by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Apr 30 2015

Mount Boucherie Bears of Kelowna scored a late try to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 12-7 in High School Rugby action Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.

Trailing 7-5 with five minutes remaining, the Okanagan squad put together a final push that resulted in the winning score...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Apr 30 2015

The Kootenay Wildcats are well represented at the 2015 Female U18 BC Cup in Richmond.

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Apr 30 2015

High School Rugby action came to the Lakeside Sports Fields Thursday afternoon. See "Bears stage late rally to ground LVR Bombers" in Sports for complete coverage.

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Leafs begin building for next season; host spring camps in April/May

Leaf present Larry Martel (far right) presents Bill McDonnell (center) and Denis Kleine with a cheque for “Man in Motion” project during a recent Leaf playoff game. — Bruce Fuhr photo

There’s no one more disappointed than the people behind the Nelson Leafs hockey franchise that the club suffered early elimination from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.

However, there’s more to the Leafs franchise than skates, pucks, tape and sticks.

The Leafs continue to be a force off the ice after the club made a donation to the “Man in Motion” project prior to the end of the hockey season.

Saints add firepower to future with commitment by Dallas Calvin

Former Nitehawk star Dallas Calvin (22) is off to Selkirk to play for the Saints next season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

On the eve of the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program announced great news as former KIJHL and BCHL star Dallas Calvin has inked a playing commitment of to attend the Castlegar-based school in and compete 2015-2016.

The six-foot-4, 220-pound Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Mallards Team of the Week — Nelson Peewee House Leafs

The West Kootenay Peewee House champs from Nelson includes, back row, L-R, coaches Dean Centrone, Pat Thast, Martin Grill and Mark Arrowsmith. Middle, Nick Haydu, Dylan Ewen, Jackson Cousins, Callum Cutler, Ben Thast, Rhett Hamilton, Gordon Hollett, Ethan grill, Seamus Boyd, Nikko Lazier, Bruce Sookro and Ethan Bennett. Front, Jack Centrone and Josh Marsden. Missing, manager Laura Marsden, Devan Hawkes and Andy Loutit. — Submitted photo

For the second time in as many weeks Nelson Minor Hockey celebrates a West Kootenay Champion.

The Nelson Peewee Leafs shocked everyone by rising from a sixth-place showing during the regular season to capture the regional championship — both playoff victories coming in a shootout.

The Nelson Leafs won the West Kootenay Bantam House Championship last month in Nelson.

GV Giants end season for Kootenay Ice with pair of shutout wins

The Kootenay Ice concluded the BC Major Midget season with a 5-29-6 record. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Greater Vancouver Giants tuned up for the BC Hockey Major Midget League playoffs by posting a couple of lopsided wins over the Kootenay Ice this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.

The Giants, second in league standings with a 26-10-4 record, bounced the Ice 6-0 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday to conclude the regular season for both clubs.

The Giants now meet the South Island Royals in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday in Burnaby.

Saturday, Greater Van scored four times in the second period to break open a close game.

Nelson's Peewee House Leafs crowned West Kootenay Champs

The West Kootenay Peewee House champs from Nelson includes, back row, L-R, coaches Dean Centrone, Pat Thast, Martin Grill and Mark Arrowsmith. Middle, Nick Haydu, Dylan Ewen, Jackson Cousins, Callum Cutler, Ben Thast, Rhett Hamilton, Gordon Hollett, Ethan grill, Seamus Boyd, Nikko Lazier, Bruce Sookro and Ethan Bennett. Front, Jack Centrone and Josh Marsden. Missing,   manager Laura Marsden, Devan Hawkes and Andy Loutit. — Submitted photo

Nelson Minor Hockey has another West Kootenay champion.

The Peewee Leafs captured the West Kootenay Peewee House League title by putting in a little extra time during the weekend in Grand Forks.

The Leafs defeated a pair of teams from the host Boundary City in shootout to claim the regional title.

The Nelson Leafs won the West Kootenay Bantam House Championship last month in Nelson.

Selkirk College Saints Eye Third Straight BCIHL Title

Former Nelson Leafs Linden Horswill (pictured) and Carsen Willans return to the Kootenays for their first BCIHL playoff action. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship this weekend as they take on University of Victoria Vikes in a best-of-three series beginning Friday.

Faceoff for Game One is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Center.

The Saints clinched home ice in the first round by defeating University of Victoria by scores of 7-1 and 6-2 two weeks ago on Vancouver Island.

However, those games appeared closer than the final outcome.

Mount Sentinel edges Wolves to capture WK Junior Boy's Basketball crown

The West Kootenay Champion Wildcats include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Dale Soukeroff, Logan Miller, Dylan Bowolin, Aaron Abrosimoff, Brandon Soukeroff and coach Devon Kabatoff. Front, Benn Leidoff, Daniel Stewart, Sammy Sopow, Kie Miller and Matthew Falle.  Missing, Rory Smith and Erin Cork. — Submitted photo

Brandon Sookeroff scored 14 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championship with a 36-33 win over host Grand Forks Wolves Saturday in the Boundary City.

The Wildcats, the top ranked team going into the seven-team tournament, needed a late rally to secure the win as Mount Sentinel trailed the Wolves for most of the contest.

Aaron Abrosimoff added nine points and Kie Miller had eight.

Mount Sentinel advanced to the final with a thrilling 31-29 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers.