Kelly Olynyk of the Gonzaga Bulldogs has been named the West Coast Conference’s player of the week.
Olynyk a seven-footer from Kamloops, had a great week to lead the Bulldogs to three NCAA men’s basketball victories. Gonzaga now is ranked No. 8 in the nation.
Olynyk averaged 23.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 65.7 shooting as the Zags beat Oklahoma State, Pepperdine and Santa Clara, all on the road. Against Santa Clara, Olynyk had a career-high 33 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
So far this season, Olynyk is averaging a team-high 17.1 points and his shooting percentage (67.5) is third in the NCAA.
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The South Kamloops Titans won a pair of games off the top-ranked AA girls basketball team in the province.
South Kam, which is ranked third in AAA, beat the Surrey-Holy Cross Crusaders 64-50 on Saturday and 58-53 on Sunday at the Tournament Capital Centre. The Crusaders will likely be the favourites when AA provincials come to town in March.
Emma Wolfram had 16 points and nine blocks on Saturday, while Maya Olynyk helped out with 13 points, six steals and four assists. Anna Frenkel also had a strong game, with 11 points and five rebounds, and Mieke DuMont also scored 10 points.
Wolfram had 18 points and Olynyk scored 10 in Sunday’s victory. Emily Vilac, who joined Olynyk, Wolfram and
Holy Cross’s Michelle Bos and Amy Sprangers on the provincial under-17 team over the summer, added nine points.
The Titans will be at home to the Salmon Arm Jewels today.
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James Leonard of the Golden Rockets has been named the KIJHL’s Kootenay Conference player of the month for December.
Leonard, a Kamloops native, helped the Rockets stay in the hunt in the tight Eddie Mountain Division. A goalender, he earned six victories, a tie and a loss while posting a 2.32 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Leonard, 19, is in his second season with the Rockets and has already matched his victory total from last season. So far, he has appeared in 26 games, going 18-7-1 with a 2.68 GAA and .915 save percentage. He also has a shutout and an assist.
Leonard’s 18 victories are most in the 20-team league, his GAA is seventh and his save percentage is fifth.
The Rockets are 24-11-1-3 and one point back of the division-leading Fernie Ghostriders, who are 25-11-1-2.
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The speed skating Spence sisters were in Calgary for a pair of weekend meets.
Tori, 20, and Josie, 18, competed in the Canadian single distance championships, with Tori winning silver in the 5,000 metres and Josie qualifying first overall among junior females.
For Josie, the meet served as a qualifier for the junior world championships in Collalbo, Italy, on Feb. 23-24.
The top four female and male skaters were selected for the Canadian team.
Josie was sixth overall in the 3,000m (with a provincial-record time of four minutes 14.06 seconds), eighth in the 1,500m (another record, 2:01.54), 11th in the 500m (39.71, another record), and 10th in the 1,000m.
Sara Spence, 17, competed at the Canada Cup portion of the Calgary meet. She was fifth in the 500m, 10th in the 1,500m and 3,000m, and 15th in the 1,000m.
Tori Spence was wearing new blades courtesy of Sun Country Toyota Scion.
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The Kamloops Blazers announced Monday they they have signed forward Deven Sideroff to a standard WHL education contract.
Sideroff, a native of Summerland, was listed by the Blazers after training camp in September. Through 35 games with Penticton’s Okanagan Hockey Academy midget prep team, Sideroff has 41 points, including 29 assists.