Zone 2 takes Games' ringette gold
They were too tired to celebrate for long, instead catching some zees on the bus ride home from the 27th B.C. Winter Games.
The Thompson-Okanagan Zone 2 crew earned a good sleep after striking gold in ringette Sunday, grounding Fraser River-Delta 11-2 in Abbotsford.
With 10 Vernon players on their roster, Zone 2 outscored teams 48-3 in four games in the Under 16 competition.
The Vernon trio of Emma Carter (2+5), Emily Williams (2+2) and Alyssa Racine (2+1) sizzled in the final.
“I guess we were making a lot of good plays,” said Carter, 14. “We were faster than the other team so we had lots of time and space.”
Alex Drury bagged a deuce, while Kendra Ostafie scored once. Saige Woodliffe supplied two assists. Carter led Zone 2 with five goals and 13 points, while Racine pocketed 6+5, Woodliffe earned 4+7. Williams and Ostafie each ended up with 6+4 and Drury counted 4+3.
Evan Koshure and Saylor Martian each finished the Games with five helpers and Caleb Hope had a pair in support of goalie Garrett Adams.
The Thompson-Okanagan crew, coached by Ken Pak of Kelowna, blasted Cariboo-North East 16-1 Saturday morning with Woodliffe, Ostafie and Racine each registering ing two snipes.
Carter and her sister, Alyssa, will now prepare for the provincial U14A championships, March 7-9, in Prince George.
The Zone 2’s second team lost the bronze-medal game 11-6 to the Fraser Valley.
Shelby Connors of Vernon supplied 2+1, while Courtenay Bacon scored once in front of Vernon’s Caenen Wisse. Alyssa Carter had one helper. Connors had a team-high seven goals in four games.
In Female Bantam hockey, Zone 2, with 10 Vernon players, claimed bronze with a 3-0 win over Vancouver Island Sunday.
Molly Box and Samantha Head, on a breakaway, were Vernon scorers. Ashley McCabe of Kamloops had the other snipe.
Zone 2 bowed 6-0 to the Fraser River-Delta Saturday. Vernon was also represented by: Emily Clarke, Tylee Cooper, Jenna Fletcher, Juli Gilowski, Andie Kaneda, Makenna Hoffman and Mairyn Tucker.
In speed skating, Vernon’s Connie Kapak struck gold in the 3,000-metre race and silvers in the 1,000-m and 1,500-m events.
In freestyle skiing at Hemlock Valley, Elana Gaskell earned a silver medal and Stirling Peters took a bronze.
Both skiers are in Whistler this week for B.C. Development Team training, along with Patrick Dew and Declan Stevenson, also of the Silver Star club.
Said Peters, who enjoyed meeting other athletes from across the province: “The Winter Games were so much fun...the best competition ever.”
In nordic skiing, Paige Latta finished fourth in the Midget individual sprint. Vernon curlers Erik Colwell, Thomas Love and Armstrong’s Brendan Chapple placed fourth.
There were 1,800 athletes competing in Mission and Abbotsford.