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Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Award Winners

The Leaf award winners included, back row, L-R, Dale Howell, coach Mario DiBella, Devin Allen, Brent Headon, coach Sean Dooley and Zach Morey. Front, Sawyer Hunt, Sam Weber, Andy Fitzpatrick and Jack Karran. Missing from photo, Aigne McGeady-Bruce. — Photo courtesy Nelson Leafs Hockey Club

The Nelson Leafs culminated a very successful season on the ice with its annual awards banquet ceremony.

The Leafs finished the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign strong, knocking off Castlegar Rebels before being ousted by Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to salute the Leaf award winners with Team of the Week honours.

The winners included:

Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

Saints 'Drive for Five' comes to sudden end

The Selkirk College Saints season came to an end on the weekend after the Trinity Western University Spartans won the semi-final series 2-0. Ryan Edwards (seen here) and the Saints were gunning for a fifth straight BCIHL championship. (photo courtesy Scott Stewart/Trinity Western University). — Selkirk College photo

The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.

The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.

The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.

Wayling, Chargers pull off shocker at CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals

Katie Wayling came on as a substitute setter for Camosun College at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball Nationals this past weekend in Victoria. —Facebook photo

Former Mount Sentinel Wildcats athlete Katie Wayling was front and center, turning back the clock at the CCAA volleyball National Championships this past weekend in the BC Provincial Capital.

Wayling, who has been out of the sport of volleyball for the past six years, came on as a substitute setter to help the Camosun College Chargers to the school’s first CCAA Women’s Volleyball National silver medal.

LVR Bomber grad Eric D'Andrea joins Mariner teammates at CCAA Nationals

Mariners forward Eric D'Andrea pushes an entry pass in the key during the PACWEST Championship game against Capilano College. — Photo courtesy Vancouver sports photography

Former L.V. Rogers Bomber Eric D’Andrea is off with the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the CCAA National Men's Basketball Championship held this week at Holland University in Prince Edward Island.  

D’Andrea, in his fifth season with the Mariners, helped the Nanaimo-based squad capture the PACWEST crown for the third straight season with a 94-77 victory over the Capilano Blues recently in the conference championship game.

VIU meets George Brown of Toronto in the opening game of the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT.

Local snowboarder needs help to represent BC at Speed Nation Canadian Finals

Finn Megale (red shirt) picked up another silver medal during the recent at the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals at Big White Resort. — Submitted photo

A Nelson snowboarder is looking for funding to help complete a goal of competing at the Speed Nation Canadian Finals next month (April 5-9) in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.  

Finn Megale has been burning up the slopes this season and now has been invited to join the BC Snowboard team in Quebec.

However, attending the Canadians is mostly “user-pay” proposition for members of the BC team.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Toyota

WKMBL Champion Nelson Toyota includes, back row, L-R, Amos Tanguay, Brody Blair, Andre LaPlante, Derek Youngblutt and Adrian Ramos. Front, Jeremy Phelan, Jon Ramos and Mike Vance. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Toyota rans the table to capture the 2017 West Kootenay Men's Basketball League Championship with a convincing win over Northport, Wash., in the final.

Nelson Toyota, which defeated city rival Kootenay Lake Electric and Empire Coffee during preliminary playoff round action, scored early and often en route to dominating Northport 75-38.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to honour the lads with Team of the Week status.

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