Lakers take valley championship

Lakers tennis team wins AAA Okanagan Valley championship

The Pen High Lakers tennis team are AAA Okanagan valley champs and are now headed to the provincial championship.

The Lakers defeated Salmon Arm 9-2 in Winfield, where both teams agreed to meet to reduce travel.

Coach Helena Konanz said her team played really well.

“We were definitely a stronger team,” said Konanz, who is assisted by co-coach Mhairi Dunnett.

Heading into provincials at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver May 22-24, Konanz said the group is melding into a good team. She said they are fortunate to have Grade 12s Graham Millar and Jaimie Atkins.

“They both are our No.1 boys and girls players and it’s great to have their experience and leadership as we go into provincials,” she said.

The Lakers are taking five girls and six boys to Vancouver.

It’s been a rebuilding year for the program, which has five returning players. The Lakers almost didn’t have a team as they didn’t have the required minimum number of players. Konanz managed to fill the roster by recruiting female players from the other Lakers teams.

Competing in provincials for the Lakers are Millar, Atkins, Madeline Everton, Gabriel Girard, Monica Hornillas, Emily Higgins, Grayson Perrier, Annmarie Lang-Hodge, Jo Gunning, Cam MacArthur, Felix Motard, Eason Sun and Nolan Keilty.