DeGroot carries Big Mo into Kootenay Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsShawn DeGroot of L.V. Rogers tuned up for today’s Kootenay High School Cross Country Championships by capturing the West Kootenay title last week at Camp Busk Ski Trails south of Nelson.DeGroot edged rival Lukas Smith of Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries for the West Kootenay crown in the Senior Boy’s race.Hunter Stanway of J.V. Humphries finished third followed by Steven Hernandez of Mount Sentinel and Burno Moro of LVR.The Kootenay Championships are set for the same course starting at 3 p.m. with the Junior Girls and Boy’s races. The Senior Girl’s race follows at 3:30 p.m. with the boy’s event the final one staged, beginning at 4 p.m.The top 20 runners and three school teams qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 6th at Oak Bay in Victoria.In the Senior Girl’s race, Jill Reynolds of Rossland edged teammate Susan Fraser for the West Kootenay crown. Darya Huser of Salmo captured third spot followed by Mount Sentinel’s Kate Weir and Kiraya Spencer of LVR.Darian Johnson of Trafalgar narrowly defeated Bradley Spurge of Mount Sentinel to snare the title in the Bantam Boy’s event.Johnson blazed over the course in a time of 14 minutes and 17 seconds. Spurge hit the tape 14 seconds behind the Totem. Samuel Mathea finished third at 14:36. Richard Gregory of Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe took fourth with Strider Scott of Trafalgar fifth.Sam Kuch, Galin Boulanger, Keiran Marchand, Spencer Atkings and Conan Park, all of Trafalgar, rounded out the field.In the Bantam Girls race, Tara Yowek of Trafalgar edged out teammate Naomi Perkins to claim the overall title.Robyn Locke of Home Links was third with Gmina Borhi and Clare Young, both of Trafalgar, fourth and fifth, respectively. Maya Wood of Trafalgar and Jessica Paul of Salmo placed sixth and seventh, respectively.Four Salmo runners, Courtney Sutherland, Roxanne Sorenson, Jordana Scott and Rowan Dukart, next followed Sian Nielson of Trafalgar.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Shypitka rink advances to Seniors final after winning all-Kootenay semi

first_imgCranbrook’s Team Shypitka, which includes Nelson curling guru Fred Thomson, will play for the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Men’s crown Saturday at 2 p.m.Shypitka, third Thomson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, doubled Kootenay rival Myron Nichol 8-4 in nine ends Friday  during the semi final at the Trail Curling club.Shypitka now meets round robin winner Craig Lepine of Langley in the championship. The two rinks exchanged ends of three before Shypitka reeled off points in four consecutive ends to build an 8-3 advantage.Nichol, third Rick Brown, second Terry Kryzcka and lead Rob Babiarz, advance to the semi final by blasting Mel Steffin of the Royal City Curling Club 7-3 Friday afternoon.The win came on the heels of Nichol’s amazing comeback win during the final round robin game against Kelowna’s Garry Gelowitz.Trailing 8-4 after eight ends, Nichol scored two in the ninth before shocking the tournament with a steal of four in the tenth to knock the Kelowna rink out of the championships.last_img read more

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Solid season for Angels ends with silver medal at Little League Championships

first_imgThe Nelson Angels ran out of gas in the final of the 2013 West Kootenay Little League Baseball Championships Sunday in Trail.Despite playing a great game, the Angels lost 9-1 to a Trail team that did not make an error in the entire game.“Still a great season finished second in the league in the regular season beating Trail twice during the year but did not have enough to dethrone them in the playoffs,” said Nelson manager Corbin Comishin.Nelson received strong pitching from Harry Suh to start the game and was only down 3-0.But the errors started to mount allowing Trail to capitalize on the mistakes. Nelson opened with a slow start, down 6-1 entering the fifth.That’s when the Angels starting putting hits together, batting around the order to tie the game.The game went nine innings and it seemed Nelson was done trailing 9-6.However, another flurry of hits  — Connor Comishin started the inning with a triple, then Brendan Vulcano a double, Justin Lasichuk next with a single followed by Charles Curiston with a double and finally Blair Sookero pounded a ball to the fence to plate the winning run. Final 10-9 Nelson from a walk off hit in bottom of ninth without recording an out in the inning.Trail stuck it to the Angels in the second game, pounding Nelson 14-6.Facing elimination, the Angels found some offence against Beaver Valley.The Angels rode the outstanding pitching of Blair Sookero en route to an 11-1 lead after three innings.However, Beaver Valley rallied to close the gap to 12-10 before Connor Comishin came in to closeout the game.last_img read more

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Defending champ Jim Cotter rolls into A semi final at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgJackson, third Andrew Komlodi, second Corey Chester and lead Joel Cave, edged Tom Buchy of Kimberley 4-2 Wednesday afternoon in a tightly played contest.Jackson broke open a 1-1 tie with singles in the seventh and eighth ends.Buchy got one back in the ninth, and was in position to steal a single in the tenth before Jackson bumped off Buchy’s shot stone to score one as the Kootenay rep desperately tried to force an extra end.Buchy opened with an 8-3 win over Mark Longworth of Vernon in eight ends.Jackson opened the day edging Jeff Richard of Kelowna 6-5.The other top seed in the championships Dean Joanisse of New Westminster outlasted Kootenay rep Chris Ducharme of Creston 5-2.The third draw goes Wednesday at 7 p.m. with Joanisse against Michael Johnson of New Westminster and Sean Geall of New Westminster meeting Wes Craig of Victoria. Both winners advance into the A-event semi final.B-event action has House meeting Jason Montgomery of Victoria, Richard against Mark Longworth of Vernon and Daniel Wenzek of Langley against Neil Dangerfield of Victoria.The Wenzek rink recruited Nelson’s Fred Thomson to the rink for the championships because team member Tyler Tardi is curling in the Youth Olympic Games in Norway.Action continues Thursday with three more draws, including the A-event final at 7 p.m.The winner advances at the top seed in the Page Playoffs. It took defending BC Champion Jim Cotter a few ends to become familiar with the surroundings of the Nelson Curling Club.However, after a couple of ends it was full steam ahead for the Vernon foursome during Day One of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky ran the table to advance into the A semi final Thursday.The Vernon rink doubled Will House of Richmond 6-3 in Draw 1 before dominating Chase Martyn of New Westminster 9-2 in the afternoon.“Absolutely, you want to start 2-0,” Cotter said minutes after scoring four in the eighth end to secure the win Wednesday.“The goal at the end of the week for every team here is to make the playoffs, and that’s our goal too. So getting off to 2-0 is a good start for us but there’s a whole lot of curling to go yet.”Joining Cotter, who curled 91 percent to 70 for skip Martyn, is on the ice Thursday morning in Draw 4 A semi final against Glen Jackson of Victoria.last_img read more

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