The tournament was the first test of the season for most teams.Although the Cats got an early start to the campaign in Metaline Falls, Washington, going 2-1 against the host Rangers.“We experimented with changes that we wanted to explore after last season,” said head coach Joe Moreira. “That helped us prepare for the weekend at Crowe.”Moreira said the changes appear to be working as the club played much better in Trail.The Cats, host of the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball tournament November 28-December 1, entered the preseason ranked third overall.Mount Sentinel gets a big test this weekend when the team travels to Kelowna Friday to compete at a tournament at Immaculata.Immaculata is ranked second overall in the A girls poll behind Kelowna Christian.The Cats return home the following weekend to host the Kootenay Classic at Mount Sentinel. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats began to set the wheels in motion on what the players hope is a championship season after the squad captured the J. Lloyd Crowe High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament Saturday in the Silver City.The Cats, pretty much the same team that represented the zone at the B.C. High School A Girls Championships last season, swept through the tournament not losing a game.Mount Sentinel won the tournament by dumping Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 25-13, 25-13 in the final.L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson edge Golden Eagles 25-21, 25-23, to clinch the bronze medal.
The Kootenay shook off a tough loss in the opener to grab a single point in a two-game B.C Hockey Major Midget League series against the North Island Silvertips Sunday in Castlegar.Spencer McLean scored the only goal of the game for the Ice in a 1-1 tie against the Silvertips.North Island won the opening tilt of the series 5-4, scoring twice on the power play in the third period to secure the victory.Kootenay, 3-18-5, remain last in the BCMMHL standings.Sunday, McLean of Montrose gave the Ice the early first period lead with his seventh goal of the season.However, Hunter Findlater scored in the second to even the score. Saturday, Kootenay held a 4-2 lead with five minutes remaining in the contest before a few questionable penalty called did the home side in.Joe Gage, Clayton Pearce and Dylan Coghlan, netting the winner in with 62 seconds remaining in the game, rallied the Silvertips.Ryan Neil of Fruitvale, Trevor Steinburg of Cranbrook, Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar and Coy Prevost of Kimberley scored for the Ice.Jason Mailhoit of Trail was in goal for Kootenay.The Ice travel to Langley this weekend for the annual BC Hockey Major Midget Showcase weekend at the Events Centre.The Ice meet Valley West Hawks in two games.Friday, the league allstar game is being played at the George Preston Centre with three players from Kootenay on the roster — Austin Tambellni of Nelson, Prevost and goalie Carson Schamerhorn of Trail.
Selkirk currently trails the Clan by two points for first place in the BCIHL standings, but they are assured of overtaking their Lower Mainland rivals with three straight wins to close out the regular season.Game time is set for 7:30 PM at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.”It took us some time to start competing in the defensive zone tonight and we put ourselves in a hole because of that,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “But we have a lot of confidence in our offence to bring us back those types of situations, and I thought we did the things we needed to in order to win in the second and third periods. Former Selkirk forward Travis Herlein took advantage of a slow road start from the Saints, scoring twice in a span of 4:51 in the first period to give the WolfPack an early 2-0 lead.But the Saints rebounded before intermission, as Thomas Hardy took a slick pass from Mason Spear and beat TRU goaltender Mark Menicucci inside the far post to pull the visitors within one. Selkirk took control in the second period but were unable to even the score until Logan Proulx was sprung for a breakaway by linemate Jackson Garrett and blew a wrist shot past the glove of the WolfPack netminder.But that was the last time that the Saints would get the better of Menicucci during regulation, as the Surrey, BC product went on to make a number of sensational saves during the second and third periods. Following a scoreless overtime frame, Saints netminder Chris Hurry stopped all three WolfPack shootout attempts before Dyck beat Menicucci on a backhand deke to win the game and give Selkirk a much-needed two points. “(Mark) Menicucci was outstanding in goal for TRU and made some huge saves late in the game and overtime, so you have to tip your hat to him,” Dubois said.”It was the second night in a row where we had 50+ shots on goal and didn’t end up with a whole lot to show for it, but it was good to see us battle through that in both games and pick up two important wins.”GAME NOTES: With his second period goal, Proulx extended his season-long points streak to 21 games. Darnell Dyck scored in shootout to lift the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Thompson Rivers University in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action Saturday in Kamloops.The win keeps the hopes for another first place BCIHL finish for the Saints alive.Saturday night Selkirk hosts Simon Fraser University in a huge game.
“We’ve got the benefit of having an athletic therapist on staff who have been taking the players and working with them with regard to mobility and stretching . . . exercises that can be preventative medicine to help avoid injuries like pulled hamstrings, quads and groins,” said DiBella.“We feel anything we can do now to help their bodies will only aid us on our playoff run.”Nelson currently trails third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins by six points in Murdoch Division standings.The Bruins have been on a tear of late, winning three straight against Kelowna, Fernie and Spokane.So it’s looking like Nelson would play Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the playoffs.Williams still not ready for prime time with LeafsJosh Williams, a Junior A netminder Nelson acquired before the roster deadline, remains inactive for the Leafs.Coach DiBella said an injury that was first thought to be able to heal over time required surgery, forcing Williams to remain out of the lineup.“We still have another week-and-a-half until we see Josh play his first game for us,” DiBella confessed.“He had surgery to trim his meniscus last Friday and has improved steadily since then.”The 18-year-old Williams came to Nelson from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Short HopsNelson is going to be without the services of Nicholas Ketola as the Leaf forward continus to serve a suspension for a match penalty for hit-to-the-head. Ketola, gone for three games, is eligible to play February 6 against Spokane Braves. . . . Leafs have called up netminder Jared Martin from the Nelson/Castlegar Midget Reps squad to serve as backup to Patrick Ostermann. . . . The Leafs have lost the services of forward Malcolm Fenelon. The speedy forward, who came to Nelson from Columbia Valley, asked to leave the team. . . . Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is hosting Member Appreciation night during the Friday, February 5, against Castlegar Rebels. Credit Union members are invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission for the game. NDCU members of all ages will be able to enter the draw for some great prizes during the third period, and the lucky season winners of the NDCU Puck-4-Bucks puck toss will toss one puck for a chance to win one $1000 NDCU term deposit. After jamming five games into a 10-day span to begin the New Year, the Nelson Leafs have been relaxing on easy street, playing three games in 20-day span — all, ironically, against the Castlegar Rebels.Game one of the triple-header went to the Rebels, 2-1 in overtime.Game two goes Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.However, after this brief late-season hiatus, the Leafs are faced with a February laced with games — nine from February 5-21.A mistake, made during the summer by the former coaching regime, that has not gone unnoticed by the current staff.“What’s most concerning to me are the seven games coming up (in February) in 12 to 14 days heading into the playoffs,” Leaf coach Mario DiBella explained to The Nelson Daily.“That’s a great concern and we’re taking measures to deal with that so we don’t go into the playoffs with a lot of injuries.”Of course DiBella and the rest of the coaching staff had no input into how the schedule was put together, having taken over the team in December.Instead of dwelling on the negative, the coaches getting assistance from the off-ice staff to educate the players about their bodies.
Alex Meeker scored on the power play in the final minute of the period to give the Leafs some life.However, in the second ex-Leaf Nolan Percival restored the two-goal advantage before Jaxen Gemmell gave the Hawks all the goals they would need.Netminder Tallon Kramer pitched a shutout for the remaining 40 minutes and the Hawks were on their way to the Kootenay Conference Championship.“It was good for us to finish this series tonight,” Swanson said.“At this time of the season every team plays with injuries, everybody is banged up but we’ve got to pay this (Leafs) team a lot of respect, they’re banged up and gave us a test but we were able to come out on top.”Kramer faced only 10 shots in the game as Beaver Valley held a 24-10 advantage.Billy Gorn, making his first start of the playoffs, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Despite the season-ending loss, Leafs management has to be happy with the way the year ended.Nelson was able to grind out three straight wins to close out the regular season to edge past Grand Forks for third place in the Murdoch Division Standings.The Leafs then pulled off the upset in the Murdoch Semi Final, knocking off Castlegar Rebels in six games before losing a series that may have ended differently had Nelson got a few breaks in Games two and three.“I told the players the team that was here in November definitely wasn’t the team I saw out on the ice tonight,” said Leaf Head Coach Mario DiBella.“The team in November certainly couldn’t have knocked off Castlegar in six games and 27 periods of hockey and pushed Beaver Valley in this playoff series.”“I’m very proud of the group of young men that in that dressing room,” DiBella added.“They were trouble-free and I have some very fond memories of coaching them this season.”GAME NOTES: Billy Gorn tasted his first action since January in goal against his former mates. Devin Allen had started the past nine games for Nelson. . . Kyle Hope led the Hawks with three points while Tyler Hartman and Jaxen Gemmell each had a two points. . . .There was another large crowd at the NDCC Arena for Game four, with 780 fans attending. . . .The Conference Finals are expected to start next weekend. Beaver Valley will host the first two games of the best-of-seven series. . . . Game five of the Kimberley-Creston series goes Monday in Creston. During the regular season Beaver Valley put together a few lengthy winning streaks en route to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Those same Nitehawks are at it again.The Hawks made it a clean sweep through the Murdoch Division Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Nelson Leafs 4-1 for the club’s eighth straight playoff victory.The loss eliminated the Leafs from the 2017 KIJHL Playoffs.Beaver Valley wins the Murdoch Division for the fourth straight season and now earns a date with the winner of the Kimberley-Creston series in the Kootenay Conference Final.The Dynamiters currently lead the best-of-seven affair 3-1 after edging the Thunder Cats 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Kimberley.“We’re just trying to stick to our game, play it game by game and not get to ahead of ourselves,” said Beaver Valley captain Sam Swanson following the post-series handshake with the Leafs.“We’re playing pretty good hockey right now but we still have more left in the tank.”“It was nice to get this series done early, have a good rest and look forward to the (Kootenay Conference Championship),” Swanson added.It didn’t take long for the Nitehawks to get it going in Game four. Leading 3-0 in the series thanks to an amazing comeback in overtime during Game two followed by a double-overtime victory Friday in Game three, the players had one thing on their minds and that was eliminating the Nelson Leafs.Hawks out shot the Leafs 10-3 in the first period, and were full value for a 2-0 lead on goals by Tyler Ghirardosi and Kyle Hope.
The Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.Michaela Read scored the other goal for Greater Vancouver while Nelson’s Kelsey Paterson replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver then clinched the series as Gardiner once again scored the winner Saturday.Rebecca Clarke and Stefanie Wallace also scored for the Coments.Reece Hunt of Nelson and Lisa du Toit replied for Kootenay.Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final beginning Friday in Coquitlam. The Capitals defeated Fraser Valley Rush in the other semi final series played in Prince George. Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2015)–Longshot Si Sage stalked pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron to the top of the stretch and went on to a convincing 3 ¼ length win under Elvis Trujillo in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes as he covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:02.08. Trained by Darrell Vienna, who fitted French-bred Si Sage with blinkers for the first time, Si Sage had shown promise on occasion but entered the Last Tycoon winless in 10 stateside starts.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell that I thought he needed blinkers,” said Trujillo. “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well, so they wanted to keep them on. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf (which was the case today at Santa Anita as a result of light rain over an approximate two hour period leading into the Last Tycoon). We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.”The longest shot in a field of eight horses 3 and up, Si Sage was dispatched at 42-1 and paid $87.60, $26.00 and $10.80. Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC, the 5-year-old horse by the Johannesburg stallion Sageburg improved his overall mark to 23-4-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000 increased his earnings to $255,450.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions (23.93, 48.30, 1:13.12 and 1:37.84), I was watching him, and frankly, I was never worried,” said Vienna. “I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good and then I could see he wasn’t’ asking him at all, and then he did.”Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Mandella, runner-up Ganesh was fourth turning for home and out-gamed Abbey Vale and Power Foot in a tight three-way photo to finish second by a nose. Off at 5-1, Brazilian-bred Ganesh paid $6.20 and $4.40.“A mile and a half is probably what he wants, but he ran a nice race,” said Mandella of Ganesh, who ran fifth in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. “He had a bit of traffic trouble…but I’m very happy to be coming along where we are.”Irish-bred Abbey Vale, who attended the pace throughout along with Ganesh, bested Power Foot by a head for the show and paid $4.40 with Tiago Pereira up.Ridden by Mike Smith, 8-5 favorite Big John B trailed throughout and was beaten by approximately 20 lengths.“The grass was way too soft for him today,” said Smith. “He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”In large measure due to Si Sage’s 42-1 upset in the Last Tycoon, there is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $80,129. It is expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000.First post time for an eight-race card Sunday, with the Pick Six to begin in race three, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,129 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL EXPECTED TO APPROACH $500,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Claiborne Farm’s homebred Bendable faced winners for the first time Friday at Santa Anita and responded with a polished 2 ¼ length win in the track’s $58,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Mandella, she broke from the rail with Flavien Prat and although she was pressed from the outset, remained well within herself around the far turn. As the field turned for home, Prat called upon her and she left her competition in her wake, cruising to a final six furlong clocking of 1:09.59.“She’s a fast filly,” Mandella deadpanned afterward. “The nice thing about today is that she was in control and within herself. She was able to sit while getting pressured from the outside and it looked like Flavien had quite a bit under him. She was within herself and she didn’t get rank or get excited. Like I say, she’s fast.”A 3 ¾ length maiden winner here going 5 ½ furlongs June 3, she was off at 1-5 in a field of five and paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10.A Kentucky-bred daughter of Horse Greeley, out of the Arch mare, Bend, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $68,400.Last and about six lengths off the winner with a quarter mile to run, Sweet Halory, who was ridden by Mike Smith, rallied well through the lane for second, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Run for Retts. Off at 9-1, she paid $4.40 and $3.00.Next to last at the quarter, Run for Retts rallied three-wide under Tyler Baze for third and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Street Surrender. Off at 7-1, Run for Retts paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.42, 44.34 and 56.69.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.
BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Obviously ($9.60) became the first favorite to win at the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking the lead shortly out of the gate and then holding off Om by a nose to win the ninth running of the $1 million Turf Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place jockey Gary Stevens (Om) – “He got wiped out leaving the gate, which he did to himself, and it was a tough beat. He broke completely sideways from the gate and he had to overcome a lot. Almost got it done.” For the 8-year-old Irish-bred Obviously, who was making his fifth Breeders’ Cup start, it was his first taste of success after finishing third, fifth twice and ninth in the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile after setting the pace in all four races. Winning Jockey Flavien Prat (Obviously) – “I got a good trip. He didn’t break well like he does every time but when I sent him and he got the lead he got comfortable. I asked him before the dirt and he went on. He got a little tired but the wire was there.” OBVIOUSLY HOLDS OFF OM BY A NOSE TO WIN BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT Winning Trainer Phil D’Amato (Obviously) – “This is tremendous. A (first Breeders’ Cup) win for me and for my old boss Mike Mitchell, who had the horse before me.” Third-place trainer Christophe Clement (Pure Sensation) – “I’m happy with our race except for the final result. He got a perfect ride and ran his race. We were unfortunately third best today.” Second-place trainer Dan Hendricks (Om) – “He missed the break slightly and had to make up a lot of ground on a really good horse. We can’t be prouder.” Trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Flavien Prat, Obviously covered the 6 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:11.33. It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory for D’Amato and Prat.