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Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

A few final projects — pitching mounds and installation of new bases and home plate — are underway to complete the renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview. — Photo courtesy NDBA

The upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.

Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.

“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we've been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.

“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.

Spring is in the air, and so is Golf

Signature Hole #17 will be on display as Balfour opens for the 2015 season.

So you want to learn how to play the sport of golf.

Well, this is a great time to learn as local courses are opening faster than presents at Christmas.

Granite Pointe at Nelson teed off the season Thursday with Balfour opening up the 2015 campaign on grass Friday.

“Winter was great,” said Balfour club professional Craig Wilkinson on the eve of the opening.

“All the greens are looking good and the fairways for the most part at this time of the year are looking awesome.”

Mallard's Team of the Week — LVR Senior Bombers Basketball Team

The Bombers include, back row, L-R, coach Jeremy Phelan, Jake Anderson, Stryder Scott, Josh Matosevic, Vinnie Watson, Kai Shave and coach Dean Studer. Front, Eamon Studer, Darian Johnson, Brock Dixon, Dyllen Dixon and Robbie Dixon. — Submitted photo

A young, L.V. Rogers Bombers squad got a taste of the big stage after competing at the BC High School AAA Boy's Basketball Tournament in Langley.

The Bombers won the final game of the season, defeating the Charles Best Blue Devils 56-41 in consolation play.

Staff at Mallard's Source for sports want to send the Bombers off on a great off season of preparation for the next campaign with Team of the Week honours.

Saints Nation helps Selkirk celebrate BCIHL Three-peat

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme and the 2015 BCIHL champion Selkirk College Saints rolled out the banner in The Pit on the Castlegar Campus during the Wednesday celebration. — Bob Hall photos

The Selkirk Saints Varsity Men's Hockey Team held a noon celebration party Wednesday in The Pit on the Castlegar Campus.

More than 150 students, staff and community members into packed into the Pit to recognize the incredible 2014-15 season that saw the two-time defending BCIHL champions peak at the perfect time of the season and capture the historic triple crown.

Nelson's Julien Locke finds a place on medal podium at Senior National Cross Country Ski Championships

Julien Locke of Nelson lets out a loud cheer after crossing the finish line in second spot at the recent Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario. — Submitted photo

For Nelson’s Julien Locke, good things really do come to those who wait.

The local cross country skier finally found a place on the podium recently after winning a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Locke placed second in the in the classic sprint race, finishing as the top U23 skier.

“After some back luck this year, I am extremely happy to make the podium at the National Championships,” a pleased Locke told The Nelson Daily.

Whitecaps give Kootenay players a chance to shine at High Potential Player Showcase

Whitecaps Kootenay Regional Coach Brett Adams watches as Caps' defender Jordan Harvey signs autographs for players during a recent Kootenay trip to watch an MLS game in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

Never before has the road to a scholarship or provincial team been paved so smoothly for Kootenay youth soccer players.

Now 26 players from the region have the opportunity to prove the province doesn't end at Hope at the Whitecaps High Potential Player (HPP) Showcase week March 30 to April 5 in Vancouver.

The Kootenay players will be part of the 100 invitees from Whitecaps FC Academy Centres across BC.

Vancouver North East Chiefs Major Midget League champs

Vancouver North East Chiefs Major Midget League champs

The Vancouver North East Chiefs captured the 2014-15 BC Major Midget League Championship with a 6-4 win against the Cariboo Cougars. 

The win completed the sweep for the Chiefs in the best-of-the three series agaisnt the regular season champion Cougars.

The Chiefs, finishing third overall in regular season standings, now host the Pacific Midget Regional Championship and take on the Alberta Midget AAA Champion in a best-of-three series.