Those early Saturday morning practices seem to have paid off for the Vernon Varmits.
The 11-player all-star team – Emma Carter, Shelby Conner, Alex Drury, Ava Haldane, Evangeline Koshure, Alyssa Racine, Madeline Percy, Caleb Pope, Kendra Osafie, Saige Woodliffe and netminder Czarina Wisse – won a pair of games at an elite level Petite ringette tournament last weekend in Calgary.
The Varmits, coached by Warren Carter, Steve Backer, Dean Ostafie, Valerie Percy, Ron Racine and Ryan Willaimson, overcame pre-game jitters to stuff the host Cal East Intense 11-8. They recorded their other win later that day, outlasting the Edmonton Eclipse 7-5.
Vernon fell 5-2 to the undefeated Lacombe One-Tooth to finish second in their pool.
In semifinal action Sunday morning, Vernon bowed 9-5 to the St. Albert Zap in another hard-fought game.
The Jacura Trucking Storm earned a berth in provincials with a pair of Junior A wins last weekend.
Saturday, the Storm doubled host Kelowna 6-3 at the Capital News Centre.
Down two goals early, the Storm replied with goals from Danielle Butler and Erin Banning, assists to Whitney Jacura and Terri-Lynn Blatney.
Trailing again in the second half, Shelby Fisher picked up a pass from Danielle Butler and buried a shot to equalize.
Solid goaltending from Jenny Stevenson and strong defence from Kendra Racine, Briana Ostafie, Fisher and Brianna Thalheimer stifled the Kelowna offence.
Banning, with her second of the game, Amy Wuensche and Jacura, on a beautiful pass from Nicole Williams, completed the scoring.
Vernon kept rolling with just nine skaters in a 3-1 win over Westside Sunday at PV.
The Storm brewed up three first-half goals by Jacura, Racine and Ostafie, assisted by Blatney and Fisher.
In Junior B play, the Vernon Sunshine Auto Body Titans fell 7-5 to the Penticton #2 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.
The Titans got deuces from Megan Vadnais and Danielle Jackson, with Dayna Hanley and Kate Alexander recording singles. Amie McKinney was solid in net. Kelsey Paulin, Vadnais and Alexander netted assists.
The Titans rebounded on the road Sunday by pounding Penticton #1 11-1.
Pacing the Vernon attack were Alexander and Vadnais, each with hat tricks.
Hailey Correale netted 2+5, with other goals from Paige Webster, Gabrielle Nicol and Hanley. Dinushi Fernando, Webster, Hanley and Alexander earned assists in support of nemtinder Morgan Vanderzwan, who was outstanding in net.
The TORL Belle AA team used a pair of goals from Karli Mazu to brush back the Kelowna Open team 3-2 Sunday in Salmon Arm.
Delanie Tholakson had TORL’s other goal, with assists to Summer Jespersen (2), Lisa Weatherill and Gabby Maduck. Kirsten Wiltshire put up a wall in net, while Kirsten Moore, Lindsay MacLeod, and Paige Castle provided solid defence.
TORL head to provincials in Houston, starting March 3.
With just seven players, the DCT Chambers Petite Voltage relied on some Novice call-up assistance Julie Francis, Kinsey Corday (1A), Kayla Spillett and Kalen Webster as they skated to a 10-5 loss to host Shuswap last weekend.
DCT’s Miranda Chapple was unstoppable with four goals and Delaney Tetrault chipped in with a single. Assists went to Chelsea McNabb and Stephanie Backer.
The Voltage kept the score close until the latter stages of the game.
In other Petite play, the Vernon Advertising Works Dinos fell 9-4 to Kelowna #1 Sunday at PV Arena
Cassidy Marshall led the Dinos with 2+1, while Ava Cornell and Marika Munroe fired singles, with assists to Madison Fox and Chelsea Marshall.
Vernon Mark’s Heavy Haul fell in a pair of one-goal Tween B playoff games against Kelowna last weekend.
In the first game, Bailey Williamson scored off an assist from Maddie Powls. Teigan Moore also scored, assisted by Brenna Beck, in a 3-2 loss.
In the second game, Hannah Popilchak, assisted by Powls, and Powls, assisted by Megan Barss, in a similar 3-2 result.
Outstanding defensive efforts by Brooke Buller and Grace Cornell helped the North Enderby Timber Lightning earn a 9-4 Novice win over the Kelowna Ice Breakers Saturday.
Carly Newman and Hailey Quiring powered the Bolts’ attack with three goals apiece.
Also finding the back of the net were Mackenzie Munroe, with a pair, and Rylie Marchand. Giselle Torres provided two assists, while Maria Alexis and Levi Knopf also had helpers in front of netminder Kyra Olsen.