Coming dog races will be more spectator friendly

Dog sled -- file photo

The Boundary Dog Sled Classics are mixing it up this year by making their races more spectator friendly for the coming races on Jan. 25 and 26.

This year, organizers are changing the track to a sprint track where the dogs will race loops that range between three to six miles. This will let the spectator's see more of the action as the dogs will never be far from sight.

In the past, the mid-distance races would cover 200 miles without the spectators being able to see much more than the starting and finishing lines.

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

The L.V. Rogers Bombers felt what it was like to be kicked around as the Kootenay squad struggled mightily at the Fulton Maroons High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Vernon.

The shorthanded Bombers were outscored by a 2-to-1 margin in three games against Okanagan AA competition.

“It definitely was a tough weekend,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.

“But on the positive side, it was nice to see our senior players be vocal on the court and lead by example.”

McHargue rink sweeps Cranbrook Tom Shypitka out of Seniors Championships

From left, Fruitvale lead Bill King, third Fred Thomson of Nelson and second Don Freschi of Trail failed to make it back to the BC Senior Championships, losing two straight to Ken McHargue Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

There will be no repeat for the Tom Shypitka rink.

Ken McHargue did the unthinkable, defeating the defending Kootenay Champs two straight games en route to the Senior Men's Zone Curling Championships Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.

McHargue, third Gerry Kent, second Grant Klapp and lead Bruce Young outlasted Shypitka & Company 7-5 in the A-B final to secure a trip to Vancouver Island in Feburary.

McHargue defeated Shypitka 9-6 in the B final Sunday morning.

Leafs keep pace with Hawks by edging Spokane Braves 4-3

Leafs Brad Rebagliati was solid between the pipes Sunday for Nelson against Spokane Braves. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Leafs continue to be one of the elite teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The problem for the Leafs is another elite team plays in the same division.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took over the lead in the Murdoch Division by completing the weekend sweep Sunday in Grand Forks with a 7-5 decision over the Border Bruins.

The win keeps the Hawks in first place in the Murdoch Division, one point ahead of Nelson.

Bruins, Braves post upsets of Leafs and Rebels; Hawks rout Posse

Bruins, Braves post upsets of Leafs and Rebels; Hawks rout Posse

The bubble finally broke for the Nelson Leafs.

Playing with only three healthy defencemen in the lineup for the past few games, the Leafs watched the back end explode as the Grand Forks Border Bruins scored five unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 decision over the Green and White Friday in the Boundary City.

The win was the first of the season for the Bruins over the Leafs and allows the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to creap within a point of the Neil Murdoch Division leaders.

Nelson skaters look to sharpen routines in Rossland

Nelson Figures Skates pose for a quick pic before travelling to Rossland to compete in the West Kootenay Championships. — Submitted photo

A slate 14 of competitors the Nelson Figure Skating Club will test their mettle this weekend at the West Kootenay Invitational in Rossland.

The meet marks the second major competition in the Kootenay Region giving skaters another opportunity to have their performances rated by a team of judges. In addition many skaters will be attempting to pass Dance and Elements Test.

“Our senior skaters are looking to improve on their scores from the East Kootenay Invitational in Kimberley this past November,” said coach Sarah Gower.

Senior Curling Championships take over Nelson Club

Ken McHargue of Elkford is one of the rinks trying to knock off defending champion Tom Shypitka. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Six rinks are gearing up to take a run at the defending champions as Nelson prepares to host the Kootenay Senior Curling Playdowns beginning Friday at the Heritage City Club.

Defending champion Tom Shypitka rink of Cranbrook, with lead Bill King of Fruitvale, second second Don Freschi Trail, third Fred Thomson of Nelson on the team, open up defence of their title Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Mallard's Team of the Week — NMHA Novice Teams

The players include, back row (black) Gordon Hollett, Breanna St. Thomas, Imogene Maley, Myles cousins, Owen Makortoff, Sasha Semenick, Jocelyn Mushumanski, Jaiden Hlookoff, Caiden Thompson, Nathan Merritt, Lexi Elias, Wayland Dickson and Lucas Hoffert. Middle (white ) Evan Ouchi, Larson Proctor, Riley Andrusak, Dane Jones, Jonah Bennett, Shea Andersen, Sebastian Conne-Correnti, Front Rob - L-R Gunnar Evenson, Cash Nay, Brooke Robertson, Mitchell Erickson, Austin Vulcano and Ryder Nash.

Nelson rolled out the red carpet for the annual Novice Hockey Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.

Two host teams from the Heritage City were joined teams from Spokane, South Okanagan and the West Kootenays at the three-day tournament.

Staff at Mallards Source for sports had a blast meeting all the players and parents during the weekend and would like nothing more than to salute the local host teams with Team of the Week honours.

The Junior and Senior novice teams got together during the tournament for a team photo.

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Darnel St. Pierre

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Darnel St. Pierre

Unfortunately, when your a hard-nosed defenceman, known for his on-the-edge play, like Darnel St. Pierre sometimes there's a bulleye on your back.

Which maybe explains why the 19-year-old St. Pierre is serving a two-game set for too many "hit to the head" penalties.

However, the former Revelstoke Grizzlies star will be back on the blueline for Sunday's afternoon home tilt against the Spokane Braves at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.

Castlegar suiting up for Kraft Hockeyville contest

Castlegar suiting up for Kraft Hockeyville contest

A group of hockey minded individuals are coming together this weekend to form the Castlegar Nomination Committee for the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville competition.

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