Thursday April 24, 2014






Sports Briefs: Sabres, Titans off to volleyball provincials

Tori Spence of the River City Racers Speed Skating Club won the 3,000 metres at the CanAm Championships in Calgary on Sunday.

Her first-place finish came in a senior provincial record time of four minutes 14.96 seconds.

Her sister, Sara, finished 15th in a personal-best time of 4:36.79.

In the male division of the 3,000m, brother Eric finished in 4:37.23, which has him as 18th fastest male in the world in his age group over this distance.

On Saturday, Josie, the fourth Spence sibling, won a silver medal in the 5k mass start race at the Regional Junior World Cup.

Josie also finished third in the 1,500m with a provincial record of 2:01.93 and set another B.C. record of 40.37 seconds in the 500m as she finished fifth.

In the Regional Junior World Cup, Sara was seventh in the 500m with a PB of 41.55. She also skated in the 1,500m in the CanAm event and had a PB of 2:12.38 as she placed 29th. Tori was seventh — the second Canadian — in that event with her best time this season.

In the 1,500m, Eric skated the 1,500m in 2:13.82, a PB by seven seconds. He placed 84th. He also had a PB (44.50) in the 500m.

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The Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers and Sa-Hali Sabres earned berths in the AA provincial volleyball championship by reaching the final of the Okanagan zone tournament on Saturday.

The Lakers beat the host Sabres 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 26-24) in the final.

In the semifinals, Kalamalka beat the Westsyde Whundas 2-0 (25-5, 25-8) and the Sabres got past the Valleyview Vikings 2-0 (25-17, 25-19).

The Vikings won the third-place game, beating the Whundas 3-1 (26-24, 14-25, 25-22, 24-14). The Vikings will travel to the Fraser Valley on Saturday to play in a wild-card tournament for one berth in provincials.

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The South Kamloops Titans senior girls volleyball team finished second in the Okanagan championships at the TRU gymnasium on the weekend.

That was enough to get the Titans a berth in the provincial championships at Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary, Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.

The Titans defeated the Penticton Lakers 3-0 (25-21,25-11,25-18) in their semifinal.

The Kelowna Owls won a four-set final (25-21,15-25, 22-25, 22-25).

South Kam’s Mieke DuMont and Kathleen Leonard were named to the Okanagan Valley AAAA all-star team.





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