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End of labour dispute good news for high school athletes

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
September 24th, 2014

Not only did the school strike/lockout affect classroom studies for students throughout the province, but also many extracurricular events including high school sports in BC.

The late start has put a damper on the fall sport season — which includes sports as fieldhockey, boy’s soccer, volleyball and cross country running.

Coaches are now playing catchup to try to get somewhat of a season in before zone playoffs and provincial tournaments happen in October and November.

“BCSS (BC School Sports) has confirmed that the seasons will not change – no extension to fall season,” Mount Sentinel volleyball coach Joe Moreira said Tuesday.

Moreira is doing his best to keep the Mount Sentinel Senior Girl’s Volleyball program afloat by hosting a tournament this weekend.

“We have had four teams drop out so we are scrambling a bit,” Moreira explained. “Job action has taken a bit of a toll.”

At L.V. Rogers High School, senior girl’s coach Jennifer Kidd hosted the first practice of the season Tuesday and will attend the Mount Sentinel tourney beginning Friday at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Meanwhile a few of the fieldhockey players have been staging informal games in Nelson to try to stay sharp for the upcoming season.

The Kootenay Cross Country season begins October 1 in Kaslo.

“We will continue to have races set up on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and will try to fit in 3-4 races before the Zone Championship on October 22,” a cross country spokesperson said on the zone website.



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