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Cotter bounces back at Brier

Mar 2, 2015 / 9:00 pm

Jim Cotter and his B.C. rink from the Kelowna and Vernon curling clubs has found the win column again. After a pair of losses on the weekend, Cotter bounced back Monday with a 6-3 win over previously unbeaten Brad Guschue from Nfld. Trailing 3-2 after four, Cotter blanked the fifth, sixth and...

Cheering their way to the top

Mar 2, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Two teams from Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading climbed to the top of the podium at an event in Richmond over the weekend. Youth Firestorm, a semi-competitive team, took home top honours in the prep division beating out four other teams while Youth Heat beat out seven other teams in its...

Team BC comes up short

Mar 1, 2015 / 3:00 pm

Jake Harrison closed out his Canada Winter Games experience with a second-period goal for Team BC in its final match against Nova Scotia. The 15-year-old defenseman from West Kelowna came into the 2015 Games with an ambitious goal of following in his older brother’s footsteps but B.C. came up...

Loss ends Chiefs' season

Mar 1, 2015 / 8:09 am

A Game 7 loss to the Summerland Steam ended the Kelowna Chiefs' season Saturday night. The Chiefs were defeated 2-1 in Summerland. After a scoreless and penalty-less first period, the Steam were first on the board with a goal from Jack Mills at 8:52 in the second. Carter Melnyk tied up...

OC Coyotes start tough

Feb 23, 2015 / 4:17 pm

The Okanagan College Coyotes put 8,300 kilometres on the bus and played 14 games during their recent 13-day baseball tour of the West. “Any time you play that amount of games ... it is going to be tough. I was really happy with the level we competed at, we still have areas to improve in,...

UBCO Heat just miss medal

Feb 21, 2015 / 7:22 am

The season ended abruptly for UBC Okanagan, thanks to a four-set loss to the UBC Thunderbirds Friday, at the Canada West women’s volleyball tournament in Edmonton. The loss in the bronze medal match ends a brilliant season by the Heat, as only the top three teams from Canada West will...

Boxing's richest fight ever

Feb 20, 2015 / 7:20 pm

The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online. "I promised...

Local gymnasts shine

Feb 16, 2015 / 2:25 pm

Okanagan Gymnastics Centre athletes have been performing well on the road. Team members recently competed in Coquitlam, Burnaby and Las Vegas. Carter Calvert took top spot in the Level 2 Under 13 category on the trampoline at the Aaron Johnson Memorial Cup, in Burnaby. He also earned a fourth...

Heat headed to Final Four

Feb 15, 2015 / 10:30 am

The UBCO women’s volleyball team is headed back to the semifinals of the Canada West tournament after knocking out the defending CIS national champions on Saturday. The host Heat, now 2-0 in postseason play, found their fire in the latter stages of their quarterfinals victory over the...

Chiefs end season with win

Feb 15, 2015 / 7:21 am

A home ice victory means the Kelowna Chiefs will finish third in the Okanagan Division of the KIJHL and face the Summerland Steam in the first round of the playoffs. The Chiefs defeated the Steam 3-1 in their final game of the regular season on Saturday at Rutland Arena. Defenceman Kevin Roth...

Local skier wins big

Feb 12, 2015 / 5:06 am

Twenty-year-old Ned Ireland from Okanagan Centre finished first in a Noram Ski Cross race, and second in the Ski Cooper race in Colorado. He spent January in France training and racing in Europa Cups and went straight to Colorado for the first Norams. Ireland will continue his season with...

Ex Rocket part of NHL trade

Feb 11, 2015 / 10:10 am

Former Kelowna Rockets defence man Tyler Myers is heading to Winnipeg as part of a blockbuster eight-player trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Myers, the league's rookie of the year is 2010, was the centrepiece of a package of players and draft picks sent to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for...

Yukon Quest tackles bitter cold

Feb 10, 2015 / 5:20 pm

Mushers are embracing and laughing off frigid temperatures as they race their dog teams along a 1,600-kilometre Yukon Quest route of ice and snow. Twenty-six teams left Whitehorse for Fairbanks, Alaska on Saturday and have already encountered temperatures of -45 C during the 32nd annual...

Brier welcomes back Cotter

Feb 8, 2015 / 4:15 pm

Vernon's Jim Cotter is off to his second straight Tim Hortons Brier. Cotter made a cold draw to the pin Sunday afternoon with his final stone of the extra end for a 7-6 win over Dean Joanisse in the BC Men's Curling Championship at the Vernon Curling Club. "I'm super proud to...

Vernon's Cotter in curling final

Feb 8, 2015 / 8:08 am

Two-time champion Dean Joanisse faces 2014 Brier runner-up and hometown favourite Jim Cotter today at the B.C. Men’s Curling Championship in Vernon. Cotter was unbeaten coming into their playoff game Saturday, and made a strong start when he opened with a three-ender, but Joanisse built a...

Owls end 33-year drought

Feb 7, 2015 / 11:00 pm

The KSS Owls exorcised some pretty serious demons Saturday night. In the final for the fourth time in five years, the Owls finally captured the championship on their home floor at the 42nd Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament. It was their first title since 1982, a span of 33...

Okanagan rinks dominate playoffs

Feb 7, 2015 / 5:00 am

All three Okanagan rinks have qualified for the four team playoffs at the B.C. Men's Curling Championships going on at the Vernon Curling Club. Vernon's Mark Longworth and Kelowna's Brent Pierce won their respective "C" event qualifiers late Friday night. They join Jim...

Owls reach tourney final

Feb 6, 2015 / 10:30 pm

The KSS Owls get another chance to win their own tournament for the first time since 1982. For the fourth time in five years the Owls are in the final of the Interior Savings Western Canada Basketball Tournament following a thrilling 80-71 win over Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs in Friday's...

Canucks look for more intensity

Feb 6, 2015 / 10:00 pm

A day after the Vancouver Canucks played with little emotion in a demoralizing loss on home ice, Willie Desjardins showed some fire of his own. The usually calm and soft-spoken head coach lit into his players with a few expletives halfway through Friday's practice during a sloppy...

Cotter curls himself into playoffs

Feb 6, 2015 / 5:00 am

Jim Cotter is using home ice to his advantage. The Vernon skip won his fourth in a row Thursday night to earn his way into the playoff round at the B.C. Men's Curling Championships going on at the Vernon Curling Club. Cotter and his rink, representing both the Vernon and Kelowna curling...

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