Thursday August 21, 2014






Sports Briefs: Terwiel just thankful for experience

Elli Terwiel of Sun Peaks finished 28th in the women’s slalom at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, on Saturday.

Terwiel, 23, was competing in her first world championship, and posted a two-run time of one minute 45.06 seconds.

American Mikaela Shiffrin was first, in 1:39.85, with Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac Etchemin, Que., the top Canadian in 13th.

Terwiel, who finished her first run in 30th, was the first skier out of the gates for the second run, and got to spend some time in the leader’s box after crossing the line.

“It’s always fun to be in the leader’s box,” Terwiel said in a news release. “Too bad it didn’t last longer.”

Terwiel, a student-athlete at the University of Vermont, wasn’t pleased with her performance, but is glad to have the experience.

“I’m not happy with how I skied but I think it’s a different thing to step up and perform at world championships,” she said. “It will be a really good experience for me to bring into the next races and into next year. I could have done a better job but at the same time I didn’t make too many huge mistakes.”

Erin Mielzynski of Guelph was the second-fastest Canadian, her time of 1:42.24 leaving her 17th, with Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Que., 30th in 1:46.14.

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Skaters from the Valleyview Skating Club came home from the weekend’s Okanagan regional competition in Kelowna with 13 medals.

Haley Barber won gold in both of her categories: Introductory Interpretive and Star 3B Freeskate. Cassandra Labermeyer also won gold medals in the Silver Interpretive and the Gold Creative, and was sixth in the Senior Bronze Freeskate.

Jana DeJong was first in the Star 3B Freeskate and second in the Bronze Interpretive, while Kirsty Newbury won gold in the Senior Bronze Solo Dance and silver in the Silver Interpretive.

Lauren Mark had a second-place finish in the Star 3B Freeskate and was 10th in the Introductory Interpretive, while MacKenzie Sewell took silver in the Star 3B Freeskate and fifth in the Bronze Interpretive.

Holly Neufeld won silver in the Silver Interpretive and also was sixth in the Star 4 Freeskate, with Brenna Wassing earning silver in the Star 2 Freeskate, in which Megan Barber took bronze.

Scotia Wojak was 10th in the Star 4 Freeskate.

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The Kamloops Volleyball Association Demons under-13 girls team won two of three games in Kelowna on the weekend.

The Demons opened with a 25-23, 25-22 loss to the Kelowna Volleyball Club’s Chris team. Kamloops bounced back with a 25-18, 25-17 victory over the Kelowna Kougars, before rolling past the Vernon Volleyball Club’s Laurie team 25-14, 25-23. The Demons won eight of the last nine points in the second set.





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