Friday April 25, 2014






Sports Briefs: Titans run table at middle school tourney


The Canada Games Aquatic Centre was a busy place on the weekend as the Kamloops Classics played host to their annual Valentine’s Splash Invitational meet. Above, that's Haley Rowden, 9, diving into the pool to begin a 200-metre individual medley heat on Saturday afternoon. She won the heat, too.

The South Kamloops Titans Grade 8 boys basketball team went 4-for-4 at the KVR Middle School Festival in Penticton.

The Titans defeated the Penticton-McNicoll Park Dragons 62-31, the Oliver-Southern Okanagan Hornets 55-35, the Vernon-Clarence Fulton Maroons 45-16 and the Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers, 54-18.

Gabe Graham-Boyd, Gage Fairlie, Ethan Herndier and Dayton Gray were the Titans’ game MVPs.

South Kam is scheduled to play host to the Merritt Panthers on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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Three competitors from Aberdeen Judo brought home gold medals from the Vancouver International tournament that was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday.

Jens Krause was first in senior men, brown and black belts. Krause earned two full-point victories, winning both with throwing techniques completed immediately by a pinning technique.

Megan Hanks finished first in senior women, also with two full-point victories due to their not being any entries in her under-18 division. Hanks, 15, moved up to a senior women’s division and defeated a pair of Judo BC team members. Hanks is a green belt, which is three ranks below black belt. She defeated a brown belt and a black belt, both with full-point victories.

Matthew Hanks finished first in junior boys (orange belt and higher), earning three full-point victories as he won with combinations of throws and grappling techniques.

Graeme Hanks placed second in junior boys (yellow belt) with two full-point victories. He was competing in his first coloured belt tournament after recently being promoted in the Aberdeen Judo junior promotional grading exams. Hanks got a draw in his first match, then won two.

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Cheyenne Betz, a 15-year-old student at Thompson Valley Tae Kwon Do, and chief instructor Robert Gill will be part of the Canadian team that will compete at the world championships in England in July.

Betz is a Canadian champion, who also is a four-time provincial champion and three-time Western Canadian champ. According to a news release from her club, “This is the first time a Tae Kwon Do junior athlete has made it to the world championship level.”

She will compete at the Canadian Open in April as she prepares for the competition in England.

Gill is a recent recipient of a Tae Kwon Do Pioneers award for dedication to teaching the original Tae Kwon Do.

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A rink skipped by Brad Thompson won the McArthur Island Curling Club’s annual mixed bonspiel on the weekend.

Al Leake’s foursome finished second in the competition that drew 16 teams.

Lori Olsen’s rink won the B event, with Andrew Barnes the runner-up.

The C event was won by Ron Douglas and his rink over Shawn Woitas.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres scored a 75-15 victory over the Valleyview Vikings in AA senior girls basketball action on Monday.

Shenise Sigsworth had 19 points for the Sabres, with Jaida Wallat adding 16 and Haley Cochran getting 11.
Emma McLeod had five points for Valleyview.

On the weekend, Sa-Hali placed eighth at the York House tournament. Sigsworth was an honourable mention all-star.

The Sabres lost to the the Surrey-Southridge Storm, beat Victoria-St. Michael’s University Blue Devils in overtime, then lost by four to the North Vancouver-St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints, the No. 3-ranked team in the province.

In their final game there, the Sabres were beaten by the Prince George-Duchess Park Condors.





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