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Rockies forward T.J. Millar sparked his team with a spirited fight in the second period of the team’s 5 – 1 loss to the Fernie Ghostriders on Saturday, October 13th. The Rockies got into penalty trouble and were unable to sustain offensive pressure against the division-leading Ghostriders, but did get a late goal to avoid being shut out. Photo by Greg Amos
By Kate Irwin
Randy Martin’s spirit was smiling down on his beloved baseball teams, the B.C. Arrows and Invermere A’s, as they brought home the winning titles at the Canadian Native Fastball Championships in Cranbrook early this week, said Randy’s father, Dean Martin.
“We could feel him there,” he said. “During the seventh inning the lights went out and it was as if someone from above turned them off to give the teams a break. When the lights came back on, we won in a dramatic fashion. I’ve never seen …
Local ski racer, Benjamin Thomsen, is making his mark on the World Cup circuit this winter as he tackles his first season with the Canadian Men’s Alpine Team. But just because he wears the Team Canada colours, it does not mean an easy ride for the up-and-coming racer and he’s seeking the valley’s support to help keep his dreams within reach.
The Columbia Valley’s newest Team Canada recruit, who is currently racing in Italy, has had a solid start to the season in his first four races, hovering close to the …
By Kate Irwin
Catching an edge and hurtling feet-first into a fence at 120 kilometres per hour, breaking a leg, tearing a ligament and bruising ribs along the way, might be enough to convince most skiers to give up the sport. But relentlessly upbeat valley local and Team Canada member, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who did just that in France at the start of 2011, takes more of a Zen-like approach.
“These kind of things happen — it’s the equivalent of falling on Showoff — it was just a really inopportune time to …
With a skip, sweep, and a bump, four local ladies have set their sights on training to first become Team B.C. for curling, and eventually make it to the Olympics.
Team Andrews is composed of Skip, Jill Andrews; Third, Holly Jones; Second, Theresa Wood; and First, Stephanie Schroeder. The girls have all been curling since before they were teenagers, and have decided to take their experience to the ice to reach the most elite level of curling in Canada.
In order to compete at an Olympic level, Team Andrews must first receive …
Just five years ago, the Columbia Valley didn’t even have a football team, and now, the relatively new Columbia Valley Bighorns can be proud to call themselves provincial champions.
After a showdown with the defending champions and previously undefeated Vernon Magnums, the Bighorns came out on top with a 13-7 win to secure the Southern Interior Football Conference provincial championship on Saturday, November 12th in Kamloops.
“I’m very proud of our boys for the focus they had to execute the game plan,” said Head Coach Bruce Marlow.
“We had two very hard …
Two local youths from the Columbia Valley will be heading to Saskatoon to compete in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship during the last week of April.
RT Rice and TJ Bone, both of whom play minor midget hockey in Invermere, traveled to Merritt recently to try out for the provincial team along with 95 other potential players from around the province.
“They only picked 20 of us,” said RT. “There were kids from all over the place.”
The tryout consisted of a variety of skill tests, as well as scrimmages, TJ …
After a disappointing regular season, the Columbia Valley Rockies’ Board of Directors have made some drastic changes to the face of their Junior B team, hiring a new head coach and general manager.
President of the organization, Al Miller, said that former coach, Rob Rice, was not fired, but his contract was not renewed.
The decision to find a new coach was primarily a business decision, Mr. Miller added, as due to the team’s poor performance, the fan base was beginning to dwindle, so the board decided to start fresh by …
Golf enthusiasts are dusting off their clubs and practising their swing as golf season gets underway here in the Columbia Valley. Of the 15 local courses, 13 are now fully or partially open for business, but staff report they are keeping their fingers crossed for some warmer weather to bring players flooding to the greens.
“We’ve been out golfing since mid-March,” said Stan Nokleby, a local resident who has been playing for eight years. “We’re lucky that we live in a very special place that gives us the chance to golf …
A group of women interested in the rough rolling sport of roller derby are hoping to garner enough interest to start a local team of female skaters.
The popular sport involves costume-sporting women embodying an alter-ego and skating around a flat oval on quad skates, trying to block the other team from getting key players past them, while simultaneously trying to sneak their own players past the other team’s block. Throw in a little shoving, clotheslining, and shoulder-hitting, and you have roller derby.
Chris Corey, who used to coach roller derby in …
After two-and-a-half years behind the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team bench, Rob Rice has been fired from his position as head coach.
Last week Mr. Rice learned from the Columbia Valley Rockies Board of Directors that he was being removed.
Mr. Rice stepped in as head coach more than two years ago, at first coaching with no pay, when the previous coach was fired amid controversy.
“We hired a coach four years ago who did a lot of damage, both on and off the ice,” confirmed club president, Al Miller.
Mr. Rice said …
Two athletes from the Columbia Valley will travel to Halifax to compete in the Canada Winter Games this week.
Faro Burgoyne, 18, of Fairmont and Martin Grasic, 15, of Invermere will participate on Team BC at the Canada Winter Games, which started on February 11th and will continue until the 27th.
The two athletes will travel to Nova Scotia on February 18th and start competing on the 22nd. Faro, currently a member of the Calgary Snowboard Club, will race in alpine snowboard and snowboard cross. Martin, a member of the Windermere Valley …
Shortly after a spectacular crash that ended this season’s podium dreams for Canadian Men’s Alpine skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis, he quipped to reporters in true ‘Manny’ style, “The doctor bought me a pizza. I got a free helicopter ride. How many of you got a free helicopter ride today?”
While competing in a World Cup downhill event in Chamonix, France, on January 29th, Manny was only 4/100ths of a second off the lead when his ski caught an edge. Manny’s left ski flew off and he became airborne before skidding down the …
Like many first time skiers, Jonah Ritsch loves speeding down the hill.
“His smile just got bigger and bigger the more he sped up,” said his mother Lori Horrocks. “He loves going fast and he doesn’t always get to.”
Jonah doesn’t always get to go fast because he usually stays in his wheelchair. He has cerebral palsy and autism and participated in the first joint session of the Special Olympics alpine ski program and adaptive ski program at Panorama Mountain Village on January 16th.
Using a sit-ski, Jonah is able to whip down …
Members of Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team have been hitting the slopes at Panorama Mountain Village this week to train in super giant slalom racing.
Part-time Invermere resident Manuel Osborne-Paradis shared the snow with men’s downhill World Champion John Kucera and fellow Olympian Jan Hudec on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 5th and 6th.
The trio spent the two days doing gate training on Panorama’s Fritz’s run.
“This time at Panorama has been awesome,” said Kucera, who is missing his second racing season due to injury. “I’m on a bit of a different program …