The Southern Interior Football Conference season opened Sunday, and the Kamloops Broncos had a rough start.
Kamloops dropped a 38-12 junior-bantam decision to the Salmon Arm Broncos at Hillside Stadium. Salmon Arm opened up a 24-0 lead in the first half, and never looked back.
Salmon Arm pounded the ball on the ground, attempting only two passes. Both of those came in the first half, and neither of them worked. All five Salmon Arm touchdowns were on the ground.
Kamloops got on the board in the third quarter, when quarterback Carson Day connected with Cameron Treadwell. Treadwell caught the pass about 20 yards from the line of scrimmage and rumbled 55 yards for a touchdown, cutting the score to 24-6.
Salmon Arm replied with a touchdown, before Day hit Reggie O’Rourke on third-and-10 — the play turned out to be a 68-yard touchdown.
Day was 6-for-12 passing for 150 yards. Fullback Eric Kim had 52 yards on eight carries, while the Kamloops defence was led by Cody and Kyle Watt, Reeve Martin and Johnathon Laroque.
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Eric Bojesen had another undefeated week at the Canadian senior tennis championships in Vancouver and now is Canada’s No. 1 seed in 70-74 singles and doubles.
Bojesen, a former Kamloops Sports Council senior athlete of the year, won his first two singles draws, before knocking off the No. 2 seed, Ontario’s Guido Weber, 6-4, 6-3 in a semifinal. That pushed Bojesen through to the final against Ontario’s John Tibbits, who had upset the No. 1 seed in the other semifinal.
Bojesen prevailed, winning 6-4, 6-1.
If that wasn’t enough, Bojesen teamed up with his partner, Horst Dammholz of Vancouver, to win the 70-74 doubles. The B.C. boys knocked off the defending champions and the No. 1 seed 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in a semifinal.
That set up a final meeting with the No. 2 seed, out of Montreal, and Bojesen and Hammolz hammered it, 6-1, 6-0. Bojesen ended the week 7-0, with four of those victories coming in the singles competition.
Bojesen now is Canada’s No. 1 seed in both singles and doubles. He is to represent Canada at the senior team championship in Turkey in October 2014.
Meanwhile, George Lea, the former professional at the Kamloops Tennis Association, lost in the final of the men’s 65-69 doubles. Lea and John Wade of the Lower Mainland fell 6-0, 6-2 to Robert Bardsley and Donald McCormick of Vancouver.
Lea also made it to the men’s 65-69 singles quarterfinal, but lost 6-2, 6-2 to Bardsley, who went on to win gold.
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Duncan Kerr posted the shutout in NRI Distribution’s 3-0 victory over RCC FC in a Kamloops Recreational Soccer League 45-plus game Sunday.
Luis Adamo, with two, and John Silano had the goals.
Peter Hack also had a 45-plus shutout, helping Kamcon knock off B.C. Rivers Consulting, 6-0.
Rob Jameson had three goals, with Alan Kivi, Todd Wiseman and Dan Bissonnette also scoring.
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Ironman Canada found its new home in Whistler, and Melissa Lowenberg of Kamloops won her division Sunday.
Lowenberg, in the women’s 40-44 group, finished in 10 hours 40 minutes 56 seconds. She was behind after the 3.8-kilometre swim, but made up ground with a solid 180km bike and a great 42km run. Lowenberg is planning to compete at the World Ironman championships in Hawaii.
The Ironman Canada event had long been held in Penticton, but moved to Whistler in the winter.
Perry Grunenberg of Kamloops finished second in the men’s 55-59 group.
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Bonnie Welin defended her title at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club’s ladies club championships on the weekend.
Welin won the low gross title for the second straight year, while Louise McDougall was the overall low net winner.
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The Whitby Warriors won the Minto Cup on Sunday, breaking the hearts of the New Westminster Salmonbellies and their Kamloops quartet.
The Warriors won the best-of-five series 3-1, wrapping it up with a 10-8 overtime victory on Sunday. The tournament, which was held in New Westminster, ran all week, ending with a best-of-five series to determine the champion.
The Salmonbellies were led by four players with Kamloops roots — natives Jeremy Bosher, Ty Hamer-Jackson and Quinn Smith, along with Brendan Ranford, who played five seasons with the WHL’s Blazers.
Whitby won 16-6 on Thursday, before New Westminster tied things up with a 9-7 victory Friday. Whitby came back to win 13-4 on Saturday, setting up Sunday’s finale.
Ranford scored once in the four games, while Smith only played one game in the final — Sunday’s — but scored twice in the loss. Bosher had three goals and an assist against Whitby, while Hamer-Jackson was held off the scoresheet.