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Andrew Poje and his ice dancing partener Kaitlyn Weaver were part of the Stars on Ice tour (Stars On Ice/Web)

Former Olympian set to coach at the Kelowna Skating Club

Andrew Poje competed in Sochi and Pyeongchang, now skates professionally

 

Vernon’s Austin Armanini will play next week at the Canadian Junior Boys Golf Championships in Quebec. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon golfer excited for Canadian championships

Austin Armanini among a trio of North Okanagan golfers set to tee it up at Canadian Junior Boys finals in Quebec

 

Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, the assistant general manager of the two-time, back-to-back NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning, got to a spend a day with the Stanley Cup Wednesday, Aug. 3, as per the usual tradition with the championship trophy. He started the day with a private function at Training House in Kal Tire Place North. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Stanley Cup makes Vernon appearance

Cup brought to private function by Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Stacy Roest of Coldstream

 

Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)

Vernon Jackals dismantle Salmon Arm Yeti as Okanagan Rugby Union kicks off

Four-time defending champion Jackals roll to 79-7 victory in season opener

Vernon Jackals tackler Jed Miller (3, right) stops Salmon Arm Yeti back Jeff Miller (no relation) in his tracks during Okanagan Rugby Union Action Saturday, July 24, at Salmon Arm’s Little Mountain Sports Field. (Vernon Jackals photo)
Shannon Monssen of Team Green (rear) chases down a lob while doubles teammate Brittany Merrick gets ready to defend during the sixth Lake Country Tennis Association’s Team Tennis Tournament Sunday, July 25. (Contributed)

Team Red bounces past Team White at Lake Country tennis tourney

Lake Country Tennis Association’s sixth Team Tournament draws field of 28 players, four teams of seven

Shannon Monssen of Team Green (rear) chases down a lob while doubles teammate Brittany Merrick gets ready to defend during the sixth Lake Country Tennis Association’s Team Tennis Tournament Sunday, July 25. (Contributed)
Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, finished second in his division at the latest Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Ford Series stop in Kamloops. (Michael Briones - Black Press)

Vernon resort golfer second in division at junior tour stop

Cooper Humphreys of Kelowna played in the juvenile division at the Maple Leaf Junior Tour stop in Kamloops

Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, finished second in his division at the latest Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Ford Series stop in Kamloops. (Michael Briones - Black Press)
Nancy Laframboise of the host club chips onto the sixth green during the 18-hole Spallumcheen Ladies Open golf tournament Wednesday, July 21, at the Spallumcheen Golf Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Two Eagles golfer No. 1 at Spallumcheen ladies tourney

Jessica Claggett takes top low gross honours at the annual Spallumcheen Ladies Open

Nancy Laframboise of the host club chips onto the sixth green during the 18-hole Spallumcheen Ladies Open golf tournament Wednesday, July 21, at the Spallumcheen Golf Club. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Conner Kozak (left), pro at Kelowna’s Okanagan Golf Club, and Rob Anderson, head pro of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, were winners of the PGA of BC’s Assistants’ and Seniors’ Championships July 19 and 20 at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. (PGA of BC photo)

Okanagan golfers collect PGA of BC wins

Conner Kozak and Rob Anderson take home top honours at Assistants’/Seniors’ championships, respectively

Vernon’s Conner Kozak (left), pro at Kelowna’s Okanagan Golf Club, and Rob Anderson, head pro of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, were winners of the PGA of BC’s Assistants’ and Seniors’ Championships July 19 and 20 at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. (PGA of BC photo)
Vernon’s Team Goodwood finished second in their division at the NSA Provincial Slo-Pitch Finals in Kamloops to qualify for the national championships in September back in Kamloops. Goodwood members include (from left): Laura Vallier, Kurtis Payne, Melissa Gauthier, Paige Leavitt, Coach Wes Gebhardt, Cody Wikman, Amanda Caldow, Tyler Droder, Jason Nelson, Ed Harris, Andrew Owen, Brandy Griffin, and Trevor Griffin (and future Goodwood players Aidan 13, Anderson 10, Alexandra 7, Aubrey 1.5). (Contributed)

Vernon softball squad off to nationals

Team Goodwood plays 11 games in 48 hours to finish in division at provincial championships in Kamloops

Vernon’s Team Goodwood finished second in their division at the NSA Provincial Slo-Pitch Finals in Kamloops to qualify for the national championships in September back in Kamloops. Goodwood members include (from left): Laura Vallier, Kurtis Payne, Melissa Gauthier, Paige Leavitt, Coach Wes Gebhardt, Cody Wikman, Amanda Caldow, Tyler Droder, Jason Nelson, Ed Harris, Andrew Owen, Brandy Griffin, and Trevor Griffin (and future Goodwood players Aidan 13, Anderson 10, Alexandra 7, Aubrey 1.5). (Contributed)
Vernon’s Kal Tire Place North played host to the Power Edge Pro (PEP) Hockey Camp July 13-16. The camp, normally held in Kelowna, was moved to Vernon due to some maintenance work being done, and featured some of the elite players born in 2002 to 2007 in Western Canada. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

VIDEO: Vernon hosts elite Western Canadian hockey players

Toronto-based Power Edge Pro Hockey moves camp from Kelowna to Vernon

Vernon’s Kal Tire Place North played host to the Power Edge Pro (PEP) Hockey Camp July 13-16. The camp, normally held in Kelowna, was moved to Vernon due to some maintenance work being done, and featured some of the elite players born in 2002 to 2007 in Western Canada. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
A Vernon golfer recorded a rare albatross (scoring a 2 on a par-5 hole) at Vernon’s The Rise Golf Course’s 12th hole Sunday, July 19. (therisegolf.ca photo)

Vernon golfer scores rare albatross

Dave Desnoyer sinks a deuce from 175 yards on par-5 425-yard 12th hole at The Rise

A Vernon golfer recorded a rare albatross (scoring a 2 on a par-5 hole) at Vernon’s The Rise Golf Course’s 12th hole Sunday, July 19. (therisegolf.ca photo)
Vernon Jackals back Travis Beck runs into a wall of Penticton Harlequins tacklers during the 2019 Okanagan Rugby League final in Vernon. The four-time champion Jackals, Harlequins and Salmon Arm Yeti begin the three-team ORU Saturday after a year’s absence. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan Rugby Union returns to pitch

Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton will battle for spot in provincial finals in September

Vernon Jackals back Travis Beck runs into a wall of Penticton Harlequins tacklers during the 2019 Okanagan Rugby League final in Vernon. The four-time champion Jackals, Harlequins and Salmon Arm Yeti begin the three-team ORU Saturday after a year’s absence. (Black Press file photo)
The Vernon Tigers and South Okanagan Flames were part of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League’s first of two 2021 playdays Saturday, July 10, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong. (Black Press file photo)

Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League hosts playday in Armstrong

All five franchises played two games in first of two such events in July

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The Vernon Tigers and South Okanagan Flames were part of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League’s first of two 2021 playdays Saturday, July 10, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong. (Black Press file photo)
Vernon Canadians runner Reece Holmes tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag from Kelowna Sun Devils shortstop Logan Marshall during Okanagan AA Midget Baseball exhibition play Sunday, July 11, at Vernon’s Marshall Fields. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Boys of summer return to Okanagan ball diamond

Vernon Canadians and Kelowna Sun Devils play exhibition AA Midget doubleheader at Marshall Fields in Vernon

Vernon Canadians runner Reece Holmes tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag from Kelowna Sun Devils shortstop Logan Marshall during Okanagan AA Midget Baseball exhibition play Sunday, July 11, at Vernon’s Marshall Fields. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, celebrates a second straight Stanley Cup triumph at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay Wednesday, July 7, with daughter Graci (left) and wife Billie. The Lightning blanked the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in five games. (Roest family photo)

Coldstream NHL executive relishes consecutive Stanley Cups

Stacy Roest is the assistant GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL champions in 2020 and 2021

Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, celebrates a second straight Stanley Cup triumph at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay Wednesday, July 7, with daughter Graci (left) and wife Billie. The Lightning blanked the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in five games. (Roest family photo)
Sam Mowat (right) is the new director of hockey operations for Greater Vernon Minor Hockey. (Facebook photo)

Greater Vernon Minor Hockey names new hockey operations director

Sam Mowat is excited about the position and about the potential return of minor hockey in 2021

Sam Mowat (right) is the new director of hockey operations for Greater Vernon Minor Hockey. (Facebook photo)
The Kelowna Rockets’ Cal Foote warms up before a game against the Spokane Chiefs on January 10, 2017. (Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets alumni celebrate Stanley Cup win

Tampa Bay Lightning defencemen Cal Foote and Luke Schenn played junior hockey in Kelowna

The Kelowna Rockets’ Cal Foote warms up before a game against the Spokane Chiefs on January 10, 2017. (Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets)
Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon BMX welcomes back racers

First race held in 21 months after COVID-19 restrictions ease

Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
Longtime Vernon hockey icon Odie Lowe died Tuesday, June 29, at age 93. Lowe was a member of the 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey champion Vernon Canadians, and coached the Vernon Essos to B.C. Junior Hockey League titles in 1970 and 1972. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon hockey icon dies at 93

Odie Lowe won Allan Cup with Vernon Canadians and coached Vernon Essos to pair of BC Junior Hockey crowns

Longtime Vernon hockey icon Odie Lowe died Tuesday, June 29, at age 93. Lowe was a member of the 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey champion Vernon Canadians, and coached the Vernon Essos to B.C. Junior Hockey League titles in 1970 and 1972. (Morning Star file photo)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)

Vernon tennis star sweeps into Round 2 at Wimbledon

Vasek Pospisil scores straight sets win over Spanish opponent Tuesday, June 29, in London

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)