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Penticton’s Lake City Basketball U16 team. Back row from left to right- Hayden Scanlon, Chasen Hall, Brix Corday, Carter O’Neil, Caleb Dykstra, Troy Isaacs. Front row from left to right- Chris Terris (coach), Peter Kunka, Dezi Ducheck, Jack Campbell, Jaiveer Dhillon, Saxon Connor-Garrity, Tyler Peters (coach). Missing Eli Dewar. (Photo- Lake City Basketball)

Penticton youth basketball teams shine on provincial stage in Kelowna

Local U13, U16, U17 teams will be in Langley this month for a provincial tournament

Penticton’s Lake City Basketball U16 team. Back row from left to right- Hayden Scanlon, Chasen Hall, Brix Corday, Carter O’Neil, Caleb Dykstra, Troy Isaacs. Front row from left to right- Chris Terris (coach), Peter Kunka, Dezi Ducheck, Jack Campbell, Jaiveer Dhillon, Saxon Connor-Garrity, Tyler Peters (coach). Missing Eli Dewar. (Photo- Lake City Basketball)
Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, a member of the Penticton KISU Swim Club, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)

Penticton KISU swimmer to make World Para Championships debut

Jacob Brayshaw will compete in one individual event and possibly a pair of relays June 12-18 in Portugal

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, a member of the Penticton KISU Swim Club, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)

‘Bring your A game’: Okanagan board shop creates skateboard competition series

Popmode Board Supply’s first-ever Best Tricks Series will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3

Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. welcomes world’s best skateboarders

Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding event coming to Langley for the first time

Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Vernon gymnasts shine in Kelowna

North Valley Society sends 20 members to three-day invitational meet and put up impressive results

Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)
A look inside the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, a museum the Penticton Vees will be inducted into on July 22, 2022. (Contributed)

Record-breaking 2011-12 Penticton Vees among B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

The team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer after two years of COVID-19 delays

A look inside the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, a museum the Penticton Vees will be inducted into on July 22, 2022. (Contributed)
The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)

Vernon School District vaults gymnastics club into new home

Vernon school district offers North Valley Gymnastics former Whitevale Elementary gym to society

The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)
JCI Penticton is hosting its first-ever beach volleyball tournament at Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 5 to 6. (NEWS file photo)

‘Bump, set, spike’ beach volleyball tournament set for Penticton Peach Festival

JCI Penticton is hosting the first annual tournament from Aug. 5 to 6

JCI Penticton is hosting its first-ever beach volleyball tournament at Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 5 to 6. (NEWS file photo)
Penticton-based Lake City Basketball won the division title at the Spring Showcase Tournament in Coquitlam on May 14 and 15. From left to right: Jasdeep Dhaliwal, Ambrose Colbeck, Liam Reid, Kai Rippy, Jaxson Bartsch. Back row (L>R): Graydon Kulak, Mateo Ducheck, Jonah Colley, Miller Jurcic, Balkaran Lidhar and Russ Reid. (Photo- Lake City Basketball)

Penticton U13 basketball team wins division title on Lower Mainland

The team improved to 7-2 on the season with four straight wins at the Coquitlam spring invitational

Penticton-based Lake City Basketball won the division title at the Spring Showcase Tournament in Coquitlam on May 14 and 15. From left to right: Jasdeep Dhaliwal, Ambrose Colbeck, Liam Reid, Kai Rippy, Jaxson Bartsch. Back row (L>R): Graydon Kulak, Mateo Ducheck, Jonah Colley, Miller Jurcic, Balkaran Lidhar and Russ Reid. (Photo- Lake City Basketball)
The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Come out and welcome home the BCHL Champions outside the SOEC Thursday afternoon

The Penticton Vees will return home from Nanaimo at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Penticton Vees player Josh Nadeau carries the puck in the attacking zone as Nanaimo Clippers player Brett Merner defends on the play during Game 3 of the BCHL finals on Tuesday, May 17, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Stefano Bottini nets overtime winner, Penticton Vees up 3-0 in BCHL Finals

The Vees can claim the Fred Page Cup with a win on Wednesday night, May 18

Penticton Vees player Josh Nadeau carries the puck in the attacking zone as Nanaimo Clippers player Brett Merner defends on the play during Game 3 of the BCHL finals on Tuesday, May 17, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Kamloops Venom take bite out of Vernon Tigers

Visiting Venom score 13-7 win in Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener

Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)

Penticton resident left speechless after Skate Canada B.C. Hall of Fame induction

Diane Nielsen was inducted into the builder category after 50 years of serving the community

Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)
The 2021 RBC PGA Scramble winners from Eganville, Ontario (Contributed)

Multiple Okanagan golf courses to host RBC PGA Scramble qualifiers

The first qualifier is at Shadow Ridge on Monday, May 23

The 2021 RBC PGA Scramble winners from Eganville, Ontario (Contributed)
The Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers (white jerseys) were slated to play the South Okanagan Flames in their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 7, at Kal Tire Place. The Flames, though, did not have enough players for the game and forfeited the contest, 1-0. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon Tigers score forfeit junior lacrosse win over South Okanagan

Flames cite lack of players for Thompson Okanagan Junior League tilt; Vernon wins 1-0

The Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers (white jerseys) were slated to play the South Okanagan Flames in their Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 7, at Kal Tire Place. The Flames, though, did not have enough players for the game and forfeited the contest, 1-0. (Black Press file photo)
Penticton Vees defenseman Ryan Hopkins is ranked No. 101 on the NHL’s Central Scouting Rankings for the 2022 draft in Montreal. (Photo: Jack Murray)

Penticton Vees’ Ryan Hopkins among players included on NHL draft rankings list

The Vees defenseman is one of four players from the B.C. Hockey League to make the list

Penticton Vees defenseman Ryan Hopkins is ranked No. 101 on the NHL’s Central Scouting Rankings for the 2022 draft in Montreal. (Photo: Jack Murray)
Vernon Jackals nside centre Corey Suastegui (with ball) tries to avoid a Penticton tackler during the team’s 14-12 Okanagan Rugby Union win over the visiting Harlequins at Grahame Park Saturday, April 30. (Erik Gajda photo)

Vernon Jackals complete Penticton sweep

Jackals edge rivals 14-12 in Okanagan Rugby Union home opener at Grahame Park

Vernon Jackals nside centre Corey Suastegui (with ball) tries to avoid a Penticton tackler during the team’s 14-12 Okanagan Rugby Union win over the visiting Harlequins at Grahame Park Saturday, April 30. (Erik Gajda photo)
The longtime rivalry between the Vernon Tigers (white) and Armstrong Shamrocks got kickstarted again Saturday, April 30, in Armstrong as the Irish returned to the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for the first time in three years. The two teams played to a spirited 9-9 draw. (Black Press - file photo)

Late goal lifts Vernon Tigers to 9-9 TOJLL draw with Armstrong Shamrocks

Two rivals play spirited first league game against one another in three years at Nor-Val Sports Centre

The longtime rivalry between the Vernon Tigers (white) and Armstrong Shamrocks got kickstarted again Saturday, April 30, in Armstrong as the Irish returned to the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for the first time in three years. The two teams played to a spirited 9-9 draw. (Black Press - file photo)
Jackson Nieuwendyk scored three times in the Penticton Vees’ 8-1 victory against the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday, April 29, in the first game of the Interior Conference Finals. (Photo: Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)

Penticton Vees’ Jackson Nieuwendyk scores hat trick, leads team to 8-1 playoff victory

Game No. 2 of the Interior Conference Finals goes on Saturday at the SOEC

Jackson Nieuwendyk scored three times in the Penticton Vees’ 8-1 victory against the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday, April 29, in the first game of the Interior Conference Finals. (Photo: Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)