Sports Briefs: Rattlers fall two goals short; Reed holds Saturday clinic

Steve Clark scored four goals Tuesday night to lead the Armstrong Shamrocks to an 11-9 victory over the host Kamloops Rattlers in a Thompson Okanagan Senior Lacrosse League game.

Mark Jurista, Nathan Woldom and A.J. Lockwood each scored twice for the Rattlers, who got single goals from Travis Joseph, Lee Mack and J.J. Woldom. Nathan Woldom and Lockwood each had three assists.

Armstrong held a 9-3 lead after two periods, before the Rattlers scored five straight goals to get to within one. Armstrong then scored twice to put it away.

The Rattlers, who had 29 shots on Armstrong goaltender Chad Pieper in the third period, outshot the Shamrocks, 59-29.

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Troy Clifford of Kamloops has signed on with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks as the BCHL team's trainer and equipment manager.

Clifford, who has worked for the B.C. Ambulance Service since 1988, has been involved with BC Hockey's high performance program since 2007. He was Team Pacific's equipment manager at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge in January 2011, and will work in the same role at the 2013 tournament that will take place in Drummondville and Victoriaville, Que., over the Christmas break.

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U District and Andre's Telus played to a scoreless draw in a Kamloops Rec Soccer League 30-plus game on Tuesday night.

In another game, Riverland Inn and Mortgage Intelligence finished in a 1-1 tie. Ash Robertson scored for the innmen; Mortgage Intelligence's scorer wasn't available.

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Falah Alzahtani hit for three goals Tuesday night, helping Sundance Liquor Store to a 4-2 victory over the Bread Garden in Kamloops Men's Soccer League play.

Boris Goode also scored for the winners. Goal scorers for the breadmen weren't available.

In another game, Harrison got two goals from each of Ben Neilson, Chris Monteleone and Torrey Hough in beating Lending Max, 8-1. Justin Wallace and Justin Harrison also scored for Harrison, with Francisco Cabrera replying for the lenders.

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The McArthur Park Lawn Bowling Club, located on McArthur Island next to the skateboard park and NorBrock Stadium), is open for fun, fellowship and low-impact curling on grass (aka lawn bowling).

There are games Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings, starting at 6:30. There also is bowling for visually impaired persons on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

For anyone interested, lessons may be arranged at your convenience by contacting Kay Miller at 250-376-0917. The only equipment required is flat-soled shoes and a set of bowling bowls. Newcomers may use club bowls for the first year to determine the weight and size that is best for their game.

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Jackie Little of Port Alberni and Alison Murdoch of Victoria successfully defended golf titles Wednesday at Highland Pacific Golf in Victoria.

Little, the defending 2011 B.C. senior women's champion, fired a 7-over 79 for a three-round total of 232 to win by one stroke over Murdoch, who defended her Super Senior championship from last year.

Murdoch, who was five strokes back when the day began, closed with 10 straight pars for a 75 and a 233 total.

Kelowna's Lynda Palahniuk placed third after beating North Saanich's Penny Baziuk in a one-stroke playoff. Palahniuk had a final-round 78 for a 238 total, while Baziuk finished with a 77.

Little, Murdoch and Palahniuk will form Team B.C. for the Royale Cup Canadian women's senior championship in Charlottetown, Aug. 21-23.

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Veteran runner Gary Reed will be at Hillside Stadium on Saturday to conduct a free clinic on middle distance running for athletes and coaches.

Reed, who has retired from competition, is a two-time Olympian who won a silver medal in the 800 metres at the 2007 World championships. A former Canadian champion at 800 metres, he still holds the Canadian record (1:43.68) at that distance.

The clinic is to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested in attending, you are asked to pre-register by emailing Bruno Mazzotta at bmazzotta@shaw.ca.

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Taryn Suttie of the National Throws Centre in Kamloops has earned a spot on Canada's U-23 team that will compete in the NACAC track and field championships in Guanajuato, Mexico, July 6-8.

Suttie, a 21-year-old shot putter, is from Henley, Sask. She came to Kamloops in September in order to train at the NTC under Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk.

Suttie will compete at the Canadian championships and Olympic trials in Calgary before leaving for Mexico on July 2.

The 2104 NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association) U-23 track and field championships are to be held in Kamloops.

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