Big Country Lanes owner Larry Richet practices at the bowling alley ahead of the Men’s Canadian Open Championships at the end of May. Richet is part of the first men’s BC North team to win the provincial championship. Tara Sprickerhoff photo.

100 Mile bowler heads to nationals

BC North team wins provincials for first time

Larry Richet moved to the South Cariboo in June of 2016. In the short time he’s been here, he’s already made his mark on bowling in British Columbia’s north.

Richet is part of a team of six bowlers who won the Men’s 5 Pin Provincial Open Championship in Prince George, April 14-16.

The tournament was the first time BC North has ever won the men’s provincial title.

Filled out with bowlers from Williams Lake and Prince George, Richet earned his spot on the team during zone tryouts in January, where bowlers bowl 16 games over two days.

Those with the highest points make the team.

On the first day of the championship, the team lost four of their five games.

“It wasn’t looking pretty,” says Richet, but the team rallied to win all five games on the second day, and went one-and-one on the last day.

The wins put the team in first position where they would face the winner of a stepladder playoff round.

As the first place team, BC North had the ability to lose one game before losing the title, but Richet says the team didn’t want to give the other team that chance.

“You give them the momentum if they win the first time,” he says. “We want to end this now, quick, and we did. We got up to an incredibly fast start. We never let up the whole game.”

The championship title means BC North will represent British Columbia at the men’s Canadian Open Championship in Sudbury, Ont. from May 31 to June 3.

Richet is a veteran bowler. In the past, he’s won two national masters championships with the Okanagan team, and has participated in the televised CBC and TSN Championships.

Richet was named as one of Canada’s top 100 bowlers as part of the Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association’s centennial celebration.

“It would be really nice to win a third national championship,” he says.

Lane conditions could make a difference for the bowlers — whether lanes are made of wood or plastic changes the way people bowl.

“All these variables make a huge difference, you just have to pretty much wait till you get there and see how you bowl. But it’s always fun. It’s always the ultimate, being at the top looking for a Canadian championship,” he says.

“The interesting thing about the open championship is you never really know how good the teams are until you get there… Anybody can win it so it’s always interesting. It’s a lot more challenging.”

In 2016, Richet and his wife retired to 100 Mile House where they bought and renovated the Big Country Lanes bowling alley.

Richet says he throws several games a day to prepare and stay “sharp.”

Just Posted

Principal Mikel Brogan is leaving Forest Grove Elementary School

“All my time in the South Cariboo area has been amazing”

Citizen of the Year nominees announced

A grand total of 11 nominations this year for Citizen of the Year

Valentines Day brilliance

A weekly family column for the 100 Mile Free Press

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Several CRD directors will seek re-election

The CRD will prepare an election package for people interested in running for the board

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Most Read