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Kelowna’s Stephanie Young of the UBCO Heat (left) tangles with Alberta Pandas defender McKayla Brault during U-Sports Canada West women’s soccer pre-season action in Edmonton. (Don Voaklander photo)

UBCO Heat melt Alberta Pandas

Vernon keeper earns shutout, Kelowna forward scores goal as UBCO defeats Alberta 1-0 in Canada West women’s soccer pre-season play

Kelowna’s Stephanie Young of the UBCO Heat (left) tangles with Alberta Pandas defender McKayla Brault during U-Sports Canada West women’s soccer pre-season action in Edmonton. (Don Voaklander photo)
UBCO Heat. (Contributed)

UBC Okanagan Heat set to host university softball national championship

The Heat will compete in their first-ever national championship in October against the nation’s best

UBCO Heat. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz sits eight shots off the lead at a Canadian professional golf event in Prince Edward Island after the opening round Wednesday, Aug. 25. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan golfers continue pro swing

Two from Vernon, one from Kelowna playing at Mackenzie Tour stop in PEI

Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz sits eight shots off the lead at a Canadian professional golf event in Prince Edward Island after the opening round Wednesday, Aug. 25. (Morning Star - file photo)
Yasmine Jutt is the new athletic therapist/trainer for the Vernon Vipers. (Contributed)

Vernon Vipers welcome new trainer, therapist

Yasmine Jutt worked for Merritt Centennials during BC Hockey League pod play

Yasmine Jutt is the new athletic therapist/trainer for the Vernon Vipers. (Contributed)
Peter Trafford (centre) is the new squash pro at The Roster Sports Club in Vernon. (Eric Draht photo)

Vernon club looks to neighbouring province for squash pro

Peter Trafford makes move from Calgary to The Roster Sports Club

Peter Trafford (centre) is the new squash pro at The Roster Sports Club in Vernon. (Eric Draht photo)
Kelowna’s Cole Wilson finished tied for 36th spot at the Mackenzie Tour PGA of Canada’s Osprey Open event near Toronto. (Thos Caffrey/Golffile)

Okanagan golfers well behind winner at Canada pro tournament

Troy Bulmer of Vernon finished tied for 17th, 17 strokes off the pace; Kelowna’s Cole Wilson tied for 36th spot

  • Aug 23, 2021
Kelowna’s Cole Wilson finished tied for 36th spot at the Mackenzie Tour PGA of Canada’s Osprey Open event near Toronto. (Thos Caffrey/Golffile)
Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort has received high marks in a survey from a popular Canadian golf website. (Contributed)

Vernon golf course among Canada’s best public links

Predator Ridge Resort earns high praise for both of its 18-hole tracks at scoregolf.com

Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort has received high marks in a survey from a popular Canadian golf website. (Contributed)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 18, has earned a $10,000 grant for being named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports, selected by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada. (Contributed)

Coldstream swimmer named to elite club

Para swimmer Jacob Brayshaw, 18, named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 18, has earned a $10,000 grant for being named one of Canada’s top 55 up-and-coming athletes from winter and summer sports, selected by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada. (Contributed)
Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge is in a five-way tie for the lead after the opening round Thursday, Aug. 18, of the Mackenzie Golf Tour's    (@bulwergolfphoto)

Okanagan golfers share first-round lead at pro tourney

Vernon’s Troy Bulmer and Kelowna’s Cole Wilson among quintet who shot 5-under-par on Mackenzie Tour’s Osprey Valley Open near Toronto

Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge is in a five-way tie for the lead after the opening round Thursday, Aug. 18, of the Mackenzie Golf Tour's    (@bulwergolfphoto)
Former Penticton Vees player and current Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost hosted a shooting camp with Okanagan Hockey Camps this summer. (Colorado Avalanche/Twitter)

Okanagan-based NHLers return home to coach youth hockey camp

All three pros played youth hockey in the Okanagan before heading to the NHL

Former Penticton Vees player and current Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost hosted a shooting camp with Okanagan Hockey Camps this summer. (Colorado Avalanche/Twitter)
The Spokane Braves (white jerseys) will not participate in the upcoming 2021-22 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season due to travel uncertainty between Canada and the United States. (File photo)

Spokane opts out of KIJHL season

American club cites travel uncertainty between Canada and the U.S. for dropping out

The Spokane Braves (white jerseys) will not participate in the upcoming 2021-22 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season due to travel uncertainty between Canada and the United States. (File photo)
Former North Okanagan Knights forward Owen Spannier of Lake Country has signed with the expansion Okanagan Lakers of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. (AE Images)

Lake Country hockey forward signs with expansion college club

Owen Spannier of the KIJHL’s North Okanagan Knights will play for the Okanagan Lakers, based at UBCO/Okanagan College of the BCIHL

  • Aug 18, 2021
Former North Okanagan Knights forward Owen Spannier of Lake Country has signed with the expansion Okanagan Lakers of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. (AE Images)
The North Okanagan Knights, Kelowna Chiefs and all Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players, bench staff and on-ice officials must be fully vaccinated to prior to the start of the 2021-22 season as the league announced its COVID-19 policy Monday, Aug. 16. (File photo)

Vaccines required for all in KIJHL

Full vaccinations required before start of season; one dose before any training camps

The North Okanagan Knights, Kelowna Chiefs and all Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players, bench staff and on-ice officials must be fully vaccinated to prior to the start of the 2021-22 season as the league announced its COVID-19 policy Monday, Aug. 16. (File photo)
The Kelowna Chiefs will be among the North Okanagan Knights’ four KIJHL pre-season opponents prior to the start of the 2021-22 regular-season. (Morning Star - file photo)

Four foes, five pre-season games for North Okanagan Knights

KIJHL squad kicks off the exhibition slate Sept. 17 in Chase against the Heat

The Kelowna Chiefs will be among the North Okanagan Knights’ four KIJHL pre-season opponents prior to the start of the 2021-22 regular-season. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon Training House owners Rhonda Catt (left) and Carla Rayner (right) enjoy a moment with Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who brought the Stanley Cup to the strength and training facility at Kal Tire Place North Monday, Aug. 3. The private function also served as a fundraiser with attendees donating more than $3,000 to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Cardiac Care Unit in memory of Catt’s husband, Peter. (Contributed)

Stanley Cup visit raises $3,000 for Vernon hospital foundation, cardiac care unit

Stacy Roest of NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning brought cup to Training House for private function

Vernon Training House owners Rhonda Catt (left) and Carla Rayner (right) enjoy a moment with Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who brought the Stanley Cup to the strength and training facility at Kal Tire Place North Monday, Aug. 3. The private function also served as a fundraiser with attendees donating more than $3,000 to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Cardiac Care Unit in memory of Catt’s husband, Peter. (Contributed)
The Vernon Vipers will kick off their B.C. Hockey League exhibition schedule Tuesday, Sept. 21, against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers announce pre-season schedule

The Snakes will play home-and-away series with Salmon Arm, West Kelowna and Penticton beginning Sept. 21

The Vernon Vipers will kick off their B.C. Hockey League exhibition schedule Tuesday, Sept. 21, against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek- Vernon Vipers Photography)
Kimberley Dynamiters vs Columbia Valley. Kimberley Bulletin file

KIJHL will require all players, bench staff, officials to be fully vaccinated

Full vaccinations required before start of season; one dose before any training camps

Kimberley Dynamiters vs Columbia Valley. Kimberley Bulletin file
Greater Vernon Ringette Association will be returning to the ice for the 2021-22 season, and registration is now underway for all age groups. (Morning Star - file photo)

Greater Vernon ringette excited to return to ice

Registration for all age groups now taking place for the 2021-22 season

Greater Vernon Ringette Association will be returning to the ice for the 2021-22 season, and registration is now underway for all age groups. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon’s James Green, 43, shown as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in a 2011 game making a tackle against the B.C. Lions, is hosting a two-day skills and development football camp for minor and high school players. (Morning Star file photo)

Ex-CFLer hosting two-day skills camp in Vernon

James Green appeared in two Grey Cup championship games with Winnipeg and Ottawa; also played in Toronto

Vernon’s James Green, 43, shown as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in a 2011 game making a tackle against the B.C. Lions, is hosting a two-day skills and development football camp for minor and high school players. (Morning Star file photo)
Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, won the Canadian Juvenile Boys Golf Championship in Quebec Thursday, Aug. 12, and finished one shot away from possibly capturing the Canadian Junior Boys Division at the same event. (Black Press - file photo)

Okanagan golfer oh-so-close to double national titles

Cooper Humphreys of Kelowna wins Canadian Juvenile Boys, ties for second in Canadian Junior Boys event

Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys, who plays out of Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, won the Canadian Juvenile Boys Golf Championship in Quebec Thursday, Aug. 12, and finished one shot away from possibly capturing the Canadian Junior Boys Division at the same event. (Black Press - file photo)