Friday August 01, 2014






Sports Briefs: South Kam senior girls win final

The South Kamloops Titans finished their home Big Kahuna Invitational senior boys basketball tournament 1-2.
The Titans had lost to the Kelowna Owls on Thursday, and lost 71-63 to the North Vancouver-Handsworth Royals on Friday. South Kam wrapped up the tournament with a 79-63 victory over the Pitt Meadows Marauders at the Tournament Capital Centre on Saturday.

Jacob Adams had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Titans against the Royals, who finished the tournament 3-0. Elijah Hills-Gold added 18 points, and Grade 10 Reid Sellars scored nine.

Hillis-Gold had a monster game against Pitt Meadows, scoring 34 points. He was named to the tournament all-star team.

Adams had another big effort, with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Sellars scored 17.

The Titans are scheduled to play at the St. Francis AAA Invitational Tournament in Calgary on Dec. 13-16.

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Maya Olynyk was named tournament MVP as the South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team won the Mouat Century 21 tournament in Abbotsford.

Olynyk helped the Titans beat the Victoria-Oak Bay Breakers 62-52 in Saturday’s final. The Titans are ranked No. 1 in the province; Oak Bay is No. 2.

Olynyk had 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in the final, while Emma Wolfram had 19 points, 24 rebounds and seven blocks. Olynyk and Wolfram were tournament all-stars.
Kanesha Reeves had eight points in the victory, and Ashley Lamoureux added seven.

On Friday, Olynyk was player of the game as the Titans won a semifinal over the Kelowna Owls. A score wasn’t available. Olynyk had 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Wolfram had 17 points and 19 rebounds.
Lamoureux scored 15 points, while Anna Frenkel had 10 points.

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The South Kamloops Titans finished seventh at the provincial senior AAAA girls volleyball championship in Port Coquitlam.

South Kam, which entered the tournament ranked 10th, lost in a Friday quarterfinal. After moving into the consolation draw, the Titans lost in three sets (22-25, 25-9, 15-10) to the Kelowna Owls.

In the seventh-place match, South Kam beat the host Riverside Rapids in a three-set thriller (25-14, 25-27, 16-14). Outside hitter Mieke DuMont was a second-team tournament all-star.

The Titans are eligible to return all but one player — Caitlin Runge, who is graduating — to next season’s team.

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The Spence sisters of Kamloops skated to a bunch of medals at the Canada Cup 1 long track speed skating competition in Quebec City.

Josie Spence, 18, picked up a gold medal, a silver and a bronze, while 20-year-old sister Tori won a gold and a silver medal.

Josie, who had won the 1,500 metres on Friday, came back Saturday to finish third in the 1,000m and first in the 3,000m. She did the 1,000m in one minute 25.45 seconds, about a second back of Calgary’s Kate Hanly.
In the 3,000m, Josie won in 4:36.68. That time left her less than a second ahead of sister Tori, who took silver in 4:37.21.

Tori came back with a gold-medal skate in the 5,000m on Sunday, winning in 8:09.92. Josie took second in the 1,000m, in a time of 1:25.24.

The Canada Cup events are used to determine rankings for national junior and development teams. The next Canada Cup is in Calgary from Jan. 3-6.

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Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops was edged off the podium in the women’s 1,000 metres at a World Cup short track speed skating meet in Nagoya, Japan, on Saturday.

Hewitt finished fourth in one minute 32.177 seconds. The third-place finisher, Korean Soyoun Lee, finished in 1:31.443.

Hewitt had finished second in her quarterfinal and semifinal races to make the final.

Hewitt ended up in the B final of the 1,500m, finishing 10th overall. Hewitt failed to advance to the A final, but was fourth in the B final.





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