The Sa-Hali Sabres got a last-minute basket from Katie Ludvig in a 24-22 victory over the South Kamloops Titans in Wednesday’s Grade 8 girls city basketball final at Brocklehurst.
Sa-Hali fought back from an 18-5 halftime deficit thanks, in part, to seven points each from Ludvig and Caet McCorkell. Jamie Lane and Kara Brink each had five points in the victory, and point guard Sawyer Hawgood ran the offence.
South Kam’s Ally Lincoln scored eight points.
The host Broncs sewed up the city Grade 8 boys championship on Wednesday, knocking off the South Kamloops Titans 35-24.
The Broncs led 15-10 at the half, and were ahead by three heading into the fourth quarter. With Brock hanging on to a four-point lead, Anthony Cave drained a three-pointer to put the game away with four minutes remaining.
Cave ended with seven points, and Mitchell Mathieson also scored 11 in the victory. Kaden Cook led South Kamloops with five points.
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The 1955-56 North Kamloops Mohawks of baseball fame will be the 18th team to be inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame.
The Mohawks were assembled from the many Japanese-Canadians who relocated to Kamloops in the years following the Second World War. According to a Hall of Fame news release, “The team was called the Mohawks because . . . it was a neutral name in the post-war era, and the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Blackhawks were famous major sports teams.”
The Mohawks played five years (1952-57) under the umbrella of the Kamloops Nissan Athletic Association.
The highlight of that two-year run may have been winning the prestigious Dominion Day Tournament at Riverside Park. Records show that the Mohawks beat the Quesnel Clippers 6-5 in the final, after beating the Vancouver Longshoremen 8-7 in a semifinal. The Mohawks stole nine bases in the final, three of them coming in a five-run third inning.
The Mohawks were coached by Seiji Kazama for the first two years. After he moved from Kamloops, Pat Miyahara took over the reigns.
Miyahara has passed away, as have some of his players like Sho Yamada, Joe and Sam Motokado, Art Yuen, Steve Varanai and Richard Oikawa. Among the team’s surviving members are Tom and Gord Miyahara, Stan and Spud Kato, Sam Aura, Dave Kuromi, Tosh Takanaka, Ken Kochi, Joe Yamake, Henry Mori, Ted Isobe, Rudy Morelli, Jim Motokado and Dick Lee.
The 23rd annual induction banquet is scheduled for TRU’s Grand Hall Ballroom on April 13.
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Dallas Stachoski had four goals as the Jani King Stars scored a 7-4 victory over the Team 8 Chiefs in a midget recreational playoff hockey game Tuesday.
Justin Bruno, Lucas Colgan and Shaymus Stachoski also scored in the victory, and Jordan Moore had two assists. Robin Proust and Cole Loring split the goaltending.
Adam Cook had two goals for the Chiefs, whose other scorers and whose goaltenders were unavailable.