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Penticton Speedway fundraiser, Pikes swim meet, provincials and more highlighted

Chloe Kroeger family fundraiser

Penticton Speedway is having a special fundraiser for Chloe Kroeger and family during this Sundays races. All proceeds from the 50/50 draw will go towards helping four-year-old Chloe, who has a rare form of cancer. Penticton Speedway is also accepting additional cash donations. The family has made several trips to Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital forcing Chloe’s parents to miss work and the Penticton Speedway is seeking community support. For more see, Miracle for Chloe Penticton Facebook page. Anyone interested making a cash donation can also contribute to the Chloe Kroeger and Family trust at Valley First Credit Union’s Oliver Branch.

Pikes open season at home

The Penticton Pikes swim club is hosting a meet Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penticton Community Centre. There will be 238 swimmers competing, 48 of them will be from the Pikes club and it will be the first chance for new coach Cole Midtdal to see how they execute what they have learned in practice.

Mustangs finish 11th at provincials

The Princess Margaret Mustangs tennis season ended with them ranked 11th in B.C. The Mustangs competed in the 2014 AA provincial championship in Vancouver May 22-24 and opened against top seed and defending champ Collingwood. The Mustangs lost 10-1, but the boy’s duo of Cedric Beese and Felix Fuhrmann impressed the Collingwood coach. Beese and Fuhrmann won six out their seven matches during the championship tournament. The Mustangs then drew fifth-ranked Southridge, losing 8-3. The Mustangs dropped a tough third match to Hugh McRoberts (Richmond) 4-3 and were defeated by Cariboo Hill 5-2. The Mustangs lone win came against zone rival Armstrong 7-4. Mustangs coach Jim Kocsis said they also received strong performances from Jaquelyn Ford/Taylor Corrie, who won five out eight sets.

Lakers 12th in tennis championship

The Pen High Lakers tennis team finished 12th at the AAA 2014 provincial championship in Vancouver May 22-24. Despite losing all five matches, coach Helena Konanz said it was a great experience for the players.

“Each of them had some positive individual wins which will help us in our competitions next year,” she said. “It was great having the experience of Grade 12’s veteran players Graham Millar and Jaimie Atkins to lead the team in every match. Grade 12 Jo Gunning was most improved as although she has very little experience on the court, she learned with every match and by the last day of competition was a very strong contender.” Konanz also said Grade 9s Emily Higgins and Nolan Keilty improved tremendously.

Rugby girls push through injuries

An injury riddled Pen High Lakers senior girls rugby team finished seventh in the Tier 2 pool in the 2014 AAA provincial championship in Port Alberni last weekend. Arriving with 17 players, the Lakers finished with 12 due to injury when it was over, leaving coach Ian Butters very happy with the results. The Lakers picked up a 29-17 win over Ladysmith in their final game, though the Lakers received some help.

“A very good example of the kind of class and sportsmanship that you see in B.C. high school women’s rugby is that when the Ladysmith coaching staff heard that we had only 13 available players, they immediately offered to match our numbers in spite of the fact that they were under no obligation to do so,” said Butters. “By doing so, they put themselves in a disadvantaged situation.”

In Lakers’ first game against Semiahmoo from White Rock, a traditionally strong AAA school, the Lakers lost 24-15. They also lost to Vancouver’s Windsor 20-10 with 14 players.“Travelling shorthanded and suffering five tournament-ending injuries put our young women at a real disadvantage,” said Butters. “Most of our players were forced to play out of position at least part of the time and all of our routines and patterns were badly disrupted.  That we were close in all the games and managed the win in the last game is really very impressive given the circumstances.”

Expos lose great battle to Kelowna

The Penticton Expos lost 14-11 to Kelowna in peewee A baseball Tuesday night. Expos coach Matthew Nelson said his team had a great game with scoring limited in the first two innings.

“AJ Milanovic had an excellent game scoring on a squeeze play at home, and catching a foul fly ball for an out,” said Nelson.

Dylan Hickson hammered the ball for a second inning double. On the mound for the Expos were Miguel Monteiro, Jordan Picheniuk and Hickson. The game finished in three-and-a-half innings.

Tower putts home victory in Dorothy Olive Franklin Memorial Tournament

Doris Tower scored 84 in the first flight low gross in the Summerland Golf and Country Ladies Club Dorothy Olive Franklin Memorial Tournament.

The first low net winner was Vijai  Vaagen with 71. Pat Stohl is the club winner in the low net handicap differential and will have her card sent to the Zone office to see if she wins for Zone 2. The second low gross winner in flight two was Ruth Daviduk with 101, while the low net winners were Diana Leitch at 75 and Monique Sadler at 80. Third flight low gross winner was Janis Goll with 102 and Marion Enns scored 76 for the low net. The second low gross winner was Norma Chambers at 110 and the low net winner was Hedy Sewell at 78. The provincial tournament is to honour Franklin who dedicated years of service to ladies golf at the provincial and national level. Proceeds are used to help promising junior girls in out of province and international tournaments.

Stinson’s team victorious

Don Stinson’s team scored 116 to win the 27-4 man team play at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Stinson led Peter Lighthall, Don Smith and Warren Orriss to the victory.

Taking second with a score of 117 was Bill Hull, Len Swift, Bill Murray and Gary Wilson.

Junior Heat basketball

The Junior Heat under-16 girls basketball team went 1-3-1 in five games during the Slamma Jamma Memorial Day weekend tournament in Lynnwood, Wash. The Heat’s lone win came 58-28 against the Northside Swarm.

The squad has Caitlin Neary of Penticton, Reiley Terbasket of Cawston and Madison Terbasket-Winser of Keremeos. The Heat’s next action is the club championship in Langley June 6-8.

The Junior Heat under-17 boys basketball team won one of four games at a tournament in Spokane May23-15. The Heat opened with a 48-44 victory over Gonzaga Prep, then lost to Prep team 52-43 and Washington Elite 60-52 and edged Spokane Elite 48-47. Kohl Linder of Penticton and Abishek Lekhi of Summerland are on the squad.



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