Wednesday April 16, 2014

Sports Briefs: Titans girls earn bronze at provincials

The South Kamloops Titans senior girls volleyball team came home from the AAAA provincial championship in Penticton wearing bronze medals.

The Titans, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, defeated the North Vancouver-Handsworth Royals in straight sets (25-18, 25-22) in the tournament’s bronze-medal match.

South Kam finished the round-robin as the top team in its pool, defeating the Fort St. John-North Peace Ookapiks (2-0), the Courtenay Georges P. Vanier Towhees (2-0) and the Surrey-Elgin Park Orcas (2-1). The Titans also defeated the West Vancouver Highlanders (3-1) in a crossover match.

In a quarterfinal, the Titans defeated the Kelowna Owls, 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25), but then lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals, 3-2, to the top-ranked South Delta Sun Devils (25-20, 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11).

South Delta went on to win the gold medal, defeating the Surrey-Earl Marriott Mariners in the championship final.

The Titans’ Janna Wale received an honourable mention all-star award, while outside-hitter Mieke DuMont and setter Kathleen Leonard were named first-team all-stars.

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The South Kamloops Titans finished the Big Kahuna senior boys basketball tournament without a victory, going 0-3.

In their final tournament game, the Titans lost 95-55 to the Kelowna Owls. Reid Sellars, who was named a tournament all-star, had 13 points.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres senior boys volleyball team, coached by Matt Loader, brought home a 10th-place finish from AA provincials in Kelowna on the weekend.

The unranked Sabres fell in three sets to the Richmond-Hugh McRoberts Strikers (15-25, 25-17, 15-12) on Saturday.

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The Kamloops Vibe had its undefeated season come to an end when it lost 2-0 to the Richmond Devils on the weekend. The Vibe also picked up two ties, 2-2 against Simon Fraser University and 1-1 against the South Fraser TNT.

Melinda Smith and Chelsey Schmietenknop scored for the Vibe against SFU on Friday, while Rochelle Smith scored against South Fraser on Saturday. Alissa Hibbert and Ashley Fischer were in goal for the ties, while Alana Parker took the loss against Richmond.

The Vibe (9-1-3) is in second place in the South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League with 21 points, one point back of the Meadow Ridge Moose. The Vibe will play host to the Moose  on Dec. 14 and 15.

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Valleyview Skating Club athletes brought home 21 medals from the Okanagan Interclub figure skating competition on the weekend — five gold, nine silver and seven bronze.

In the Star 4 Girls event, Robyn Kreke took home first, while Lauren Mark was second. Chelsea Thur finished fourth.

MacKenzie Sewell finished ninth in the Star 5 Girls Over-13 division, while Jazmin Barnes was 14th.

Cassandra Labermeyer took second in the Junior Silver Women event.

In Pre-Introductory Interpretive, Thur was second, Erica Bruvold was ninth, Alyssa Davis was 10th, Olivia Eccleston was 11th and Megan Barber was 12th. Brenna Wassing brought home fifth in the Introductory Interpretive division, while Mark skated to second and Haley Barber was first in the Bronze Interpretive. Labermeyer was first in the Silver Interpretive, Kirsty Newbury was third and Holly Neufeld was fourth.

In the Star 5 Girls Under-13, Haley Barber was seventh. Jana DeJong was fifth in the Pre-Juvenile Women Under-14.

In the Star 3 Girls, Wassing was third in Group 2, Brooklyn Castro and Bruvold brought home first and second, respectively, in Group 3 and Davis and Carly Kay were both second in Group 4. In Star 2 Girls, Erika Denis was third in Group 1 and Leila Khelouiati and Morgan Johnson were third in Groups 2 and 3, respectively; all were in their first competition. Megan Barber brought home third in Group 4, while Eccleston was second.

Newbury was second in the Junior Silver Solo Dance.

In the Bronze Creative Group 1, Castro finished first, while Wassing was fifth. Sewell was third in the Silver Creative.

The next competition for the skaters is the Okanagan Region Championships in Penticton on Feb. 14.

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