Sports

Saints remain in BCIHL hunt after weekend split with SFU Clan

Selkirk College Saints forward Jonas Horvath and Simon Fraser University’s Adam Callegari tangle during a faceoff at Friday night’s BCIHL game at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. The Saints return to action this Saturday night (January 21) when they take on the University of Victoria in Castlegar. The home game will be their last until February 24, so now is your chance to check out some great hockey action. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) standings may not have changed much after a weekend series between the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan, but more seeds were planted for what is shaping up to be a great second half of the season.

 The first-place Clan escaped a feisty Friday night contest with a 5-3 win, but the Saints responded Saturday night with a 4-2 victory as the two clubs opened the 2017 half of the season with a two-game series before a pair of supportive crowds at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.

Nelson Figure Skating Club hosts Invitational

The weekend meet will showcase skaters from throughout the West Kootenay. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The region’s best young figure skaters will take to the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena for the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Compeition.

Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event showcases skaters from across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd-pleasing Interpretive programs.

The weekend begins Friday from 3-9 p.m. with Interpretive and Free Skate Events.

Saturday, competition runs all day with the finale of Dance Solo Events set for Sunday from 8-11:35 a.m.

Fraser drops 32 to lead Wolves past Bombers; LVR wins Jr Girls clash

Wolves Kyle Strohmann (dark jersey) pressures Bomber point guard Max Spielman on a drive to the hoop during Wednesday's Junior Boy's Basketball game at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Liam Fraser scored a game-high 32 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead the Grand Forks Wolves to a convincing 64-26 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in West Kootenay Junior Boy's Basketball action Wednesday afternoon at the Hangar.

Fraser broke open a close game at halftime, scoring 18 points in the second half, 12 points coming from behind the arc as LVR struggled to apply any pressure on the Grand Forks shooting guard with its zone defence.

Grand Forks led 12-8 after one period and 25-18 at recess.

Selkirk College Saints Kick Off 2017 with Vital Weekend Test

The Selkirk College Saints and the Simon Fraser University Clan will tangle in a key two-game series this weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. In the drive towards a fifth straight championship, Ashton McLeod (#11) and his Saints teammates can start 2017 on the right foot with a pair of wins against the first place Clan. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

If the Selkirk College Saints are to claim British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) supremacy in 2017, this weekend’s two-game series against the Simon Fraser University Clan will go a long way in setting the tone.

The four-time defending league champion Saints launch the second half of the season Friday at 7 pm. in the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.

Heading into the weekend series with their Lower Mainland rivals, the Saints sit four points behind first place SFU who put together an impressive first half.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Great Start to 2017

Holiday fun was spent on the lake says Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. — Submitted photo

New Year. New Fishing Report from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing.

Kerry says he spent most of the the holidays on the water with lots of friends in town looking to get out and do something different.  And the fish co-operated as well with some great days for fishing.

Here's what's on tap for January.

Trail native Craig Cunningham talks about getting a second chance at life

Heather Cunningham speaks to the media with her son Craig during a press conference Wednesday. — Photo courtesy Tucson Roadrunners Hockey Club
On November 19, 2016, during an American Hockey League game between Tucson Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose, Trail native Craig Cunningham suffered a cardiac arrest before the opening faceoff.
 
With mother Heather Cunningham watching from the stands, team trainers, medics as well as a group of local firefighter raced to save the Roadrunners' player.
 
Thanks to a top cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Zain Khalpey, and Dr. George Haloftis, a physician at St.

The Haywood NorAm races at Black Jack

Remi Drolet on the left, and Julien Locke in the lead; photo by Mark Merlo

Over two hundred athletes traveled to Rossland from across Canada, with representatives from Brazil, and Portugal, and several from the United States.  Team coaches came along, and some family members accompanied young athletes.  Despite early worries about snow depth, there was enough, and skiers reported good conditions.  There were some cold noses on Saturday the 17th, when the temperature dipped rather low, especially for the many volunteers who couldn't keep toasty by engaging in vigorous physical activity.

Sixth Annual Christmas Classic Hockey Game set for Dec. 23

Winning team from last year, Team Price

The Sixth Annual Christmas Classic hockey game will be at the Castlegar Community Complex on Dec. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m., and then the after party will be at the Element Night cClub from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.  The goal of the Christmas Classic Hockey game and after party is to raise funds for the Selkirk Saints Championship Hockey Program.  The hockey game is free, but there will be raffles, prizes and a beer garden.  The element will have a $5 cover charge with proceeds being donated to the Saints.

The Rec Site: Free Public Recreation, or For-Profit Business?

Snow-covered Igloo cabin and a portion of Mt. Plewman.  Photo by Sara  Golling

With seven billion and counting on this little planet, space in some places is at a premium.  We're so lucky here in BC's southern interior -- we aren't overly crowded.  And yet, we still compete for space.  Space for recreation in the back-country in some areas is highly contentious, with horse-back riders, hikers, skiers, snowshoers, sledders, dirt bikers, mountain bikers (including fat bikers in the winter) and others fighting to occupy the same hills and valleys with their favourite activity.  Some of those activities don't mix very well.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Keep The Faith

Kerry Reed is still loving his job. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures

It's time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing.

Kerry says there continues to be some great days for fishing. Here's what's on tap for December.

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