Thursday July 31, 2014






Sports Briefs: Schmidt wins ninth straight title

Alan Schmidt of Kamloops continues to dominate the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association.

Schmidt, from Kamloops, won his ninth consecutive overall OMRRA championship and the Formula Ultra championship. Schmidt locked up the titles with a big weekend in Portland — he won the Formula Ultra races in convincing fashion on Saturday and Sunday.

Schmidt, riding a Suzuki, finished with 258 points, 37 clear of Portland’s Kevin Pinkstaff.

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The speed skating Spences of Kamloops just keep getting better and better.

This weekend, sisters Tori and Josie Spence, skating for the Kamloops River City Racers, were at the long track World Cup trials in Calgary. Up for grabs were berths in the Fall World Cups of Speed Skating, with spots going to top five finishers in each distance.

Tori placed fourth in the five-kilometre event, skating to a season’s best time, and was sixth in the 3km race, again with a season’s best time and just one second out of fifth. She also placed ninth in the 1,500-metre race.

Tori has yet to decide if she will compete in World Cup races.

Josie, meanwhile, set a B.C. record (40.64 seconds) as she placed 10th in the 500m and lowered the provincial record in the 1,500m for the second time this season — it’s now 2:02.73 — in placing seventh. She was ninth in the 1,000m and seventh at 3km in a personal-best 4:17.73.

Josie is focusing on qualifying trials for the Canadian World Junior team that will compete in Collolbo, Italy, Feb. 22-24. Those trials are scheduled for early January.

The other two Spence siblings, Sara, 16, and Eric, 14, were in Abbotsford at the B.C. Junior short track time trials.

Sara placed second overall.

Eric, in Division 3 of the interclub portion, made the A final and finished third at 1,500m, and was fourth in the A final of the 400m. He also was fourth in the 200m pursuit event, in a personal-best 0:21.35. He also set a provincial record (5:30.50) in the 3km.

Sara and Eric will be in Calgary this weekend for a short track event, while other River City Racers will compete in an interclub event in Kamloops.

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Debbie Hoffmann and Sophie Verrier of Kamloops won the Joyce Hyslop Doubles tournament that was played at the Kamloops Tennis Centre on the weekend.

There were 24 teams entered and each played a minimum of five matches over the three days.
The other A Division finalists were Sandra Liedl and Anne Ellis of Vernon.

The B Division was won by Carol Anderson and Marsha White of Vernon. Kathleen Maple of Tonasket, Wash., and Joani Roller of Oroville, Wash., teamed up on the other finalist.

Clara Leaman and Carell Ladner were presented the inaugural Janet Wallace Memorial Sportsmanship Trophy.

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Ashley Fisher finally allowed a goal, but the Kamloops Vibe is unbeaten in the South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League after going 2-0-1 on the road.

Fisher backstopped the Vibe to a 2-0 victory over the Victoria Phantoms, her fourth straight shutout to start the season. She also was in goal for a 5-3 victory over the Delta Jets. Alissa Hibbert played the weekend’s middle game, a 3-3 draw with the Richmond Devils.

Alyssa Reid had the winning goal in Fisher’s shutout, and Shelby Easton provided insurance.

Rochelle Smith opened the scoring in the tie with Richmond, only to have the Devils tie the game. Smith scored again, but so did Richmond. Easton again put the Vibe in the lead, but Richmond, which was outshot 17-10, managed to tie the game late.

Delta got out to a 2-0 lead in the weekend’s final game, before Gaylene Smith and Elaine Topolnisky brought the Vibe back to even. After Delta went ahead in the third period, Sarah Kurzac, Desiree Blair and Reid scored to lead the Vibe to victory.

Rochelle Smith and Kurzac each had two assists on the weekend, and Topolnisky had three helpers.

The Vibe, which is 8-0-1 and first in the league, is scheduled to play on Nov. 17-18, when the B.C. Thunder AA team comes to town.

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The TRU WolfPack finished fifth at the second tournament of the Pacific Western Athletic Association badminton season.

The WolfPack finished behind the Douglas Royals, Kwantlen Eagles, Langara Falcons and the host Vancouver Island Mariners in a tournament played in Nanaimo.

TRU’s Anica Arduini finished first in the women’s B singles, in which Lacey Banman was third. Joey Chu of the WolfPack was second in men’s B singles, with Louis Ziki third in the C flight.

Chu and Noah Woods were second in men’s B doubles, with Ziki and Jonny Nguyen second in C. Arduini and Banman were fourth in women’s A doubles, and Trina Drummond and Erika Smith took third in women’s B doubles.

Woods and Rita Ma teams up to take third in mixed B doubles, and Lyndsey Nabata and Patrick Lam were third in the mixed C doubles.

The next conference tournament is scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at Douglas College.

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Rick Jenkner led a small Kamloops crew at the Interior Running Association’s Starting Block Cross Country running series finale in Summerland on Sunday.

Jenkner was the first of three local finishers, taking second in the men’s 55-59 division and 30th overall. He finished the 7.4-kilometre in 39 minutes four seconds.

Kathryne Flannery of Kamloops was 67th overall and fifth among 55-59 women, finishing in 47:54. Bruce Butcher took second in the men’s 75-79 group and 69th overall in 52:50.

Jeff Symonds of Penticton finished first overall, in 25:55. Kerry Haaheim of Kelowna was the fastest female finisher, in 35:08.

The IRA awards ceremony and banquet is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Kamloops.

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The Valleyview Vikings defeated the South Kamloops Titans 24-0 in the high school varsity AA football regular-season finale at Hillside Stadium on Friday.

The victory means the Vikings are in the playoffs — they will take on the Pitt Meadows Marauders at B.C. Place Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Valleyview used a strong running game to get past the Titans. The Vikings had 336 yards of total offence, all of it on the ground.

Two big plays helped Valleyview — a 60-yard interception return led to a touchdown, and a 53-yard run accounted for another.

The Titans managed 170 yards of total offence, 129 of them on the ground.

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The Kamloops Rugby Club Raiders were perfect on the Lower Mainland on Saturday.

The Raiders first-division men improved to 5-1 after defeating Seattle 31-26 on a wet day in Burnaby. The Raiders’ second-division men picked up their first victory in six tries with a 44-0 victory over Seattle.

KRC’s women edged Capilano 12-5 in North Vancouver and now are 3-2.





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