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Kootenay boys, Thomson, Freschi spark Ursel rink to BC Seniors Curling Championship

From left, third Dave Stephenson, skip Bob Ursel (front) second Don Freschi and lead Fred Thomson celebrate after winning the BC Senior Men's Curling Championship Sunday in Richmond. — Submitted photo

Bob Ursel and Company set their sights pretty high when Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi and lead Fred Thomson joined forces back in October— win the BC Senior Men's Curling Championship.

The Okanagan/Kootenay rink successfully achieved that goal Sunday afternoon in Richmond, stopping two-time defending champion Wes Craig of Victoria 7-2 en route to the BC Senior Men’s Purple Heart.

“The guys are very excited,” Thomson, from Nelson, told The Nelson Daily from Richmond.

Hold off on the tasting just yet says Ursel lead Fred Thomson as rink prepares for BC Senior Men's Final

Fred Thomson of Nelson (left) sweeping for the Wenzek rink at the Canadian Direct Insurance Men's Championships held last weekend in Nelson is eager to change the past when the Bob Ursel rink plays in the Page Playoff Final Sunday. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

It’s so close the Bob Ursel rink can taste it.

However, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson and Don Freschi have experienced this taste before — 2013 as members of the Tom Shypitka rink of Cranbrook in Tim Horton's BC Senior Men's Curling at Trail.

Which is why the two Kootenay curlers will focus on the task at hand after the Ursel rink eased into Sunday’s final of the BC Senior Men's Curling Championships by blasting Wes Craig of Victoria Friday in the Page Playoff 1-2 game at the Richmond Curling Club.

Kootenay boys, Thomson, Freschi help Ursel rink to top spot at BC Seniors Curling Championships

Fred Thomson of Nelson, who had a chance to tune up for the championships last week as a spare on a rink at the Candian Direct Insurance Men's event hosted in the Heritage City, is part of the leading Bob Ursel rink in Richmond. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

A rink with a pair of Kootenay players anchoring the front end are in the driver’s seat at the Senior Men’s Curling Provincials at the Richmond Curling Club.

The Bob Ursel rink from Kelowna, with lead Fred Thomson of Nelson and second Don Freschi of Trail on the team, lead the standings following Day three of the provincial championships.

The Ursel foursome, with Dave Stephenson at third, leads the standings with a 5-1 record.

Ursel made it a sweep of Thursday action by defeating Garnet Boese of Smithers 5-2 during the evening draw.

'Good weekend' as Kootenay Ice snap losing streak

Kootenay Ice managed to secure three of four points during a weekend series against North Island Silvertips. — The Nelson Daily photo

Now’s not the time to break out the champagne, but grabbing three of the possible four points is a reason to celebrate for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club.

The Ice tied 6-6 and won 3-1 over North Island Silvertips during a BC Hockey Major Midget League series at the NDCC Arena.

“It was a real good weekend for us . . . we had no passengers,” said Ice coach Brian Jones.

“Goaltending was strong all weekend . . .  Curt Doyle played Saturday and Ben Kelsch Sunday,” Jones added.

U23 World Championships start Monday for Nelson's Julien Locke

Julien Locke, formerly of the Nelson Nordic Ski Club and now competing on Rossland's Black Jack Ski Club, is in Romania for the U23 World Championships starting Monday. — Photo courtesy Patrick Haag

Nelson Nordic Ski grad Julien Locke is on his way to the U23 World Championships starting Monday — February 22-28 — in Rasnov, Romania.

Moose Jaw Warriors Dryden Hunt earns WHL player-of-the-week honours

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt continues to light up the Western Hockey League with the Moose Jaw Warriors. — Photo courtesy Stephen Simon, Moose Jaw Warriors

The awards just keeping coming in for Moose Jaw Warriors forward Dryden Hunt – and there's still a month remaining in the season.

The Nelson Minor Hockey product was selected Western Hockey League player-of-the-week Monday after the Moose Jaw sniper potted six goals and three assists during three Warriors victories, during the week.


Soleil Patterson.  Photo Credit:  Derek Trussler

Soleil Patterson has been demonstrating  speed and skill to earn her place at the U18 Canadian National Alpine Championships in Collingwood, Ontario, February  23 to 26.