Sports in BRIEF
Penticton Basketball Camp
The 33rd Penticton Basketball camp will be headed by Gordie Herbert for the boys July 28-31 and Bruce Langford for the girls Aug.11-14. Herbert is from Penticton and coaches professionally in Germany for the Frankfurt Skyliners. He will be assisted by several UBC-O Heat players. Langford, the coach of the Simon Fraser University women’s Clan, is returning for his 14th year and will be assisted by his players. Information and registration for the camp at the Penticton Basketball Camp website http://www.members.shaw.ca/flfedorak/index.html or calling Fred Fedorak at 250-493-6387.
IronWomen golf tourney supporting SOWINS
The IronWoman Ladies Golf Tournament is returning to Twin Lakes Golf Course on July 25 after a one-year hiatus. The organizing committee is re-introducing the tournament with a charitable focus of “women helping women” with the South Okanagan Women In Needs Society being the recipient of the partial proceeds. Half of the sponsorship money is also going towards SOWINS with 100 per cent of the revenue received from the “mulligan” promotion ($20 per team multiplied by a minimum of 20 teams.) The tournament, 10 a.m. shotgun start, is a challenging four-lady team tournament open to players of all skill levels who have an official Golf Canada handicap. The cost is $80 and includes golf, cart, banquet and prizes. For more information, contact Gayle Bukowsky at 250-497-7177 or go online to http://www.twinlakesgolfresort.com/event-calendar.html for the poster and entry form. Complimentary passes will be given to each participant to come back and play.
Penticton trio make U16 BC Hockey Camp
Shane Farkas, Josh Maser and Ethan O’Rourke made the cut of 40 players BC Hockey to attend the 2014 Male Under 16 provincial camp. The camp will take place from July 8-13 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. The six-day camp will include on and off-ice activities. The players will be introduced to the most up to date information and concepts as they relate to both national and international levels of hockey during the camp. Team BC will consist of 20 players and will compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George from Feb. 13, 2015 to March 1, 2015. The under-16 program is designed as an introduction to BC Hockey’s High Performance Program, exposing players, coaches and officials to short-term competition. For live scoring of games, follow along on Twitter via @BCHockey_MU16BC or by downloading the BC Hockey mobile app for Apple or Android. Maser said he’s excited about it.
“It was hard,” he said of facing the other players. “They have been playing at a high level all year. I feel like I’m a better player, keeping up with the pace. My confidence is pretty good.”
Duel in Desert hits Skaha Lake
Duel in the Desert outrigger event hits the waters of Skaha Lake this weekend. The big boat event on May 10 has six-person teams of men, women and mixed race two laps for a total distance of approximately 16 kilometres. Six-person teams of junior and novice will race approximately eight to 10 km and there is expected to be more than 20 crews. On May 11, one and two-person crews of outrigger canoes, surf skis, kayaks and canoes racing will have men, women and mixed race approximately 10 km. Juniors and novice race 5.33 km. More than 50 boats are expected to compete.
Heat Bantam advance team plays in A1 tournament
Penticton's bantam advanced Heat lacrosse team won one of four games in a Lower Mainland tournament last weekend.
Heat coach Dan Chetner said it was the first time ever for his team to play at the A1 level, the highest in B.C.
"It is an adjustment for the players, but being at that level will allow them to develop to their fullest potential," said Chetner. "The players are learning to deal with the speed of the game and the higher level of both individual skills and team skills displayed at the A1 level."
Chetner was impressed by the focus of his players and their willingness to compete. For him, work ethic is the priority and with that they won't be out of place.
"We are working on improving our team play at both the offensive and the defensive ends of the floor," said Chetner.
In other Heat lacrosse action, the peewee B team lost to Kamloops 10-2 and to North Okanagan 6-3 last weekend.
Bowling championship back in Penticton
John Yazlovasky’s team won the provincial Elks bowling championship in Penticton Saturday. Yazlovasky teamed up with Dennis Wagner, Roberta Hall, George Yazlovasky and Bob Groves. Placing second was Jeannine Johnson, Bill Pike, Linda Goode, Fay Newhouse and Clavin Ek. Hall earned the most pins over average for the ladies and Pike did the same for the men. It’s the first time since 2006 that Penticton has won.
Mancill fires 36 to win Penticton Ladies par points event
Laura Mancill fired a 36 to win the Penticton Golf and Country Club ladies par points event on April 29. Behind Mancill was Jean Arnett shooting a 34 and Bernice Cameron was third after shooting a 32. In the handicap of 20-29, Marleen Tymofievich finished first shooting 39. She was followed by Elaine Vonck's 35, Carol Stone and Barb Gair, 34. In the final group, Sharon Paulsen shot a 34, Lynn Popoff 33 with Doreen Prowse and Thelma Johnson firing 32.
Beniot’s four-some wins four-man waltz
Terry Beniot’s four-some with Frank Gair, Russ Krake and Ken Johnston scored 119 to win the Penticton Senior Men’s Golf 4-man waltz on Wednesday. Not far behind in second at 120 was Barney Bernard, Chris Cottrill, Larry Badger and Kieth Koppert.
Smith wins Stableford format
Lil Smith scored 37 points to win the first flight of the Summerland Golf and Country Ladies Club Stableford format on May 6. Winning the second flight was 1st Helen Benallick with 40 points, while Pat Stohl and Linda Palmer tied with 37 points. Janis Goll won the third flight by scoring 45 points and Ev Crane was second with 42 points.
Summerland Ladies golf
Gwen Redfern and Val Eibner were the first flight winners in Summerland Ladies golf action on May 2 taking low gross and low net, respectively. Taking the second flight low gross was Vijai Vaagen and the low net winner was Lynne Karaim. Pat Gartell was the second low gross finisher, while Monique Sadler and Julie Macaulay tied for second low net. In the third flight, Charlotte Campana took the first low gross and Hedy Sewell took the low net.
Oliver hosting Zone 2 Ladies Amateur, Senior and Super Senior Golf Tournament
NK’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course has been named the host of the Zone 2 Ladies Amateur, Senior and Super (age 70 and over) Senior Golf Tournament by the B.C. Golf Association. The championship will be in Oliver May 25-26. The championship is expected to attract several star amateur players with a handicap of zero to four. The championship is the zone's format for the amateur and senior team which will represent zone 2 at the BC Championship.