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Konkin, Drolet , Erickson capture medals on opening day of West Kootenay Cross Country season

The West Kootenay High School Cross country running season is off and running.

Jackson Konkin of J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and Salmo's Jasmine Drolet came out on top of the first race of the West Kootenay Cross Country season Tuesday at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.

Konkin finnished the 7.8 kilometer course in a time of 32 minutes, five seconds to capture the Senior Boys category.

Second was Keiran Marchand of LVR while Jasper Mair of Mount Sentinel was third.

Daniel Stewart, Sammuel Cristofanetti and Jesse Drew, all of Mount Sentinel, rounded out the top five.

Drolet won the Junior Girls Division ahead of Avie Waterfall of Trafalgar.

Rebels back in business, edge Nelson Leafs 3-2

Nelson Leafs were up early Sunday participating in the Nelson Terry Fox Run. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

After going winless to open the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season and having their coach suspended, most experts may have written off the Castlegar Rebels until the franchise could stabilize the ship.

However, the Sunflower City squad jumped right back into the Murdoch Division picture by posting a pair of wins over rivals Beaver Valley and Nelson.

Saturday, the Rebels found just enough scoring to go with an impressive performance by netminder Jason Maihiot to edge the Leafs 3-2 in KIJHL action at the Castlegar Arena Complex.

KIJHL suspends Rebel skipper for tampering

The Castlegar franchise will be without head coach Bill Rotheisier until late October.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League president Bill Ohlhausen confirmed that Castlegar Rebels head coach Bill Rotheisier has been suspended for 45 days for tampering.

Ohlhausen said Rotheisier, who began serving the suspension September 6, is to have no contact with the team one hour before and after any game during the suspension.

Hunt scores twice to spark Leafs past Braves; Hawks, Bruins break even in feisty contest

Hunt scores twice to spark Leafs past Braves; Hawks, Bruins break even in feisty contest

Sawyer Hunt scored twice to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-2 trashing of the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.

Hunt, who came to Nelson in an off-season move from the Kimberley Dynamiters, scored twice in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.

The win allowed Nelson to gain a split during a two-game road swing to open the 2016-17 KIJHL season.

Nelson lost 3-1 Friday in Fruitvale to defending Murdoch Division champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Selkirk College Saints Kick Off Exhibition Season September 23

Tyler Kerner and this year’s edition of the Selkirk College Saints will begin pursuit of their fifth straight BCIHL title when the exhibition season opens on September 23 at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Selkirk College Saints have arrived back to the rink and will kick off their exhibition season on September 23.

The Selkirk College hockey team is currently in training camp and will get their first taste of action against rival Eastern Washington University at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on September 23 starting at 7 p.m.

Twelve B.C. athletes bring home medals

 BC athletes returned from Rio with a lot of hardware as 2016 Olympic Summer Games closed Sunday.

Twelve athletes from British Columbia are bringing home eight medals from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games, including team medals in sports such as swimming, soccer, cycling, rugby and rowing.

A total of 142 athletes with a connection to B.C. competed at the Games in 18 different sports.

Of those, provincially-affiliated athletes earned 50% of the Canadian Olympic Team’s total medal count: one gold, one silver and nine bronze medals.

Sign up for the Castlegar Gentleman’s Hockey League 2016-17 Season

Sign up for the Castlegar Gentleman’s Hockey League 2016-17 Season

The CGHL is a league that offers competitive hockey for all adult age groups at any level of hockey. They welcome all skill levels and offer a fun and safe way to play hockey competitively and meet new people across all age groups.

“I’ve played in the CGHL for five years and it’s a great opportunity to get a workout and enjoy some great laughs with some great friends … oh yeah, and play hockey, ha ha,” said Brent Heaven, head coach of four-time BCIHL Champion Selkirk Saints.