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Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

Saints 'Drive for Five' comes to sudden end

The Selkirk College Saints season came to an end on the weekend after the Trinity Western University Spartans won the semi-final series 2-0. Ryan Edwards (seen here) and the Saints were gunning for a fifth straight BCIHL championship. (photo courtesy Scott Stewart/Trinity Western University). — Selkirk College photo

The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.

The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.

The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.

Wayling, Chargers pull off shocker at CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals

Katie Wayling came on as a substitute setter for Camosun College at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals this past weekend in Victoria. —Facebook photo

Former Mount Sentinel Wildcats athlete Katie Wayling was front and center, turning back the clock at the CCAA volleyball National Championships this past weekend in the BC Provincial Capital.

Wayling, who has been out of the sport of volleyball for the past six years, came on as a substitute setter to help the Camosun College Chargers to the school’s first CCAA Women’s Volleyball National silver medal.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Back to the Water

Nothing like the smile on a young fisherman after catching a big one. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures

Well the weather wasn’t very cooperative this past month and just when people thought spring was on the horizon, Mother Nature rudely surprised everyone. 

Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

There were 11 teams competing at the weekend Junior Curling Bonspiel in Nelson. — Submitted photo

 The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.

Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.

The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.

Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series

Austin Wells and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team split a weekend series with the Eastern Washington University Eagles as they closed out the BCIHL regular season. The defending champions will head to Langley this weekend to take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final starting Friday. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

The Selkirk College Saints start defence of their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship title on Thursday in Langley against the Trinity Western University Spartans in a best-of-three semi-final series.

The Saints have won four straight BCIHL championships and will be looking to make more history in the next couple weeks with a fifth title. If they are to be successful, the third-place Saints will need to conquer teams that finished higher in the regular season standings.

Sawyer Hunt Plays Overtime Hero, Again

Sawyer Hunt (white jersey) scored his second OT marker of the series to lead Nelson to a 1-0 victory in Game four of the KIJHL Murdoch Divison Semi Final.

Facing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.

Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.

The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.

Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period.

Selkirk College Saints Capture Third Straight Win

Selkirk College Saints captain Tyler Kerner helped pace his team to a pair of 4-3 victories over the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this past weekend. The Saints will play their last home game of the BCIHL season this coming Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

If the Selkirk College Saints are successful in capturing their fifth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title, this season they will need to do it on the road.

The four-time defending league champions won both weekend games against the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, but struggles earlier this semester have entrenched the Saints in third place.

West Kootenay curlers come up short at BC Seniors Championships

Three members of last year's BC Champion rink, from left, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, third Stephenson of Kelowna and second Don Freschi, lost out in the final of the  2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Sunday in Salmon Arm. — Photo courtesy Facebook

The phrase, “Three Strikes You're Out” is generally association with the game of baseball.

However, Sunday in Salmon Arm, the phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Rob Koffski rink of Kelowna.

The rink whiffed on the final chance at capturing the 2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships, losing 8-4 to Craig Lepine Langley.

Lepine, third Stan Walker, second Craig McLeod and lead Mike Pelech, advance to the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships next month in Fredericton, NB.

Trail swim team makes TRAX at province-level meets

Sharman Thomas BC - AA Provincial Swim Meet Chilliwack (1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals)

TRAX Swim Club swimmers recently competed in the following Swim BC-sanctioned Swim Meets:

Snowfest Swim Meet in Kelowna and Swim BC AA Provincial Swim Meet in Chilliwack.

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