It’s only October, but we have a good old fashion showdown in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Division-leading Nelson Leafs play host to second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first meeting of the season between the two West Kootenay combatants Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.“It’s exciting the guys are starting to believe, but this will be a good test for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.Both teams enter the contest on a roll to start the KIJHL season.Nelson has won five consecutive games after losing two of its first three — the second setback coming in overtime to Kelowna.In the Beaver Valley, the Hawks, under the guidance of seasoned KIJHL veteran coach Terry Jones, have lost just once in six games and sit only three points behind the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings.“Beaver Valley is a strong, disciplined coached team,” said Maida of the upcoming clash.“Terry (Jones) has been around the league a long time and it looks like he has his team playing very well.”Snipers Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie along with 16-year-old rookie Craig Martin lead Beaver Valley in scoring.All three players have more points this season than the top scorer on the Leafs, Matti Jmaeff.Last season Beaver Valley dominated the Leafs, winning the season email@example.com
Each team must register a minimum of nine players to a maximum of 12.Complete rules are available at BC Games website — or zone coordinator John Legg @ firstname.lastname@example.org.“This is the inaugural year for Women’s Soccer and we need at least four teams to make it a viable event,” the presser said.The games are expected more than 3,500 athletes, supporters and officials to the Central Okanagan.The games will have 27 events including archery, badminton, bocce, bridge, carpet bowling, cribbage, cycling, darts, dragon boat racing, equestrian, five pin bowling, floor curling, golf, horseshoes, ice curling, ice hockey, lawn bowling, mountain bike racing, pickleball, slo-pitch, soccer, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and whist.The Vernon 55-plus Senior Games are September 12-16. BC Seniors organizers are adding another event to the popular 55-plus Games with the introduction of Women’s 7-A-Side Soccer beginning this year in Vernon.So all those 55-plus female players, dig out the cleats and start training.“If you’re still an active soccer player, or used to play and can dig out some cleats, come join us for some friendly competition and lots of fun and camaraderie,” said the media press release.There are seven on the field at one time, one player who is a goalkeeper.Games are two 30 minute halves with unlimited substitutions.
With the beginning of the Santa Anita Park autumn meet closing in, Thoroughbreds once again took to the Santa Anita dirt track for morning workouts.Champion race mare, Beholder, was once again on-track before the sun. The all-star is currently slated to run in Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. American Pharoah would make his appearance a short time later, jogging the track in the early morning sunlight.BeholderAmerican Pharoah