Sports Briefs

News briefs from around the North Okanagan sports scene.

Basketball spring camps on tap

The Vernon Basketball Association is about to begin its inaugural season of spring camps.

“A group of dedicated coaches saw a need for more opportunities for kids in the offseason,” said Bobby Mitchell, association spokesman and head coach of the VSS Panthers senior girls team. “Clubs are currently running in Kelowna and Kamloops. We want athletes in Vernon to have a chance to improve outside of their school program.”

The spring camps will by led by some of the top coaches in the North Okanagan, including Dale Olson, Lonny Mazurak, Dave Tetrault, Nathan Lee and Andy Collins, bringing quality instruction to the kids.

“Initially, our spring camp will focus on individual skills and generating scoring opportunities,” said Mitchell, who currently coaches the UBC Okanagan Under 17 girls team.

To register, visit the association website at www.vernonbasketball.ca, or contact Mazurak at lmazurak@vernonbasketball.ca.

Leavitt tosses no-hitter

Vernon’s Todd Leavitt joined the rare club of pitchers to throw a no-hitter Tuesday in Morris, Minn.

Leavitt, a Fulton grad who pitches with the Mayville State University Comets, struck out 17 batters and allowed zero runs on the way to an 18-0 shellacking of the U of Minnesota-Morris Cougars. He was one walk away from a perfect game.

The win brings the Comets to 26-14. Leavitt is 2-1 in nine games played, with a 5.40 earned runs average.

Goodwin up for hoop award

Mitch Goodwin can add another line to his list of high school basketball accomplishments.

Goodwin, a former Pleasant Valley Saint who graduated with the Kelowna Owls, has been nominated for Basketball B.C.’s Top Male High School Athlete of the Year. The winner will be announced in Langley, Saturday, April 21, during the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner.

The award is based on outstanding play during this past season. Goodwin is up against fellow KSS teammate Braxston Bunce and one other athlete (name not available at press time) for the award.

Goodwin was also up for High School Male Athlete of the Year for the City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards, which went Thursday.

Quotable…

“From my experience, no matter who you are, no matter how much skill you have, if you don’t bring your passion to the rink and your willingness to hate your opponent enough to come walk a fine line, then you’re not as useful to your team as you need to be.” – Sportsnet analyst and former NHL enforcer Nick Kypreos, on the increase in aggression in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Vernon Morning Star