Josie Spence of the River City Racers Speed Skating Club won the B.C. Open women’s long track title at the provincial championships in Fort St. James on the weekend.
Spence, 17, skated in four distances — 500 metres, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m — and posted the fastest time in each of them.
Sara Spence, Josie’s 16-year-old sister, competed in the same division and ended up with the silver medal. She skated to personal best times at 1,000m and 3,000m.
The Spence sisters have qualified for the junior National long track championships this weekend in Saskatoon. The Junior Nationals also serve as the selection event for the Junior World team.
Eric Spence, at 13 the youngest of the Spence siblings, skated to a personal best in winning at 3,000m. He finished second in his age division, which qualified him for the Canadian Age Class Championship in Fort St. John, Feb. 11-12.However, he has chosen not to skate there and, instead, will be at the North American Championships that are scheduled for the same weekend in Calgary.
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Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey himself, and the Grey Cup will be at Interior Savings Centre on Wednesday as the Kamloops Blazers play host to the Spokane Chiefs.
According to a news release from the Blazers, “A select number of fans will have the opportunity to meet Gordie and have their photo taken with the hockey legend. Also, a select number of season-ticket holders will have the chance to spend the game in the Blazers suite with Gordie.”
For an opportunity to meet Howe, go to blazerhockey.com, click on the Schedule tab and then on Meet Gordie Howe. Winners will be announced during the first intermission.
Howe also will take part in a ceremonial faceoff.
Geroy Simon, Angus Reid and J.R. Larose of the Grey Cup-champion B.C. Lions, who hold their training camp in Kamloops, are scheduled to be in attendance. They also are to have the Grey Cup at the Tournament Capital Centre on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
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A rink skipped by Grant Olsen won the McArthur Island Curling Club’s mixed bonspiel on the weekend.
Olsen was curling with Tiffany Krausher, John Maskewich and Gina DeCap.
Gil Schiller’s rink, including Dianne Lawson, Ken Chantler and Sharron Olson, won the B event, while Lori Olsen’s rink, with Scott DeCap, Theresa Tourand and Adam Windsor, captured the C event.
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Rinks from South Kamloops Secondary and Salmon Arm Secondary won the Okanagan regional high school curling championships on the weekend.
They will represent the zone the zone at provincials, March 8-10.
On the girls side, Valleyview placed second, followed, in order, by Westsyde, Chase, NorKam and Merritt.
The boys side had Osoyoos in second, followed by Valleyview, Revelstoke, South Kamloops, Chase and NorKam.
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The Sa-Hali Sabres went 2-2 at a senior girls basketball exhibition weekend in the Fraser Valley.
Sa-Hali opened with a 47-26 loss to the Surrey-Holy Cross Crusaders, who went into the weekend ranked No. 3 in AA but likely will be No. 1. Miori Futemma had eight points for the Sabres, who trailed 18-17 at the half.
The Sabres went on to drop the Abbotsford-W.J. Mouat Hawks, despite falling behind 20-4. Shenise Sigsworth had 14 points to lead Sa-Hali, and Nicole Karstein scored 11.
The Sabres never trailed in their third game, a 65-59 victory over the North Vancouver-Archbishop Carney Stars, who are ranked No. 6 in AA. Emily Hilton had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Sigsworth scored 14. Karstein added 11 points.
The Sabres went on to lose 75-53 to the Vancouver-Britannia Bruins, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 but lost in overtime to Holy Cross. Sigsworth scored 14 for a third straight night.
The Sabres are off to a 12-team tournament at Vancouver’s York House Academy. The tournament will feature six top AAA teams and six top AA teams.
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The Kamloops Vibe senior A team won four straight games in a road weekend of South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League play.
The Vibe opened with a 2-1 victory over Simon Fraser University in Surrey, with Emily Edmundson and Jenna Ormondy scoring the goals.
The Vibe went on to dump Trinity Western University 11-0, with Alana Parker posting the shutout. Rochelle Smith, Alyssa Reid, Megan Lauer and Edmundson each had two goals for the Vibe, which fired 63 shots on goal.
The Vibe beat Richmond 3-2 and SFU 1-0, with Parker getting her second shutout of the weekend.
Reid ended the weekend with two goals and five helpers, while Lauer had a team-high three goals and two assists. Sarah Kurzac scored two goals and assisted on three others, with Shelby Easton, Ormondy and Smith each getting two goals and two assists.
Edmundson had three goals, with Melinda Smith scoring once and Gaylene Smith and Cara Palazzo each helping out with two assists.
SFU is scheduled to visit Kamloops on the weekend, with Saturday’s game scheduled for 1 p.m., at the Ice Box, and Sunday’s to start at 11 a.m., at Memorial Arena.
For more information, visit www.kamloopsvibe.ca.
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Mark Recchi will be the guest speaker at the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner on April 14.
Recchi, who is from Kamloops, ended his lengthy NHL career after winning the Stanley Cup last season with the Boston Bruins.
The dinner is to be held at the TRU Grand Hall. Tickets are available at the Interior Savings Centre box office.