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Gigi Rüf takes home winner's title at 2013 Red Bull Ultra Natural

Austrian rider Gigi Rüf (center) hoists the winning trophy high while standing on the podium with medalists Nicolas Müller and Bryan Fox during the award ceremonies following Sunday’s Red Bull Ultra Natural at Balface Lodge. — photo courtesy Tim Zimmerman

A little luck, combined with some great rides, powered Austria’s Gigi Rüf to the top of the podium at the Red Bull Ultra Natural held Sunday at Balface Lodge in the mountains near Nelson.

The Austrian rider outdueled 15 of the world’s best snowboarders and deteriorating weather to capture the second annual event staged on the run known as “Scary Cherry” at Baldface Lodge.

“I don’t know, I definitely got lucky,” said Rüf about his performance today. 

Lepine rink edges Team Shypitka to capture Senior Men's Curling Crown

Lepine rink edges Team Shypitka to capture Senior Men's Curling Crown

So close, but yet so far away for the Cranbrook's Tom Shypitka rink.

Craig Lepine of Langley scored three in the ninth to break open a close game and defeat Shypitka 5-2 in the final of the im Horton's BC Senior Men's Curling Championship Saturday at the Trail Curling Club.

The win avenged a loss to Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale.

Lepine now advances to the Canadian Senior Men's Finals.

Rebels roll to 5-0 win over hapless Leafs

Bryce Neilsen of the Leafs and Rebel sniper Jamie Vlanich get tied up during third period action of Saturday's KIJHL clash at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

There’s a reason why the Castlegar Rebels are Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season champs.

The Rebels have not one but two great goalies, the defence is solid anchored by captain Erik Alden and the forwards skate miles and hit anything that moves in the opposing jersey.

All three facets were on display as the Rebels rolled past a Nelson Leafs team that only a few weeks ago was on pace to clinch their own league crown.

Shypitka rink advances to Seniors final after winning all-Kootenay semi

Shypitka rink advances to Seniors final after winning all-Kootenay semi

Cranbrook's Team Shypitka, which includes Nelson curling guru Fred Thomson, will play for the Tim Horton's BC Senior Men's crown Saturday at 2 p.m.

Shypitka, third Thomson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, doubled Kootenay rival Myron Nichol 8-4 in nine ends Friday  during the semi final at the Trail Curling club.

Shypitka now meets round robin winner Craig Lepine of Langley in the championship.

The two rinks exchanged ends of three before Shypitka reeled off points in four consecutive ends to build an 8-3 advantage.

Waiting for the window of opportunity at Red Bull Ultra Natural

From left, Pat Moore, John Jackson and Mark McMorris joined fellow snowboarders for a game of curling at the Nelson Club prior to flying up to Baldface Mountain in preparation for the Red Bull Ultra Natural. — photo courtesy Christian Pondella

The field is on the hill and ready for the perfect window of opportunity.

Sixteen of the world’s best snowboarders are fine-tuning the equipment at Baldface Lodge outside of Nelson in preparation for the second Red Bull Ultra Natural.

The competitors arrived Thursday as helicopter after helicopter trekked boarders up to the mountain top resort and now wait for that single day between now and February 21.

Leafs ride out regular season with weekend series against Rebels

The Leafs want to get back to happier times, and soon.

So will the real Nelson Leafs please stand up.

Ya the Leafs that reeled off a 10-1 November and not the squad that's winless in February.

The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Murdoch Division Champion Castlegar Rebels beginning Friday in the Sunflower City.

The Rebels clinched the Murdoch title with a three-game win streak last weekend and are out to claim the KIJHL title with at least one victory against Nelson.

Kootenay rinks bounce back into the win column at Senior Men's in Trail

Kootenay rinks bounce back into the win column at Senior Men's in Trail

Cranbrook's Tom Shypitka stopped the bleeding his Kootenay rink was experiencing during Thursday's action at the Tim Horton's BC Senior Men's Curling Championships Thursday in Trail.

Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, broke open a close game with a combined five points in the fifth and sixth ends to double Kelowna's Garry Gelowitz 8-4 during Draw six.

Bombers drop 111 on Wildcats in High School Hoop action

Bomber forward Matt Zukowski dropped a season-high 30 on the Wildcats Thursday at Mount Sentinel. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Bomber coach Ross Naka let the boys out of the barn in the last tune-up game before playoffs.

Matt Zukowski dropped in a game-high 30 points and Jesse Zak added 20 to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 111-46 West Kootenay High School Boy's Basketball victory over the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Thursday in South Slocan.

The Bombers broke open a close game in the third quarter, out scoring the Cats by a 32-9 margin.

Cail Spencer chipped in with 15 points for the Bombers.

Replying for the Cats were Devon Kabatoff  with 17 and Adam Twible with 13.

Shypitka tied for first, Nichol even at Seniors Championships in Trail

Shypitka tied for first, Nichol even at Seniors Championships in Trail

There's a three-way tie for top spot after four draws at the Tim Horton's BC Senior Men's Curling Championships Wednesday in Trail.

Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna, Craig Lepine of Langley and Cranbrook's Tom Shypitka all sit at 3-1 midway through the provincial tournament.

Shypitka, third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschi of Trail and Bill King of Fruitvale, was the last unbeaten team to fall.

Wes Craig of New Westminster rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three in the sixth end to knock off the Kootenay reps 7-5.

Castlegar sweeps Nelson right out of West Kootenay Bantam Rep Playoffs

Castlegar sweeps Nelson right out of West Kootenay Bantam Rep Playoffs

Castlegar is going to the B.C. Hockey Bantam AAA Minor Hockey Championships.

The Sunflower City squad booked its ticket to the Big Show Tuesday night in Castlegar with a 2-0 win over Nelson in the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam Rep playoffs at the Arena Complex.

Castlegar wins the first-team-to-four-points series 4-0.

Castlegar, finishing behind Nelson in regular season standings, took the opener 7-3 Saturday in Nelson.

Kadrian Klimchuk and Ellis Junker scored for Castlegar. Klimchuk finished the series with five goals.

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