Sports Briefs: Wolfram gets an invitation; Team B.C. skates to gold

Emma Wolfram of Kamloops has been invited to the senior women's national team tryout in Hamilton from May 17-19.

Wolfram, a 6-foot-4 centre who is to graduate from South Kamloops secondary next month, will be one of the youngest attendees. She helped the Titans to back-to-back provincial titles, and is set to head to Spokane in the fall to play with the NCAA's Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The camp will determine the team that will play all over the world this summer. Canada will play the Czech national team in Prague, before heading to Serbia, France, China and Brazil for tournaments.

It all will build toward the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico from Sept. 21-28.

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Team B.C., with a lot of help from Kamloops-area men, won gold at the under-18 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Quebec on the weekend.

B.C. won gold for the first time, thanks to a 5-3 victory over Ontario in the final game. B.C. was seeded fifth heading into the tournament, but made it into the semifinals, where it defeated Manitoba 4-3 in overtime.

Playing in its first championship game, B.C. went up 4-2, but Ontario cut the lead. B.C. iced the game with an empty-netter with a second on the clock.

Kamloops' Shae Bruyere, the youngest player on the team at 14, was injured in the first game and didn't play the rest of the tournament.

Devon Pearson, a goaltender from Chase who played for the KIJHL's Heat, was named the tournament's top goaltender, while forward Brett Watkinson of the Kamloops Storm also played for B.C. Watkinson is from Lillooet.

Clearwater's Austin Willier, also of the Heat, played defence for B.C., while Merritt's Bradley Colter, a midget player, played up front for the champions.

Joe Quewezance of Merritt was B.C.'s head coach, with Shane Gottfriedson of the Tk'emlups Indian Band helping out as an assistant coach.

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Sherry Sanderson, Renaye Jordan and Kelly Moore each scored twice, leading Fresh Is Best to a 7-2 victory over the River City Rebels in Kamloops Women's Soccer League, Open Tier 2, action on Monday night.

Beth Luison also scored for the winners, while Ashley Durand and Amanda Lee replied for the Rebels.

In other Open Tier 2 games:

* KEMP beat Ruckers, 2-1. Jaymie Kicia scored for Ruckers. The names of KEMP's scorers weren't available.

* The Skilltech Strikers scored a 4-1 victory over the United Spirit. Desi Blair, with two, Kim Wyle and Shayleen Georget scored for the Strikers. Julie Tuba scored for the Spirit.

* Kat McDonald's two goals led the Ronik Rockets to a 3-1 victory over Danchuk Adrenaline. Jaclyn Frilund also scored for the Rockets, while Jessica Hawkins counted for Danchuk.

In Recreational Division games:

* Candace Plato earned the shutout as Ladies Only Bullets blanked Columbia Manulife Ice, 5-0. Caroline Hounslow, Dani Strank, Lesley Derose, Malonie Emsland and Nicole Jaswal had the goals.

* Mallory Kanigan's two goals helped the HUB Capz to a 4-1 victory over Kelly O'Bryans. Jennifer Hoffert and Kristen Mathis also scored for the Capz. Erin Connelly-Reed scored for Kelly O'Bryans.

* Jill Neufeld's two goals led Duffy's Pub to a 5-3 victory over Loric Construction. Monica Pete, Gill Yaron and

Ashleigh teBulte also scored for Duffy's. Sarah McCallum, Cynthia Nowoczin and Jillian McCormick counted for Loric.

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Forward Ryan Gropp of Kamloops was taken in the eighth round, 108th overall, by the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL's draft on Tuesday evening.

Gropp, who turns 17 on Sept. 16, played this season with the BCHL's Penticton Vees. His WHL rights belong to the Seattle Thunderbirds, who selected him sixth overall in the WHL's 2011 draft.

Gropp had 31 points, including 12 goals, in 50 regular-season games with the Vees, then added nine points, four of them goals, in 15 playoff games.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has yet to publicly declare whether he will play in the WHL or take the NCAA route.

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The Kamloops Track and Field Club is preparing to play host to the annual Centennial meet May 17-19 at Hillside Stadium.

This year, a Masters' weight pentathlon has been added, and includes a junior/senior men's decathlon and a youth/junior/senior women's heptathlon. Those events start May 17 at 3 p.m.

Track events run from oldest to youngest, women then men.

The meet is sanctioned by BC Athletics so will include top competitors from throughout Alberta and B.C.

Things will get started on May 18 at 9 a.m., and May 19 at 8 a.m.

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The Kamloops Rattlers 1 got three goals from Millan Webster en route to a 9-6 victory over the Kamloops Rattlers 2 in Thompson Okanagan novice lacrosse play Monday night at Memorial Arena.

Dalton Fink and Jackson Steed each scored twice in support of winning goaltender Josh Hamling, and Malcolm Danford and Jax Anderson added a goal apiece.

Connor Barrett scored twice to lead the Rattlers 2, who went with Alijah Paquette in net. Emmett Kulchyski, Jack Garner, Thomas Kenzie and Brady McCutcheon collected one goal apiece.

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The last championship final at the Mike Bartram Memorial Youth Soccer Tournament ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening.

The tournament, featuring 83 house teams from the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association, was played on the weekend, but there were some final games to be played this week.

On Tuesday, Team 4 and Team 8 tied in the U17/18 girls final. Team 4's coach is Kelly McGonigal, with Byron McCorkell at the helm of Team 8.

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