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Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

There were 11 teams competing at the weekend Junior Curling Bonspiel in Nelson. — Submitted photo

 The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.

Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.

The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.

Hawks outlast Leafs to grab lead in Murdoch Final

Nelson managed to score four times on Hawks Tallon Kramer. The only problem is the usually stingy Leafs defence allowed five goals of the their own in a 5-4 KIJHL playoff loss to Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A goal by Dylan Heppler two minutes into the third period proved to be the winner powering the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Game one of the Murdoch Division Final.

Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale.

Heppler took a pass from former Leaf Nolan Percival and Kyle Hope to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead.

Sawyer Hunt scored with 12 seconds remaining in the game to cut the lead to a goal but that would be a close as Nelson would get.

Nelson Toyota routs Northport en route to WKMBL Championship

Nelson Toyota (red) drove to the basket without much resistance during Monday's WKMBL Championship at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Mike Vance once again topped the 20-point mark to lead Nelson Toyota to convining 75-38 victory over Northport, Wash., in the final of the West Kootenay Men's Basketball League Monday at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Vance paced the Nelson-based squad to the title with a game-high 35 points as seven of eight Toyota players scored in the game.

Nelson Toyota, which never trailed in the game, used an uptempo attack to build a 40-18 lead at halftime.

Nelson Toyota defeated Kootenay Lake Electric and city rival Empire Coffee to advance to the final.

Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series

Austin Wells and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team split a weekend series with the Eastern Washington University Eagles as they closed out the BCIHL regular season. The defending champions will head to Langley this weekend to take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final starting Friday. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

The Selkirk College Saints start defence of their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship title on Thursday in Langley against the Trinity Western University Spartans in a best-of-three semi-final series.

The Saints have won four straight BCIHL championships and will be looking to make more history in the next couple weeks with a fifth title. If they are to be successful, the third-place Saints will need to conquer teams that finished higher in the regular season standings.

Trafalgar Thunder rock Stanley Humphries to capture WK Grade 8 Basketball Title

The Trafalgar Thunder include, back row, L-R, Callum McClure, Josh Creak, Isaac Vissers, Boris Oudemans, Nathaniel Pan, Matthew Erickson, Van Kozak, Caleb Peil and Michael Rhodes-Bliss. Front, Lukas Faehndrich, Evan Lammle, Mika Whitefield, Jaheem Berry, Quinn Kilpatrick, Kelton Forte and coach Jeremy Phelan. On floor, Matteo Kataoka. Missing from photo, Trafalgar Teacher Sponsors/Coaches Mike Vissers and Carla DeBiasio. — Submitted photo

Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.

The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.

Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.

Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.

Next up, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

The Nelson Leafs could help but smile after knocking off the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

While the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have cruised along this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season over nice smooth newly laid pavement, the Nelson Leafs have hit almost every pothole along the way to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division.

However, despite the Hawks finishing with 17 more wins and 33 points better in the Murdoch standing than the Leafs, both teams enter Tuesday opening game of the best-of-seven series on even terms.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

The Wildcats include, from left, coach Tekki Brown-Hryniw, Leanne Kabatoff, Taylen Hryniw, Eeana Cotton, Rosie Velisek, Hannah Dube, Caitlin Johnson, Els Hryniw, Victoria Peebles, Simone Chernoff and coach Kris Hryniw. — Submitted photo

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished the Kootenay High School A Girl's Basketball season in fourth spot after a narrow 62-60 loss to Fernie Falcons at the recent Zone Championships in Nakusp.

Rosie Velisek played her best game of the year to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points including two three-pointers along with several offensive and defensive rebounds.

The Fernie loss came after the top-ranked Wildcats lost 62-39 to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.

Senior Hannah Dube the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with nine points.

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