by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Mar 05 2015

The L.V. Rogers Bombers lost for the second day in a row as Rick Hansen of Abbotsford defeated the Kootenay reps 94-36 at the BC High School AA Girl's Basketball Championships at the Events Centre in Langley.

Rick Hansen, leading 44-27 at halftime, rang up 50 points in the second half...

by Bob Hall on Thursday Mar 05 2015

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...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Mar 05 2015

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....

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Bombers finish tough Salmon Arm tourney with 2-2 mark

The LVR Bombers (white) battled Pleasant Valley Saints in the opener of the Salmon Arm Tournament Friday. — Photo submitted

The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished a tough tournament in Salmon Arm with a 2-2 record posting wins over Pleasant Valley of Armstrong and Langley Christian Lightning.

The Salmon Arm Golds High School Boy’s Basketball tournament was the first test of the New Year against high caliber teams from the Okanagan.

The Bombers opened the 10-tournament riding the slick shooting of Josh Matosevic to outlast Pleasant Valley 62-40.

Hockey Player goes Back to School: Stefan Gonzales

Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales -- learning lessons he never imagined.

Selkirk College Saints Defenceman Learns to Earn Success in the Classroom

CASTLEGAR – Selkirk Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales celebrated his greatest hockey triumph last March when he helped his team to its second straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

Rockets firepower too much for Kootenay Ice

Close but no goal as the Okanagan Rockets held off a late charge to nip the Kootenay Ice Sunday at the Civic Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Kootenay Ice stayed with the front-running Okanagan Rockets, but when final horn sounded lost both ends of a home-and-home series in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday in Nelson.

Okanagan Rockets skated away a pair of wins — 4-0 Saturday at the NDCC Arena and 3-1 Sunday at the Civic Arena.

"We had a good weekend . . . we played really well," said Kootenay coach Rob Wright feeling good despite the two losses.

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

Once powerful basketball Bomber basketball program at L.V. Rogers looked to be grounded after the Junior Boy’s lost three straight at the Stanley Humphries Rockers Tournament during the weekend in Castlegar.

The Junior Bombers, missing several key players, lost to Prince Charles of Creston, Mount Sentinel Wildcats and Salmo Falcons at the six-team tournament.

On the bright side, the Bombers, putting a young, inexperienced squad on the court, cut the margin in every loss significantly, losing by 24-21 to the Falcons.

Leafs drop two straight during Eddie Mountain road trip

Leafs drop two straight during Eddie Mountain road trip

The Nelson Leafs weekend excursion into the Eddie Mountain Division proved to rank right up there with a National Lampoon Vegas vacation.

The injury-riddled Leafs lost two straight — 5-1 Saturday to Fernie and 3-0 Friday to Columbia Valley — Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games to fall into third spot in the Murdoch Division — five points behind Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The two losses ran Nelson winless streak to three games.

Five different players scored for the Ghostriders in the romp over the Leafs.

Whitewater skiers shine at Teck race

Whitewater skier Henry Leishman glides around a gate during a Teck Slalom race. — Submitted photo

The Whitewater Ski Racers recently hosted more than a 100 racers Teck Kootenay  Zone Race.

Two days of slalom races —102 racers ages 10-72 — attracted skiers from as far away as Lake Louise and Golden/Kicking Horse. 

Whitewater has the largest number of racers.

The next Kootenay Zone race will be a Giant Slalom in Kimberley Jan31/Feb1.

Leafs land recruits to gear up for the KIJHL stretch run

Leaf coach Dave McLellan said the Leafs are still being held together with binder twine, but better days are ahead.

Dave McLellan has been around the junior-hockey-coaching block more than once.

However, during his tenure behind the bench he’s never been part of a team that has been snake bitten as much as the Green and White.

For the umpteenth weekend this season the Nelson Leafs enter Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play with the coaching staff not knowing how many or which players will be taking to the ice.