North Okanagan sports briefs

Big news for Armstrong as a local track star is named athlete of the week and three junior lacrosse players are picked in WLA draft

Brown jumps to weekly honour

Armstrong’s Ella Brown is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s women’s track and field athlete of the week.

Brown, a junior who competes for Simon Fraser University, won the triple jump at the Portland Indoor Invitational meet with an indoor personal best jump of 11.45 meters.

The performance is the second best in the GNAC this season and just missed an NCAA Championships provisional qualifier.

Tyra Gilbert of Spallumcheen, who trains at SFU, but is red-shirting her freshman year, competed at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor Games in Richmond.

Gilbert was third in the 60-meter sprint with a time of 8.04 seconds, and third in the 60-m hurdles with a time of 9.19. Both marks are personal bests.

Shamrocks selected in WLA draft

Three former Armstrong Junior Shamrocks were chosen in the Western Lacrosse Association’s 2016 draft this week.

Brett Hawrys was the highest pick, going in the third round – 17th overall – to the Nanaimo Timbermen.

Hawrys spent last season with the Nanaimo Timbermen in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League, picking up 22 goals and 59 points in 14 games. He helped the Coquitlam Adanacs reach the 2014 Minto Cup Canadian Junior Lacrosse final.

Owen Barker was selected in the sixth round, 37th overall, by the Coquitlam Adanacs.

Barker, who also has BCJALL experience, had 29 goals and 58 points with the Shamrocks last year.

And the Mann Cup champion Victoria Shamrocks chose Tyson Fair in the seventh round with the 49th pick.

Fair scored 10 goals and finished with 16 points with Armstrong.

Tiremen tame Tropic

Peters Tirecraft kept their playoff hopes alive in the Vernon Men’s Indoor Soccer League with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over a re-tooled FC Tropic squad at the VantageOne Indoor Soccer Centre.

Marcello Navajaro’s header into the top corner off a beautiful corner from Dean Buse late in the contest gave the tiremen the win.

Buse, Brad Conlin and Axel Chinyanta had the other Tirecraft goals while Brock Reim was denied by great goalkeeping on a beautiful solo run.

Eon Ross was Tirecraft’s Tireman of the Game for his rock-solid play in net and vocal presence helping a make-shift back line.

Enderby hosts B.C. finals

A new Olympic sport will be on full display in the North Okanagan.

The Enderby and District Curling Club is hosting the 2016 B.C. mixed doubles curling championships Feb. 19 to 21.

“So this is a new Olympic curling event and now is a great time to come out and watch the 2016 mixed doubles provincial championships,” said Enderby Curling Club president Steve Campbell.

“It’s a great time to learn about the event, how it is played and figure out the rules.”

Everyone is welcome.

There is no charge for coming to watch but the club will happily accept cash donations or a non-perishable food donation for the Enderby and District Food Bank.