Sports

New look Leafs win three straight, double Border Bruins 4-2

Leafs netminder Billy Gorn backstopped Nelson to two weekend wins at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Watch out Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

There's a new team just itching to make life difficult for the rest of the league.

After struggling just to piece together a lineup in November, the Nelson Leafs won its third straight game Sunday night at the NDCC Arena, knocking off division rival Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-2 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action.

The win, the second in as many nights as Nelson double Creston 4-2 Saturday, pulls the Leafs to within two points of the third-place Bruins in the the tight Murdoch Divison.

Great new sport takes over Nelson — Pickleball

The courts at the Tenth Street Campus gym have been jammed with Nelsonites joining the Pickleball craze. — Submitted photo

There a great new sport in Nelson — and it's called Pickleball.

Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College's Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.

For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.

But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.

Selkirk College Saints Look to Enter Holidays on High Note

Selkirk College Saints captain Tyler Kerner will be helping lead the charge on Friday night when the team hosts the Trinity Western University Spartans. The puck drops on the last home game of 2016 at 7:05 p.m. at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The Selkirk College Saints wrap up the opening half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season this Friday night with a showdown against the Trinity Western University Spartans and a shot at entering the break in first place.

Rebels rake Leafs 6 - 3

Rebels rake Leafs 6 - 3

- Files courtesy Castlegar Rebels Fan Club Facebook page (click here to visit)

The Castlegar Rebels top trio of Ed Lindsey, John Moeller, and Logan Styler put nine points on the board as the Rebels defeated the Nelson Leafs 6-3 and extended their winning streak to eight games.

Leafs shuffle deck chairs in hopes saving sinking season

Nelson Leafs Head Coach Mario DiBella traded defenceman Austin Steger and goalie Ben Kelsch to try to shake up the KIJHL team. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

When you're a team struggling to find anything positive in a losing season, changes are inevitable.

Which is why the Nelson Leafs pulled the plug on a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deals to inject some life, and hopefully wins, into the Heritage City franchise.

Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personal Mario DiBella announced Tuesday a deal that brings in two players that “helps us immediately.”

CBT Inviting Applications for Recreation Infrastructure Grants

CBT Inviting Applications for Recreation Infrastructure Grants

The Editor says: Recreation groups -- need money? Read this press release from CBT and sharpen your wits and your pencils.

Columbia Basin Trust is once again looking to provide funding support  to groups and organizations wanting to create new or upgrade existing recreation amenities in your area. This funding can be used for outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities like parks, trails, courts and fields.

Selkirk College Saints Thump Eastern Washington University

Selkirk College Saints second-year forward Dallas Calvin recorded two points in his team’s 6-1 victory over Eastern Washington University on Saturday night. The Trail-raised player currently leads the BCIHL in points. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

A four-goal second period outburst helped the Selkirk College Saints to a 6-1 Saturday night win over the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

The four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints hosted their regional rivals at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex for their only contest of the weekend. The Saints were looking to stay within striking distance of first place in the league, while the Eagles were still searching for their first victory of the season.

Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club coach earns provincial recognition

Jason Rusu (back) paddling with Reece Boulanger was honoured at the Canoe Kayak BC’s annual awards and scholarship banquet. — Submitted photo

A local paddler received provincial recognition recently in Burnaby for paddling excellence this past season.

Jason Rusu from the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club was named BC’s Master Male Athlete of the Year during the Canoe Kayak BC’s annual awards and scholarship banquet.

“Jason is the heart of our club and the motivation for many of our sprint team paddlers,” said club member Heather Potkins.

Roller Derby comes to Castlegar Saturday

Roller Derby comes to Castlegar Saturday

The Dam City Rollers are excited to get our seventh season rolling - We're starting it off with a home game. Two high caliber local teams, the Dam City Rollers of Castlegar will face off against the Nelson Killjoys.. This game will be full of big hits, fast, agile jamming and strategic blocking.

"The game is changing; it's fast, it's hard, and it's going to leave someone flying into the suicide seats,” said Amber Harper, aka Pantsoff.

Paulson Ski Trails Have Two New Bridges

Paulson Ski Trails Have Two New Bridges

Just in time for the coming ski season, the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club has completed the installation of two new ski trail bridges at the Paulson Ski Trails, located along highway 3 near the Paulson summit, 32 km. west of Castlegar.  The new bridges replace old log structures crossing Big Sheep Creek on the club’s Short-Loop and Mid-Loop trails.  Both bridges, which were designed by SNT Engineering Ltd. of Nelson, have 3 metre wide timber decks with steel superstructures and are 11 metres in length.

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