Selects plow Vegas field lacrosse foes

Thompson Okanagan squad wins major tournament in U.S.

Interest in the Thompson Okanagan Selects U18 field lacrosse team from U.S. colleges and universities has grown.

That will happen when the team made up of players from the Okanagan, Shuswap, Thompson region goes undefeated at a major U.S. tournament.

The Selects, coached by Penticton’s Chris Danby, with North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse president Kari Gares running the select program, went 6-0 at the Adrenaline Blackjack Classic – a U.S. Nationals qualifying tournament – in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson.

“The team sure did perform beyond our expectations,” said Gares, whose son, Zack, is one of three Vernon players on the roster. The others are Kaden Doughty and Thomas Mackiewich. Other players come from Salmon Arm, Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna and Merritt, and one player from Surrey was added for the tournament.

Interest in Salmon Arm’s Drew Bannister, who plays box lacrosse in the Thompson Okanagan Junior League for the Armstrong Shamrocks, along with Doughty and Zack Gares, from U.S. schools started as soon as the team arrived home from the tournament.

“We are so incredibly proud of these boys and all of the boys from the Interior,” said Gares. “We were the unknown contenders that swept a very prestigious tournament, knocking out some of the best elite teams the West has.

“This is huge and we want to use this a way to promote the game and show all Interior boys that we have talent and that we can showcase this talent across North America.”

Gares and Selects assistant coach Martin Gardner developed the field lacrosse Interior program 18 months ago. It’s a year-round program – though Gares said they go out of their way to accommodate box players during the indoor season over the summer months – with a goal of playing several international tournaments a year to improve the program and get players more college exposure.

“We want to go to tourneys that are strictly priorities for the colleges and universities,” she said. “There could be as many as 50 schools attending.”

Thompson Okanagan also tries to line up exhibition games with counterparts from the Lower Mainland.

The Selects program has also started U15 and U13 teams, and both went to the Blackjack Classic.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Vernon’s Thomas Mackiewich was outstanding throughout the tournament, helping the Thompson Okanagan Selects go 6-0 to win the Adrenaline Blackjack Classic U18 Field Lacrosse Tournament in Nevada. (Tim Milne photo)

Vernon’s Zack Gares (15) helped the Thompson Okanagan Selects U18 squad go 6-0 to win the Adrenaline Blackjack Classic field lacrosse tournament in Nevada. (Tim Milne photo)

Just Posted

LETTER: Dog dirt – hefty fines suggested

Vernon might solve poop problem by implementing hefty fines like the U.K.

Rent in Vernon jumps 4.2 per cent in 2019

The increase is in line with province-wide market trends, according to CMHC figures

Kal Rotary donates $30,000 to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

This donation will go to help fund a state-of-the-art surgical lighting system

Love and Logic parenting course back in Vernon by popular demand

Six-week course to begin Feb. 4 at Community Baptist Church

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

Health upgrades in South Okanagan and Similkameen forecast to cost nearly $10 million

Capital projects include CT scanner, medical vacuum system, ultrasounds and more

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Most Read