by Nelson Daily Sports on Wednesday Oct 22 2014

Former Nelson Leaf Cole Arcuri is leaving the BC coast for the sunny interior.

The Merritt Centennials acquired the 18-year-old blueliner from the Power River Kings last week for future considerations in a deal between the two BC Hockey League teams.

“We are excited to be...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Wednesday Oct 22 2014

The Nelson Selects U14 Boys team travelled to the Lower Mainland on the Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Richmond FC Thanksgiving Tournament where the Heritage City squad came away with the gold medal.

“We wanted the boys to have a chance to continue playing into the fall,...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Oct 21 2014

The Kootenay Wildcats are having a tough time getting into the win column in BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League action this past weekend in Nelson.

West Coast Avalanche won all three games in the Heritage City by a whopping 17-1 margin.

West Coast opened the series Friday by...

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GFI alumni returns to the field after stint in major leagues

Chris Kissock returns to the GFI after just being released from Philadelphia; Photo, submitted.

Over the long history of Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball thousands of players from North America and beyond have displayed their talents at James Donaldson Park before thousands of fans.

Hundreds of these athletes have been drafted and signed by Major League organizations. Close to forty have made it to the ‘Big Show’ but many who didn’t take that final step to fulfill their dream of playing in the Majors experienced many years of professional baseball before being released.

Leafs open training camp on KIJHL season August 31

Frank Maida already likes this season more than last after the KIJHL released its upcoming season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Hockey fans looking to check out the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season can pretty much pick any Friday or Saturday from September to February to see the Green and White in action.

Those two days of the week offer the best choice as Nelson plays no less than 20 of the team’s 26 home games on Friday and Saturday — 10 on each day.

“I really like our schedule,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily earlier this month.

Smokies name Garrett McMullen as team captain for upcoming BCHL season

Smokies name Garrett McMullen as team captain for upcoming BCHL season

Story courtesy BCHL Media/Trail Smoke Eaters

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kootenay Zone U12 Boys

The team includes, in no specific order, six Nelson players — Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, Thomas Baxter, Jaden Dyck, Ezra Foy, Angus Paterson and Jesse Thurston; six Cranbrook boys, Jamie Cassleman, Jordan Klassen, Jovon Klassen, Harrison Risdon, Mikey Stambulic and Cody Sugihara; one player each from Castlegar Josh Fogal and Midway Sam Foy. Head Coach is Kerry Dyck of Nelson. Dyck was assisted by Michael Stambulic  of Cranbrook and James Baxter of Nelson.

Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports is dipping into the vault a little to find the most likely recipient for Team of the Week.

Mallard’s staff looked back at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games held last month in Surrey for the winner — Kootenay Zone U12 Boy’s Soccer squad.

The team played very well against some of the top U12 teams in the province to secure seventh spot with a 3-1 victory over North West.

West Kootenay Glacier Challenge raised more than 60 grand for MS research

Riders prepare to head out on the first leg of the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge. — photo courtesy BeardedMan Photography.

Fifty-nine riders busted the $60,000 mark this past weekend at the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge.

The event, hosted by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society of Canada, is a pledge-based fundraising event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to ride through scenic and often spectacular parts of the country.

Not only did the riders have a lot of fun trekking around Kokanee Glacier on bikes, but the contingent also raised a whopping total of $67,800 for the MS Society of Canada.

Grease up those wheels for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival

Mountain bikers will be flying down the trails this weekend during Fat Tire Festival. — The Nelson Daily file photo

It's time bikers to grease up the wheels, dust off the brakes and get ready for the 17th annual Fat Tire Festival this weekend in Nelson.

The event, in honour of Cam Alexander, who was an avid cyclist who lost his life while riding his bike 17 years ago, begins Friday with the BikeFest on Baker.

Neptune's Afford honoured by fellow coaches with Spirit of the Kootenays Award

Rebecca Afford holds the Jelli Orrell Memorial Spirit of the Kootenays Award. — submitted photo

It's been a long season for the Nelson Neptunes swim team and coach Rebecca Afford.

The season came to an end last week during the B.C. Summer Swim Championships in Nanaimo, but not before Afford was named winner of the Jelli Orrell Memorial Spirit of the Kootenays Award.

The rookie coach earned the honour at the Kootenay Regional Swim Championships earlier this month in Colville, Washington.

"I was elated to win this award," Afford exclaimed.