2014 Sports: year in review

Bull riders, bikers, hockey players, curlers, all shined in 2014

Steve Hohmann, of Quesnel, rode a bull named “Paintball” at the 100 Mile & District Outriders Club Grounds on Sept. 6.

Steve Hohmann, of Quesnel, rode a bull named “Paintball” at the 100 Mile & District Outriders Club Grounds on Sept. 6.

Sept. 3

108 Mile an inspirational stop for Quesnel bikers

Quesnel cyclists Rob Gardner and Amarjit Singh “Archie” Sull raised $31,393.58 for the BC Children’s Hospital in July.

The pair, riding under the name “Cycling 530,” started an eight-day, 682-kilometre charity bike ride from Quesnel to Whistler to Vancouver on June 30.

On July 1, they rolled into 108 Mile Ranch.

“The biggest impact was the people that gave us hugs and saying, ‘Thank you for doing what you’re doing,’” said Sull. “108 Mile was kind of the turning point for us. [We realized] what we’re doing is worth it.”

Sept. 10

Good show by big bulls, brave riders

One ranch-hand was kicked in the face and one rider needed 15 stitches to close a horn wound near his chin, but all in all, it was a good weekend of bull riding at the 100 Mile & District Outriders Club Grounds.

The two-day, British Columbia Professional Bull Riders event – which was part of South Cariboo Fall Fair festivities and included barrel racing and wild horse racing, Sept. 5-6 – saw close to 300 spectators, 20 contestants – including locals Ryan St. Pierre and Tyson Stovert – and about 70 or so bucking bulls supplied by Diamond D Rodeo Bulls, located near 100 Mile House, and C-Plus Rodeos of 150 Mile.

Sept. 17

Over the boardwalk

A newly-constructed boardwalk system added character and fun to the mountain bike trails a short climb up 99 Mile hill just outside of 100 Mile House.

The five wooden paths, built over areas where standing water made the Hun City Mountain Bike Club trail unridable, are about two-feet wide, one foot off the forest floor, and stretch a couple hundred feet in total.

You roll quickly across the new paths, but virtually everyone can ride them, Hun City Mountain Bike Club member Steve Law said.

Sept 24

‘Fire in the belly’

Former NHL star Cliff Ronning met with local hockey fans ahead of a 100 Mile House Wranglers home opener on Sept. 19.

The Burnaby-born Ronning played five of his 20 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, including the team’s Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1994.

“I think it’s really the fire in the belly that determines whether you’re going to keep going and playing at higher levels,” he said. “I had that. I used other people telling me I was too small … as fuel for me to try even harder.”

Oct. 2

Wranglers add vets

The 100 Mile House Wranglers upgraded their roster with the addition of three veteran talents – Cooper Holick, Nick McCabe and local skater Brett Harris.

Harris played Junior A last season in Saskatchewan with the Nipawin Hawks.

“We are extremely proud to have Brett wish to come back to play in his hometown and look forward to great things from him,” said coach Dale Hladun.

Oct. 9

Curlers team up for big project

A huge renovation project at the 100 Mile Curling Club recently highlighted the hard work and commitment of its volunteers.

Before the ice was made and the lines were drawn, the curling rink saw new boards installed. Local curlers laboured for hours on the $8,000 project, which was funded by the Cariboo Regional District.

“It was a horrendous amount of work,” said Richard Minato, who oversaw the project. “Replacing the boards was a massive job.”

Oct. 16

Resident honoured by ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity

Local resident Bev Fry was set to carry the torch celebrating the start of the largest multi-sport event ever in northern British Columbia.

Fry was one of 123 torchbearers chosen of over 400 nominations ahead of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, Feb. 13 to March 1.

“I was more shocked and humbled at the same time,” Fry said of hearing the news. “It’s an honour.”

Oct. 23

Former captain joins Wranglers’ webcast

Jaidan Ward, the former 100 Mile House Wranglers captain – the team’s first one ever during its inaugural run last season – was the newest addition to the Wranglers’ webcast team.

The 21-year-old Kootenay International Junior Hockey League veteran is a valuable asset to his new team, working beside Josh Hall on play-by-play and Nathan Foote behind the camera.

Oct. 30

Girls win back-to-back

Rugby players from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School showed skill and promise in a number of games in Houston, Burns Lake and Prince George.

A girls team played in a sevens tournament and got their first win in four years, beating a Houston junior team 10-5 on Oct. 18.

“The victories were a total team effort and every player worked hard all weekend and the returning players showed plenty of leadership,” said coach Sean Glanville.

Nov. 6

‘Roller-coaster’ weekend

The 100 Mile House Wranglers put themselves back together following a big collapse and knocked off the powerhouse Kamloops Storm the next night.

While the local Junior B hockey club gave up four goals in the third period and one in overtime, losing 5-4 to the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Nov. 1, they beat the Storm 2-1 on Nov. 2.

Nov. 13

100 Mile skaters big part of WL team

100 Mile House talent was running with a pack of Timberwolves in Williams Lake.

Six local players – Katie Toews, Shian Remanente, Breanna Uphill, Caitlyn Ray and sisters Katya and Anya Levermann – hit the ice with the female midget rep team in the nearby South Cariboo community.

“We’ve been very impressed with all of our players and feel particularly fortunate our six 100 Mile players round out the team so well, with a variety of skill sets,” said coach Pete Montana.

Nov. 20

Old Stars tourney shines again

The 27th Annual 100 Mile Old Stars Hockey Tournament saw 12 teams take the ice in three age divisions at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House, Nov. 7-9, and the long-running tournament was another success.

A team from Merritt won the 55-plus division. A team from Salmon won the 45-plus division. Red Rock, a 100 Mile House team, was victorious in the 35-plus division.

Nov. 27

Grapes, Wreckers skate on home ice

Teams from Williams Lake, Chase, Kamloops and Abbotsford hit the ice for a 100 Mile House & District Minor Hockey Association peewee house league tournament.

Local teams – A&M Towing Wreckers and Ainsworth Grapes went head-to-head on Nov. 21.

The Grapes held off a late Wreckers attack for a 3-2 win.

Dec. 4

Sikiric rink third at bonspiel

The 100 Mile House Curling Club hosted a junior bonspiel, Nov. 29-30.

Three teams from Prince George and three from 100 Mile House went head-to-head in a round robin-style tournament.

The local rink of Ethan Sikiric won third place. Member’s of Sikiric’s rink included Elaine Hefer, Chance Bourassa and Logan Sikiric.

Dec. 11

Huge games for Milers

The local midget rep hockey team, sponsored by Mayvin Plumbing and Heating, hosted Prince George Tier 3 in its first home games of the season on Dec. 6-7.

The Milers are dedicating the season to Kyle Moore, the father of team member Brandan Moore and former coach who passed away in July 2013.

“We’re going out to have the best season we can for him,” coach Pat Simms said. “I’m really proud of the guys and it’s a big year for us.”

Dec. 18

Atoms win third in Chase

A local atom house league team sponsored by Sunrise Ford won third place at tournament in Chase, Dec. 13-14.

Game MVP awards went to Tyler Guimond, Sarah Balbirnie, Mason Pincott, and Aiden Moore, who scored an overtime winner, in the final game.

Dec. 25

100 Milers help lead Timberwolves pack

Local talents Rachel Cross, Addie Cleave, Sienna Monical, Courtney Cave and Sydni and Olivia Poggenpohl are playing a big part on the Williams Lake Timberwolves bantam rep team.

The girls are proving to be real leaders, with Monical wearing the “C” as the team’s captain, explained coach Ben Pierce.

“They fit in really well and bought into our philosophy. Our team philosophy is ‘team first and hard work.’ They have been great.”

 

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