Levermann, Mellott crack U16 Team North lineup

100 Mile House forwards lacing up for BC Winter Games

Local hockey players Caily Mellott

Local hockey players Caily Mellott

Two local hockey talents will be on the ice for U16 Team North at the BC Winter Games later this month.

Anya Levermann, 13, and Caily Mellott, 14, were selected for the team after tryouts in Williams Lake in early January.

The tryouts, which saw 36 skaters and had an off-ice fitness component, were tough and rewarding, the girls explain.

“You always get nervous and question yourself – did I make it or not?” Mellott says, adding she was relieved and excited when she got the nod.

Levermann, who plays left wing, says the experience made her stronger.

The BC Winter Games is hosted by the District of Mission, Feb. 20-23.

Mellott, who usually plays centre, was a member on U16 Team North that took the BC Cup championship in April 2013, so she has some experience playing at the provincial level.

Mellott says she expects the competition in Mission to be as tough, if not tougher than what she experienced last spring.

However, she likes Team North’s chances later this month.

“There are a lot of skilled players on our team. I hope we do well.”

Adds Levermann: “I’m really excited for it.”

Levermann and Mellott play together on a Bantam Rep girls team in Williams Lake.