PEN HIGH LAKER Isaiah Kozak of the senior boys basketball team had reason to smile. He was sent to the free-throw line as he was fouled while making a two-point shot against the Salmon Arm Gold during the Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic. He ended the opening quarter by sinking a buzzer-beater from three-point range. The Gold went on to win the game 74-52.

PEN HIGH LAKER Isaiah Kozak of the senior boys basketball team had reason to smile. He was sent to the free-throw line as he was fouled while making a two-point shot against the Salmon Arm Gold during the Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic. He ended the opening quarter by sinking a buzzer-beater from three-point range. The Gold went on to win the game 74-52.

Lakers thrive in exhibition series

Lakers play well in Kootenays, Pen High hosts Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic

After watching a 20-point lead disappear, the Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team rebounded to down the Mt. Boucherie Bears 78-63.

Lakers coach Lesley Lacroix was forced to sit posts Natasha Reimer and Haylee Robertson for most of the second quarter due to four trouble, which resulted in their large lead being a 30-30 tie at half.

With Reimer and Robertson sitting with four fouls, Lacroix made a risky decision and continued playing her senior players.

“I figured it was a great learning experience early in the season as to how to play clean and smart when the game is close,” said Lacroix. “Clean and smart they indeed played. In fact Haylee took two charges with solid defence and both stayed in the game.

The player of the game for the Lakers, however, was Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu. To start the second half, she stole the ball six times and we jumped back up into the lead 53-41.

Robertson finished as the top scorer with 30 points, the first time she hit that mark this season. She also added 12 boards. Lannon-Paakspuu finished with 24 points and 13 steals with 10 assists.  Her first triple double.

Reimer added nine points and 23 rebounds.

The Lakers cruised to easy victories over the LV Rogers Bombers and JL Crow Hawks last weekend.

In their opening game against the Bombers, the Lakers easily won 86-47 with Haylee Robertson and Natasha Reimer racking up 29 and 28 points, respectively. Reimer led the team with 27 boards. Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu and Ali Vandermey chipped in 10 and seven points, respectively. Lannon-Paakspuu added 16 assists. In the rematch, the Lakers won 83-34 with Reimer netting 22 points and Lannon-Paakspuu adding 18. Reimer once again was the king of the boards tracking down 24 loose balls. Lannnon-Paakspuu made six steals and Chantelle Mozart added 12 points, seven rebounds and Kelsey Rowlands collected eight points.

Against the Hawks, Reimer scored 18 points to go with 23 rebounds, while Robertson netted 24 points with four steals and six rebounds. Anika Holowaty added eight points and eight rebounds.

Lakers coach Lesley Lacroix said the three games allowed them to focus on key defensive concepts in their man-to-man defence. She added the team travelled to the Kootenays to celebrate Christmas as a team, get away and have a team dinner.

“Bonding and goal-setting were the focus,” said Lacroix.

Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic

Pen High and Princess Margaret are co-hosting the Fred Fedorak Christmas Classic for junior and senior boys’ basketball Thursday and Friday. Action started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with the Lakers Grade 9s versus Similkameen Secondary School. At 3 p.m. Pen High hosts Salmon Arm and George Elliot. Games are being played throughout the day until 8 p.m. Playoff action begins Friday at 9 a.m. The final game is at 6:45 p.m. at Maggie.

The Lakers senior boys team opened with a 57-41 win over Similkameen Secondary, then lost to the Salmon Arm Gold 74-52. They will face Keremeos at 4:15 p.m. The Mustangs, who defeated Pleasant Valley Secondary 71-40, is playing the Gold at 6 p.m. at Pen High after they defeated Keremeos 62-50 at Maggie.


Just Posted

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, has been voted in for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
James Miller elected as Penticton city councillor

Penticton also voted yes to allowing up to 25 years for a Skaha Marina contract

The Eyes of the Tigers on the 2021 Beer Run on June 19. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Beer Runners take trip around local beaches and brews

Over 160 people signed up to come back after the 2020 run was cancelled

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read