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News briefs from across the North Okanagan sports scene.

BMX club celebrates 30 Years

The weather threatened to rain on the party, but it let up just in time for the Vernon BMX Club’s 30th anniversary celebration Saturday afternoon at Ranger Park.

By 4 p.m., the sun shone down as a couple hundred people took part in the event. The club played video footage of earlier races and displayed newspaper articles covering the past three decades, along with retro trophies and BMX paraphernalia.

The first event of the day was an 80s retro race, with riders wearing lots of big hair, headbands and neon. The race of the day was the anniversary double points event, which featured 75 riders.

Vernon club riders earning first-place finishes include Tarran Tepper (3-year-old strider), Kai Earl (½ tracker), Brittany Luchene (14 girls), Chris Spence (41-45 men’s cruiser), Shylo Orchard (26-30 women’s cruiser), Jennifer Bitz (41-45 women’s cruiser), Toran Edwards (6 novice), Charlie Erickson (6 intermediate), Colson Johnston (7 novice), Zack Casagrande (8 novice), Zach Milne (8 intermediate), J.J. Milne (9 intermediate), Lewis Harman (10 intermediate), Jacob Plank (10 expert), Emily Bohmer (14 novice), Jadon Riddick (14 intermediate), and Nathan Martin (16 expert).

The Vernon club is gearing up for Grand Nationals on Thanksgiving weekend in Chilliwack.

For more information about the Vernon BMX Club, visit www.vernonbmx.com.

Junior Vipers blank Salmon Arm

Team defence is not an easy sell to eight-to 10-year-olds, but head coach Brent Bond put the challenge to his Vernon H&L Glass Junior Vipers ahead of their Atom Development preseason hockey game Sunday in Salmon Arm.

The Vipers responded with a 1-0 win at the Shaw Centre.

Early in the second period, Vernon’s Liam Remple connected on a tape-to-tape pass to Liam Leibel, who darted up the middle and sprung Chris Bond with a backhand flip pass. In full flight, Bond let off a heavy wrister which found the short side.

Vernon’s defence held Salmon Arm to a single shot in the second frame, as forwards Jordyn Morris, Maddex Minard, Colby Restiaux, Brock Holliday and Adam Bourgeois hustled on the backcheck. Defenders Remple, Quinn Soon, Nick Noren and John Spraggs controlled the pace of the game.

Salmon Arm came on late, but Viper goalie Jaret Cooper stood tall for the shutout.

Canadians rule Pee Wee Classic

The Vernon Canadians cruised to gold with a 10-0 win over the Port Coquitlam Cardinals in the championship game of the Fall Ball Pee Wee Baseball Classic last weekend in Rutland.

Vernon’s Carter Morris was strong on the mound, striking out six batters in three inning’s work. At bat, the C’s Brayden Beacom, Morris and Christopher McIntosh singled, with Chase Batchelor cashing in Beacom, and Morris and Batchelor stealing home.

Landon Harison knocked a double to centre field to score Eric Foufoulas in the second inning. Beacom singled to right field to bring home Matthew Hansen and Harison.

Morris K’d another PoCo batter in the third inning before Caden Colmorgen took over, striking out another one.

The Canadians had solid heads-up base running in the bottom of the inning, with Morris stealing second and third, and then scoring on a single by Batchelor. McIntosh reached home on an error.

Colmorgen ran down an infield grounder and threw to Ryan Gamage for Vernon’s first out in the fourth inning. He struck out the next batter before giving way to Batchelor.

Up 8-0, the Canadians took their final at bat with Beacom scoring on a walk and Gamage singling to right field to bring in Morris.

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