Sports Today: Winning weeked for KGTC

Kamloops Daily News
March 20, 2013 01:00 AM

Three athletes from the Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Centre competed at the national level at the B.C. championships at the Tournament Capital Centre on the weekend.

Emily Schmidt, in women's under-18 National placed first on trampoline, fifth on double-mini and first in level 4 provincial tumbling. She was ranked No. 1 for Team B.C. in tumbling and made her score to compete at the national level.

Mario Bruno, in men's U18 National, was first on double-mini and third on trampoline.

Jean-Luc Larouche, also in men's U18, placed second on double-mini and fourth on trampoline.

Schmidt, Bruno and Larouche will attend nationals in Ottawa, May 21-26.

On the provincial side, Gavin Dodd placed first on double-mini level 3, first on trampoline level 4 and first in men's tumbling level 2. He secured his place on Team B.C., and was the No. 1 overall provincial athlete for a second straight year.

The KGTC also had an excellent weekend at the Wild West Fest artistic competition at the TCC on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 200 athletes came to the invitational meet, which was a qualifier for Provincial Level 2 gymnasts for the Zone 2 team that will go to the B.C. championships in April. Three KGTC gymnasts - Shekinah Clark, Chelsee Reed and Hope Harvey - qualified.

It also was a good meet for Riley Mott, Taylor Berthelot, Quinn Butcher, Emily Matthew and Shayla Gifford, all of whom won gold medals, while Sydney Leahy, Christine Strain, Jade Wood and Jason Dahlgren earned silvers.

Kyla Liebe, Bella Wood, Emma Guertin, Marc Thibault and Tristan Lockerbie took home bronze medals. Specialty awards were handed out with Gifford winning for choreography, Matthew for best bar dismount, Butcher for most dynamic vault and Mott for best pommel circles.

Meanwhile, at the Kyle Shewfelt Invitational meet in Calgary, KGTC's Scott Nabata took on some of Canada's best senior gymnasts, and finished third overall.

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The Blaze U13B girls soccer team won a silver medal at the Mayor's Cup tournament in Surrey on the weekend.

The Blaze opened with a 2-0 victory over the KLM Colts, getting two goals from Stephanie Mosley. Rheane Holling, the MVP, was in goal.

The Blaze then beat the CCB Fury 1-0 on a penalty shot. Maddie Sisheski was in goal, while Mosley was the MVP.

In its third game, the Blaze lost 1-0 to the CVU Typhoons. The Typhoons, who went on to win the tournament, were the only team to score on the Blaze in the tournament. Holling was in goal, with Athena Louvros the MVP.

In its final game, the Blaze got past the Fury, 1-0, on another penalty shot. Holling was in goal. Jessica McQueen was the MVP.

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The Kamloops 1995 Ice Pirates won a pair of exhibition games to open its spring hockey season

The Pirates opened with a 12-3 victory over the Vernon Kingfishers, with Nicky Legget, Cooper McLeod and Reggie Newman each scoring two goals. Brady Milburn and Nolan Viesner had a goal and two assists each, and Matteo Rawlings, Evan Smith, Owen Aura and Tanner Molendyk had goals.

Viesner had two goals as the Pirates beat Kelowna, 7-2. Newman had a goal and two helpers, with Sawyer Mynio, Molendyk, Aura and McLeod also scoring. Legget had two helpers. Jonathan Hicks and Joey Galloway were the Pirates' goaltenders.

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