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Brett Forsythe battles it out in a game of singles pickleball on ice at Okanagan Training Rink Thursday, Jan. 7 in support of the Vernon Food Bank. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Pickleball play hits the ice in Okanagan

Rivals battle it out in support of the food bank

BCHL

BCHL delays start of the season as provincial health orders remain in place

The junior A league has been forced to abandon a plan to start in mid-January

The 2021 Canadian National Taekwon-do Championships were set to be hosted by Sundance Martial Arts in Vernon in April, but the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. (Sundance Martial Arts photo)

COVID-19 strikes down Taekwondo nationals in Vernon

The 2021 Championships would have been hosted by Sundance Martial Arts at Kal Tire Place in April

Simon Knak of the Portland Winterhawks back checks Kelowna Rocket Kaedan Korczak at Prospera Place on February 8, 2020. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Kelowna Rockets’ Korczak to join Vegas Golden Knights camp

After the World Junior Championship gold medal game tonight, Kaden Korczak is set to head to Vegas

Simon Knak of the Portland Winterhawks back checks Kelowna Rocket Kaedan Korczak at Prospera Place on February 8, 2020. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets celebrates a third-period goal against the Vancouver Giants on November 10, 2017, at Prospera Place. Lind is participating in the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp this week. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

26 Kelowna Rockets on NHL training camp rosters

Current and former Rockets are hitting the ice for training camps this week

Kole Lind of the Kelowna Rockets celebrates a third-period goal against the Vancouver Giants on November 10, 2017, at Prospera Place. Lind is participating in the Vancouver Canucks’ training camp this week. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Pickleball has taken to the ice in Vernon, as demonstrated in a video shared by Michael J. Botterill Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (Michael J. Botterill/Facebook)
Pickleball has taken to the ice in Vernon, as demonstrated in a video shared by Michael J. Botterill Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (Michael J. Botterill/Facebook)
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Holiday lights in West Kelowna
The Kelowna Capital News team plants a tree for Earth Day
Cougar caught on camera in Lake Country
Snow blankets Kelowna
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil was named the ATP Comback Player of the Year Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (Martin Sidorjak - Czech Republic Photo)

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil named ATP Comeback Player of the Year

Pospisil reached two ATP finals, finished year ranked 61st in the world

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil was named the ATP Comback Player of the Year Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (Martin Sidorjak - Czech Republic Photo)
UBCO North Okanagan Athletes Brianna Falk (from left), Jordan Korol, Kelsey Falk, Maya Bandy and Maddy Laranjo are among a record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All- Canadians. (UBCO photos)

North Okanagan, Lake Country athletes earn Academic All-Canadian status

Five women from North OK and three athletes from Lake Country among record 97 from UBCO honoured

UBCO North Okanagan Athletes Brianna Falk (from left), Jordan Korol, Kelsey Falk, Maya Bandy and Maddy Laranjo are among a record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All- Canadians. (UBCO photos)
The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)

Pat Quinn Classic scholarships continue even as COVID cancels tournament

Female and male bantam players province wide are encouraged to apply for $1,000 scholarships

The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)
Mayor Colin Basran at the announcement of the 2021 Tim Horton’s Brier to be hosted in Kelowna on Nov. 21. (Contributed)

Tim Hortons Brier not coming to Kelowna

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Curling Canada to move to hub model, similar to the NHL playoffs

Mayor Colin Basran at the announcement of the 2021 Tim Horton’s Brier to be hosted in Kelowna on Nov. 21. (Contributed)
BCHL

BCHL pushes back season start due to provincial health orders

The delay is minimal, just six days, for now. But the league is open to starting up after Christmas

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The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is mouring the death of former president Len Dergousoff of Salmon Arm. The longtime Revelstoke Grizziies board member, who was president from 1999-2002, lost a year-long battle with cancer at age 80. (Dergousoff family photo)

Former KIJHL president dies after cancer battle

Len Dergousoff, 80, of Salmon Arm, was longtime Revelstoke Grizzlies exec, president 1999-2002

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is mouring the death of former president Len Dergousoff of Salmon Arm. The longtime Revelstoke Grizziies board member, who was president from 1999-2002, lost a year-long battle with cancer at age 80. (Dergousoff family photo)
Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

COVID-19: North Okanagan parents want arena access as minor hockey games resume

Rink occupancy is limited to 50 people during the pandemic, leaving no room for spectators

Vernon’s Kal Tire Place. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(Black Press file photo)

Vernon curling club forgoing bonspiels, focusing on members amid pandemic

The club won’t host bonspiels until January at the earliest, manager Dave Merklinger says

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Graham Jones of the Green Pub Moose puts the brakes on Ryan Kurbis of the RE Postill & Sons Orphans in Game 2 of the Boston Pizza Hockey League best-of-three championship series Sunday night at Priest Valley Arena. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Vernon arena subject of COVID-19 relief grant application

Priest Valley Arena needs upgrades to the ammonia plant; city supports application to provincial program

Graham Jones of the Green Pub Moose puts the brakes on Ryan Kurbis of the RE Postill & Sons Orphans in Game 2 of the Boston Pizza Hockey League best-of-three championship series Sunday night at Priest Valley Arena. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)
The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack hockey parents petition to be let back in the arena

Refused access due to pandemic protocols, parents are now applying pressure to loosen the rules

The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)
Lake Country’s Malcolm Hett came out on top in a recent 24-hour off-road motorcycle race B.C. (Contributed)

Lake Country dirt biker wins 24-hour race

Malcolm Hett took full advantage of the one-off B.C. event

Lake Country’s Malcolm Hett came out on top in a recent 24-hour off-road motorcycle race B.C. (Contributed)
Vernon golf pro finishes runner-up at PGA of BC Women’s Championships

Vernon golf pro finishes runner-up at PGA of BC Women’s Championships

Kyla Inaba also awarded 2020 Community Leadership Bursary

Vernon golf pro finishes runner-up at PGA of BC Women’s Championships
The 2020 Penticton Dragon Boat Festival will not be held due to coronavirus. (Western News file photo)
The 2020 Penticton Dragon Boat Festival will not be held due to coronavirus. (Western News file photo)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool making NFL debut on Monday Night Football

Abby Senior grad suiting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to take on New York Giants in Big Apple

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)