An impressive playoff run helped Ideal MSP win the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League 45-plus division.
Ideal, which was the sixth seed in the six-team postseason, won the league title with a 2-1 victory over B.C. Rivers Consulting on Sunday. Ideal had opened the playoffs by beating the third-seeded NRI Distribution on Wednesday, before taking down No. 1 Duffy's Pub 3-2 on Saturday and then No. 4 B.C. Rivers on Sunday.
It is the second league title for Ideal, which also came from the lowest seed to win the 2008 crown, coincidentally beating B.C. Rivers in that final.
Rob Piva and Ken Spivak scored goals for Ideal in the championship game. Bosko Trklja had the B.C. Rivers goal.
On Saturday, Ideal needed a shootout to beat Duffy's. Steve Murphy and Ken Spivak, on a penalty shot, scored in regulation for Ideal. Bill Frymire had both of Duffy's goals.
The KRSL 30-plus division also held its playoffs on the weekend, with Jensen Law dominating as it did all season.
Jensen got three goals apiece from Justin Cartwright and Ryan Gentile in a 7-3 victory over Fresh Is Best in Sunday's final. Roger Kato also scored for Jensen.
Fernando Silva, Chris Carr and Eric Newton replied for Fresh Is Best.
It turned out to be a good season for the Davis family.
Brothers Eric and Keith helped Jensen to the 30-plus President's Cup and league trophies, while father Gord was a player-coach on the Duffy's squad that won the 45-plus President's Cup and regular-season crowns.
In another 30-plus game Sunday, Jason Hwang had three goals as U District stomped Andre's Telus, 7-1.
Huues Francoise, Lauch Fraser, Mike Larocque and Reg Longmore also scored in the victory. Chad Watson replied for Andre's.
In Sunday's other 30-plus game, Riverland Inn got two goals from Gino Covaceuszach and singles from Brent and Ash Robertson in a 4-1 victory over Mortgage Intelligence, whose scorer was unavailable.
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The South Kamloops Titans finished fifth in the 48-team UBC Senior girls volleyball tournament in Vancouver on Friday and Saturday.
South Kam went 2-1 in the round-robin, beating the Victoria-Lambrick Park Pride 25-17, 25-7, and the Langley Fundamental Titans 25-13, 25-16, before losing 24-26, 25-17, 15-9 to the Surrey-Earl Marriot Mariners.
South Kam went on to dump Surrey Christian Falcons 25-18, 22-25, 15-7 to move into the quarterfinals. There, the Titans lost 25-16, 25-20 to the South Delta Sun Devils.
South Kam's Mieke DuMont was named a tournament all-star.
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The Merritt Panthers won the St. Ann's Academy senior girls volleyball tournament on the weekend, beating the host Crusaders in the final.
The Panthers beat the Clearwater Raiders 25-9, 25-6 and the Sicamous-Eagle River Eagles 25-16, 25-14 to reach the final.
The Crusaders got there by beating the Kamloops Christian Eagles 25-17, 25-16 and the Summerland Rockets 19-25, 25-21, 15-8.
In the final, the Panthers prevailed 25-17, 25-16.
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Chris Curl and Evan Hall of the TRU WolfPack finished one-two in an invitational cross-country dual meet with the host Kelowna-UBCO Heat on the weekend.
Curl finished the six-kilometre course in 21 minutes 31 seconds, with Hall second in 21.40.
The next six runners were from the Heat, with TRU's Mark Crolan nine in 22.31.
In the women's competition, Melissa Ryeo was the top TRU runner, placing sixth in 17.49 on a 4km course.
Jessie Paustian of TRU was ninth in 18.19.
Michelle Blackburne of the Heat won the race, in 16.17.
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The Interior Grasslands Cycling Club played host to the second annual Sun Peaks Hillclimb, a 35km race from Heffley Creek to Sun Peaks, on Sunday.
Olaf Stana won it in one hour 13 minutes 17 seconds, breaking the record set last year by Ian Fillinger.
Kamloops rider Chris McNeil was second, in 1:15:55, followed by Aaron Weiss (1:17:48), Stuart Smith (1:18:17) and junior Kevin Hunt (1:22:11).
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The Kamloops U14 field lacrosse team split two games on the weekend, losing 12-6 to Kelowna and beating Vernon, 13-4.
Brenden Bickert and Kordell Primus each had two goals against Kelowna, with Kaiden Merz and Anthony Matusiak each scoring once.
Against Vernon, Karsten Huth and Bickert scored three goals apiece, with Matusiak and Primus getting two each. Terje Shaw, Kienen Campbell and Brayden Jones added a goal each.
Braden Nicklas was in the Kamloops net for both games.
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The Kamloops Scotiabank Bandits went for the hat trick — a victory, loss and a tie — in Atom Development exhibition minor hockey play on the weekend.
In their first game together, the Bandits fell 6-2 to Kamloops 7 Point Millworks on Saturday morning at Memorial Arena. Luke Bateman, with three goals, Ashton Taylor, Evan Clark and Jackson Steed scored for 7 Point Millworks in support of winning goaltender Kimberley Davidson. Brandon Toye and Justin Vinterlik replied for the Bandits, whose goaltending was split between Bailey Monteith and Zachary Kohorst.
The Bandits then skated to a 7-5 victory over the Kamloops Western Roofing Nailers on Sunday morning at the Sports Centre. Keegan Fletcher and Trey Dergousoff each scored twice to lead Scotiabank, with Toye, Ty Haywood-Farmer and Reed Watson each adding singles and Aidan Sutter picking up two assists. Monteith and Kohorst again split netminding duties. Jacob Proulx, with two goals, Brendan Kirschner, Logan Stankoven and Nolan Virgo scored for the Nailers in support of goaltending tandem Austin Krug and Adam Niles.
On Sunday afternoon, the Bandits battled to a 4-4 draw with visiting Merritt at Memorial Arena. Fletcher added two more goals to his weekend, with singles coming from Reagan Milburn and Tyson Galloway. Monteith and Kohorst shared the goaltending duties.
The Bandits will open the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association season on Saturday, when Kelowna No. 1 pays a visit to Valleyview Arena. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
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The Prince George peewee Knights (players born in 2000 and 2001) ran the table to capture the Kamloops Fall Classic all-star baseball tournament on the weekend on McArthur Island.
The Knights completed the four-victory weekend with an 11-0 triumph over the Vernon Canadians on Sunday afternoon. Pitcher Ajay Nickolet was dominant, needing only 73 pitches to go all seven innings, striking out 12 and giving up just three hits and a walk. The Prince George bats were alive, manufacturing runs in every inning.
The Knights started the tournament on Saturday by beating White Rock 16-4, with Zach Swanson as the winning pitcher and Jayan Nickolet hammering a triple to left centre to spur the offence. The Knights then beat Vernon 15-1.
On Sunday morning, the Knights battled to a 10-8 victory over Kamloops, setting up the matchup in the final with Vernon.