Year in review: Sports

July to December

July

Bridge Lake Stampede enjoyed

July 5 – Many competitors lost their hats during the 69th Annual Bridge Lake Stampede.

“It was a really good day, the weather wasn’t the best for us – we had a couple of thunderstorms go through but other than that I think everyone had a good time and it was a good turnout,” said organizer Jaime Law.

One of the highlights, according to Law, was the pig scramble.

Wranglers alumni hit the golf course

July 12 – At the Wranglers Golf Tournament, 64 golfers showed up.

“It went excellent, the weather was good obviously,” said Chris Langton, the assistant coach of the team and one of the organizers of the tournament.

“Seeing all the old players from all the years and us getting together is definitely a highlight for me. You don’t see the kids for a while and it’s good to get them all together.”

Mud races back in the Cariboo

July 19 – A dream has been realized in bringing a sanctioned North West Mud Racing Association (NWRA) back to 100 Mile House after a two-year absence.

“It’s amazing like the first trucks rolled in on trailers and I got goosebumps,” said Leanna Davies who is the co-owner of the 100 Mile Horsepower Ranch. “This has been a dream of my husband and me for years to build something like this.”

Archery shoot hits the mark

July 26 – One of the biggest traditional archery shoots took place in 100 Mile House.

“The event is going great. It’s fun, there’s like 88 participants so far,” said denise swift, the Big Horn Archery Club’s secretary.

The traditional shoot is more popular than the other two shoots the club hosts at the 99 Mile Snowmobile Grounds and the Agriplex beside the South Cariboo Recreation Centre through the year, according to swift.

Interlakes rodeo sees 2,400 in attendance

July 26 – The Interlakes area bucked up for the 28th Annual Rodeo, despite some rainy weather, to make it the most ‘successful’ one in recent years.

“It went very well. I think it was a monumental success,” said Carney Myers, the rodeo organizer. “It was phenomenal, it was our best rodeo ever really, because of the musical ride, of course,” referring the RCMP Musical Ride which only comes to the province every four years.

August

70 Mile carriage races on

Aug. 2 – There was no horsing around at the 11th Annual Cariboo Trails Combined Driving Competition, as Barb Gorsling

and Marion Roman won the training and preliminary levels.

“I think it went very well. There were no mishaps, nobody had an accident, no horses were overstressed and the drivers were in very good spirits. The whole thing was a huge success and we had a really nice board of volunteers who really made things go easier,” said Ken Huber, one of the event’s organizers.

Mount Timothy Ski area up for sale

Aug. 2 – Mount Timothy, the South Cariboo’s ski area, has been put up for sale by its board of directors.

“There’s been no response to our listing on the Canada West Ski Area Association (CWSAA) but if we did get a response we would have to take it to the membership generally to see if they were in favour of doing that,” said Michael Kidston, president of the Mount Timothy Ski Society. “We thought we might as well see if there is an interest in somebody who has the cash to move it ahead.”

Local bodybuilder gets first and second

Aug. 9 – Bodybuilder David Potter had a busy week after muscling his way into two competitions.

He closed July off in Surrey for the T-Zone Fitness Championship where he placed first in Classic Men’s Physique and second in Classic Bodybuilding. However, he’s not too keen on the latter result.

“The pictures show I should have been first in Men’s Bodybuilding, but there’s some politics going on there.”

Octogenarian back to 200 km race

Aug. 16 – Harry Bishop, the self-proclaimed oldest teenager in 100 Mile House, was set to ride in the two-day 200-kilometre race dubbed the 10th Annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation.

“I’m ready to go,” he said.

This was the third time the 81-year-old Bishop would compete in the ride, although he was only allowed to ride the finish line last year due to a surgery on his retina.

“I had retina detachment surgery four times and I’m all done now and my eye will never be the same.”

Lawnmower races in 100 Mile

Aug. 16 – The stands were nearly entirely full at the lawnmower races at the South Cariboo Summer Festival.

“It exceeded all expectations for an inaugural race,” said organizer Gina Myhill-Jones.

Locals take to the sky

Aug. 16 – Jennifer Barrett was the first of many to jump out of an airplane as part of the South Cariboo Summer Festival.

“Amazing. Exhilarating. No need for coffee this morning.”

It was the third time she’d done so.

“The first time it was very scary. The second time not at all. The third time not at all, just more exciting.”

Wranglers announce new captain

Aug. 23 – Kolby Page was announced to be the new Wranglers captain.

“It was a no-brainer to pick Kolby, he’s well respected in the room and an easy leader to follow,” said head coach and general manager, Dale Hladun.

More young faces in Wranglers line-up

Aug. 31 – A few players from last season confirmed their return to the club and some were wandering back after training camps with Junior “A” clubs. Ten new fresh faces, including former Toronto Maple Leaf player Dave Keon’s grandson Tim, have singled their attention to join the team.

September

Wranglers beat Kamloops in exhibition game

Sept. 6 – The Wranglers played an exhibition game against the Kamloops Storm which they won 4-1.

“We dressed a lot of the young kids from camp to have a look at them. Some of the kids won’t make the team but they certainly could in the future,” said head coach Dale Hladun. “It was good, I think they competed well.”

100 Mile soccer player debuts in varsity

Sept. 13 – Local soccer player Reid Davidson made his debut for the Vancouver Island University Mariners varsity team, coming off the bench for the last 25 minutes in a 4-0 loss against the Capilano Blues in the PACWEST.

“It was definitely a new experience, like the level of competitiveness is just a whole new level and everyone has a different work rate than what you’re used to, so you have to step it up.”

Wranglers open season with two wins

Sept. 20 – The 100 Mile House Wranglers kicked off their season with a punch, winning their two first games of the season.

They started with a 4-0 win over the Princeton Posse, a team that included three former Wranglers in Jasyen MacLean, Hayden Lyons, and Quinn Garrison and then followed it up with a 6-1 victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes.

“I think the weekend went pretty good,” said head coach and general manager Dale Hladun.

Society finishes off year with driving trials

Sept. 27 – The Huber Farm and Equestrian Centre and the Cariboo Trails Carriage Driving Society finished off their year with a backfield driving trials event.

“Other than being cold and wet on Saturday, everybody had a really good time. We had a really good turnout for the type of event it was,” said Ken Huber, one of the organizers.

October

Wranglers have mixed weekend

Oct. 4 – The 100 Mile Wranglers had a mixed bag on the weekend losing to the Fernie Ghostriders and winning against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

“I thought we did alright. I’m not happy that we lost but with the growing pains of learning to play a five-man unit on the ice and learning how we’re going to forecheck and play breakouts and stuff. It’s coming,” said Dale Hladun, the head coach and general manager of the club.

Wranglers pick up momentum

Oct. 11 – The 100 Mile Wranglers started their October schedule off with a bang, getting two wins over the Chase Heat and a draw against the Sicamous Eagles.

“I thought the boys played well,” said Dale Hladun, the Wrangler’s head coach and general manager.

Wranglers split games

Oct. 18 – The 100 Mile Wranglers split the weekend, losing to the Columbia Valley Rockies and winning against the Golden Rockets.

“We’re 6-4-1 now. We’re still in my opinion, trying to find our way as a team.” said head coach and general manager Dale Hladun.

Curling club grows by 14 members

Oct. 25 – The women’s league jumped from eight to 12 teams, while the men’s went from eight to seven. The new mixed league had eight teams.

In total, the club had 96 members join for the 2018-19 curling season, which was 14 more than the previous year.

“We try to keep the numbers the same (at least). We always want to grow,” said Maria Hamilton, the club’s treasurer. “We definitely exceeded our expectation.”

November

Wranglers shut out Summerland

Nov. 1 – The 100 Mile House Wranglers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League took the Summerland Steam to task, winning 5-0.

“Obviously, Garrett Hilton had a big dog game, but he is one of the premier forwards in our conference and Garrett is going to keep on getting better and better. To be involved in all five goals, that’s a pretty good feat,” said Dale Hladun, the head coach and general manager.

Wranglers split another weekend

Nov. 8 – The 100 Mile House Wranglers defeated the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 and then lost out to the Summerland Steam 4-3.

“I thought overall we played a solid weekend,” said Dale Hladun, head coach and general manager.

Three figure skating medals from Revelstoke competition

Nov. 15 – A trio of young figure skaters managed to rake in some medals at the Mountain Gems Competition in Revelstoke.

“I’m very proud of how our girls presented themselves and they were amazing ambassadors for not only the sport of figure skating but our club as well,” said Danyelle Howard, the president of the 100 Mile House Figure Skating Club.

Katharina Wetzig, Tayler Kelsey and Vanessa Shearer attended the competitionand came home with medals.

The mixed curling bonspiel a great success

Nov. 22 – There were 14 teams in 2018 with 13 teams from the local club and one team from Kamloops at the 100 Mile Curling Club’s mixed bonspiel.

The ‘A’ final was won by Dianne Menzer at skip with third Terry Bell, second Tanya Hammerstron and lead Dan Rimmel. The ‘B’ final was captured by Dennis Gosselin’s team, with third Eleane Hefer, second Ken Kelly and lead Kristy Anderson.

Wranglers break losing streak

Nov. 29 – The 100 Mile House Wranglers managed to get back to their winning ways after defeating the Princeton Posse in a back-to-back affair.

“We’re going in the right direction, even the games we lost we played some pretty top teams and we still played them well,” said Dale Hladun, the franchise’s general manager and head coach.

December

Wranglers have mixed results

Dec. 6 – The weekend was a mixed bag for the 100 Mile House Wranglers winning against the Osoyoos Coyotes and then going on to lose 4-3 to the Sicamous Eagles, before coming back to beat the Kamloops Storm 2-1.

Despite the scoreline being close, the Sicamous game was a sore point for Dale Hladun, head coach and general manager.

“I thought the first period was one of our weakest periods in the seven or eight games. I was really disappointed with our effort.”

Students face off in volleyball tourney

Dec. 13 – Local elementary school students were running, jumping and hitting balls at the Mile 108 Elementary School during the Grade 7 volleyball tournament.

“It was awesome. We had such a great turnout, lots of parent support and teacher and coaches. The kids played phenomenal games,” says educational assistant RaeLynn Lytton, who organized the tournament.

Wranglers end first half of the season with a win over Osoyoos

Dec. 20 – The 100 Mile House Wranglers went into the Christmas break with 14 wins and 32 points after beating the Osoyoos Coyotes 2-1.

“That was a good way to finish the first half of the season,” said Dale Hladun, head coach and general manager of the team.

New Mt. Timothy owners eyed all season recreation possibility

Dec. 27 – The new local ownership group of Mt. Timothy Ski Area said it was excited to restore and to enhance facilities already in place at the beloved winter playground.

Walter Bramsleven, a member of the group, said plans moving forward would be revealed once final approval of the operating agreement transfer by the province was complete.

“Further resort development will follow guidelines under the master development plan from 2009 and one of our main goals is to create an all-season recreation area.”

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