The Sa-Hali Sabres swept the Spike Pink Volleyball Challenge, a local tournament that raised awareness and money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
The tournament was held at Sa-Hali, and raised more than $900 for the CBCF. The Sabres juniors and seniors won their sides of the tournament.
The Sabres juniors didn’t drop a set en route to the title, sweeping the South Kamloops Titans in a semifinal and the Valleyview Vikings in Saturday’s final. The Sabres beat the Vikings 25-23, 25-19, in the final, after the Vikings had beaten the Westsyde Whundas in a three-set semifinal.
The Titans beat the Whundas in three sets (16-25, 25-22, 15-7) to take bronze.
Sa-Hali’s Katie Ludvig was named junior MVP, with teammate Brenna Worsfold making the all-star team. South Kam’s Tyra Kopytko, Westsyde’s Kristen Morgan and Valleyview’s Sydney Klauset also were junior all-stars.
The Sabres seniors had a little more trouble on their trip to gold, although they swept the Whundas in three sets in a semifinal. The Titans seniors had swept the Vikings in three sets to set up a championship showdown with Sa-Hali.
And it was an epic final, with the Sabres needing five sets to win (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 11-25, 15-13) with more than 230 spectators in attendance. The bronze-medal match was no slouch, with Westsyde defeating Valleyview in five sets (15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-12).
Rachelle Duckworth of the Sabres was the senior MVP, and Erin Flanagan was Sa-Hali’s all-star. South Kam’s Mieke DuMont, Westsyde’s Taya Mostyk and Valleyview’s Alexa Kouroupis also were all-stars.
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Thompson Valley Taekwon-Do took a team of five students to a tournament in Trail, and those athletes brought home nine medals.
Colton Andersen, a green belt, picked up two gold medals — in patterns and sparring. Ben Desrochers and Tristan Arnold, both black belts, won silvers in their divisions, and fellow black belts Jordan and Mathew Blaschek picked up bronze.
The school and instructor Robert Gill won the 5 Tenets Award for the spirit of taekwondo during the event.
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PacificSport has a conference coming up on Oct. 26, called Pathways to Sport Excellence.
The conference, which is set to run from 8:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., at the Tournament Capital Centre is free to attend, and is open for coaches, parents and athletes between the ages of 12 and 17. It aims to help people better understand sport performance.
According to a news release, “The conference is designed to introduce concepts of strength and conditioning, sport nutrition and mental training to all groups in attendance. These sessions will be run by experts in their field.”
Among the experts are sports psychologist Dr. John Hogg, strength and conditioning coach Greg Kozoris and registered dietitian Christina Giudici. There will be an active session by Kamloops Hot Yoga, for the athletes, along with an opportunity for athletes to participate in the IGNITE Athlete Development Program with its coach David Stride and gymnastics coach Penny Erickson.
To end the conference, Arlene Olynyk, TRU’s alumni officer, and a busy wife and sport mom, will speak about her parent perspective on raising high performance athletes.
Parents are encouraged to attend, as former Olympian Eryn Bulmer-Barrett, a retired diver, also will give a speech at lunch.
To register, email Eryn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kamloops Rugby Club teams went 2-2 at the Tournament Capital Ranch on the weekend.
The Raiders women lost 39-25 to Bayside on Saturday, before the Raiders second-division men knocked off Richmond, 41-24.
Chris Chan scored two tries for the seconds, and Jordan Sullivan booted four conversions and a penalty. Justin Blanchard, Ryan Penner, Hayes Bishop and Kevin Duggan also scored tries in the victory.
The Raiders first-division men lost 39-14 to Richmond. Blanchard scored Kamloops’ try, and Trevor Miyazaki made three penalty kicks.
On Sunday, the Raiders junior (under-17) team knocked off the Brit Lions of Vancouver, 51-7.
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The Kamloops Vibe started off the South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League season with a bang, picking up seven of eight points on their road trip to the Lower Mainland.
The Vibe played to a 4-4 tie against the Victoria Phantoms, before picking up victories against the South Fraser TNT (7-4), the Trinity Western University Titans (5-0) and in a rematch against the Phantoms (5-1).
Alyssa Reid lead the women with two goals and five assists. Taylor Mcleod had four goals and two assists, Rochelle Smith picked up four goals, Jenna Ordmondy potted three goals, Melinda Smith had a goal and three assists, while Sarah Kurzac picked up two goals.
Gaylene Smith also had a goal and two assists, with Jackie Sollis picking up three assists of her own. Elaine Topolnisky added two assists as well.
Alissa Hibbert was in net for the shut out against the Titans.
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The St. Ann’s Crusaders junior girls volleyball team hosted its annual tournament on the weekend and the NorKam Saints took home the gold medal.
After completing the round robin undefeated (5-0), the Saints faced the Crusaders (4-1) in the final. St. Ann’s battled back from an early deficit but fell to NorKam in the end, 25-12 and 25-11.
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The Zimmer Wheaton/Kamloops Daily News RZ Racing No. 3 Camaro claimed the A&W Street Stocks series title at the final race of the season at the Motoplex Speedway in Vernon on the weekend.
Driver Rob Zimmer placed fourth in the 30-lap race at the King of the Hill Championship Night and was leading for 35 laps in the 60-lap event before mechanical issues struck. He managed to keep on track for a second-place finish and claimed the overall points title to cap off a successful season.
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The Kamloops Recreational Soccer League announced its award winners Monday for both the 30-plus and 45-plus divisions.
In the 30-plus division Outland Outlaws edged Fresh is Best to capture the 2013 playoff championship.
Bryce Edgell of Outland captured the Rick Salituro Memorial award as the playoff MVP.
The Golden Boot award, for leading the regular season in scoring, was given to Farudhin Fajelmo of Fresh is Best.
Ryan Robb of Houle Electric was named the league’s top goaltender.
Mortgage Intelligence was named the most sportsmanlike team.
Jensen Law captured both the Presidents Cup and the League Championship.
In the 45-plus division, Kamcon took both the playoff and league championships.
B.C. Rivers Consulting was the Presidents Cup winner.
Didier Toutain was awarded the Cathy Adamo Memorial award as playoff MVP and Todd Wiseman was the Golden Boot Award winner.
Duncan Kerr was named the division’s top goaltender and Duffy’s Pub received the most sportsmanlike team award.
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Sara and Eric Spence of the River City Racers Speed Skating Club had success skating in Calgary this weekend.
Sara, racing in her first National Qualifier Short Track competition, set personal bests in the 500 metres (46.5 seconds) and the 1,000m (1:38.5).
Eric, skating long track at the Calgary Oval, set a personal best in the 500m as well (43.73) and a season best 4:37.31 in the 3,000m.