Medals galore for Thompson-Okanagan
Morning Star Staff
North Okanagan athletes helped Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan produce 79 medals at the B.C. Summer Games last weekend in Nanaimo
According to the Games’ website, Taryn O’Neill of Lake Country struck gold in the 2,000 run and silver in the 1,200. Mackenzie Horst of Lake Country took a silver in girls basketball.
Emma Lockwood of Vernon was part of the gold-medal girls soccer team, while Julia Palfreyman of Vernon took gold in the Tier 4/5 solo synchronized swimming event. Teammate Meighan Kerr earned silver in Tier 4.5 figures.
Vernon’s Alan Bargaso, Isaiah Ondrik and Zack Smith claimed silver in 3-on-3 boys basketball, while Ryan Doerges and Nick Prystupa of Vernon picked up silver medals in boys U17 beach volleyball.
Landon Currie and Tilon Ward of Vernon pocketed bronze in boys indoor volleyball, while Vernon’s Kennady Wright, Rebecca Vanderdeen and Reilly Lorenson were fourth on the girls’ side.
Doerges and Prystupa considered themselves underdogs going into the Games, but played their way to the finals where they lost 2-0 to Vancouver Island-Central Coast Zone 6. Prystup twisted his ankle in the first set.
Reece Hawthorne of Vernon bagged a bronze medal in 10-13 years wakeskate, while Finn O’Keefe was fifth in tricks. O’Keefe, who missed a gate in the slalom, hopes to redeem himself in Abbotsford this weekend and make the upcoming Westerns in Edmonton.
Mac Gourdine was fifth in golf at 152 over two rounds, while Vernon’s Maksim Chirkoff of Vernon took fourth with the boys soccer team. Leon Schenker was fifth in boys basketball. Riley MacLean of Vernon garnered bronze in the para swimming 50 back.
Cameron Lock of Armstrong captured bronze in field lacrosse, while Tova Turnbull and Candice Vuong of Armstrong finished fourth in girls softball. Jakob Laflamme of Armstrong was fifth in rowing and Trinity Hansma sixth in the long jump. In rowing, Claire Armstrong and Aidan Oliphan were both fourth in single skills.
The Okanagan baseball team, coached by Charles Law, lost 4-1 to Vancouver Island in Sunday morning’s bronze-medal game at gorgeous Serauxmen Stadium.
Saturday was full of thrills and heartbreak for the Zone 2 squad as they played the top two seeds in the competition, Van Island #1 and Fraser Valley #1.
In the morning game, Jay Taylor of Kelowna pitched five solid innings and the Okanagan was leading 3-1 in the sixth before the Island bats woke up and rallied to win 4-3.
Needing to beat the top-ranked Fraser Valley for a berth in the gold-medal game, the Okanagan got solid starting pitching again and was clinging to a 2-1 lead into the fifth. A two-out, two-run triple by James Fischer gave them a 4-1 lead and had Fraser Valley momentarily stunned. Unfortunately, the bullpen was unable to throw strikes in the bottom of the sixth and the Fraser Valley put up a five spot to go up 6-4.
Coldstream’s Keaton Mandryk is used to big starts and he got the ball for Team Okanagan’s first round-robin game, a 5-2 win over Fraser River Delta. Mandryk tossed two scoreless innings and Team Okanagan pushed across four runs in the top of the third and added another in the fifth. Joel Flood of West Kelowna was dominant in relief.
Team Okanagan then disposed of Zone 8 (Prince George) 8-0 in their evening game, with three pitchers combining for the shutout. Vernon’s Colton Schaper-Cotter was solid all day at first base, and ignited the team’s five-run fifth with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt that he beat out for a base hit to load the bases. Noah Law of Kelowna was spectacular at shortstop, making several highlight-reel plays to anchor the defence. Caden Doyle of Vernon was also on Zone 2.