2016 Sports Year in Review

The top sports stories in the 100 Mile Free Press in 2016

Sam Harvey of Forest Grove put in a great effort in Junior Boys Steer Riding at the 2016 Little Britches Rodeo in 100 Mile House on May 22. Harvey scored a 60 on his steer, which was good enough for second place that day.

Sam Harvey of Forest Grove put in a great effort in Junior Boys Steer Riding at the 2016 Little Britches Rodeo in 100 Mile House on May 22. Harvey scored a 60 on his steer, which was good enough for second place that day.

Jan. 7

Wranglers snap losing streak, set to host Posse

The 100 Mile House Wranglers took three out of four points from fellow Doug Birks Division clubs to get back on track and remain in the hunt for first place following a three game losing streak.

The local Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club is one point out of top spot in the division and host the Princeton Posse in their one and only game this weekend on Jan. 8.

Jan. 7

Bock raised $1,100 locally for South African children affected by HIV/AIDS

Kirsty Bock of 100 Mile House was one of three skiers who set out to complete a 100 kilometre marathon to raise funds for Hope School, located in East London, South Africa, which enrols children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Bock’s marathon at the Nordics Ski Trails on Dec. 26 went on for 11 hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and raised at least $1,100 locally.

Jan. 14

Local hockey player enjoying the game and school in the collegiate system

A local hockey talent is embracing the latest stop on his so far rewarding path that’s taken him from minor hockey in 100 Mile House to junior hockey in Saskatchewan and into the competitive American collegiate system.

Reece Forman, 21, is playing on partial scholarship in North Dakota for the Minot State University Beavers, winners of the American Collegiate Hockey Association championship, a national title, in 2012-13.

Jan. 14

100 Mile third at play downs

Local curlers will represent B.C. at 2016 Championships in Ottawa.

The 100 Mile House blind curling team placed third at the West Coast Blind Curling Association 2016 Provincial Play Downs in Kelowna, Jan. 9-10.

Jan. 21

Ken Huber putting B.C. Combsport cruiserweight title on the line in March

Ken Huber wants to turn back the clock.

The 32-year-old British Columbia boxing champion is working to make 2016 look like 2013, the year he won a national title, when the fighter from the Cariboo known as “Heavy Hands” was at the top of his game.

Jan. 21

‘Shoot out’ in bonspiel final

The “A” final of the 100 Mile House Curling Club’s Men’s Bonspiel was like a shoot out at the O.K. Corral.

The Bill Lim foursome rode into town from Prince George and proceeded to take the measure of the other men’s rinks entered in the 57th annual bonspiel, Jan. 15-17.

Jan. 28

100 Mile House teams win three of five divisions in annual tourney

Oldstars, Shooters and Iceoholics came out on top in their respective divisions after a fun weekend of hockey in the 14th annual REMAX CUP.

The South Cariboo Rec. Centre saw non-stop hockey as the annual tournament in 100 Mile House saw 22 teams entered in five divisions, Jan. 15-17. Ladies teams played games at the Rolf Zeis Memorial Arena in Lac la Hache.

Jan. 28

Raucous in Revelstoke

Adam Derochie starts this weekend as Zane Steeves is called up to BCHL

Following a dogged last minute 4-3 win in hostile territory, the 100 Mile House Wranglers and the Revelstoke Grizzlies battled again the following night in a match-up of division rivals. Neither team budged or broke at the defensive end in 70 minutes of back-and-forth and apparently raucous Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 4

Canadian 2 for 1, Central GM teams host hockey tournament

Two novice teams hosted a great weekend of hockey in 100 Mile House, Jan. 29-31.

Local parents from the teams sponsored by Central GM and Canadian 2 for 1 stepped up to volunteer their time and made it a weekend to remember, says 100 Mile House & District Minor Hockey Association president Kristy Anderson.

Feb. 4

Still in a head-to-head battle for first place with the Kamloops Storm

The 100 Mile House Wranglers treated their hometown fans to some great Junior B hockey action as they skated to two come-from-behind victories on Jan. 29-30

Feb. 11

Peewee teams advance in playoffs

Two 100 Mile House peewee hockey teams – the A&M Towing Wreckers and the Norbord Lumberjacks – have advanced to the second round of the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association playoffs.

The Wreckers beat Merritt 7-1 in the first game of the second round in 100 Mile House on Feb. 7, after finishing third place in the regular season. They won a first round, best-of-three playoff series against a sixth-place Lillooet team, Jan. 29-31.

Feb. 11

Tomahawks hope for next season turnaround

The long fruitless grind of the 2015/16 Central Interior Hockey League season has come to an end for the Lac la Hache Tomahawks.

The local senior men’s hockey club was eliminated by the Quesnel Kangaroos in the first round of the East Division playoffs, 9-5 on Jan. 30 and 6-5 in overtime on Jan. 23.

Feb. 18

Judokas win medals at Youth Championships

Wylon Hall, Adam Sullivan looking ahead to BC Winter Games

Two members of the Kokoro Judo Club in 100 Mile House fought well and came home with medals from the 2016 Youth Provincial Championships in Kamloops on Feb. 6-7.

The tournament is a qualifier for British Columbia athletes hoping to represent the province at the U16-U21 Judo National Championships in Calgary in May.

Feb. 18

Wranglers recruited to ‘hockey hotbed’

KIJHL a ‘major recruiting pipeline’ for new college team in North Dakota

Two more South Cariboo boys are taking their talents to the “hockey hotbed” of North Dakota in the fall.

100 Mile House Wranglers forwards Cole Zimmerman and Brett Harris will be lacing up stateside in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) next season, playing Division 1 hockey with the University of Jamestown Jimmies, a brand new team at the liberal arts college led by coach Dean Stork.

Feb. 25

Wranglers: Doug Birks Division champions

After three years in KIJHL, 100 Mile House Wrangler grab first divisional banner

The arena at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre was rocking as the final buzzer sounded and the 100 Mile House Wranglers soundly defeated the Chase Heat 6-1 in the final game of the regular season on Feb. 20.

With the victory on home ice, the Wranglers clinched first place in the Doug Birks Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).

Feb. 25

Wranglers ready to take on Revelstoke in round 1

Hladun: we’ll have to pressure the defencemen and pounce on rebounds

The 100 Mile House Wranglers garnered a win and a tie in their last two games of the regular season to capture the Doug Birks Division title in their third year in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Wranglers had to settle for a 1-1 tie in Kamloops against the Storm, a team they had battled for first place in the division throughout the season.

MARCH

Mar. 3

Judo competition didn’t hand out normal double bronze medals

Resulted in only one bronze coming home instead of two

The local Kokoro Judo Club members who attended the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton on Feb. 25-28 came back with some new friends, a bronze medal and an all-around great experience.

Mar. 3

Wranglers sweep Revelstoke Grizzlies

100 Mile House punched ticket for division finals showdown with Chase Heat

100 Mile House Wranglers coach Dale Hladun really liked the way his boys played against the Revelstoke Grizzlies in the Doug Birks Division semifinals.

The Wranglers swept the Grizzlies, but Hladun notes that for a sweep, it was a “pretty tight series.”

Even with the 9-4 victory in game 2 in 100 Mile House, he says it was only a blowout in one period when the hometown boys scored seven goals.

Mar. 10

Curlers put on a great show March 4-6

Diane Mender’s curling team from Mission came into 100 Mile House on Friday (March 4) night on a mission to win the 57th Annual 100 Mile Ladies Curling Bonspiel and succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

Mar. 10

Capturing bronze medals in Penticton

Competing in the BC Winter Games is a very special experience for young athletes and the youth from 100 Mile House proudly represented their sport and their town at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton on Feb. 25-28.

The South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics Club members are very pleased with their finish on the podium, placing third in the group routine, which resulted from combined points over two days.

Mar. 17

Wranglers win division title playoffs in six games

The 100 Mile House Wranglers will see another banner on display after knocking off the Chase Heat 2-1 in Chase to clinch the Doug Birks Division playoff title in game 6 on March 11.

Mar. 17

BC Lions Rolly Lumbala and T-Dre Player talked with PSO students

BC Lions fullback Rolly Lumbala and guard T-Dre Player gave a powerful message to the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) students on March 8.

Lumbala and Player stopped at PSO with their presentation on the ‘More Than a Bystander’ program, which is a discussion about preventing and ending violence and abuse against women and girls.

Mar. 24

100 Mile hockey team takes 2016 Spring Showdown silver

The 100 Mile House Wranglers Peewee travelling team went to the 2016 Spring Showdown in West Kelowna on March 19-20 and came home with a silver medal.

Mar. 24

100 Mile House’s Junior B hockey team knocks off Summerland 3-1 in game 5

They did it!

The 100 Mile House Wranglers skated off the ice on March 21 with their hometown fans cheering wildly after they knocked off the Summerland Steam 4-1 to capture the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Championships.

Mar. 31

Good time had by all at annual Indoor A&W Shoot in 100 Mile House

The 100 Mile Bighorn Archery Club had a record turnout for its annual Indoor A&W 3D Shoot at the Stan Halcro Arena on March 19-20.

Ninety-one archers, ranging in age from seven to seniors, attended from Williams Lake, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Merritt, Port Coquitlam, the Okanagan and from 70 Mile House to Lac la Hache.

Mar. 31

Home-town team takes game 3 with a convincing 5-2 victory

Game 3 of the 2016 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) Championship in 100 Mile House on March 29 was a rock ’em sock ’em affair.

The Wranglers were doing 90 per cent of the rocking as they powered their way to a 5-2 victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters in front of an appreciative and noisy crowd.

APRIL

Apr. 7

Club president says watching players hoist league title trophy is payment

“It’s been a special 40 days,” 100 Mile House Wranglers Junior B Hockey Club president Tom Bachynski said the day after the team captured the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) title on March 31.

Apr. 7

Another great curling end at the 100 Mile Curling Club

In the Tuesday night mixed league, Jim Mitchell’s rink, which finished first in regular league play, also finished on top in the final playoff game. Jim’s opposition was the Char Marshall foursome whose third-place standing was not indicative of their level of play.

Apr. 14

Eagles soar despite stifling heat and lack of numbers

The Peter Skene Ogden Eagles Senior girls’ soccer team placed sixth out of nine teams at the inaugural Hope Secondary tournament last weekend.

“We were missing a few key players, but all the girls battled hard and were right there in every game,” says coach Sean Glanville.

Apr. 14

Young goalie awarded MPV trophy

Kai Flett, 12, of the 108 Mile Ranch had the opportunity to play goal for the Tier 2 Williams Lake TimberWolves Peewee Rep hockey team this past year and was awarded the Most Valuable Player Trophy at the year-end awards banquet.

Kai, who started playing hockey as a six-year-old, is in his second year as a Peewee and his fourth year as goalie.

Apr. 21

Bachynski: winning Western Canadians ‘a beautiful thing’

“It’s a beautiful thing. You just never know. You never plan for it and when it happens, it’s absolutely fabulous.”

That’s how Wranglers Junior B Hockey Club president Tom Bachynski summed up his feelings the day after the 100 Mile House boys captured the Keystone Cup in Regina, Sask. on April 17.

Apr. 21

Four PSO students played for Kamloops Blaze

Four 100 Mile House soccer players have taken their soccer skills to the next level this summer and are playing for the Kamloops Blaze.

Reid Davidson, Allison Carr, Ashley Holyk and Daneya Tessaro are all playing for the Blaze in the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League and they have just kicked off their outdoor seasons, which run from April to August.

Apr. 28

South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics members excel

South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics (SCRG) sent 15 competitors to Planet Rhythmics Invitational Capilano University in North Vancouver, March 11-13.

There were more than 18 clubs from Canada, United States, Europe and Middle East and more than 300 rhythmic gymnasts participated.

Apr. 28

Sensei Robert Griechen achieved prestigious rank of Rokudan

Sensei Robert Griechen from the Kokoro Judo Club in 100 Mile House has just been promoted to the rank of Rokudan (sixth degree black belt) by Judo Canada.

This is in recognition of Sensei Griechen’s long career in judo, his dedication to the sport, and superior knowledge and understanding of the art of judo, says local Sensei Ian Briggs.

MAY

May 5

Mia Weir: a shining star as competitor, coach

South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics (SCRG) member Mia Weir brought home the 2B Junior All Around Championship from the Planet Rhythmics Invitational at Capilano University in North Vancouver, March 11-13.

This was Mia’s first year in the competitive level and coach Sang-Hee Robinson says Mia is thriving by setting goals and working hard.

May 5

Lap the Lakes numbers down due to short notice

While the numbers were down for the annual Lap the Lakes event, the 19 participants were very enthusiastic.

There were two routes for the participants – a ten-kilometre run and a five-kilometre walk/run. Most of the participants completed the 10-km route.

May 12

PSO played well on weekend

The Peter Skene Ogden Eagles Senior girls’ soccer team had a successful exhibition trip to Victoria, May 5-7.

May 12

Candace Knudsen chats about solo hunting and her inspirations

100 Mile House resident Candace Knudsen is in the running for 2017 Extreme Huntress.

As of last week, she made it into the final 20 bracket and is now hoping to make it to the final 6.

May 19

100 Mile N Hour U16 brings home bronze

The 100 Mile N Hour U16 fastball team travelled to Richmond to compete in the May Mayhem Tournament on May 14-15.

This was the team’s first tournament of the season.

May 19

Marmot Ridge Men’s Night attracts 26 golfers

Twenty-six golfers competed at Men’s Night at the Marmot Ridge Golf Course on May 12, with 13 members playing the handicap group and 13 playing in the Callaway division.

Despite initial rain, the guys came out and played a good round of golf.

May 26

Ken ‘Heavy Hands’ Huber lands upper cut in third round

Ken “Heavy Hands” Huber won his second pro cruiserweight fight at the Rumble in the Rink Two in Nanaimo on May 13.

His opponent, Mike “Dynamite” Dowsett from Ladner, smack talked Huber prior to the fight by calling him “Heavy Feet Huber.”

May 26

Gymnasts attend 2016 BC Gymnaestrada

The South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics (SCRG) sent 39 gymnasts to the 2016 BC Gymnaestrada in Richmond on May 7-8.

The non-competitive event held many workshops on May 7, including clowning, juggling, modern ballet, pyramid building and Arco yoga.

JUNE

June 2

Track and Field at 100 Mile House Elementary great

Good sportsmanship and strong competition on and off the field

Boys and girls at the 100 Mile House Elementary School competed in the school’s intermediate track-and-field event on May 26-27.

Boys and girls, aged 10-13, competed in various events, including distance running, long and high jumps, shot put and relay.

June 2

Riders from across British Columbia competed in 100 Mile House

The 100 Mile & District Outriders Arena was the site of the 50th Annual Little Britches Rodeo during which young cowboys and cowgirls from around British Columbia came to compete on May 21-22.

Some rain didn’t hinder the turnout for competitors. The event had 120 entries in a large variety of rodeo competitions. There were also a good number of volunteers who assisted with the events.

June 9

Clinton May Ball Rodeo goes down to the wire

Several Cache Creek competitors and a Clinton roper took home prize money at the British Columbia Rodeo Association-sanctioned Clinton May Ball Rodeo on May 28-29.

Rain loomed over head but it didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of the cowboys, cowgirls and the audience. Many of the competitions had mere seconds splitting the difference in the cash rewards.

June 9

Arrows fly at Bighorn Archery 3D Shoot

Archers from around British Columbia on the mark

Arrows were let loose at different 3D animal targets at the Bighorn Outdoor 3D Archery Shoot at the 99 Mile Snowmobile Club Site on June 4-5.

The shoot had seven different event categories, including open, unlimited, bowhunter, barebow, recurve, longbow and primitive.

June 16

Great couples’ competition from golfers near and abroad

Forty-eight couples competed at the annual Divorce Open at the 108 Golf Resort on June 4-5.

A smaller number than the previous year allowed for quicker rounds, and with the weekend heat, it was a welcome surprise.

June 16

Laura Dewar catches largest fish right off the bat

The Watch Lake Green Lake Fishing Derby had many competitors ready to go out and fish on June 4-5.

Laura Dewar had the biggest catch Saturday morning with a seven-pound rainbow trout came out of Green Lake.

June 16

Best of the best at Inter-School Track Meet

Kai Flett from Mile 108 Elementary School breaks records

The best of the best from every local school came out to compete at the Inter-School Track & Field Meet at 100 Mile House Elementary School on June 12.

While the weather changed on a dime from sun to heavy rain back to sun, the athletic skill on the field was still incredible to watch.

June 23

Rowers Lap the Lake in Vernon

Team working hard to prepare for BC Summer Games

A little wind and rain were no trouble for third-year rowers Courtney Cave and Lydia Kinasewich at their first official rowing event in Vernon on June 11.

This was the first step on the road for Cave, Kinasewich, and fellow South Cariboo Rowing Club (SCRC) members towards the BC Summer Games, July 21-14.

June 23

Local boy joins Whitecaps Pre-Prospects

Twelve-year-old Leon Meili has been practising with the Vancouver Whitecaps Pre-Prospect training program at the Northern Academy in Prince George.

He is one of the several young players in the Okanagan area to be selected for the program.

June 30

LaVerne Howard wins B.C. Coach of the Year

100 Mile House local LaVerne Howard was awarded with the British Columbia Recreational/Grassroots viaSport Coach of the Year Award in Skating on June 9.

LaVerne and Surrey curling coach Paul Tardi were presented their awards by B.C. Sports Hall of Fame president Jim Lightbody and Community, Sport, and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender at the Banquet of Champions in Burnaby.

June 30

Big catches at Lac la Hache Fishing Derby

Dan Stoelwinder of Kamloops came away with a huge catch at the Lac la Hache Father’s Day Fishing Derby on June 18-19.

The event had some fantastic weather, which led to a whopping turnout of more than 300 participants.

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