Gators defuse Dynamite attack
Pitcher Taryn Robertson went the distance and drove in three runs as the Whitehouse Mortgage Gators grounded the Dynamite 15-9 in Vernon Women’s Slo-Pitch League play Wednesday night at Kin Park.
Kelli Graham and Jane Janz each knocked in two runs and Jen Doyle stroked a pair of hits for the Gators (3-3).
Starting pitcher Shannon Guenther went 4-for-4 to spark the Nitros (0-6), while Shelley Ouellette was 3-for-4. Debra Holbrook supplied three hits and Jackie Stakkestad had a pair. Niki Connor closed on the hill.
The Ted Luszcz Dozers downed Dave’s Mobile Mechanic Devils 10-3 in other action. No results were reported.
Xterra triathlon returns to Vernon
Spectacular scenery and a sweat-inducing course. That’s what off-road triathletes and duathletes can expect at the second annual Xterra Vernon, Sunday, June 17 at Ellison Provincial Park.
The event features full (1,500-metre swim, 21.15-km bike, 11.5-km run) and sport (750-m swim, 12.25-km bike and 6.25-km run) triathlons. There are also full (6.25-km run, 21.25-km bike, 11.5-km run) and sport (3.15-km, 12.25-km bike and 6.25-km run) duathlons. Anyone who is not quite up to going it alone can enter in the team categories for the triathlon and duathlon.
“Our goal is to promote and grow the sport of off-road triathlon in the Okanagan Valley over the next few years, providing a series of events and camps throughout the year,” said Rob Swan, of CriticalPerformance Endurance Sports.
Xterra Vernon organizers are looking for volunteers, athletes and sponsors. To register or for more information, visit www.xterraokanagan.com, or contact Rob at email@example.com.
Sundance members strike medals
Sundance Martial Arts members from Vernon and Kelowna turned in stellar results at the ITF Western Canadian Tae Kwon Do Championships in Coquitlam.
Abbie Bennett scored gold in junior girls second-degree patterns, and in the light heavyweight sparring. Her younger brother Charlie Bennett took the gold in 7-8 year old yellow belt sparring and silver in patterns.
Cole Mackay struck double gold in 9-10 year old green belt boys patterns and sparring. His older sister Dannon Mackay took gold in green belt patterns and a bronze in sparring.
Allie Spruce claimed gold in 11-12 blue belt patterns and a silver in the same sparring, while sister Braelyn Spruce won gold in 13-14 blue belt sparring and a silver in patterns.
Sarah Crerar pocketed bronze in both patterns and sparring in 11-12 year old blue belt girls. Jacob Bennett secured bronze in red belt boys sparring.
Black belt competitor Natalie Bowie won gold as a member of the B.C. women’s patterns team and a bronze in individual women’s first-degree patterns. Brett Bell recorded bronze in the junior boys black belt light heavyweight sparring.
Peter McGowan received silver in patterns and bronze in sparring in the super-senior men’s black belt division. Instructors David White and Chris Rock took silver and bronze respectively in men’s fourth-sixth degree black belt patterns.
Earlier, at the ITF B.C. Championships in Smithers, a trio of Sundance members competed in black belt patterns and sparring categories.
Bell took home a bronze in junior boys patterns and silver in heavyweight sparring. Bowie took silver in women’s first-degree patterns and also performed in a demonstration as part of the patterns team. White took a bronze in senior belt patterns.
“It’s a bond that is forever and whether you win a championship or not, if you have a team and you’re close, you’ll have that bond forever with those guys. That’s a stepping stone to life, making bonds with people, and you can’t put a price on it.” – Max Mestinek of the 1963 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.