Eric Spence of the River City Racers speed skaters has qualified for the B.C. Winter Games, to be held in Mission in February.
Spence, 15, had a solid weekend at an interclub meet and Winter Games qualifier in Kelowna on the weekend. He finished first in all of his distances — the 500 metres, 1,000m, 1,500m, and 3,000m.
As the top two skaters in each category will qualify for the Games, Spence is likely to be on the team when it is named later this week.
The status of 16-year-old Alex Forbes is up in the air. He finished third overall in the 15-16 division, and could get a wild-card spot, if the zone is given them.
Calvin Forbes, 14, finished fifth overall in the male 13-14 division.
In the interclub portion of the meet, first-time racer Noah Lara, 8, competed in Division 9 and established personal-best times in each distance, and won his final 200m race.
Finn Bogetti Smith, 10, in division 7, fell in several of his races but went on to win his final 200m race. Finn’s sister, eight-year-old Summer, was in division 8 and skated to several PBs. She was second in two events and third in another.
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The South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team suffered an overtime defeat at the hands of tournament host Abbotsford-W.J. Mouat Hawks on Friday, falling 68-66.
The Titans led throughout the semifinal matchup, with Anna Frenkel picking up 23 points and seven rebounds and Kanesha Reeves sinking 21 points of her own. But with 3.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Hawks made a three-pointer to tie the game 58-58 and send things to overtime.
In an earlier Friday matchup, the Titans defeated the Victoria-Claremont Spartans 58-50. Emma Piggin led with 20 points, while Frenkel had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Titans defeated the Kelowna Owls 48-42 to win bronze on Saturday.
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The Brocklehurst Broncs Grade 9 boys basketball team finished second at a tournament in Kelowna on the weekend.
The Broncs opened with a 36-30 victory over the Kelowna-Immaculata Mustangs. The Mustangs had led 18-11 at the half, but Brock bounced back.
Devin Halcrow had 15 points to lead the Broncs, who are coached by Will Blair, with Mitchell Mathieson adding nine points and Anthony Cave scoring eight.
Brock had another second-half comeback to beat the Kelowna Christian Knights 48-46. Halcrow and Mathieson each scored 10 for the Broncos, who trailed 23-21 at the half.
The Broncs lost 36-32 to the Kelowna-Constable Neil Bruce Cubs in the championship game.
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Three members of the Hanks family brought home silver medals from the Canada West Judo Championships in Burnaby on Saturday.
The Hankses were among eight Aberdeen Judo Academy athletes to compete in Burnaby, where 350 of the top competitors from Alberta, B.C., and the Western U.S., took part.
Megan Hanks finished second in the under-18 cadet females division. She wound up losing to a black-belt who outweighed her by 18 points.
Geoffrey Hanks finished second in the U18 cadet males. It was an impressive result considering Geoffrey is 14 years old and usually fights in the U16 division.
Matthew Hanks also was second in the boys 2001-02 division. Graeme Hanks was fourth in the boys 2005-06 division.
Morgan Endean and Kiara Endean each finished second, Morgan in the U16 juvenile female division and Kiara in the girls 2001-02 group.
Jarek Masson, in the U18 cadet males, and Chris Maurer, in the senior men’s division, finished out of the medals.
The Aberdeen athletes are off until Jan. 25, when they will compete in the Vancouver International Judo Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval.