The Kamloops Rugby Club Raiders scored two lopsided victories on Saturday.
For starters, the Raiders downed Simon Fraser University 79-5 in B.C. Rugby Union Men’s Province Wide Third Division action at the KRC grounds.
Cole Levitt and Mark Haywood-Farmer had three tries each for the Raiders, with Brandon Kicia getting two and singles coming from Jonah Woodward, Dave Marshall, Grady Sjokvist, Nigel Wilson and Shaun Roberts. Kicia added seven conversions.
Meanwhile, the Raiders’ women, competing in the provincial rugby union’s Big Kahuna first division, beat host Kelowna, 48-5.
Kamloops winger Maria Grant scored two tries and kicked four conversions. Fullback Emily Young and centre Caitie Ryan each added a pair of tries, with Terri Twamley and Sherah Grant scoring one apiece.
Kamloops’ men finished the regular season at 8-0, while the women went 7-2.
Both sides are expected to host playoff games on Saturday, although game times and the opposing teams have yet to be announced.
These will be the last games played at the KRC grounds on Chilcotin Road as the club is to move to Rayleigh late in May.
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The Kamloops Venom wrapped up its preseason with a pair of victories at an annual icebreaker tournament in Armstrong.
The Venom will open its Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League season on Sunday, when it plays the South Okanagan Flames in Penticton.
On Saturday, the Venom and Raiders met in a rematch of the 2011 league final, with Kamloops winning 15-8. Three Venom players had five-point games, with Jamie Forster getting three goals and two assists, Ben Saklofsky scoring two goals and assisting on two others, and Kyle McLellan dishing four assists and scoring once.
Riley Donahue also had a goal and three helpers, with Jerome Thorne and Kyle Pauwels each scoring twice and Blaine Boomer, Colton DeFrias, Rob Peterson and Jake Latin singling. Mike Frolek and Mitch Horsman split the goaltending.
Kamloops went on to defeat the Southern Okanagan Flames 11-9, thanks to three unanswered goals in the third period. Braden James had two goals and three assists to lead the Venom’s charge, with Quinn Smith and DeFrias each getting two goals and two assists.
Donahue also had a goal and two helpers, with Forster tallying twice and Boomer and Blair Hardman each scoring once. Horsman made five third-period saves to record the victory.
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Carson Chu of South Kamloops won the “triple crown” at the ninth annual South Kam badminton tournament on the weekend.
Chu dominated the field in senior boys singles, then teamed up with Anthony Arduini to win the senior boys doubles and helped Janna Wale win the senior mixed doubles.
Gemma Lake had an excellent weekend as well, winning the senior girls singles and joining Ali Hines in winning the senior girls doubles. Lake teamed with Arduini in a silver-medal performance in the senior mixed doubles.
The Lake-Hines team defeated Wale and Zoe Gladman in the senior girls doubles final.
Landon Gervais and Claire Ferguson won the senior C mixed doubles, while Colin Rintoul and Kyle Pauwels won the C boys doubles. Ferguson and Julia Renkema were second in the C girls doubles.
Wale also played in the junior B mixed doubles, winning a silver medal with a boy from Vancouver. Ben Rankin won the junior B boys singles and joined Jillian Armstrong in winning the junior C mixed doubles over South Kam teammates Andrew Parkin and Julianna Bissonnette.
Parkin and teammate Brandon Hayashi were second in the junior B boys doubles, while Bissonnette was second in the junior B girls singles and also the junior B girls doubles, along with a Kelowna player.
Armstrong and Kailee Mortimer were second in the junior C girls doubles.
Talia Mortimer, in novice girls singles action, finished first, beating teammate Dayle Nohels.
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Curl BC announced Monday that the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage provincial mixed championship will be played at the Vancouver Curling Club, March 14-17.
The top eight mixed teams from across the province will compete in a triple knockout format with a four-team Page playoff.
The winning team advances to the 2014 Canadian mixed championship in Ottawa, Nov. 14-23, 2013.
Meanwhile, the World Curling Federation and Canadian Curling Association announced that Fredericton will be the host city for the 2013 World senior men’s and women’s championships and World mixed coubles.
All three events will take place at the new Grant-Harvey Centre, April 13-20.
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Kamloops wrestlers Alize Perriard-Abdoh and Tamara Ghering returned home with bronze medals from the Canadian cadet/juvenile wrestling championships in Fredericton, N.B.
In the 49kg weight class, Perriard-Abdoh lost a close semifinal match to Amanda Hall of Saskatoon, but finished the tournament off with a victory over Fay Tuck, who also is from B.C.
Ghering, in the 40kg class, beat Sydney Hawkins of Windsor, Ont., for the bronze.