Bombers run out of gas at Junior Boy’s Hoop tourney

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNot enough bodies proved to be the undoing for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. Junior Boy’s High School Basketball Championships at St. Michael’s University in Victoria.Kelowna Owls dumped the Bombers 69-39 in the 15th/16th placing game Saturday.LVR entered the tournament with only a handful of players, including Grade 8 Avery Kushner.Ranked as the top seed entering the 16-team tournament, Kelowna salvaged something from a disappointing weekend, dominating the Bombers. Owls’ post Darrion Bunce led a balanced attack with 18 points. For LVR Erich Schepleski was top score with nine.Provincial champion White Rock Christian Academy jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead en route to an 84-51 victory over the Bombers Thursday on Day one of the three-day tourney.LVR’s Jack Sturrup led all scorers with 19 points.Friday, Claremont of Victoria used a 13-2 run in the third quarter en route to a 72-46 win over LVR.The Bombers kept pace with the Island school through the first half but a lack of numbers finally caught up to the Bombers.Matt Zukowski continued his fine play for LVR to lead the team with 13 points.LVR then dropped a 65-52 decision to Nanaimo’s Dover Bay. Once again the Bombers played Dover Bay tough through the first 16 minutes trailing 34-25. But a 17-7 third-quarter run opened a 51-32 advantage and the Island squad never looked back.Sturrup and McLain Sandeveland each scored 15 points to lead the Kootenay reps.White Rock Christian held off a late charge by the host school to edge SMUS 55-51 in the tournament final.Sam Ykema, selected tournament MVP, led the winner with 27 points.Steve Whillans scored 14 and Mark Yorath with 13 led SMUS.Jack Sturrup won Team MVP honors for LVR.Ten Years Ago . . .This year marks the 10th anniversary of LVR’s Provincial Junior Boy’s Champion. The Bombers, led by NCAA Division One Men’s player at Santa Clara, Sean Denison, defeated New Westminster in the final to finish the season not only with a provincial title but an incredible 38-0 record.The team, also including Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair, Josh Sampson, Andrew Galewitz, Matt Fuhr, Ira Achen, Aaron Champlin, Grant Davidson, Dimitro Kirsh and Colin Prentice, was coached by current LVR varsity coach Blair D’Andrea.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Picking up famous Irishmen in West Vancouver

first_imgEdmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend picked up an unusual hitchhiker in West Vancouver on Tuesday — U2 frontman Bono, The Vancouver Province reported.Brule and girlfriend Kelsey Nichols were driving to a park to walk Bella, their German shepherd, on Tuesday afternoon near the West Vancouver Yacht Club when they spotted a couple of hitchhikers on the side of the road. Brule, watching out the window, was sure one of them was Bono. Nichols, who was driving, didn’t believe him, because, really, why would Bono be hitchhiking in West Van? To read the rest of the story, click below: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Oilers+Brule+picks+frontman+Bono+hitchhiking+West+with+video/4881082/story.html#ixzz1O9tVkraa   For the YouTube video, click here.last_img read more

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Mates hold off late Vikings charge to remain undefeated in WKMFFL

first_imgThe Dam Inn Mates held off a late charge by Castlegar to remain undefeated in the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League.The Mates Kelly Voykin tossed a pair of touchdowns sparking the home side to a 26-24 victory over the Castlegar Vikings Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The win was the fourth of the season for the first-place Mates.Dam Inn started the game fast as Voykin connected for his first TD pass on the opening drive.Joel Devito then picked off a Steve Mota pass to give the Mates excellent position for another run at the end zone. Despite the slow start, Mota led the charge against a Mates defence that lost a few key starters in Mike Lucas and Nate Fedorchuk.But the rally was shortlived as the Mates were able to hold on to secure the two-point victory.Voykin also rushed for one major while connecting for a one-point conversion.The other pivot for Dam Inn, Vic Hoodicoff also had a TD pass and a one-point conversion.Devito, Ken Malakoff and Rick Nixon were on the receiving end of TD passes from Hoodicoff and Voykin.Dan Rywaczuk and Del Melnyk also had interceptions for Dam Inn.In the preliminary game, Nelson Hour Glass had an easy time keeping pace with Dam Inn as the Heritage City squad earned a freebee after Brewers forfeited the game due to lack of players.The league is idle Thanksgiving weekend before returning to action October 14 when Dam Inn meets Brewers at 11 a.m. and Hour Glass plays the Vikings at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Kootenay Ice snap losing streak with series sweep of Blazers

first_imgPercival, with his second of the game, made the score 5-3 after 40 minutes.The Blazers once again outscored the Ice in the third 2-1 but a goal by Post in the final minute was enough to give Kootenay the series sweep.Sookro finished the game with five points to lead the Ice.Adam Maida was in goal for both games in goal.The Ice remains at home for a two-game weekend series against South Island Royals.Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m. with Sunday’s contest set for 9:45 a.m. Both games are at the Cominco Arena. Time to break up the Kootenay Ice.After going winless in eight games to start the season, the Ice racked up two straight wins — 3-2 and 6-5 — over the Thompson Blazers in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League play at the Cominco Arena in Trail. In game one,The Ice took an early lead late in the first period as Kyle Hope of Trail scored the first goal on the power play and Brandon Sookro from South Slocan followed up with a goal of his own minutes later.Nelson’s Justin Post put the home team up 3-0 before the Blazer rallied to make the game close on goals by Nicholas Chyzowski and Ryan Clifford.Game two (2) was another tight one for the two (2) teams, but it was the Ice that came out strong and took an early first period lead.  Sookro opened up the scoring for the Ice just 30 seconds into the game before Nelson’s Austin Tambellini made it 2-0 on the power play.Nolan Percival and Smith also scored in the opening frame to give Kootenay a 4-1 lead.last_img read more

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Bombers get swept during Panthers’ hoop tourney

first_imgLVR jumped to a 15-3 lead.However, the wheels fell off after that and OKM actually led 35-18 at the half.The Bombers trailed the remainder of the game until mid-way through the fourth quarter when the bench players mounted a recovery effort against an 18 point deficit.With 10.3 seconds left and LVR down by three points, Johnson hit an open three-pointer to tie the game at 58-58.The Huskies failed to convert on their last possession and the game went to overtime.Matosevic and Darian Johnson were fouled out in hte overtime frame.With less than 30 seconds left and the Bombers leading 64-62, the Huskies fouled point guard robby Dixon, challenging him to convert a pair of freethrows.Dixon made one of two putting the Bombers up by three points.The Huskies managed to convert a possession and recover the ball, taking it in for a layup on the lacking bomber defense.The Huskies went on to win the match 66-65 sending the Bombers to 0-3 on the weekend.Matosevic had 22 points before fouling out with Watson netting 10 points.Johnson had nine while Kai Shave and Robby Dixon contributed six points each.Anderson netted five points and Eamon Studer chipped in with four. Lack of execution turned into three losses as the L.V. Rogers Bombers went zero for three at the Panthers High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Vernon.LVR lost to host, and tenth-ranked AAA Vernon, 64-48 before dropping a pair of games Saturday to Summerland Rockets and 66-65 to Okanagan Mission of Kelowna.”We dropped the match with an embarrassing loss in my opinion based on lack of effort and mental toughness,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan following the Summerland loss.LVR opened against the top-ranked Panthers.However, poor defence against the older Vernon squad was the story of the game.Josh Matosevic scored 19 points while Robby Dixon netted 13. Eamon Studer and Darian Johnson each had five points.Saturday morning we saw a solid team from Summerland. Again the LVR defensive effort was nil and execution poor as the Bombers took a whole half to figure out against their 1-3-1 zone.Matosevic and Vinnie Watson scored 14 points each. Darian Johnson netted six points while Jake Anderson and Robby Dixon potted four. After a single game break, we faced off with the OKM Huskies of Kelowna.The Huskies had only six players and sat their star player the whole game as a precautionary measure due to injury.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED RUNHAPPY CRUISES TO 3 ½ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE I, $300,000 MALIBU STAKES; OWNED BY ‘MATTRESS MAC’ McINGVALE, SON OF SUPER SAVER NOTCHES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

first_img                ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–Heavily favored on the heels of his Breeders’ Cup Sprint win on Oct. 31, Runhappy, with Gary Stevens aboard for the first time, cruised to a 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes as he made every pole a winning one en route to getting seven furlongs in 1:21.76.Heavily favored in a field of seven 3-year-olds at 1-2, Runhappy, a Kentucky-bred colt by Super Saver, paid $3.00, $2.60 and $2.10. Owned by James “Mattress Mac” McIngvale, he registered his sixth consecutive win in his first-ever start at The Great Race Place. In winning the Malibu, Runhappy notched his seventh win from eight overall starts and with the winner’s share of $180,000, he increased his earnings to $1,481,300.“The horse ran really well,” said McIngvale, who in one of the most controversial moves of the year, fired trainer Maria Borell the morning after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, replacing her with longtime racing manager, Laura Wohlers. “The entire team did a great job of preparing him, and the people at Santa Anita have been great, so it’s been a top-notch experience all the way around. We hoped he would run well and he certainly did…It’s a thrill to win here and we hope to be back for the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint, on Nov. 4).”Breaking from post positon four, Runhappy, who had been ridden in his last three starts by the recently injured Edgar Prado, was pushed early by eventual runner-up Marking.“He blows me away,” said Stevens, who won the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile earlier in the day aboard Om, and thus bagged his second graded stakes of the afternoon. “That was only the second time I’ve ever sat on him (first in a race) and to get to feel that power coming into the stretch was awesome.“I just want to say ‘Thank you’ to Edgar Prado. Edgar and I had a couple of conversations earlier in the week when I found out I was going to ride this horse and he told me quite a few things about him that helped me today.“It was harder to pull him up than to ride him during the race. There was some oil on the reins and there were slipping. My hand slipped off his mane coming away from the gate and I cut my finger pretty good. He usually breaks a step slow, but he broke like a Quarter Horse today.“I was hoping to get three graded stakes wins today but we got two of them! No better way to start the Santa Anita Meet. It’s perfect.”Ridden by Jose Lezcano, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Marking was clearly second-best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths clear of Lord Nelson for second money. In only his third career start, Marking was the second choice at 9-2 and paid $4.00 and $3.00.Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson, idle since running fourth in the Grade III Pat Day Mile on May 2, broke from the far outside with Rafael Bejarano and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.62, 44.81 and 1:09.06.With an on-track crowd of 44,873 (the largest Opening Day gathering since Dec. 26, 1994) looking on, the Malibu was the fourth graded stakes of the afternoon and was carded as the eighth on a nine-race card.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday, highlighted by the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. OPENING DAY CROWD OF 44,873, LARGEST SINCE 1994, WITNESSES SPECTACULAR DAY OF RACINGlast_img read more

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BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CHAMP ARROGATE TO WORK AT 11:45 A.M. SATURDAY

first_imgBAFFERT TRAINEE TO HAVE FINAL WORK IN PREPARATION FOR $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP AND REMATCH WITH ALL-TIME EARNINGS LEADER CALIFORNIA CHROME ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2017)–In what will be his final work in preparation for what shapes up as an epic rematch on Jan. 28 with legendary California Chrome, Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate will work an undetermined distance Saturday morning at 11:45 a.m., 45 minutes prior to Santa Anita’s first race.Trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old grey or roan colt by Unbridled’s Song has been training in impressive fashion for the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. In his most recent move here last Sunday, Arrogate drilled an official six furlongs over a track that proved tiring throughout the day in 1:12.29, and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.82, while getting a mile time of 1:37.97.Idle since beating all-time money-won leader California Chrome by a half length in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, Arrogate will be cutting back in distance from 1 ¼ miles to a mile and one eighth.Although track condition for tomorrow’s races has not yet been announced, Friday’s races were conducted over a “wet fast” main track that took on significant rain throughout the day.Tentative plans call for Arrogate to be flown early Tuesday morning to south Florida, where he’ll then be vanned to Gulfstream.Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate, who was also a record setting winner of the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga two starts back on Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and has earnings of $4,084,600.Fans are encouraged to watch Arrogate’s work tomorrow either in person or via the track’s simulcast signal. Santa Anita’s admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. and first post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

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