Sports Briefs: Heat men hit pitch for PCSL opener

The Kamloops Heat under-21 men's soccer team is to open its Pacific Coast Soccer League reserve division season at home on Sunday.

The Heat, which is coached by TRU WolfPack co-coaches John Antulov and Sean Wallace, is scheduled to play the Penticton Pinnacles on Sunday, 3 p.m., at Hillside Stadium. A number of the Heat's players also play for Antulov and Wallace on the WolfPack's PacWest squad.

The Heat will play a 12-game schedule, ending with the Challenge Cup in Chilliwack in July. Six of the Heat's games will be played in Kamloops.

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The Kamloops Long Blades speed skating club handed out its annual awards on Tuesday, and 10 longtime club members were honoured with lifetime Long Blades memberships.

Karen MacLaren, Sandi Vyse, Doug Wright, Clare Audet, David Reith, John Coyne, Trish Archibald, Terry Norlander, John Froese, and Wendy Neville were honoured. Vyse, the club founder and coach, and MacLaren, another coach, also were honoured with lifetime memberships to the B.C. Speed Skating Association and Speed Skating Canada.

Sylvie Lloyd won the Stan Vyse Memorial Award for skater of the year. Lloyd, Stan Vyse's granddaughter, won the award by accumulating the most points from competitions, performance, attendance, sportsmanship and training camps.

Coyne won the club's volunteer of the year award, while Wright was named official of the year. Norlander won coach of the year honours, and Dominic Villeneuve was the top youth volunteer.

Three people won KLB Grade 12 bursaries - Mackenzie Neville, B.J. Schmidt and Chelsea Reith.

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The Kamloops Triathlon Club's Spring Sprint Triathlon is less than two weeks away, and volunteers are needed for the event.

The Spring Sprint is scheduled for May 6, and 124 athletes already have signed up. Nearly 20 volunteers are needed to do anything from setting up the cycle course, counting laps or timing, along with announcing the race.

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The Kamloops Rattlers lost 8-7 to the visiting Kelowna Raiders in a Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League game.

Kamloops two goals from Russ McIntosh, and singles from Travis Joseph, Nathan Akins, Mark Jurista, A.J. Lockwood and Lee Black. Lockwood had three assists, Akins and Dave Bannister had two helpers each and Mike Smith made 41 saves.

The Rattlers are scheduled to play host to the Armstrong Shamrocks on Friday, 8 p.m., at Memorial Arena.

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Ideal Network and Arbonne played to a 2-2 draw Tuesday in Kamloops Women's Soccer League Tier 2 action.

Kelly Moore and Alyssa Wilk had the goals for Ideal, which had Chrissy Hanson in goal. Further information was unavailable.

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The Kamloops 99 Ice Pirates spring hockey team was third at a weekend home tournament.

Kamloops beat the Valley Selects 4-1 to open, with Tyler Ward, Wyatt Brook, Brett Olstad and Sunil Sahota scoring in support of goaltender and MVP Reid Gladman.

Rylan Van Unen scored three times, Korbyn Chabot scored twice and Ward and Max Patterson each had three assists as the Pirates defeated the Vancouver Ravens Black 9-3. Sahota, Brook, Jordan Schulting and Shae Bruyere also scored, with Curt Doyle the winning goaltender and Lane French MVP.

Mike Van Unen scored three goals, with Rylan Van Unen and Sahota singling in a 5-2 victory over the Northern Selects. MVP Ward and Garrett Ewert each had two assists and Gladman was back in goal.

French scored twice and Doyle posted the victory as the Pirates defeated the Pacific Titans 4-1. MVP Olstad and Chabot also scored.

The Pirates, despite two late goals from Ward, lost 3-2 to the Okanagan Selects in a semifinal. Doyle, the goaltender, was MVP.

Patterson, Olstad, Schulting, Ward and Mike Van Unen scored as the Pirates defeated Pacific 5-4 in the bronze-medal game. Ewert was MVP and Gladman was the winning goaltender.

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Stephen Connor and Mark Kitts of Tobiano Golf Resort lost in a playoff at the Calloway Interior PGA two-pro team event held Monday in Osoyoos.

The Tobiano professionals shot 8-under 63 to finish tied for first with Myles Johnson of Vernon's Spallumcheen and Jesse Crowe of Salmon Arm's Canoe Creek.

The teams engaged in a thrilling playoff, with Crowe draining a nine-foot birdie putt on the seventh extra hole to win the tournament. It was the Johnson-Crowe team's fifth birdie of the playoff and earned them $400 apiece and 40 points for the IPGA series.

Connor and Kitts took home $325 each and 32 points.

Brad Clapp, a former Sun Rivers professional who now works in Chilliwack, joined Kelowna's Brent Mullin to tie for ninth at 68. Each player earned $35 and 10 points.

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