resident Mike Case, was forced to fold when the 71-year-old founder retired.

Week 7 – Feb. 13

Marathon renewed

Cariboo Marathon 2013 was a great event in 100 Mile House.

For the first time in recent history, a local woman – Tracy Moore of 108 Mile Ranch – won the Cariboo Gold Rush Marathon, held at the 99 Mile Ski Trails on Feb. 9.

Week 8 – Feb. 20

Midgets defy odds

Midget Milers take it to a third game in provincial playoffs bid.

The 100 Mile Mayvin Midget Milers took it to three exciting games in Tier 3 zones for a shot at provincials, but came up short against Prince George, going 1-2 in the series.

Week 9 – Feb. 27

Wrestler golden

Dykstra strikes gold at wrestling zones

Local grappler Tiana Dykstra won the 43-kg female division at North Central Zone high school championships in Prince George on Feb. 16. Dykstra represents the 100 Mile Wrestling Club.

Week 10 – March 6

Top-notch curling

2013 Ladies Bonspiel attracted crowds and out-of-town curling teams.

The 100 Mile Curling Club hosted its 54th Annual Ladies Bonspiel on March 1-3. The rink was packed with curlers and spectators all weekend.

Week 11 – March 13

Silver anniversary

Mt. Timothy celebrated 25 years of providing downhill skiing.

The area ski hill went retro for its anniversary on March 10. A total of 218 skiers and boarders took advantage of special lift prices and dressed in 1980s attire to mark the occasion.

Week 12 – March 20

Scout hired

Wranglers hire scout, condition consultant for upcoming season.

The 100 Mile House Wranglers Junior B Hockey Club added David Simoes to its staff. Simoes took on the role of Southern United States scout and strength-and-conditioning consultant.

Week 13 – March 27

Motocross underway

Motocross series has riders revved up for a new season.

Local riders hit the track in Ashcroft March 16-17 for the first race in the new West Future British Columbia Motocross Championship race series. Three young riders from the South Cariboo were in the mix – Patrick Griffin, Brad Perron and Brandon Watrich.

Week 14 – April 3

Competitive bowling

Local carpet bowlers advance to provincials.

A team from the 100 Mile House Carpet Bowling Club was ready to roll and represent Zone 2 at the Carpet Bowling Association of BC championships in Prince George on May 7-8. Team members included Al and Linda Bishop and Terry and Sherry Fossum.

Week 15 – April 10

Golden girls

Local players contribute to win provincial hockey championship.

Team North took the Female U16 BC Cup hockey championship by going undefeated when the tourney was held in Duncan, April 4-7. 100 Mile House talents Caily Mellott and Caitlyn Ray were part of the team.

Week 16 – April 17

Top 6 Judo

Judo club fared well at Edmonton International Competition.

The Kokoro Judo Club saw good results at the Edmonton International Competition with more than half a dozen members finishing in the top 6 of results. The tournament saw more than 700 competitors.

Dummy Races great

Mt. Timothy ends season with sunshine and Dummy Races.

Mt. Timothy Ski Area wrapped up a successful season with a trio of special events on March 30-31. The Radar Race saw Ian Collinson of 108 Mile Ranch hit a speed of 115 km/h on a straight downhill course.

Week 17 – April 24

Spring camp

Wranglers’ coaches get first look at players during Spring Camp.

By all accounts, the Wranglers’ inaugural Spring Tryout Camp was a huge success April 19-21. Coach/general manager Doug Rogers said the South Cariboo Rec. Centre is a great junior hockey facility and it would help them attract players who want to play in a modern building.

100 Mile House Free Press