Sports 2015, year in review

2015 Sports Year in Review: 100 Mile House Free Press

100 Mile House Wranglers captain Devan Suidy laid a body check on Tommy Brown of the Chase Heat during a big

Jan. 8

Wranglers take four of six points on weekend

Coach Dale Hladun thought his 100 Mile House Wranglers played three good games in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action while earning two victories on a road trip.

The trip started with a 3-1 loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes, but 100 Mile bounced back with a 4-3 win over the Nelson Leafs and a 4-1 win over the Castlegar Rebels.

 

 

 

Jan. 15

Curling team off to Ottawa

100 Mile House hosted the West Coast Blind Curling Association 2015 Provincial Play Downs on Jan. 10-11.

Kelowna finished first, Vancouver second, 100 Mile House third, and Prince George fourth.

100 Mile is set to represent Team BC at a national tournament in Ottawa in 2016.

Visiting teams expressed their gratitude and thanks to the community of 100 Mile House for the great hospitality, generosity and support put towards blind curling from the moment they arrived, local curler Lori Fry said.

 

 

 

Jan. 22

100 Mile curlers impress at men’s bonspiel

Local rinks won two of three divisions in a successful annual men’s bonspiel with 16 teams at the 100 Mile Curling Club, Jan. 16-18.

In the A event final, the Dennis Gosselin crew from 100 Mile, affectionately known as the “Young Studs,” came from behind four down after the first end, to edge the Dustin Leduc rink from 100 Mile, 9-6.

The Bill Lim rink from Prince George won the B event, while the C event saw John Atkinson’s “Geriatrics” from 100 Mile overcome Bill Pratt’s 100 Mile “Bulldogs,” 6-4, in a dogfight that went down to the last shot of the game.

 

 

 

Jan. 29

Something she will never forget

Being chosen to play a part in the 2015 Canada Winter Games celebration gave local resident Bev Fry a new appreciation for the people she’s met and the time she’s spent volunteering at countless community and sports events over the years.

Fry was one of the close to 30 runners to carry the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch in Quesnel on Jan. 17, the last regional torch relay before the start of the 2015 Games on Feb. 13 in Prince George.

“There was a lot of emotion behind it,” Fry said of the experience. “I was very thankful and grateful.”

 

 

 

Feb. 5

Dream season for local girls

Two local hockey talents were making real contributions with phenomenal play and big heart on the top team in the top female midget hockey league in the province.

Emilie Nichols of Lac la Hache and Cassidy Mellott of 100 Mile House were members of the Northern Cougars, a Prince George-based squad that clinched first overall with a record-breaking 2014-15 season in BC Hockey’s Female Midget AAA program.

 

 

 

Feb. 12

Forman talks ups and downs of final Junior A season

Reece Forman, a big 108 Mile Ranch defenceman, was in the midst of a second season with the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Forman was logging a lot of minutes on the ice, and with more confidence this year, he was trying to set an example for the younger guys on the team.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Forman said. “Team-wise, we’re doing well. It’s a really great group of guys.”

 

 

 

Feb. 19

Peewee Wranglers handle Cougars

The boys bent but never broke as 100 Mile House’s peewee rep team, sponsored by Primal Electric, displayed a ton of firepower and came back in Game 2 following a Game 1 victory to clinch its playoff series against the Prince George Cougars.

“We never give up,” said coach Cale Tessaro. “We’ve had the same philosophy all year – we bend but we never break.”

100 Mile House won 9-6 to clinch the series.

 

 

 

Feb. 26

Curler to represent Cariboo at BC Championships

100 Mile House’s Hannah Lindner was set to be among the province’s top young curlers hitting the ice in Lake Cowichan for the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships, March 5-8.

The 13-year-old was a member of a Prince George rink representing the Cariboo at the provincial bonspiel. Together the girls won the Curl BC Zone 8 Playdowns in Williams Lake in January, which was Lindner’s third time competing at a regional play down, and her first time winning one.

“It was very exciting to get somewhere this year,” she said. “It was a great experience.”

 

 

 

March 5

Local talent lighting it up for Timberwolves

100 Mile House talent – Katie Toews, Caitlyn Ray, Breanna Uphill, Anya Levermann, Katya Levermann and Shian Remanente – were big contributing factors when the Williams Lake Timberwolves captured the Cariboo Amateur Hockey Association’s midget female championship over Prince George in a best-of-three game series, Feb. 13-14.

The team was next headed to a provincial tournament in Penticton, March 16-19.

“All the players have learnt and grown over the year,” said coach Pete Montana.

 

 

 

March 12

Wrestlemania draws close to 70 athletes

Dozens of young wrestlers in a number of weight categories went head-to-head in the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School gym at an elementary school tournament on Feb. 20.

The long-running Wrestlemania tournament in 100 Mile House drew 67 competitors from 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Prince George.

 

 

 

March 19

Big turning point propels winning rink

Local curlers were among the top finishers at the 100 Mile House Curling Club’s Ladies Bonspiel.

Laurie Rippon’s rink of Quesnel defeated the Margie Folk rink of 100 Mile House, 8-6, in a very close “A” final at the 56th annual event, March 6-8.

Maria Hamilton’s rink from Bridge Lake squeezed past the Lorraine Young rink of 100 Mile, 6-5, in the “B” final.

Joanne Doddridge’s rink from 100 Mile House won the “C” final, 8-2, over Deanna Zielke’s local team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 26

Archers fire at 3D targets

Dozens of archers of all ages participated in the Big Horn Archery Club’s annual Indoor A&W 3D Shoot in 100 Mile House on March 21-22.

Local archers were joined by some from Williams Lake, Kelowna, Sparwood, 70 Mile and Lac la Hache, taking aim with traditional and compound bows at 3D animal targets for points.

In the ladies Master’s Longbow division, local shooters denise swift (first), Flori Vincenzi (second), Gina Myhill-Jones (third) finished in the top 3.

 

 

 

April 2

Much more than a sport

Two local curlers – Lori Fry and Jim Vinson – played a big part in making a long-running bonspiel for visually impaired athletes a success in Kamloops, March 18-21.

While the pair weren’t competing at the Western Blind Curling Association Championships, Fry and Vinson, co-ordinated the event, which drew local dignitaries along with the 35 participants from seven teams representing four western provinces.

“It is so vital for all of us on the planet to get out there and be active and healthy, but especially when vision loss comes upon a person,” Fry said.

 

 

 

April 9

Rodeo cancelled in 100 Mile

Stingy rental conditions and a lack of community support are the main reasons why there wasn’t a rodeo this year in 100 Mile House, according to the president of the South Cariboo Rodeo Association.

Not enough sponsors are stepping up financially and Randy Brodoway said he can’t continue to finance the event out of his own pockets.

However, Brodoway didn’t rule out trying to bring the event back in the future.

 

 

 

April 16

Huber by KO for heavyweight title

A mere three weeks after a convincing unanimous decision defence of his British Columbia Combsport cruiserweight title, Ken Huber, a Kamloops-based amateur boxer by way of 100 Mile House, stepped up a division and into the ring in Langley on April 10 for a shot at the association’s vacant heavyweight belt and scored a second round knockout against “Big” Bob Larson of Fernie, one of the province’s top contenders.

It was an ascendant performance by the dedicated fighter known as “Heavy Hands” Huber, the 31-year-old’s first stoppage in four years.

 

 

 

April 23

Solid performances by 100 Mile girls

Junior and senior girls soccer teams from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School hosted Lake City Secondary School from Williams Lake on April 10 in 100 Mile House.

The schools split the four games, with the local juniors scoring two wins and Williams Lake coming out on top twice against the seniors.

“The juniors showed a lot of potential, which looks good for the future of the program,” said 100 Mile House coach Sean Glanville.

 

 

 

April 30

Pickleball players growing game

A workshop helped local players improve their skills on the pickleball court, a budding game in 100 Mile House.

Fifteen of the local club’s players set up courts inside the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School gym and learned strategies around body positioning, shot selection, playing as a team with your partner, putting spin on the ball, and other techniques sure to improve the calibre of play in 100 Mile House.

 

 

 

May 7

New trail for cross-country skiers

Neil Manhard stood in the middle of a freshly logged strip of woodland near the top of 99 Mile Hill overlooking 100 Mile House.

“It’s all to do with getting more people skiing,” said Manhard of the latest extension to the 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society trail system – a new six-kilometre user-friendly tract higher up the hill from the Nordics Day Lodge where the trail system begins.

 

 

 

May 14

Crazy power

Local 20-year-old Colton Gentry was training his butt off ahead of his first sanctioned boxing fight this summer. Watching the 200-pounder’s fists fly and hearing their thwack against the heavy bag, one couldn’t help but feel for the soon to be unlucky soul on the other end.

“Every day, that’s mostly what I think about – boxing,” Gentry said. “I’m not really an aggressive guy. I’m more of a laid back kind of guy. But I like fighting. I like the sport.”

 

 

 

May 21

Riding toward Rio 2016

Tristiana Allwood, 17, was on a fundraising mission to reach the top stage of the very competitive world of dressage riding at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Log House in 100 Mile House had a draw for a new outfit with funds going to support Allwood’s pursuit. Allwood was also selling hemp bracelets and horse cookies at the store, where she has a display about her journey.

“No matter what struggles you have in your life, it’s what you make of the journey that counts,” Allwood said. “I hope my success in riding will encourage other riders and people to live their dreams too.”

 

 

 

May 28

Cross-country runners compete at Mile 108

Students from elementary schools in the area competed in cross country running races around a trail system near Mile 108 Elementary School underneath a bright hot sun on May 20.

The winners were Grade 7: Amy Baechmann (100 Mile) and Conner Giroux (100 Mile); Grade 6: Darlyssa Chretien (100 Mile) and Julian Zucchelli (Mile 108); Grade 5: Jadyn Monical (Mile 108) and Noah Geerts (100 Mile); Grade 4: Cora Selle (Forest Grove) and Daniel Villeneuve (100 Mile); Grade 3: Miriah Anderson (100 Mile) and Matthew Keller (Mile 108).

 

 

 

June 4

PSO girls win most points at track meet

A team of local athletes finished at the top of their division while qualifying for provincials with great individual results at the North Central High School Zone Meet in Prince George, May 22-23.

Juvenile girls from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) in 100 Mile House won their category with a score of 156 points.

Provincial qualifiers included Ashley Holyk for shot put, discus, javelin and triple jump; Taiya Young for high jump; Brittany Lund for discus; Cassidy Mellott for the 400-metre race and triple jump; and Courtney Cave for triple jump.

 

 

 

June 11

Full field at Divorce Open

A 100 Mile House couple, Dave and Deb Evans (132), scored lowest net in the first flight at the Divorce Open at the 108 Golf Resort, which saw 174 golfers from around British Columbia on the course for one of the province’s biggest two-day, annual couples golf tournaments, May 30-31.

The pairs golfed two 18 hole rounds, alternating shots, going for low gross and low net scores.

 

 

 

June 18

Personal best for Young

Taiya Young soared to a personal best of 1.40-metres in high jump and Brittany Lund reached 18.2-m in the discuss throw at the BC High School Track & Field Championships in Langley, June 4-6.

The athletes worked very hard throughout the track and field season, and they really pulled together during competitions, said coach Lori Meville.

 

 

 

June 25

100 Mile ‘N Hour squirts on a roll

The 100 Mile ‘N Hour squirts were red hot as the local U12 team won a tournament in 100 Mile House, June 20-21, after winning gold the weekend before in Surrey.

In the round robin in 100 Mile House, the local squad beat Fleetwood, 7-6; Merritt, 16-6; and Clearwater, 13-1. MVP awards went to Kyson Hopson, Cole Allan and Colton Sanford.

In the finals, 100 Mile ‘N Hour beat Clearwater, 18-10. Aidan Moore was named MVP.

 

 

 

July 2

Young squad has real talent

Members of the 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association were busy preparing for the upcoming Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup (U13-U15), which drew 24 teams from around British Columbia to the Soccer Park in 100 Mile House, July 9-12.

Players on the local U14 host squad included Wylon Hall, Cameron Ardiel, Dylan Carr, Pete Peterson, Adam Sullivan, Tyson Fitzgerald, Jake Cuttler, Hayden Prodnuk, Noah Dykstra, Josh Hutchins, Nigel Swann, Lee Machete, Dylan Newhook, Ryan Grant and Cory Mapson.

 

 

 

July 9

Wranglers captain scores scholarship

The skill and leadership Devan Suidy displayed in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League over three seasons has paid off for him.

The former 100 Mile House Wranglers took his size and talent to the collegiate level in the fall, suiting up for the Voyageurs men’s hockey team and pursuing a career in power engineering on a partial scholarship with Portage College in Lac la Biche, Alberta.

Asked what he’ll remember most from his season in 100 Mile House, which draws amongst the biggest and loudest crowds in all the KIJHL, Suidy responded quickly: “The fans. It was insane playing in front of that many people every home game. That’s hard to come by anywhere you go.”

 

 

 

July 16

100 Mile hosts impressive provincial tourney

The 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association hosted the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup, July 9-12.

The soccer tournament saw two dozen teams and hundreds of young players from all over British Columbia compete for provincial titles in U13, U14 and U15 divisions.

Lianne Heales, president of the local soccer association, said hosting the event was worth the close to year-long organizing effort.

“It came down to a few really hard-working volunteers and we had a lot of help from parent volunteers and community members who don’t have kids in soccer. It was a lot of work, but in the end it’s worth it to show off our community.”

 

 

 

July 23

Squirts finish dominant season with silver

The 100 Mile ‘N Hour squirts finished one win away from a perfect season at U12 provincials in Sooke on July 10-12, winding up an incredible run and medal haul this summer.

It was a tough loss in the finals to a determined host team for 100 Mile, which was going for its fourth gold medal of the season.

“It really was an incredible season and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole group,” said coach Rob Sanford.

 

 

 

July 30

Shuswap stumps Jake’s Pub

The Shuswap Defenders won the 100 Mile House men’s fastball league finals on July 24 – a big 13-2 win over the Jake’s Pub Old Buds in a rematch of the 2014 championship series.

“We keep talking about picking ourselves up after errors and to keep having fun,” said Shuswap pitcher Jerome “Stumpy” Boyce.

Robin Gilbert pitched a stellar four innings for Shuswap and hit a home run in the second. Mark Boyce followed that up with a deep ball of his own in the third and an inside the park home run in the fifth.

 

 

 

Aug. 6

Fun Fly soars with 16 pilots

The 100 Mile Model Flyers had 16 pilots take to the sky with their radio-controlled airplanes during a Fun Fly on July 25-26.

The event at 99 Mile Hill was a lot of fun, said the club’s president Bill Hood. Pilots chased balloons with their aircraft and played combat games at the family friendly event. While a majority of the pilots were local flyers, some travelled from as far away as Abbotsford, Kelowna and Prince George.

 

 

 

Aug. 13

Hundreds turn out for Interlakes Rodeo

The 25th Annual Interlakes Rodeo saw close to 1,000 spectators over two days of action, Aug. 1-2.

The event was hosted by the Interlakes Community Association and featured a variety of rodeo events with participants from around the province.

Organizer Carney Myers said it was a great weekend.

“Everything worked out. There were no accidents. You always worry about that. But everyone was safe and had a good time.”

 

 

 

Aug. 20

108 Ladies win Inter-Club Challenge

The 108 Ladies Club won this summer’s Inter-Club Challenge with golfers from Williams Lake and Quesnel by a single stroke after three rounds of play.

The final results after three rounds of net scores were the 108 Ladies with 1,334 strokes, Williams Lake with 1,335 and Quesnel with 1,348.

It is a great opportunity to meet other golfers, play the other courses, and develop team spirit within your club.

 

 

 

Aug. 27

Excellent turnout for Texas Scramble

The 108 Senior’s Club played a game of Texas Scramble at the 108 Golf Resort on Aug. 13 and had an excelled turnout with 27 members.

Audrey Law, Barb Martin, Bill Baerg and Bryan Mutch were the winning team.

After golfing, the members enjoyed a luncheon outdoors at the Snack Trap.

 

 

 

Sept. 3

McKave, Scarrow score overall lowest

Annie McKave was the overall low gross winner and Judy Scarrow scored overall lowest net at the 108 Ladies Club Championship at the 108 Golf Resort on Aug. 22-23.

Twenty-five golfers in three flights based on handicaps participated and enjoyed pleasant weather and great friendship during the annual event, while also trying for closest to the pin shots and longest drives.

 

 

 

Sept. 10

Stevens wins Cariboo Open in playoff

The 2015 Cariboo Open came down to the wire with some wonderful golf drama on Sept. 6.

Local golfer Chris Stevens won the premiere annual tournament at the 108 Golf Resort in a second playoff hole by fending off the late-charging defending champion Richard Smith of Chilliwack. Local golfer Al Smeds shot overall lowest net with a three-day total of 204.

The 2015 Cariboo Open filled up early this year with 120 contestants.

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