Penticton Youth Captures B.C. Provincial Crokinole championship

The third annual B.C. Provincial Crokinole championship went off as smoothy as a disc sliding across the board and into the 20 hole.

The third annual B.C. Provincial Crokinole championship went off as smoothy as a disc sliding across the board and into the 20 hole.  Held at the Oliver Community Center on March 19, assistant organizer of the tournament, Orrin Hargraves, sounded off the opening flick with the wise words of “make every shot count.”

This year players attended the games from Canada, USA and New Zealand and Oliver Mayor Pat Hampson was present for both the opening ceremony and the closing awards ceremony, encouraging each player to play their best and welcoming visitors to Oliver’s beautiful community.

The games started with the doubles playing in recreational and competitive divisions.  The difference, being the level of skill and the amount of money being awarded to the winners. Penticton’s Quin and Ed Erzinger and Sharon Palmer showed the competition that all of their hours of practice was worth their while.  Erzingers flicked their way to second place in the competitive division of doubles.  While Palmer slid into second place in the recreational singles and third in the recreational doubles divisions.

With over $1,700 in prize money up for grabs, almost double what it was last year, it became a battle into overtime for players in the single competitive division. Erzinger, 16, took the championship title away from the Ontario champions.  While Alan Bleiken, of Osoyoos, showed the players in the recreational division how to play. Oliver’s power team, Lou Dobos and Linda Irvine became doubles champions in the competitive division. In the recreational doubles division, first place winners Reon Knowler from New Zealand teamed up with Summerland’s Jordan Ripley, 10, to show the crowd this Canadian game has gone international.

In the game of Crokinole, age is irrelevant as proved by 94-year-old Ralph Zosel of Oroville and seven-year-old Rex Lock of Oliver.  Zosel finished in the top 10 in the singles competition and Lock teamed up with his mother, Janet to finish in the top 11 in doubles.

Julian Chalmers, 11, from Winlaw, has played in tournaments all over the world, coming in third-place in China.  He showed the crowd how well he could flick a disc right into the 20 hole, surpassing Ontario’s double champion Fred Slater with 75 20s compared to Fred’s 69.

Cliford Antypowich, founder of the event, has been battling with quickly progressing Parkinson’s Disease and is starting to turn the organization of the event over to the Oliver Community Center. Carol Sheridan, programs manager for Oliver Park’s & Rec., stepped up to the plate and is now taking control.

“I have believed in this town from the beginning to support this game and I truly believe that Oliver can hold one of the greatest and largest Crokinole tournaments in all of Canada,” said Antypowich.  “Currently this event held in Oliver is believed to be ranked the third largest in the country. The great success we have had with this event is completely due to the wonderful support we have had from Oliver and surrounding communities.”


Just Posted

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

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

JAK's Liquor Store in Penticton will be donating 10 per cent of its sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. (Photo from
Stock up your liquor cabinet and support the Penticton food bank

Jak’s beer and wine store is donating a portion of sales to local food banks Saturday

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
‘Springsteen on Broadway’ clears way for AstraZeneca recipients to attend show

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Most Read