Tuesday September 02, 2014






Sports Briefs: Nabata headed to Elite meet

The Kamloops Minor Baseball Association’s Field of Dreams will officially open Thursday.

The KMBA has scheduled a grand opening at the indoor facility, which is located in the centre of McArthur Island. It is the result of months of planning, fundraising and building.

The grand opening with be held at 3 p.m.

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Scott DeCap and Hub International scored a decisive blow in the seventh end of a 6-4 victory over Grant Olsen’s Grassroots rink in the Sun Life Super League at Kamloops Curling Club on Monday.

DeCap scored two in the seventh and then ran Olsen out of rocks in the eighth. It was an important victory, as it kept the DeCap rink five points ahead of second-place rinks skipped by Brent Yamada and Darren Nelson.
DeCap is at 14-2-1, with Yamada at 12-5 and Nelson at 12-4.

Yamada’s Kamloops Office Systems team, in its last game before provincials in Parksville, defeated Bob Holden’s KPMG 6-1 on Monday. Holden fell to 6-10-1, and is tied for seventh.

Nelson’s TRU WolfPack rink, meanwhile, shut down Mike Smith’s BA Dawson Blacktop 5-0 in four ends. Smith is 7-9-1 and sixth.

Amanda Russet’s Wrabel Brothers Construction won its second game of the season, beating Kevin Ihlen’s Tim Hortons/Coldstone rink 6-4. Russet is 2-14, while Ihlen is 2-13-1.

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Scott Nabata of Kamloops is one of 27 B.C. athletes scheduled to compete at the Elite Canada gymnastics competition in Sherwood Park, Alta., this weekend.

Nabata is in his first season in the senior men’s division, from which seven B.C. athletes will attend the weekend event. Among those athletes is Abbotsford’s Ken Ikeda, a 2004 Olympian.

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Two members of the Overlander Ski Club’s race team won medals at the provincial cross-country championships in Prince George.

The championships also formed the final B.C. Cup events.

Nicole Vermey won goal in the Junior Girls 2 category, with teammate Elizabeth Mckenzie-Case taking second.

The B.C. Cup aggregate trophies were handed out after the final event, with three Overlander skiers picking up awards. Hanneli Ladyman was first in the 2001 Bantam Girls, while Mckenzie-Case was third in the 1996 Junior Girls. Vermey was second in the 1995 Junior Girls.

The next event for the Overlander team will be the second races in the Teck Okanagan Cup Series, Feb. 16 at Stake Lake.

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Elise Laupland won four medals and qualified for the summer AA provincial championships with a solid showing at the Kamloops Classics’ Valentine Splash Invitational swim meet at Canada Games Aquatic Centre on the weekend.

Laupland, 12, finished the 200-metre breaststroke in three minutes 19.48 seconds, good enough to make the provincial qualifier. She also took gold in the 100m breaststroke (1:35.32) and bronze in the 100m butterfly (1:33.63), 100m freestyle (1:17.60) and 200m individual medley (3:07.70).

Four swimmers qualified for regional meets by cracking the 4:00 mark in the 200m IM: Brynn Applegath (3:57.95) was second in 10-year-old girls; Arrison Jyrkkanen (3:58.81) was third among 10-year-old boys; and Tristan Kicia (3:57.90) and Marley Dean (3:54.16) also qualified.





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