An incredible comeback helped Scott DeCap’s Hub International rink win the Sun Life Financial Super League title Monday at Kamloops Curling Club.
DeCap went 15-2-1 during the regular season and won the A qualifier into Monday’s final. He was up against Brent Yamada’s Kamloops Office Systems in the final, and needed an extra end to win 6-5.
DeCap counted two with the hammer in the first end, but Yamada took a 5-2 lead after singles in the second, third, fourth, six and seventh ends. Playing an eight-end game, DeCap needed three to force an extra end, and got it.
In the ninth, Yamada came up heavy on his last shot, giving DeCap a steal for the victory.
Yamada had won the B event final earlier Monday, 7-2 over Darren Nelson’s TRU WolfPack squad.
Yamada was up 4-0 after two ends, and 5-2 after six. Yamada counted two in the seventh, bringing about handshakes.
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help won its second straight Grade 7 girls city basketball championship on Monday evening.
OLPH, which is coached by Jack Isenor and Joel Gobeil, defeated David Thompson 40-29 in a game that was rescheduled from last week. OLPH finished the season 13-3.
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The River’s Spring Run-Off will celebrate its 30th birthday Sunday in Westsyde.
The 10-kilometre road race is Kamloops’ longest annual running race and, since it falls on St. Patrick’s Day this year, should bring about some interesting choices of clothing.
The Kamloops Ridge Runners will play host to the event, which is the third event on the Interior Running Association’s road racing series. It also is a Timex Running Series event.
The race is scheduled to start at Arthur Stevenson elementary at 10 a.m. Registration can be done online — a link can be found at www.interiorrunningassociation.com.
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Kristi Richards will be at Sun Peaks on Saturday and Sunday for a Try Freestyle weekend.
Richards, an Olympian in 2006 and 2010, and a 2011 world bronze-medallist, will help at the Try Freestyle clinic to help promote freestyle skiing at Sun Peaks. Kristi and Mike Richards, a lead facilitator for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, will run the clinic.
The clinics will run from 9 a.m., to around 3 p.m., both days. They are open to the public, and skiers eight and older are invited.
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The Kamloops Sports Council has announced the nominees for its annual awards.
The winners of the awards — there are seven — will be announced April 13 at TRU’s Grand Hall in conjunction with the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
There are two nominees for sportsperson of the year — former Kamloops Blazers employee Greg (Spike) Wallace, and local referee/volunteer Claudio Klarich.
The coach of the year award nominees are Ken Olynyk, who was on the coaching staff of the provincial AAA girls basketball-champion South Kamloops Titans; Gerry Smith, who coached the Kamloops Vibe women’s hockey team to a Western Canadian championship; and Kamloops Classics head coach Brad Dalke, who led the Classics to the 2012 Swim B.C. Club of the year.
The Titans, Vibe and Classics are up for the team of the year award as well.
Alanna Bekkering, Josie Spence and Kala Stone are up for female athlete of the year. Spence is a speed skater for the River City Racers, while Stone is a runner with the Kamloops Track and Field Club and Bekkering plays for the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team.
The male athlete of the year will come down to hammer thrower Adam Keenan, pole vaulter Spencer Allen and gymnast Scott Nabata.
There are two new awards.
The University Award nominees are baseball player Denver Wynn, soccer coach Tom McManus and the WolfPack women’s soccer team, while the International Excellence Award is between the Fire Fit Firefighters Team, throws coach Anatoliy Bondarchuk and shot putter Dylan Armstrong.
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Eva Mortensen Davies won two gold medals at the Super Series Starskate Final in Kelowna on the weekend.
Mortensen Davies, a member of the Valleyview Skating Club, was first in the competitive introductory freeskate as well as the gold introductory freeskate. Cheyenne Irvine also was golden in the silver introductory freeskate and the silver interpretive.
A total of 20 skaters competed for Valleyview in Kelowna. Complete results are in Scoreboard.
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Sylvie Lloyd of the Kamloops Long Blades hit three personal-best times at the Calgary Oval Finale and Canada Cup 4 speed skating competition in Calgary.
Lloyd, 16, knocked nearly five seconds off her PB in the 1,500 metres, finishing in two minutes 35.07 seconds.
She also set PBs in the 500m and 1,000m.
Kris Pynten, 18, also hit a PB in the 1,500m, finishing in 2:14.81, and set personal records in the 500m and 1,000m.
B.J. Schmidt, 19, made PBs in the 500m, 1,500m and 3,000m events, while 20-year-old Jamie Inglis finished the 500m in 37.300 seconds, nearly a personal best.
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The Brockelhurst Broncs Grade 8 boys basketball team finished 15th at the provincial championship in Pitt Meadows on the weekend.
The Broncs opened with a 48-32 loss to the Victoria-Gordon Head Grizzlies. Mitchell Mathieson had 13 points, and Jacob Henderson scored 10.
Brock went on to lose 49-19 to the Steveston Packers, before dropping a 42-39 decision to the Penticton-Skaha Lake Sharks. Mathieson had 15 points in the loss to the Sharks and Henderson had eight.
Mathieson was MVP of the Broncs’ last game, a 43-29 victory over the Pitt Meadows Marauders. Mathieson had 20 points in the victory.
Brocklehurst was coached by Lindsay Grinberg and Vanessa Mathieson.