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Vernon’s Kelsey Falk had a pair of huge games for the UBCO Heat as the women’s basketball team went 2-1 in three pre-season games in Alberta. (UBCO photo)

Big games from Vernon player boost UBCO women’s hoops

Kelsey Falk has pair of double-doubles as Heat take two of three exhibition games in Alberta

Vernon’s Jim Cotter (centre) and Kelowna’s Rick Sawatsky (left) and Andrew Nerpin welcomed back former teammate Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna to the team. The quartet went 2-3 and missed the playoffs at the World Curling Tour’s Nufloors Classic in Penticton Oct. 14-17. (Michael Burns Photography)

Vernon skip welcomes back former teammate

Jim Cotter has former second Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna playing in a limited men’s schedule this season

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2021 BCHL Showcase runs Wednesday to Sunday in Chilliwack

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

The results may not there but the coaching staff of the Fulton Maroons junior varsity football team believes the squad is getting better with each game. (Instagram file photo)

Bears handle Vernon’s Fulton Maroons

Two late touchdowns help seal Mt. Boucherie 35-7 win in junior varsity league play

The results may not there but the coaching staff of the Fulton Maroons junior varsity football team believes the squad is getting better with each game. (Instagram file photo)
The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs are 2-0 in Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Peewee Hockey League action after an 8-2 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Mustangs wallop Kelowna Rockets

PEEWEE HOCKEY: Vernon rolls to 2-0 in Okanagan Tier 1 league play after 8-2 win over visiting Rockets

The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs are 2-0 in Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Peewee Hockey League action after an 8-2 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets. (Morning Star file photo)
The annual Ski Swap is Oct. 19 at the Vernon Recreation Centre. (File photo)

Gearing up for Central Okanagan ski swaps

Two ski swaps will be held Oct. 22 and 23

The annual Ski Swap is Oct. 19 at the Vernon Recreation Centre. (File photo)
A KIJHL franchise could begin playing in Quesnel in fall of 2022. (File Photo)

Summerland steams past North Okanagan Knights

KIJHL: North OK, Summerland, Chase Heat split weekend encounters as each goes 1-1

A KIJHL franchise could begin playing in Quesnel in fall of 2022. (File Photo)
Vernon mountain biker Tom Van Steenbergen suffered multiple injuries in a crash Friday, Oct. 15, at the Red Bull Rampage event in Utah. He underwent eight hours of surgery Saturday and is now on the road to recovery. (twitter.com)

Rampage crash results in multiple injuries for Vernon mountain biker

Tom van Steenbergen was competing at Red Bull Rampage in Utah when a trick went awry

Vernon mountain biker Tom Van Steenbergen suffered multiple injuries in a crash Friday, Oct. 15, at the Red Bull Rampage event in Utah. He underwent eight hours of surgery Saturday and is now on the road to recovery. (twitter.com)
Vernon Panthers ball carrier Scotty Hoffman (22) tries to find a hole in the South Kamloops Titans defence for yardage during Okanagan AA/AAA Hybrid Division Senior Varsity Football League play Friday, Oct. 15, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. Hoffman didn’t finish the game due to injury, and the Titans handed VSS its first league loss in 10 years with a 7-6 victory. (Wayne Emde photo)

Titans shock Vernon Panthers

For the first time in a decade, VSS senior varsity football squad tastes defeat in league game, falling 7-6 at GVAP

Vernon Panthers ball carrier Scotty Hoffman (22) tries to find a hole in the South Kamloops Titans defence for yardage during Okanagan AA/AAA Hybrid Division Senior Varsity Football League play Friday, Oct. 15, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. Hoffman didn’t finish the game due to injury, and the Titans handed VSS its first league loss in 10 years with a 7-6 victory. (Wayne Emde photo)
Reagan Milburn of the Vernon Vipers (left) and Simon Tassy of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks both found the back of the net during Vernon’s 4-3 BCHL overtime win Saturday, Oct. 16, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Reagan Milburn of the Vernon Vipers (left) and Simon Tassy of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks both found the back of the net during Vernon’s 4-3 BCHL overtime win Saturday, Oct. 16, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Vernon Panthers head coach Sean Smith (second from right) visits former players Brady Szeman (from left), Zack Smith, Liam Reid and Josh Hyer at the University of Calgary. Two current Panthers – Roan Reid and Kolby Thorpe - have committed to the Dinos for 2022. (U of Calgary Dinos photo)

The Vernon pipeline to U of Calgary

Four Vernon Panthers alumni suit up for reigning Canadian university football champs; two more on the way

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Vernon Panthers head coach Sean Smith (second from right) visits former players Brady Szeman (from left), Zack Smith, Liam Reid and Josh Hyer at the University of Calgary. Two current Panthers – Roan Reid and Kolby Thorpe - have committed to the Dinos for 2022. (U of Calgary Dinos photo)
The Okanagan champion Vernon Jackals went 0-2 at the recent Saratoga Cup B.C. C Division Senior Rugby Championships in Kamloops. (Rob Bartlett/BC Rugby)

Vernon Jackals blanked at provincial rugby finals

Five-time Okanagan champs lose close semifinal to Williams Lake, bronze-medal match to Terrace

The Okanagan champion Vernon Jackals went 0-2 at the recent Saratoga Cup B.C. C Division Senior Rugby Championships in Kamloops. (Rob Bartlett/BC Rugby)
Salmon Arm Secondary runners Sophie Hamilton (from left), Taylor Menzies and Sama Vukadinovic warm up before the start of the North Zone five-kilometre event Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

PHOTOS: North Okanagan-Shuswap runners race through provincial park

Vernon Secondary plays host to 70 runners from nine different schools for cross-country running event at Kal Lake provincial park

Salmon Arm Secondary runners Sophie Hamilton (from left), Taylor Menzies and Sama Vukadinovic warm up before the start of the North Zone five-kilometre event Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Coldstream’s Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
The Vernon Vipers pay tribute to the long junior and senior hockey history in the city with its 60th anniversary B.C. Hockey League Retro Theme jersey. The league unveiled jerseys for all but the expansion Cranbrook Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 14. (BCHL Video Grab)

VIDEO: Vernon Vipers salute city’s lengthy hockey history in retro jersey

BC Hockey League unveils retro jerseys for all teams (save for expansion Cranbrook) during 60th anniversary season

The Vernon Vipers pay tribute to the long junior and senior hockey history in the city with its 60th anniversary B.C. Hockey League Retro Theme jersey. The league unveiled jerseys for all but the expansion Cranbrook Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 14. (BCHL Video Grab)
Lots of players surround this long pass attempt which was eventually knocked down by Kelowna Okanagan Sun Blue’s Bryce Beauchemin (81) in front of Vernon Magnums receiver Gabriel Adam during Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam league play Sunday, Oct. 10, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon Magnums leave Kelowna Sun feeling blue

Magnums defeat Kelowna Blue visitors to stay undefeated in Junior Bantam minor football conference play

Lots of players surround this long pass attempt which was eventually knocked down by Kelowna Okanagan Sun Blue’s Bryce Beauchemin (81) in front of Vernon Magnums receiver Gabriel Adam during Southern Interior Football Conference Junior Bantam league play Sunday, Oct. 10, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Ryan Vest won the Juvenile Boys National Championship division in convincing fashion at the year-end Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT National Championship in Surrey. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon golfer runs away with national championship

Ryan Vest scored nine-shot victory over fellow Predator Ridge golfer Cooper Humphreys at Maple Leaf Junior Tour year-end tourney

Vernon’s Ryan Vest won the Juvenile Boys National Championship division in convincing fashion at the year-end Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT National Championship in Surrey. (Black Press - file photo)
BCHL

31 BCHL alums on NHL rosters as pro season starts

The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche lead the way with three BCHLers on their rosters

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Lauren McNeil (left) and Joanna Brown (right) at the Trinity Western Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 9. (Contributed)

UBCO Heat women’s cross-country team capture gold and silver

Lauren McNeil and Joanna Brown have once again captured the spotlight at the Canada West Championships

Lauren McNeil (left) and Joanna Brown (right) at the Trinity Western Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 9. (Contributed)
The UBCO Heat softball club became national champions after defeating the St. Clair Saints on Sunday (Oct. 10) at the Canadian College Softball Association (CCSA) Championship game. (Contributed)

UBCO Heat softball club crowned Canadian College Softball Association champions

Five members of the Heat team were named to the Championship All-Star team after the game

The UBCO Heat softball club became national champions after defeating the St. Clair Saints on Sunday (Oct. 10) at the Canadian College Softball Association (CCSA) Championship game. (Contributed)
Vernon runningback Joe Murphy celebrates his first high school touchdown during the Panthers’ 22-6 win over the Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna Friday, Oct. 8, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Naomi Runka photo)

Vernon Panthers’ D stuff Bears attack

Vernon defeats Mt. Boucherie 22-6 in high school senior varsity league play at GVAP

Vernon runningback Joe Murphy celebrates his first high school touchdown during the Panthers’ 22-6 win over the Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna Friday, Oct. 8, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. (Naomi Runka photo)