Thursday April 17, 2014






Sports Briefs: Friesen, Petrie going to camp; Venom come back for victory


Emily Gervais (centre) poses with the Michael Schubert Memorial Award that was presented to her at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton. With her are OHA coaches Rebecca Russell (left) and Gina Kingsbury.

Emily Gervais has had quite a week.

First, the Kamloops hockey player was honoured with the Michael Schubert Memorial Award as the top senior (Grade 11-12) student at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton.

Then she was invited to BC Hockey’s U-18 female development camp that is scheduled for Salmon Arm, July 25-29.

Gervais, a forward, is one of two Kamloops players on the camp roster. Chanelle Petrie, a forward who played midget A in Kamloops, also is on the 24-player roster.

This camp is part of the preparation process for the 2012 national U-18 championship that is to be played in Dawson Creek, Nov. 7-12.

The summer development camp in Salmon Arm is to run in conjunction with the Kazakhstan national women’s team camp. Kazakhstan is coming to Salmon Arm as a guest of Hockey Canada as part of the IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program.

After the BC Hockey camp, the U-18 team will gather in September for a series of exhibition games, details of which have yet to be announced.

Gervais, meanwhile, was honoured with the Schubert Award during OHA’s season-ending banquet.

The award is in memory of Schubert, a former OHA student from Munich, Germany, who went on to attend Webster University in Vienna. Schubert, 19, died while practising with his hockey team in Vienna on Nov. 16, 2007.

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Jamie Forster struck for four goals Monday night as the shortstaffed Kamloops Venom scored a rather amazing 12-10 come-from-behind victory over the host Kelowna Raiders in a Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League game.

The Venom, who were 8-0-1 going into the game, had only 13 runners due to work, graduation and other commitments. They would lose three players to injury and another to a game misconduct during the game. The Raiders, meanwhile, had a full complement of 16 players.

With the Venom short of players, the Raiders scored three times early in the third period to go ahead 9-6.

However, the Venom tied it on goals by Quinn Smith, Jimmy Latin (shorthanded) and Forster.

Kelowna went ahead 10-9 with 4:18 to play, only to have Forster tie it with 2:10 remaining.

Moments after a Venom timeout, Blair Hardman banged home a rebound to give the visitors the lead with 31 seconds to play. Forster then put it away with an empty-net goal.

Latin, Smith and Brady Jorgenson each had two goals for Kamloops, while Kyle Pauwels also scored.

Mike Frolek and Mitch Horsman shared the Venom goaltending duties.

Co-coach Al Forster ran the Kamloops bench with Doug Clark away with other coaching responsibilities.

The Venom next plays Saturday against the Tigers in Vernon, then comes home to meet the Armstrong Shamrocks on Sunday, 6 p.m., at Memorial Arena.

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It’s going to be a busy day at Whispering Pines Raceway on Sunday.

Kamloops Off Road Racing is expecting 25 to 30 racers in trucks, buggies and UTVs, and it’s a fund-raiser for B.C. Children’s Hospital.

KORRBC is featured in 4WD magazine and will be selling issues for $5, with 50 per cent of that going to the hospital.
This is the second race of the KORRBC season, presented by Adaptive Glass.

The gates open at 10 a.m. Racing begins at noon. Admission is $10, with children under 12 in for free. You also can get a pit pass for $5 per person.

Whispering Pines is located 25 kilometres past the Westsyder Pub.

Check korrbc.ca for more details.





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