Spors Briefs: Classics rake in medals at MJB Law Classic

The Kamloops Classic Swim Club played host to the 21st Annual MJB Law Classic Invitational swim meet on the weekend andwon the competition with 65 medals - 22 gold, 18 silver and 25 bronze.

Keana Smart led the club, winning eight gold medals and qualifying for the Canadian Age Group Championships and the Western Canadian Swimming Championships, both in 2014.

Michael Dagasso picked up a pair of gold medals, while qualifying for the B.C. AAA Provincials in the 100-metre butterfly and the 100m freestyle. Ethan Phillips won four gold medals and set club records in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstrokes.

Colin Gilbert won a gold medal in the 200m butterfly, while qualifying for the Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials. He also set three club records.

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Goaltender Ashley Fisher of the Kamloops Vibe was named the South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League's second star for the month of November.

In three starts Fisher allowed one goal on 62 shots, leading the Vibe to victories against the Richmond Devils and Simon Fraser University and a draw against the South Fraser TNT.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres senior girls basketball team played to a third place finish at the Pitt Classic in Vernon on the weekend.

The Sabres opened tournament play with a 59-51 victory over the Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Huskies. Haley Cochran and Taylor Ewings both led the Sabres with nine points and Maia Wallace was named the game star with eight points.

In Sa-Hali's second game, a semifinal against the Vernon Panthers, it was defeated 74-32. Cochran again led the squad with nine points, while Alex Gruneberg was named the Sabres' game star.

Playing for third place in their next game, the Sabres defeated the Penticton-Princess Margaret Mustangs 71-67. Jaida Wallat gave Sa-Hali a two-point lead with just 17 seconds remaining, before Shelby Kieper stole the ball and made another basket to put the Sabres up by four and secure the victory. Cochran was named the game star and Shelby Kieper was named a tournament all-star.

The Panthers defeated the Kelowna-Immaculata Mustangs by 18 points in the championship final.

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The Westsyde Whundas Grade 8 girls basketball team won the South Kamloops Snowbasher tournament on the weekend.

The Whundas opened tournament play with a 66-19 victory over the Sa-Hali Sabres, before going on to defeat the Vernon Panthers 52-11.

In the championship final, Westsyde defeated the South Kamloops Titans 54-26.

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The Kamloops Sports Council is seeking nominees for its 22nd Annual Athletic Awards.
Nominees may be able-bodied or have a disability and will be judged based on their contributions to sport in the last calendar year. The Council is accepting nominees for coach of the year, male and female athletes of the year, master athlete (50-plus)of the year (50-plus), team of the year, sports person of the year, the University Award and the International Excellence Award.

For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit kamloopssportscouncil.com or call (250) 828-3822.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 17.

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Josh Traub scored eight late points to lead the Clearwater Raiders to a 34-28 victory over the host South Kamloops Titans in a Tier 2 junior boys basketball game Tuesday.

Traub, who ended the night with 16 points, broke a tie in the final three minutes. Ethan Thacker had 11 points to lead the Titans, and Beau Williams-Solecki scored 10.

The Titans girls defeated visiting Clearwater 61-16 earlier Tuesday. Katie Pehl had nine points in the victory, and Hannah Poelzer scored seven. Annie Whelan led Clearwater with seven points.

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