6 Adopted Athletes in 2012 US Olympic Team

In 2012 Olympic, six immigrant Olympians will go for United States of America. In every Olympic many men and women represent US Olympic team who started their live in somewhere else and this year there are six immigrates hoping to bring gold for USA.

1. Mariya Koroleva: Mariya Koroleva moved to US from Russia for her father’s career and now representing US Olympic team in synchronized swimming. She had to wait several years to get the US citizenship and qualification for the US National Team was the biggest obstacle she faced to get in this position.
2. Meb Keflezighi: During the civil war in Eritrea young Meb Keflezighi moved to Italy with his family. After their refugee permission was granted they moved to San Diego and now he’s competing in marathon. He won the silver medal in 2004 and now hoping for the gold. His name gets into the record book as the oldest man to win the US trials for the marathon.
3. Tony Gunawan: Tony Gunawan won the gold in double badminton for Indonesia in 2000 Sydney Olympics. He then started to coaching and competing for the US team and he got the opportunity this year after getting the US citizenship. His partner Howard Bach is also an immigrant from Vietnam.
4. Khatuna Lorig: Khatuna Lorig is competing in archery and the only athlete to represent three nations in the Olympics. In 1992, she was in United Soviet Team; she competed for Georgia in 1996 and 2000. In 2008 she represented the US Team.
5. Nick Delpopolo: Nick Delpopolo started his life as an orphan in Montenegro orphanage. A New Jersey couple adopted him and now he is the ranked 1 in the US and number 16 in international Judo.
6. Danell Leyva: Danell Leyva comes from a gymnast family. His mother and step-father both was remarkable gymnast in Cuba National Team. He is the current world champion in parallel bars.

City of Kamloops: an Amazing Location to Host Sports Events and Tournaments

The City of Kamloops in Canada is one of the great choices for visitors especially who love both travelling and sports. Hundreds of thousands people come here each year, as a result the Sport Tourism has become a great economic source of the city. If you love sports, then this city is for you. Trust me, it won’t disappoint you.

The City of Kamloops is the tournament capital of Canada. Because of its excellent accommodation capabilities, location and affordability, it is the perfect place to host several sporting tournaments. The city hosts a variety of one time and annual sporting events from the Youth Soccer Slurpee Cup to the international Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament. Kamloops has been synonymous with strong athletic showings, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer base, first class events and a variety range of outstanding venues. As the city is a heaven for sports lovers, so it is not difficult to find a sporting attraction or event at anytime of a year. Whether visitors wish to enjoy outdoor football games, exciting hockey game or many other exciting sports, Kamloops won’t disappoint. As I’ve already told that Kamloops hosts so many sporting events in each year, the next month (July 2012) is for Kamloops International Baseball Tournament.

With so many experienced high-level officials and volunteers, and numerous first-class facilities, Kamloops is the top choice to host sporting events and this is why sport tourism has been a great economic strength for years. Tournament Capital Program is one of the main objectives in the strategic plan of the City of Kamloops. With an investment of close to $50 million, it is a proven place for hosting events and tournaments. Really the City of Kamloops in Canada is full of surprises for the people who love sports and also travelling.

Storm’s DeFrias fills his hat at expense of brother, Rockets

Colten DeFrias earned family bragging rights on Saturday night, but he wasn’t too keen on rubbing it in.

DeFrias had three goals and an assist to lead the Kamloops Storm to a 6-0 KIJHL victory over the Golden Rockets at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

It was a special night for DeFrias, who was playing against his younger brother, Brett, for possibly the last time.Colten, 20, is in his last season of junior hockey, while Brett, 18 will be eligible for two more seasons.
Colten had a great night, but felt a little empathy for his younger brother.

“He played well, for a 6-0 loss,” said Colten, who leads the Storm with 27 points in 15 games. “I‘ve got to feel bad for him, but it feels good to win.”

Despite the score, the game actually was a close contest for the first 32 minutes, and, like Colten said, both DeFrias boys played well.

Goaltender Wade Moyls held Kamloops (12-1-0-2) in the game early and, after Daniel Buchanan scored with 8:04 remaining in the second period, it was all Storm.

Colten DeFrias scored four minutes after Buchanan to make it 2-0, then scored twice in the third period to round out the hat trick.

All three of his goals came on hard snap shots over the glove of Golden goaltender Cole Henson — about 25 seconds after his third goal, DeFrias had another chance in close, but Henson made a nice glove save.

DeFrias wasn’t tipped off by his brother. In fact, Colten had never played against Henson before, not even in the Storm‘s 6-0 victory in Golden on Oct. 16.

“They played their other goalie last weekend,” Colten said. “I just shot — their goalie had his glove low, and I went high with the shots.”

Geoff Smith, head coach of the Storm, wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s start, but was happy to see the guys pour it on in the second half.

He gave a lot of credit to Moyls, who made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and second of his career.
“I think we had nine shots on net in the first 30 minutes,” Smith said. “We got off to a slow start, and Wade Moyls held us in there. Our guys woke up halfway through the second period and started playing hockey.”

Buchanan’s goal opened the scoring 28 seconds after Golden’s Lane Erickson hit a post behind Moyls. Briar McNaney made some slick moves and scored a nifty goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second period to make it 3-0.

Chase Edwards, who has 13 goals, tied for tops on the Storm, also scored in the third period. Tyler Jackson had three assists.

Colten figured there were a lot of members of the DeFrias clan in the Sport Centre stands, but none of them threw a hat onto the ice after his third goal, with 7:36 remaining.

“They’re not like that . . . ” DeFrias said.

WEATHER WATCH: Henson made 34 saves. . . . Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play. . . . Kamloops F Kevin Leschuk was called up to play for the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings and missed Saturday’s game. . . . D Karan Toor, G Lyndon Stanwood and D Shane Poulsen also are affiliate players for BCHL teams, and Smith said he’s been getting calls about other players: “That’s great — we’re preaching that team success leads to individual success later.” . . . The Storm next plays Friday, 7 p.m., when the Revelstoke Grizzlies are in town.

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WolfPack: No playoffs for men’s soccer

The WolfPack men’s soccer team lost twice on the weekend and didn’t qualify for the Pacific West Athletic Association postseason.

TRU lost 2-0 to the Vancouver Island Mariners in Nanaimo on Sunday, after falling 2-1 to the Capilano Blues in North Vancouver on Saturday. The WolfPack entered the weekend tied with the Blues for the final playoff spot in its pool.

TRU finished fourth in Group B with a 4-5-2 record.

Cory Wallis had the WolfPack’s lone weekend goal.

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The WolfPack women’s soccer team has qualified for the postseason, and will go in on a 10-game unbeaten streak after a pair of weekend ties.

TRU tied the Capilano Blues 1-1 in North Vancouver on Saturday before drawing 1-1 with the Vancouver Island Mariners in Nanaimo on Sunday.

The WolfPack (5-1-5) finished second in its PacWest pool. It will take on the Quest Kermodes in a provincial quarterfinal in Kelowna on Friday; the winner of the match will take on the Langara Falcons in a Saturday semifinal, with the provincial final set for Sunday.

Laura Smylie headed in an Alanna Bekkering corner kick for the WolfPack’s Saturday goal, and Bekkering set up Jaydene Radu for Sunday’s goal.

Emily Edmundson was in the WolfPack goal for Saturday’s match and Sunday’s first half, and Jamie Wheeler played the second half Sunday.

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The WolfPack women’s basketball team split its last two games at Cape Breton University’s Capers Fall Classic in New Brunswick.

The WolfPack lost 99-57 Saturday to Beijing Great Wall, a club team from China, before pounding the McMaster Marauders 82-53 on Sunday.

Diane Schuetze had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the WolfPack on Sunday, and Jen Ju had 17 points. Tracy Kocs ended with 12 points, and Taiysa Worsfold scored 10.

On Saturday, Schuetze had 14 points and Ju scored seven.

The WolfPack has a week off before opening the Canada West regular season on Nov. 4 against the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades.

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The WolfPack men’s basketball team also split its weekend games at a tournament in UBC, losing 98-75 to the Laurier Golden Hawks on Sunday after beating the Memorial Sea Hawks 90-80 on Saturday.

Chas Kok had 25 points in Saturday’s victory and Kevin Pribilsky scored 17. Justin King also scored 16 points, while Will Ondrik had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Against Laurier, King had 22 points.

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Playing its first tournament of the season, the WolfPack badminton team went 2-3 and finished fourth in Nanaimo.

In Sunday’s individual competition, Anica Arduini was third in the women’s A singles, while Kia Lidster was first in the women’s B singles. Arduini and Joey Chu were third in the mixed B doubles, while Garrett Babichuk and Jonny Nguyen took first in the men’s B doubles.

Lacey Banman and Caitlyn Sharp were first in the women’s C doubles.

The next PacWest badminton tournament is scheduled for Nov. 25-26 in Surrey.

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The WolfPack lost 7-4 to Simon Fraser in Burnaby on Saturday to fall to 2-3-0 in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

TRU and SFU will play Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Memorial Arena.

Andrew Fisher scored twice, with Mick Ludvig and Shane Oatway singling — all of the WolfPack’s goals came on the power play. Jassi Sangha had three assists and Curtis Tonello had two helpers.

Riley Wall made 33 saves in the loss.

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MacInnes takes long road into playoffs

Allison MacInnes isn’t just carrying Kamloops’ hopes in the women’s draw of the Kamloops Crown of Curling, she’s also taking on the world.

MacInnes and rinkmates Grace MacInnes, Amanda Brennan and Diane Gushulak earned one of eight quarterfinal berths by beating Prince George’s Jen Rusnell 7-5 in seven ends in a C qualifier at Kamloops Curling Club on Sunday.

The male and female playoffs are today at 9 a.m., and 12:15 p.m., with the finals at 3:30 p.m.

MacInnes’s rink is one of three from B.C. to qualify – Kelly Law of New Westminster won an A event, while Vancouver’s Kristy Lewis qualified through B. They are joined by a strong international contingent featuring Korea’s Min Jung Kim, China’s Bingyu Wang, Switzerland’s Michele Jaeggi, Russia’s Olga Zyablikova and Japan’s Shinobu Aota.

MacInnes is to play Wang this morning.

“The field is really strong this year,” MacInnes said. “It’s anybody’s game out there.”

MacInnes went on to note that the Canadian and international styles are different, and the international style lends itself to slower games. A Sunday C final between Aota and Russia’s Liudmilla Privivkova went nine ends and took nearly three hours to play.

“It’s the style of game they like to play,” MacInnes said. “Sometimes when you get into the mix of things, they’re not as used to a bunch of rocks in play. For certain teams, it does slow it down.

“That’s why you really have to go out with just your game plan and try to force them to play that quicker style.”

MacInnes took something of a circuitous route to the money round, losing in an A semifinal late Friday, before falling 8-2 to Kim in a B final on Sunday morning.

MacInnes bounced back Sunday to beat Leanne Ursel 5-3 in a C semifinal, before topping Rusnell.

MacInnes said taking the long route – as opposed to the shorter paths taken by Law, Jaeggi and Wang, who went 3-0 and won A berths – isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

While the MacInnes rink was playing its way into the money Sunday, the A qualifiers had the day off.

“It’s hard when you have that whole day off,” MacInnes said. “You can sometimes get some practice in, but when you’re playing games, you feel a bit more comfortable and know what the ice is doing.”

Grant Olsen’s Kamloops rink, which played in an A final on Saturday, finally qualified for the money by beating Vancouver’s Sebastien Robillard 6-4 in a C final Sunday night.

Olsen’s rink of Scott DeCap, Pat DeCap, Ron Douglas and John Maskiewich, is the only local quartet in the money. Other men’s quarterfinalists are Jason Montgomery of Duncan, Neil Dangerfield of Victoria, Bryan Miki and Andy Bilesky of New Westminster, Vernon’s Trevor Perepolkin, Korea’s Chang-min Kim and Russia’s Andrey Drozdov, who beat Kamloops’ Dennis Graber 8-4 in a C final Sunday.

Olsen has to win three straight to win the $7,000 first-place cheque, starting with a quarterfinal with Montgomery this morning.

“They beat us twice last year in this ‘spiel,” Olsen said. “We’re looking to get a little revenge.”

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Blazers busy proving they are elite club

When you don’t make the playoffs, you have some proving to do the following season.

Well, the Kamloops Blazers took a giant step towards proving they belong in the WHL elite on Saturday when they edged host Medicine Hat, 2-1, snapping the Tigers’ six-game winning streak.

The Blazers ended their only trek into Alberta this season at 2-1-0. They lost 4-2 to the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday and beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 7-4 on Friday.

The Blazers (9-3-0) arrived home Sunday morning leading the B.C. Division; they also are just two points behind the Western Conference-leading Tri-City Americans (10-4-0), who scored their second straight 1-0 victory over the Cougars in Prince George on Saturday.

The Blazers and Spokane Chiefs (7-2-1) boast the WHL’s best winning percentage, at .750.

Not since 2003-04 have the Blazers earned 18 points from their first 12 games. That season, they opened 8-2-1-1, with the latter ‘1’ being a tie. In 2001-02, they got off to a 9-2-1 start, good for 19 points.

In 1994-95, the Blazers won 10 of their first 12 games, en route to winning 17 of their first 19 outings.

“Lately,” offered Kamloops head coach Guy Charron, “when we’ve lost, it seems we’ve done it to ourselves, and that was the case in Red Deer.”

The Blazers were leading 2-1 in Red Deer when a turnover led to a Rebels goal off a breakaway.

“Then we scored in our own net . . . that was the winning goal,” Charron said.

The key to the game in Lethbridge, in which the Blazers watched a 3-1 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit before they scored the last four goals, was “we found a way to get back and win the game,” Charron said, while admitting that was the kind of the game this team may well have lost last season.

As for Saturday night’s game, Charron said, “it was our best of the three as far as playing 60 minutes of hockey.”

Kamloops right-winger J.T. Barnett broke a 1-1 tie at 2:57 of the third period, on a wraparound, and goaltender Cam Lanigan shut the door the rest of the way. Lanigan stopped 28 shots, 11 of them in that final period.

“It is nice,” Lanigan, who played two-plus seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings before being dealt to the Blazers a year ago, told Darren Steinke of the Medicine Hat News. “Coming in, this rink was my biggest nemesis.

“I don’t know if I have ever finished one game in this (building), but the feeling was awesome when we finally pulled out the victory.”

Lanigan was quick to credit his teammates.

“I thought the guys played probably their best game I’ve seen them play in front of me just for eliminating chances and stuff like that,” he said. “Our defencemen were awesome.”

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead when right-winger Emerson Etem scored his WHL-leading 14th goal, via the PP, at 14:40 of the first period.

The Blazers pulled even at 18:27 of the second period as winger J.C. Lipon took a long pass from Chase Schaber and beat goaltender Tyler Bunz, who made 19 saves, with a low shot. That was the Blazers’ fifth shorthanded goal this season; they scored four all of last season.

That set the stage for Barnett to notch the winner, his fourth goal of the season and third on the Alberta swing.

The Tigers (9-4-0) came out of the weekend tied tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Regina Pats, Edmonton Oil Kings and Kootenay Ice.

The Blazers don’t play again until Friday when the Kelowna Rockets visit Interior Savings Centre. The Blazers beat the visiting Rockets 3-2 on Oct. 16.

The Rockets, who lost 5-2 to the Giants in Vancouver last night, are 4-7-1 and in seventh place in the Western Conference, nine points in arrears of the second-place Blazers.

Kelowna started the season with three victories, so is 1-7-1 since then.

JUST NOTES: Lipon has six goals in 12 games this season. In his previous two seasons, he totalled six goals in 118 games. . . . The Tigers had erased a 4-1 deficit to beat the host Blazers 5-4 on Thanksgiving Day. That was the second game of the Tigers’ six-game winning streak. . . . The Blazers scratched F Chase Souto (hand), F Jordan DePape (shoulder), F Logan McVeigh and D Brady Gaudet. . . . Kamloops C Colin Smith was awarded an assist after Friday’s game in Lethbridge. That gave him two goals and two helpers, the second four-point game of the season and of his career. He had a goal and three assists in an 8-2 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals on Oct. 2. . . . G Taran Kozun, who was re-assigned by the Blazers last week, made his SJHL debut with the Nipawin Hawks on Saturday. He stopped 35 of 40 shots in a 6-3 loss to the host Kindersley Klippers. Kozun’s brother, Tad, also plays for the Hawks. . . . F Brendan Gallagher had a goal and three assists for Vancouver in its victory over Kelowna. He has 17 points in nine games since returning from the camp of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.

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Young WolfPack roster has competitive desire

The TRU WolfPack women’s volleyball team may be short on numbers and short on experience but, according to middle Katarina Osadchuk, it’s big on “competitive drive.”

The WolfPack is scheduled to open its Canada West season on Friday against the Calgary Dinos at the Tournament Capital Centre. Game time is 6 p.m.

It appears as though it will be another rebuilding campaign for the WolfPack, which went 2-16 and failed to make the playoffs last season.

The WolfPack’s roster comprises 13 players, only six of whom were wearing TRU orange and black in 2010-11, and yet, no one seems to be worried about a lack of experience.

“(The rookies) are all very good athletes,” said outside hitter Amanda Frayne, who joins middle Vanessa Wiebe and outside Kelly Asleson as the WolfPack’s fifth-year players. “In the years to come, they’ll get even better . . . but even now, I think they’ll contribute to a good season.”

WolfPack head coach Keith Lundgren hit the pavement hard to find players in the offseason, and was rewarded with seven recruits from all corners of the globe.

Among them are outsides Sara Pettersson of Sweden, Anne Weiss of Germany, Brianne Rauch of Kimberley, Calgary’s Morgan Kalasa and Carly Nelson of Victoria, along with middle Mariah Williamson of South Kamloops and libero/outside Ilaina Hecimovic of Burnaby.

It’s a young team, but it’s a competitive one, says Osadchuk, a second-year middle from Australia.

“Our competitive drive stands out,” said Osadchuk, who played for the Australian senior women’s national team over the summer. “We seem to be playing well as a team. We have the capability to do everything well – everybody’s in it, and everybody wants to win.”

Lundgren lost his first 10 matches as a CIS head coach, but picked up victories over the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies on Jan. 21 and 22.

It’s the rookies, along with veterans like Frayne, Osadchuk, Asleson and setter Kara Twomey, who have Lundgren excited about his second season behind the WolfPack bench.

He said he feels much better about things heading into this season, especially considered he has had time to set up the campaign.

“It’s a little different when you get to plan it,” said Lundgren, who was hired late and didn’t have time to put much of a stamp on the team. “Last year, coming in in June, it’s pretty hard to plan a season. We planned it this year so we had a strong bunch of exhibition matches and . . . we all learned a lot.”

In 18 matches last season, the WolfPack only won 10 sets, while losing 50. And while half of that team didn’t return, there has to be questions surrounding a team that wasn’t exactly competitive in 2010-11.

“The expectations are the same – make playoffs, that’s the focus,” Lundgren said. “We’ve got a talented group, but we’re young. We do some great things, but then we do some things that we need to work on.”

The players are optimistic, especially after a preseason in which the WolfPack went 3-5 against Canada West teams. But TRU has a tough schedule right away, with matches against Calgary, which is ranked No. 9 in the country, at Alberta (No. 2), at Regina (unranked), against Manitoba (No. 4), at Winnipeg (No. 6) and against Trinity Western (No. 10) – all before Christmas.

“We’re expecting to perform a little better – we’ve been struggling a few years,” Frayne said. “The expectations, with the players we have, are realistically higher, and I think we’ll have a really good season because of that.”

JUST NOTES: TRU also is at home to Calgary on Saturday at 5 p.m. . . . The women’s matches always will be the early starts this season – last season, TRU toyed with the idea of putting the men in the early match on some nights. . . . The UBC Thunderbirds, whom the WolfPack will take on in its first matches of the second half, on Jan. 13-14, are ranked No. 1 in Canada after winning the CIS championship in March. . . . TRU will play 20 matches this season, including two in Kelowna against the UBC-Okanagan Heat, which has joined Canada West this season. . . . Joining Lundgren as assistant coaches are Hayley Hills, a former player at Eastern Washington University, and Jo-Anne Loader, a local coach. Megann Rodhe, a world-class hammer thrower, is the team’s strength coach.

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No smoke or mirrors with this WHL club

You can safely bet the house that this has been a long week for the Kamloops Blazers.

At 9-3-0 and leading the WHL’s B.C. Division, you just know that these guys are itching to get back into action. They want to strike while the sticks are hot.

But, after going 2-1-0 on their only foray into Alberta this season and arriving home early Sunday morning, the Blazers don’t get to scratch that itch until Friday when they face the visiting Kelowna Rockets.

The Blazers didn’t even skate Sunday or Monday, but were back on the ice Tuesday for a good, honest practice.

Anyone who has been watching is well aware that, with the season 16.7 per cent over, there would appear to be a remarkable transformation taking place.

After all, this is a team that, one year ago, simply couldn’t.

Couldn’t what?

Couldn’t do anything.

It couldn’t stay out of the penalty box. Couldn’t kill penalties. Couldn’t score goals. Couldn’t keep pucks out of its own net. Couldn’t make the playoffs.

But now, with a head coach, a goaltender coach and 16 players on the roster who were around for last season’s disaster, the Blazers are looking every inch like one of this league’s elite teams.

The Blazers are 9-3-0 and – don’t laugh! – could very easily be 12-0-0.

“You know what? That’s a fair assessment,” Kamloops head coach Guy Charron acknowledges.

The Blazers lost their home-opener 1-0 to the Prince George Cougars, whose goaltender stopped 32 shots and whose teammates stopped another 33.

The Blazers blew a 4-1 lead and lost 5-4 to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.

Kamloops was beaten 4-2 by the Rebels in Red Deer, a 2-1 lead gone when (a) a puck bounced over defenceman Bronson Maschmeyer’s stick at the Red Deer blue line resulting in a breakaway and the tying goal, and (b) an own goal turned into the winner.

Of course, as someone in the organization pointed out, the Blazers stole a game from the Winterhawks in Portland. The point being that these things have a tendency to even out over time.

Still, the Blazers are 12 games into the season and it is becoming obvious that this isn’t last season’s team. Nor does it appear to be the team of 2009-10.

Who can forget the autumn of 2009 when the Blazers got out to an 8-2-2 start and showed up in the CHL rankings? Those who were paying attention realized the Blazers were doing it with smoke and mirrors, and felt it only was a matter of time before the implosion.

The Blazers beat the host Regina Pats 5-4 in overtime for their eighth victory that season, but then finished the East Division trip with five losses in a row. When they got home, head coach Barry Smith lost his job.

That doesn’t seem likely to happen to this team, although it did show up in the CHL rankings yesterday.

As Charron puts it: “The team has been consistent and played well.”

Following the Blazers’ first 11 games, there may well have been doubters. After all, you could have made the case that the Blazers had taken advantage of some teams that were tired, banged up or had players in the NHL.

But when the Blazers went into Medicine Hat on Saturday and scored a 2-1 victory over the Tigers, who had won six straight games, well, you can bet people sat up and took notice.

“What’s exciting for all of us is knowing we can go into a building like Medicine Hat that is tough to play in,” Charron says, “and come up with a great effort. That is encouraging for everybody.”

What is really encouraging is that the players on this team appear to have learned the value of playing the game deep in the other team’s zone.

When the Blazers are able to get the puck behind the icing line in the other team’s zone and play the game below the faceoff dots, they have proven to be lethal. That is something they weren’t able to do last season with any consistency. Then, for whatever reason, the players seemed to think they all were wizards with the puck, something that led to far too many turnovers, far too many scoring chances against and many of the team’s problems.

This season, the light bulb appears to have come on – whether it was because of the arrival of associate coach Dave Hunchak, who came here having spent seven seasons coaching in this league so obviously knows his way around the bench, or whether it’s the fact the veteran players are a year older and, one assumes, that much more mature.

How much more mature?

Some players have reached the conclusion that individual points – goals and assists – aren’t as important as winning. It has dawned on them that individual success follows in lockstep with team success.

Meanwhile, Hunchak’s role in all of this cannot be overstated. Charron had been away from junior hockey for a long, long time when he signed here in November 2009, and he readily admits the adjustment has been far more challenging than he could have imagined. Hunchak signed on as associate coach over the summer, bringing to the organization his experience in dealing with junior-aged players.

Charron, to his credit, has been most receptive to everything Hunchak brought with him. The result is evident in the standings.

What all of this means, of course, is that the Blazers have gone from being the hunter to the hunted.

No longer will they be able to sneak up on teams. No longer are they going to be able to catch teams by surprise. No longer will opposing teams be taking them for granted.

Through all of this, the Blazers are learning that the game of hockey is a lot more fun when you’re the eagle and not the prey.

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TRU soccer coach honoured

Tom McManus, head coach of the TRU WolfPack women’s soccer team, was honoured by the Pacific West Athletic Association on Wednesday, but his mind remained focused on Friday.

McManus was named the PacWest coach of the year after leading the WolfPack to a 5-1-5 record. TRU finished second in its PacWest group, and will play the Quest Kermodes in a provincial quarterfinal in Kelowna on Friday.

“It’s a great feeling – we’ve had so much adversity with injuries this season,” McManus said. “Two new coaches (Danilo Caron and Andy Gelowitz), everyone bought into what we were trying to do.

“It’s great kudos for everybody, but I just want the gold medal.”

It was a deserving honour for McManus, who performed a magnificent juggling act when faced with injuries this season.

TRU lost its starting sweeper, Sarah Gomes, in the preseason, and also had to deal with major injuries to D Blair MacKay and M Chianne Smith.

Striker Laura Smylie started the season in Gomes’s position on the back end, but had moved forward when MacKay broke her nose Oct. 9. Smylie went back to sweeper, but moved back up when Maddy Reid returned from injury.

“I have never had as many injuries in my coaching career as we had,” McManus said. “With the national teams, pros – I never had a situation like this one.”

MacKay’s broken nose was the second of the season for the WolfPack – Alanna Bekkering broke hers a week before MacKay, but was able to finish the season. McManus got another scare at the coast last weekend, when Reid took a bump on the nose, but it wasn’t serious.

It’s this almost-healthy lineup that McManus will be leaning on to get the team past Quest and into the provincial semifinals, which go Saturday. The WolfPack goes in riding a 10-game unbeaten streak, one that started after TRU lost its regular-season opener.

“We lost the first game, then we really picked everything up from there,” McManus said. “Because the girls know how to play tight and do what they have to do . . . I think it will work out well for us.”

Three WolfPack women’s players were named to the first all-star team – MacKay, Bekkering and Ashley Piggot. Braeden Burrows of the WolfPack men’s team was a first-team PacWest all-star, while Adam Dodgson and Conor Doherty made the second team.

Men’s basketball is getting ready for its final games of of the preseason.

TRU head coach Scott Clark will have TRU in Abbotsford for the Honda Way tournament at University of the Fraser Valley. TRU will take on the NCAA’s Northwest University Eagles on Friday, before playing the CIS’s Guelph Gryphons on Saturday.

TRU’s Canada West season is scheduled to open Nov. 4 against the visiting UFV Cascades.

TRU is at home to Simon Fraser University in a B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League game Friday.

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Minor Hockey Roundup: Jardine’s Blazers win Robinson Memorial title

The Jardine’s Blazers are champions of their home Darcy Robinson Memorial Tournament after going 5-1 on the weekend.

Kamloops opened with a 5-4 loss to Maple Ridge. Matthew Facchinelli, Ty Kolle, Brendan Semchuk and Ryan Chyzowski scored the goals, and Reid Gladman was in goal for the loss.

Tyler Ward had a goal and two assists as Kamloops came back to bounce Prince George 5-2. Rylan Van Unen, Jackson Caller and Semchuk, with two, scored the other goals, and Max Palaga was the winning goaltender.

Semchuk had five goals as Kamloops crushed Abbotsford 8-3. Mike Van Unen, Facchinelli and Chyzowski also scored, and John Ludvig, Max Patterson, Solomon Seibel and Brett Olstad each had two assists. Palaga was in the Kamloops goal.

Kamloops finished the round-robin with a 4-2 victory over Airdrie, Alta. Kolle scored twice, and Olstad and Ludvig singled in support of Gladman.

Ward had three goals and Seibel had three assists as Kamloops dumped St. Albert 6-2 in a semifinal. Kolle, Caller and Facchinelli also scored, and Rylan Van Unen had two assists in support of Palaga.

Ward scored the tying goal and Ludvig potted the winner with four minutes remaining as the Blazers came back to beat Kelowna 4-3 in the final. Semchuk and Kolle also scored, and Palaga was the winning goaltender.

Kamloops received its medals from Dave and Ernie Robinson, whose son, Darcy, died playing professional hockey in Italy in 2007. The tournament was re-named in his honour in 2008.

Kamloops last won the tournament in 2008.

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Thompson Hotel played to a 4-4 draw with host Kelowna on Saturday, and then fell 5-4 to the same Kelowna side on Sunday.

Jordan Moore, with two, Peter Klassen and Ryan Ignace scored for the hotelmen in the draw, while Josh Campbell had two assists and Cole Feere was in goal.

On Sunday, Liam Beefurt, Lucas Lott, Bailey Henry and Keeton Noble had the Kamloops goals in support of goaltender Payton Shindel.

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The Tk’emlups Wolves won a pair of league games on the weekend, going on the road to beat the South Okanagan Junior Coyotes 8-1 in Oliver on Saturday and the host Penticton Jr. Vees 3-1 on Sunday.

Seiji Brown, with two goals and two assists, and Tyson Gafer, with two goals, led the way in the opener.

Brendan Roche added a goal and three helpers, while Kordell Primus and Hunter Klassen each had a goal.
On Sunday, the Wolves got two goals from Brown and one from Luke Rodrigue.


The North Kamloops Lions played three games over the weekend.

They opened Friday with a 10-6 exhibition victory over the Burnaby Winter Club at Valleyview Arena, with Evan Vinterlik showing the way with three goals. Breckin Erichuk and Justin MacInnes added two goals each and Garrett Kellington had one. The names of the other scorers weren’t available. Kellington added three assists, while Vinterlik and Erichuk each had two.

On Saturday, the Lions dropped a 3-1 decision to Merritt in an OMAHA game played at Memorial Arena. Erichuk had the Lions’ lone goal. Ethan Langenegger was in goal.

On Sunday, in Armstrong, Vernon beat the Lions 6-5 in another OMAHA game. Vinterik, with two, Hunter Dairon, Jarrett Daoust and Tyler Bruins-Slot had the goals for the Lions, who weren’t able to hold on to a 5-2 third-period lead.

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The Jardine’s Blazers went 2-2, losing in a semifinal, at the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association’s Bantam Tier 1 tournament on the weekend.

The Blazers opened with a 7-4 loss to the Okanagan Hockey Academy on Friday, with Dexter Robinson, with two, Jacob Faraday and Alex Winters scoring the goals. Josh Shank was in goal for the Blazers.

On Saturday, the Blazers opened with a 7-3 victory over Campbell River as Nick Chyzowski scored three times and Robinson added a pair. Faraday and Maxwell James also scored. Winters had two assists, with Bailey De Palma in goal.

Later Saturday, Chyzowski and Robinson had two goals each in a 6-1 victory over Langley. Kevin Davis and James also scored, while Robinson had two helpers.

On Sunday, Kelowna beat the Blazers 4-2 in a semifinal game. James had both goals for Kamloops, with Robinson and Chyzowski each getting two assists.

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The Royal Purple Mystixs Peewee Tier 1 girls lost 5-3 to Vernon’s Atom Development squad on Saturday at Memorial Arena.

Taylor Knauff, with two, and Katie Merritt had the Kamloops goals, with Madison Ouelette earning three assists. Goaltender Ashlynn Neurauter faced 23 shots.

On Sunday, the Mystixs lost 6-2 to the host Vernon peewee Tier 1 girls team.

Grace Miller and MaKenna Fitzgerald had the goals, while Zoe Birkett had two assists. Goaltender Sydney Carter stopped 21 shots.


The Kamloops Western Roofing Spitfires dropped a pair of exhibition games — 7-6 and 9-2 — to the host Williams Lake Timberwolves on Saturday.

Josh Van Unen scored twice for the Spitfires in the opener, with Lane Grunerud, Harrison Ewert, Blake Ablitt and Harjun Serown each getting singles.

Ewert and Jayden Russell tallied for Kamloops in the second game.

Nathan Nesci and Bailey Monteith split goaltending duties in both games.


The 7 Point Millworks Jets won a tournament in Penticton over the weekend, winning all four of their games.

The Jets beat the Salmon Arm Silvertips 4-3 in overtime in the tournament final, thanks to a goal by Alek Erichuk. Elijah Joly was the winning goaltender.

Earlier, the Jets beat New Westminster 5-2, the Abbotsford Hawks 6-4 and the Kelowna Coyotes 1-0, with Taylor Kaban getting the shutout.

Corson Nordick had the only goal against Kelowna. Other goal scorers weren’t available.


The Scotiabank Titans finished third at a Penticton tournament on the weekend, going 2-1-1.

Kamloops opened with a 7-5 loss to the Salmon Arm Silvertips, despite Connor Milburn’s three goals and two assists. Hayden Fidanza and Benjamin Ward also scored goals in the loss.

The Titans bounced back to top the Penticton Vees 6-1, with Kimberley Davidson scoring twice and Milburn getting two assists. Luke Bateman, Ward, Fidanza and William Alberts also scored goals.

Milburn had his second three-goal game of the weekend in a 7-7 draw with the New Westminster Royals. Fidanza also scored twice, and Davidson and Jarrod Semchuk singled.

Milburn took it to another level in a 9-8 victory over the Kelowna Coyotes, scoring five times. Bateman scored twice, Fidanza had one, Ward got the overtime winner and goaltender Justin Mitchell was the MVP.

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The Southgate Radiator Frost scored a 6-4 victory over the McDonald’s Golden Bears on Friday.

Ethan Smith, Josh Callender, Cole Standen, Preston Guerra, Brendan Smith and Tim Lapierre scored for the winners, who had Zach Berrevoets in goal. Mark Takeuchi had two assists.

Ryan Anderson had two goals and two assists for the Golden Bears, and Jordan Devries also scored. Josh Humphries was in goal.


The Jets, who trailed 5-3 going into the second period, came back to score a 7-5 victory over the Fury on Friday at Memorial Arena.

Slater Gordon, with four goals, Jake Stanley, Chris Penner and Karn Mahal scored for the Jets, who split the goaltending between Gabriel Bedard and Josh Harris.

The Fury got two goals from Kyle Bergman and singles from Skye Conners, Nolan Dicostanzo and Austin Stanton. McKenzie Povoas was in goal.


The Predators, who trailed 4-1 at one point, battled back to earn a 6-6 draw with Team Teal on Sunday at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

Cordell Davidson, with three, Ryland Nakashima, with two, and Lee McKinnon scored for the Predators, who had Tyson Dmyterko in goal.

Pierce Huser and Tyson Koehl each scored twice for Team Teal, with Jacob Pilon and Connor Hall adding one each. Ethan Herrelien was in goal.

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The Predators, a peewee/bantam team, got three goals from Courtenay Campbell and scored a 3-2 victory over host Merritt on Saturday.

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The North Kamloops Lions won a tournament in Vernon on the weekend.

The Lions opened with a 6-5 victory over the Winfield Bruins on Friday, getting two goals from Bryce McDonald and one each from Dario Piva, Braeden Hart, Kyle Hutton and McCoy Pearce-Orr. Piva and Darion Nordick each had two assists. Caelen Holling was in goal.

On Saturday, the Lions opened by playing to a 3-3 tie with Richmond. Pearce-Orr, with two, and Chet Flanagan had the goals, while Piva again had two helpers. Matt Hicketts was in goal.

In their second Saturday game, the Lions dumped the Vernon Machine Vipers, 5-3. McDonald had two goals and two assists, with Piva also scoring twice. Tony Dennis added the other goal, while Holling was in goal.

In the final, the Lions, with Hicketts in goal, stopped the Revelstoke Grizzlies, 5-1. McDonald, Piva, Pearce-Orr, Hutton and Hart each scored once.

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The Tk’emlups Mystixs lost 3-1 to the host Kelowna Rockets in a league game Saturday.

Kendall Fitzgerald had the goal for the Mystixs, and Emma Gottfriedson was in goal.

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The Player’s Bench Raiders won a pair of close games on the weekend, beating Penticton 3-2 on Saturday and Rossland-Trail 5-3 on Sunday.

Parker Matheson had two goals on Saturday, and Colten Gerlib singled. Keenan Gannon also had two assists in support of goaltender Nic Boehm, who made 39 saves.

Gannon scored twice against Rossland-Trail. Matthew Richardson, Harrison Rosch and Gerlib also scored, Brendan Mongey had two helpers and Kendra Woodland stopped 29 shots.

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The Thompson-Okanagan Rockets, featuring five Kamloops girls, won a pair of league games against the Kootenay Wildcats in Nelson.

The Rockets won the opener, 9-0, with Kamloops’ Tara Bouvette posting the shutout. The second game was a 5-1 decision.

Kiana Karolyi, Cora Sutton, Lindsey Rose and Courtney Morice also represent Kamloops on the Rockets.

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The North Kamloops Lions split a pair of weekend games, losing 6-5 to Kelowna on Friday and beating Vernon 4-2 on Sunday.

Matt Norman, Tyler Rorison, Adam Struch and Levi Mattes were among the goal-scorers Friday. Ty Hamer-Jackson was in goal for the loss.

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The Thunder scored a 5-4 victory over Team No. 10 on Saturday at Valleyview Arena.

Jarrett Mirtle, with two, Jameson Rende, Micheal Hutchison and Alex Wright scored for the Thunder, which had Sam Fawcett in goal. Wright also had two assists.

Team No. 10, which had Jared Flodstrom in goal, got goals from Nolan Virgo, Ethan Dicostanzo, Luigi Comita and Christian Giroux.


The Fire Hawks got three goals from each of A.J. McInnis and Colton Davoren and beat the Warriors 14-3 on Saturday at Valleyview Arena.

Braeden Crowe and Erik Larsen each added two goals for the winners, with singles coming from Garrett Grubisa, Jakob Bennett, Grady Christiansen and Joshua Glover. Davoren, Christiansen, Hunter Coleman and Larsen each had two assists. Ryan Clark got the goaltending victory.

Ben Prokopetz, with two, and R.J. Gerow scored for the Warriors, who split their goaltending duties between Jakob Spence and Sheehan Tobler.


Team No. 7 got three goals from Jonah Samerow as it beat the Kougars 8-7 at Valleyview Arena on Saturday.

Isaac Derose and Matt Nixon each had two goals for the winners, with Graham Epp adding the other. Nathan Sanduchi was in goal.

The Kougars got three goals from Brandon Gremaud and singles from Riley Demchuk, Foster Wynne, Becky Ramgren and Payton Robb. Summit Krause was in goal.

Jordie Lingel, Mattes and Cole McCaskill scored goals Sunday, when Kyle Michalovsky backstopped the victory.

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The Maverick Motor Inn Blazers went 2-1-1 in a tournament in Quesnel on the weekend.

The Blazers opened by playing to a 6-6 tie with Quesnel. Alexander Buchanan, with two, Matthew Fichter, Kolten Moore, Troy Gerard and Jackson Scott had the goals. Kevin Emsland had two assists. Kolby Pauwels was in goal. Buchanan was the MVP.

In their next game, the Blazers got goals from Stefan Nesci, Moore and Gerard as they beat Dawson Creek, 3-0. Spencer Eschyschyn, the MVP, earned the shutout.

The Blazers then dropped an 8-2 decision to Williams Lake. J.J. Hanemaayer and Moore had the goals, while Pauwels and Eschyschyn split the goaltending. Adam Toor was the MVP.

In their last game, the Blazers dumped Williams Lake, 6-3. Moore, the MVP, scored three times, with Scott, Gerard and Hanemaayer adding one each. Pauwels was in goal.

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