Friday August 29, 2014






Sports Briefs: Four-ender sparks DeCap to victory; KRC needs coach

Scott DeCap scored four on the first end and rode that to a 7-4 victory over Brent Yamada in Sun Life Financial Super League action at the Kamloops Curling Club on Monday night.

DeCap’s Hub International rink added a deuce in the sixth end after Yamada’s Kamloops Office Systems quarter had closed to within 5-4. DeCap leads the league, at 8-1-1, while Yamada is tied for third, just three points back.

Rick Reimer (SMS Equipment) kept pace with a 5-2 victory over Kevin Ihlen (Tim Hortons/Coldstone Creamery). Reimer, who stole singles in the fifth and sixth ends, is just a point behind DeCap.
Meanwhile, Randy Nelson (TRU Men’s WolfPack) stayed in the hunt with a 6-2 victory over Amanda Russet (Wrabel Brothers Construction), thanks to four in the fifth end. Nelson is t ied with Yamada in third spot.

In other games, Bob Holden (KPMG) scored four in the fifth end to take a 6-1 lead and went on to a 7-2 victory over Lori Olsen (Grassroots) and Corryn Brown (Rivershore Ram) dropped Mike Smith (BA Dawson Blacktop), 8-1, in four ends.

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Members of the Kamloops Rugby Club’s board of directors are searching for a junior boys’ coach.

According to a KRC news release, it is “offering a part-time position with a two- or three-year plan. This includes the KRC looking after your coaching certification. This would be a paid position.”

Call men’s first-division coach Trevor Johnston at 250-574-1466 to inquire about the job.

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Brad Dalke, the head coach of the Kamloops Classics Swim Club, is hoping his swimmers will “swim to win” at this weekend’s MJB Ice Classic.

The 20th annual swim meet takes place at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre with preliminaries starting Friday at 9 a.m.; the meet will end Sunday evening.

All told, 561 swimmers from 20 clubs throughout Alberta and B.C. have registered for the meet.

This meet gives swimmers an opportunity to hit qualifying standards for bigger meets, and club records and sometimes provincial or national records will fall.

Some of the bigger meets the Classics swimmers are trying to qualify for are the BC AA meet (Feb. 8-10 in Surrey), B.C. AAA meet (Feb 28-March 3 in Victoria) and the Western Canadian championships Feb. 14-17 in Saskatoon.

“This is the meet that we focus on for the first half of the short course season,” Dalke said in a news release.

“These kids are primed to perform and ready to make their qualifying times.”

Saturday’s preliminaries also begin at 9a.m., with finals starting at 5 p.m.  Sunday’s sessions start at 9 a.m., with finals scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

On Friday, 4:45 p.m., Erin Gammel of Barriere, who swam for the Classics, will be recognized for her competitive swimming achievements. There will be a banner unveiling of her national team accomplishments.

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Athletes from the Kamloops Gymnastics/Trampoline Club competed in their first meet of the season on Sunday in Kelowna.

Okanagan Gymnastics played host to the Cob Web Invitational that had Zone 2 clubs from throughout the

Interior competing in their first meet of the season.

Four KGTC athletes won their categories.

Jennaya Motokado, Provincial 5, was first on floor and vault, second on beam and fourth on bars. Lauren Wotten, Provincial 4, placed first on floor, second on beam and bars, and third on vault. Jade Wood, Provincial 3, placed second on floor and beam, third on bars and fourth on vault. Chantal Martens, Provincial 2, was first on on vault and bars, third on beam and fourth on floor.

There also were four KGTC competitors who placed second in their categories.

Shayla Gifford, Provincial 5, finished first on beam, second on bars, third on floor and fourth on vault. Emily Matthew, Provincial 4, was first on bars and beam, and fifth on vault and floor. Emillee Gal, Provincial 3, placed third on vault, beam, and floor, and fourth on bars. Christine Strain, Provincial 2, was second on beam and floor, third on vault and fifth on bars.

Meanwhile, Bella Wood, Provincial 2, played second on beam and floor, and third on vault, to place fourth overall. Emma Guertin, Provincial 2, earned gold on floor and was fourth overall. Taylor Gray, Provincial 3, finished second on bars and third on floor, placing sixth overall.

Next up for KGTC athletes will be Winterfest in Coquitlam, Jan. 25-27.

At the same time, Scott Nabata, KGTC’s top male gymnast, is spending most of December training in Japan with other members of Canada’s national team. His first meet of the season will be at Elite Canada on Feb 7-10 in Edmonton.





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