Wednesday September 03, 2014






Sports Briefs: South Kam centre leads Canada to win in basketball

Emma Wolfram and the Canadian cadette women’s basketball team are 1-2 at the FIBA U17 world championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Canada lost its first two games, but came back to beat Belgium 50-45 on Sunday.

Wolfram, a centre for the South Kamloops Titans, led Canada with 12 points and had seven rebounds. She also blocked a game-high three shots.

Earlier, Canada had lost 86-47 to the U.S., and 68-55 to Italy.

Against the Americans, Wolfram had one rebound, and she grabbed a pair of boards against Italy.
Canada doesn’t play today, but has a Tuesday date with Mali, which is 0-3.

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The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team, including Jessica Vliegenthart of Kamloops, finished second in a tournanent in Arnhem, Netherlands.

Canada went 3-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament but was unable to beat the host country. The Netherlands beat Canada 75-54 in the final round-robin game on Saturday, then beat Canada again, this time 54-45, in the championship game on Sunday.

Those same two teams will open the round-robin porition of the Paralympics tournament on Aug. 31.

The Canadian team will stay in Arnhem through Tuesday before heading to London, where the Paralympics’ opening ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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Ben Branchflower of the Kamloops Summer Swim Club picked up four gold medals at the B.C. Summer Swim Association provincial championships in Nanaimo on the weekend.

Branchflower, competing in the O Category 2, won the 50-metre freestyle (24.38 seconds), the 100m freestyle (54.21), the 50m butterfly (26.49) and the 100m butterfly (59.77).

He also teamed up with Kamloops’ Jared Calder and two others in finishing second in the Division 8 Medley Regional Relay.

Calder, meanwhile, had three top-10 finishes in Division 8. He was fifth in the 50m butterfly (27.04), seventh in the 100m butterfly (1:01:05) and eighth in the 50m freestyle (25.11). He also was 11th in the 100m freestyle (56.42).

Sebastian Martin, meanwhile, was 20th in the Division 2 boys 50m butterfly (55.83), while Kara Branchflower was 24th in the Division 2 girls 50m freestyle (44.69).

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Jason White of Sun Peaks was 13th in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ Mobil 1 NAPA Autopro 100 at Montreal’s Circuit Gillies Villeneuve on Saturday.

White, who started in the 16th position, completed all 23 laps on the 2.7-mile road course. He remains eighth in series standings.

J.R. Fitzpatrick of Ayr, Ont., rode from pole position to victory lane, holding off Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Que., on a yellow-checkered finish.

Trevor Seibert of Williams Lake started and finished eighth, while his son, Ryley, started 26th and moved up to finish 16th.

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Duffy’s Pub scored a pair of second-half goals in beating Frick and Frack 2-1 in a Kamloops Recreational Soccer League 45-plus game Sunday.

Mike Longo and Dennis Hori scored the goals in support of winning goalkeeper Jeff Putnam.

Kelly Beauchamp gave Frick and Frick the first-half lead.





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