Sports in BRIEF
U-21 Pinnacles open season
The Penticton Pinnacles under-21 teams open their Pacific Coast Soccer League seasons this weekend. The women’s team opens the reserve schedule in Victoria to play the Peninsula Co-op Highlanders on May 3, then heads over to the Lower Mainland to face the TSS Academy Red. Pinnacles Penticton Hyundai coach Ray Hintz said he will have a short roster of 13 against the Highlanders, then will have more players available for Sunday’s game.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit of a struggle the first two weeks,” said Hintz, adding that the Highlanders and TSS Academy Red have good teams. “I’m hoping to get at least a few points out of the first three games.”
With more players expected to join the Pinnacles, Hintz said he won’t go over systems until after this weekend.
The Tim Horton’s men’s Pinnacles open the season at home May 4 against Chilliwack FC. Kick-off is at King’s Park at 12:30 a.m.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities began their month-long Red Ball campaign on May 1. The campaign challenges Canadians to donate throughout the month to help get kids in the game. One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their kids in organized sports or physical activities. Jumpstart’s goal is to raise $1.7 million through the nationwide campaign, which will give 17,000 kids the chance to experience the power of play.
“Sport and physical activity has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine it any other way,” said Hayley Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada in a press release. “The benefits of participating in organized sports are endless, from increased self-esteem and confidence, to adopting good habits and leading a healthy life.”
During the month, Canadians can make a $2 donation in exchange for a Jumpstart red ball at Canadian Tire, Mark’s, Sport Chek, Atmosphere and Canadian Tire Gas locations. For the first time, National Sports and Sports Experts locations will also participate by accepting donations in-store in return for a red ball. Jumpstart is encouraging all Canadians to post a photo of themselves with their red ball using the hashtag #JumpstartRedBall, to show their support. The campaign will conclude on Saturday, May 31, 2014 with the sixth annual Jumpstart Day where participating Canadian Tire stores across Canada with special events and activities for community members to celebrate the campaign and raise additional funds.
Vees Beauvais a finalist
Former Penticton Vees defenceman Brett Beauvais has been named one of five finalists for the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s (CJHL) Top Defencemen Award. The Vees made the announcement earlier this week. Beauvais, 19, was the fourth straight Vees blue liner to win the BCHL Top Defenceman award this past season. He led all defenceman in the league with 58 points and 45 assists, good for fifth-best in the BCHL.
The Summerside, P.E.I product was second in the BCHL in power-play assists with 25 and his 33 power-play points ranked third. Beauvais had 15 multi-point games and a five-game goal scoring streak from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7. He also had 19 points in 11 November games. Beauvais was named to the BCHL’s First all-star team. Beauvais is set to join the Bemidji State University Beavers this fall, as he embarks on his NCAA career. The CJHL will announce the winner during the week of May 5-9.
Dragon boat hits the water
Despirit Housewives was the first of Penticton’s 10 dragon boat teams to hit the water. Local teams are comprised of all women’s, mixed, a seniors team, a breast cancer survivor team and a team made up of individuals with an intellectual disability. Many teams are looking for new paddlers and those interested can visit www.pentictondragonboat.com for team bios and information.
Gropp gets bronze
Former Penticton Vee Ryan Gropp helped Canada’s men’s under-18 team capture bronze in the world championship on April 27. Canada defeated Sweden 3-1. In seven games, Gropp, who plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds, had a goal and two points.
Rockets takes third at nationals
The Okanagan Rocket major midget team took bronze at the 2014 Telus Cup on April 27. The Rockets won the bronze medal after defeating the Toronto Young Nationals 3-2. The National had a 2-0 lead going into the third period when the Rockets got back in with goals from Linden Hora and Liam Finlay, who will be playing for the Penticton Vees next season. Hora scored the winner. Finlay received the most sportsmanlike player award during the national championship awards banquet. Penticton’s Brett Young collected one assist in seven playoff games for the Rockets.
Senior men's golf
The team of Mike Arnett, Jack Seath, Walter Sobool, Karl Parker and Kieth Koppert won the Penticton senior mens golf five-man scramble after scoring 64. Taking second with 65 was Victor Jubinville, Bob Searle, Gary Brunner, Larry Kowal and John Zaparozan.
The event attracted 115 players and guests are always welcome.
Bantam Heat opens season with losses
A road trip to Enderby resulted in two losses in two losses for the Penticton Heat bantam development team.
The Heat faced Shuswap last weekend and opened with a 6-4 loss. Ben Hoffler scored twice with Trenton Henson and Tyson Allen adding singles. Allen also assisted on a goal as did Tyler Pisiak.
The Heat by two goals again, this time 8-6 with Carson Shortreed having a big game on the stats sheet netting a hat trick and adding an assist. Pisiak scored a goal and set up another and Hensen and Hadden Marschell scored one each.
Heat coach Cliff Shortreed said his team was undisciplined resulting in 31 penalty minutes. However, Shortreed added that his players had excellent efforts in both games.
Okanagan Hoops top Vikings
The Okanagan Hoops of Penticton dunked the Kelowna Vikings 30-26 in Kelowna Minor Basketball Association action Thursday.
Tied at 26, the Hoops managed to covert on two steals for the win.
Liev Elder helped the Hoops improve its record to 3-1 with a 14-point effort that included five rebounds. The Hoops' offence was rounded out by Kayley Davies netting six points, Kalli Doell with four and Emma Terris three. Davies also managed to grab five rebounds, while Doell led the team with five steals.
“Something has clicked for Liev the last few weeks and she’s started to recognize opportunities to score," said Hoops coach Chris Terris. "She’s also starting to score in a variety of ways. She’s attacking the hoops, taking outside jumpers when the lane is clogged and finding ways to get to the foul line.”
Terris was also impressed with Doell, who he said had a terrific game playing with energy and determination.
On April 23, the Hoops rolled over the KMBA under-13 team 42-6. Davies led with eight points. Jennifer Hayman took the rebound category with nine. Davies also collected six steals and Elder had three blocked shots.
On April 16 the Hoops bowed to the Xmen 33-25. Davies finished with nine points, Hayman had six points to go with five rebounds.