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Penticton residents Avery Wilson (left) and Emma Wilson brought home national softball medals representing B.C. this summer. (Contributed)

Penticton sisters bring home national softball medals for Team B.C.

Emma and Avery Wilson represented the province at tournaments in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick

 

UBC rugby player Sol Jacques, middle with a blue scrum cap, is determined to represent Penticton wherever his career takes him. (Photo by Daniel Usher Photography)

Penticton rugby player represents Canada at International U20 tournament in Ontario

Sol Jacques is a graduate of Penticton Secondary and currently plays at UBC

 

The Okanagan Elite, made up of players and coaches from Naramata to Kamloops, won the Western Canadian U17B girl’s softball championship Sunday, Aug. 7, in St. Alberta, Alta. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan softball girls crowned Western Canadian champs

Okanagan Elite, made up of players from Naramata to Kamloops, win U17B title in Alberta

 

BGC Okanagan is hosting Golf 4 Kids events in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Aug. 10-12. (BGC photo)

Golfers tee up for kids throughout the Okanagan

Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton events support BGC

BGC Okanagan is hosting Golf 4 Kids events in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon Aug. 10-12. (BGC photo)
Vernon’s Will Harrower collected five medals, including two gold and two silver, from the 47th annual Canadian Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Regina. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan athlete masters Regina track

Vernon’s Will Harrower collects five medals - including 2 gold - from Canadian masters track and field

Vernon’s Will Harrower collected five medals, including two gold and two silver, from the 47th annual Canadian Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Regina. (Facebook photo)
Kal Secondary’s Rory O’Brien (left) and best friend James Helfrick of Vernon Secondary School helped Team B.C. Red win the bronze medal in the Div. 1 Men’s competition at the Canada Cup Volleyball Tournament in Calgary July 21-24. (Dwayne Remple photo)

North Okanagan volleyball players win Canada Cup bronze

James Helfrick and Rory O’Brien help Team B.C. Blue finish third; eight locals played in tourney

Kal Secondary’s Rory O’Brien (left) and best friend James Helfrick of Vernon Secondary School helped Team B.C. Red win the bronze medal in the Div. 1 Men’s competition at the Canada Cup Volleyball Tournament in Calgary July 21-24. (Dwayne Remple photo)
Para swimmers Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won 10 medals between them at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George. Duncan pocketed six gold and Entner collected four silver medals. (Facebook photo)

Super swimmers lead North Okanagan in B.C. Games medal haul

Armstrong’s Brea Duncan wins six gold medals, Senna Entner of Vernon collects four silvers in Games’ pool

Para swimmers Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won 10 medals between them at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George. Duncan pocketed six gold and Entner collected four silver medals. (Facebook photo)
The Okanagan Sun started its 2022 B.C. Football Conference season Saturday, July 23, in Nanaimo, scoring a lopsided 50-19 win over the host Vancouver Island Raiders. (Chase Johnston photo)

Okanagan Sun roll over Raiders

Sun start B.C. Football Conference season in Nanaimo Saturday, July 23, dominating the V.I. Raiders 50-19

The Okanagan Sun started its 2022 B.C. Football Conference season Saturday, July 23, in Nanaimo, scoring a lopsided 50-19 win over the host Vancouver Island Raiders. (Chase Johnston photo)
Brooks Lancaster, left, joined by Kris Paul-Clark from the Penticton Golf and Country Club in accepting the 2022 Penticton Open championship. (Photo- Penticton Golf and Country Club)

Local golfer becomes 5-time champion of Penticton Open

Brooks Lancaster last won the tournament in 2015

Brooks Lancaster, left, joined by Kris Paul-Clark from the Penticton Golf and Country Club in accepting the 2022 Penticton Open championship. (Photo- Penticton Golf and Country Club)
The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)

BCHL honours former Vernon standout

The hockey league has renamed Top Defenceman Award after record-holder Campbell Blair

The B.C. Hockey League has re-named its Top Defenceman Award after former Vernon Lakers stalwart blueliner Campbell Blair. He also played in the league with the Shuswap Totems and Summerland Buckaroos. (BCHL photo)
Armstrong cowboy Jaret Cooper, 18, won the novice saddlebronc event at the legendary Calgary Stampede Rodeo July 11 and 12. (Facebook photo)

WATCH: North Okanagan cowboy wins event at Calgary Stampede

Jaret Cooper, 18, scores rides of 69 and 66 to win legendary Canadian pro rodeo’s novice saddle bronc

Armstrong cowboy Jaret Cooper, 18, won the novice saddlebronc event at the legendary Calgary Stampede Rodeo July 11 and 12. (Facebook photo)
Organizer Keith Azak’s goal to continue building a large-scale open basketball tournament to Terrace. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)

‘Rockin’ to the final game’: High hopes for northern B.C. roundball tourney

The Riverboat Days Open Basketball Tournament tips off this August in Terrace

Organizer Keith Azak’s goal to continue building a large-scale open basketball tournament to Terrace. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)
Bryce Barker from the Vernon Golf and Country Club celebrates his victory at the 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament July 7-9 at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. (Instagram screen shot)

Vernon golfers sweep top three placings at Kelowna tourney

Bryce Barker of Vernon Golf Club wins 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational at Kelowna Golf and Country Club

Bryce Barker from the Vernon Golf and Country Club celebrates his victory at the 69th annual Ogopogo Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament July 7-9 at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. (Instagram screen shot)
Vernon’s Austin Armanini has earned a spot in the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Christina Lake by placing fifth in a qualifying tournament. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon golfer joins B.C. Men’s Amateur field

Austin Armanini earns spot at Christina Lake with top-five qualifying event finish

Vernon’s Austin Armanini has earned a spot in the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship in Christina Lake by placing fifth in a qualifying tournament. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)

Anaheim Ducks select forward Ben King, of Vernon, in NHL Draft

King went 107th overall in the fourth round

  • Jul 8, 2022
Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King was selected in the fourth round, 107th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)
Penticton resident Brian Moore (right) winning his bronze medal in a recent arm-wrestling competition. (Contributed)

‘Living the dream’: Penticton men win national armwrestling medals in Winnipeg

Richard Henson and Brian Moore captured multiple awards at a recent tournament

Penticton resident Brian Moore (right) winning his bronze medal in a recent arm-wrestling competition. (Contributed)
Breanna Jolly of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club brought home a pair of medals and numerous best times from the Interior and North Swimming Championships at Kelowna’s H2O Centre. (Contributed)

Jolly good times for Vernon swimmer(s) at Kelowna meet

Breanna Jolly wins pair of medals to help lead Kokanee Swim Club at Interior championships

Breanna Jolly of the Vernon Kokanee Swim Club brought home a pair of medals and numerous best times from the Interior and North Swimming Championships at Kelowna’s H2O Centre. (Contributed)
University of Calgary Dinos receiver Zack Smith, from Vernon, (left) thanks Ryan Paulson of Kal Tire for the Vernon company coming on board as first-down (title) sponsor for the Kalamalka Bowl pre-season Canadian university football game Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Dinos will play the UBC Thunderbirds at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Vernon tire company wheels out football game sponsorship

The first Kal Tire Kalamalka Bowl Canadian university pre-season game will be played Aug. 24 at GVAP

University of Calgary Dinos receiver Zack Smith, from Vernon, (left) thanks Ryan Paulson of Kal Tire for the Vernon company coming on board as first-down (title) sponsor for the Kalamalka Bowl pre-season Canadian university football game Wednesday, Aug. 24. The Dinos will play the UBC Thunderbirds at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Penticton Curling Club ice. (File photo)

City throws support behind Penticton Curling Club to the tune of $100K loan

Club will soon host a number of high-profile events, in need of facility upgrades

Penticton Curling Club ice. (File photo)
The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)

From Penticton to Oliver: Okanagan Granfondo bike ride returns next week

The event will close several roads across the South Okanagan on July 10

The Okanagan Granfondo has sold out with a record 3,000 cyclists registering for the July 10 event through South Okanagan. (File photo)