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Time to make plans for the re-vamped West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

The route may have changed for 2015, but the goal of finding a cure for MS will be on the minds of all participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge. —Submitted photo

The route may have been changed — just for this year — but the goal remains the same for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge — help fight MS (Multiple sclerosis).

Riders and donors alike are already gearing up for the annual race set for August 22-23 in Nelson and area.

“Everyone who joins us, whether as a rider, a donor or a volunteer is helping to reach our goal — to end MS,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator.

Saints look to Manitoba to find size up front in recruit BJ Avery

Power forward BJ Avery played three seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Swan Valley Stampeders. He will join the Selkirk College Saints for the upcoming 2015-2016 BCIHL season. (photo courtesy Swan Valley Stampeders)

The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has bolstered its 2015-2016 roster with the addition of hulking forward BJ Avery who has committed to playing in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

Avery is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward who recently completed his final season with the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL).

Future looks bright for Nelson Minor Hockey after positive changes

Nelson Minor players are excited after a new board of directors was elected for upcoming season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

In an effort to get players back onto the ice, Nelson Minor Hockey is going to lower fees for the upcoming season.

Under the direction of former NMH president Tony Maida, the local association is doing its best to increase registration for the 2015-16 campaign.

“We have already been working on some exciting things for the new season, Maida said in a prepared statement.

 “Our board had decided to lower fees for the 2016-16 season.”

The new fees are:

Columbia Valley rocks Nelson Selects in Kootenay Provincial B Cup Playdowns

Bryce Twible (blue) and the rest of the U18 Boys lost 4-1 Saturday to Columbia Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Columbia Valley scored three second half goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Nelson Selects in BC Soccer Provincial B U18 Boy's Playdowns Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.

Tied 1-1 at the half, Columbia Valley took the lead in the 52 minute and never looked back.

"Columbia Valley came out strong in the second and restored their lead in the 52nd minute," said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.

"They kept the pressure up and scored a couple more for the 4-1 win."

Balfour's Craig Wilkinson hitting links to fight ALS

Balfour's Craig Wilkinson hitting links to fight ALS

Balfour Golf Course club professional Craig Wilkinson is hitting the links to help ALS Society of BC.

Wilkinson is golfing all day long on (Monday) June 22 in a fundraising effort for the ALS Society through PGA of BC’s Golf-A-Thon for ALS. 

“This year I will be playing solo in an effort to beat my personal record of 283 holes played in one day,” Wilkinson said.

“I’ll be starting at 4:30 a.m. and hope to have completed 300 holes by 9:30 p.m. that evening.”

Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion squad hosts tourney at Butler Park

The baseball season is heating up as the Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion squad hosts a tournament this weekend in Trail.

The Trail AA Orioles AA kicks off the season this weekend by hosting the Trail Invitational Baseball Tournament at Butler Park.

The Orioles play in a new division of the American Legion Baseball League against teams from Colville, Asotin, Mt. Spokane, Lewis and Clarke, Gonzaga Prep, Mead, Rogers and West Valley

“Last year we played to an 8-8 record in league play just out of the playoffs,” said manager Ron Mace.

Mace said the Trail AA Orioles play in the XBL men's league in Trail to prepare for the season.

Mallard's Team of the Week — NYS U15 Selects

The Selects include, back row, L-R, Coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter, Ernesto Archambault, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Keeper Bradey Sookero, Ezra Foy, Jaden Dyck, Jesse Thurston, Josh Schacher, Jacob Erickson and Assistant Coach Daryl Verville. Front, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Josh Yasek, Grayson Hill, Aidan Mushumanski, Keanu Tromans and Milo Baranyai-Sheppard. — Submitted photo

Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U15 Boy's Soccer team.

The club returned from a successful weekend at the Columbia Valley Clash of the Titans Soccer Tournament in Invermere this past weekend, finishing second overall in the U16 Division.

The Select lost in shootout in the final to the Calgary U16 team.

“I was extremely proud of the boys this weekend,” said coach Kerry Dyck, “They played with a ton of heart, grit and determination.