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Vernon’s Ryan Vest finished in a three-way tie for 11th place at the 119th B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship held last week in Campbell River. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon golfer cracks top dozen at B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship

Ryan Vest finishes tied for 11th place, 10 shots behind the winner; Lake Country’s Brandon Frechette makes 36-hole cut

Vernon’s Ryan Vest finished in a three-way tie for 11th place at the 119th B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship held last week in Campbell River. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon Jackals back Travis Beck runs into a wall of Penticton Harlequins tacklers during the 2019 Okanagan Rugby League final in Vernon. The four-time champion Jackals, Harlequins and Salmon Arm Yeti begin the three-team ORU Saturday after a year’s absence. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan Rugby Union returns to pitch

Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton will battle for spot in provincial finals in September

Vernon Jackals back Travis Beck runs into a wall of Penticton Harlequins tacklers during the 2019 Okanagan Rugby League final in Vernon. The four-time champion Jackals, Harlequins and Salmon Arm Yeti begin the three-team ORU Saturday after a year’s absence. (Black Press file photo)
The Vernon Tigers and South Okanagan Flames were part of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League’s first of two 2021 playdays Saturday, July 10, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong. (Black Press file photo)

Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League hosts playday in Armstrong

All five franchises played two games in first of two such events in July

  • Jul 15, 2021
The Vernon Tigers and South Okanagan Flames were part of the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League’s first of two 2021 playdays Saturday, July 10, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong. (Black Press file photo)
The Abbotsford Canucks are going with Johnny Canuck as the team’s primary logo.

With logo reveal complete, Abbotsford Canucks GM Ryan Johnson turns attention to hockey

Johnson said it’s been a busy summer relocating from New York, but he’s ready to build the roster

The Abbotsford Canucks are going with Johnny Canuck as the team’s primary logo.
Vernon Canadians runner Reece Holmes tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag from Kelowna Sun Devils shortstop Logan Marshall during Okanagan AA Midget Baseball exhibition play Sunday, July 11, at Vernon’s Marshall Fields. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Boys of summer return to Okanagan ball diamond

Vernon Canadians and Kelowna Sun Devils play exhibition AA Midget doubleheader at Marshall Fields in Vernon

Vernon Canadians runner Reece Holmes tries unsuccessfully to avoid the tag from Kelowna Sun Devils shortstop Logan Marshall during Okanagan AA Midget Baseball exhibition play Sunday, July 11, at Vernon’s Marshall Fields. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, celebrates a second straight Stanley Cup triumph at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay Wednesday, July 7, with daughter Graci (left) and wife Billie. The Lightning blanked the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in five games. (Roest family photo)

Coldstream NHL executive relishes consecutive Stanley Cups

Stacy Roest is the assistant GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL champions in 2020 and 2021

Coldstream’s Stacy Roest, assistant general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, celebrates a second straight Stanley Cup triumph at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay Wednesday, July 7, with daughter Graci (left) and wife Billie. The Lightning blanked the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to win the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in five games. (Roest family photo)
Sam Mowat (right) is the new director of hockey operations for Greater Vernon Minor Hockey. (Facebook photo)

Greater Vernon Minor Hockey names new hockey operations director

Sam Mowat is excited about the position and about the potential return of minor hockey in 2021

Sam Mowat (right) is the new director of hockey operations for Greater Vernon Minor Hockey. (Facebook photo)
The Kelowna Rockets’ Cal Foote warms up before a game against the Spokane Chiefs on January 10, 2017. (Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets alumni celebrate Stanley Cup win

Tampa Bay Lightning defencemen Cal Foote and Luke Schenn played junior hockey in Kelowna

The Kelowna Rockets’ Cal Foote warms up before a game against the Spokane Chiefs on January 10, 2017. (Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets)
Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys follows his drive at the B.C. Junior Boys Golf Championships in Parksville. Humphreys finished in second place overall, five shots behind the winner, Gavyn Knight of Parksville. (Michael Briones - Black Press)

Okanagan golfers qualify for Canadian Junior championships

Vernon’s Austin Armanini and Ryan Vest, and Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys and Kyle Mayner score well at B.C. finals

Kelowna’s Cooper Humphreys follows his drive at the B.C. Junior Boys Golf Championships in Parksville. Humphreys finished in second place overall, five shots behind the winner, Gavyn Knight of Parksville. (Michael Briones - Black Press)
Vernon Vipers athletic therapist Ty Robinson (right) is joining the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers trainer trades hockey for pro football

Ty Robinson leaves B.C. Hockey League club for CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders

Vernon Vipers athletic therapist Ty Robinson (right) is joining the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Longtime Vernon hockey icon Odie Lowe died Tuesday, June 29, at age 93. Lowe was a member of the 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey champion Vernon Canadians, and coached the Vernon Essos to B.C. Junior Hockey League titles in 1970 and 1972. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon hockey icon dies at 93

Odie Lowe won Allan Cup with Vernon Canadians and coached Vernon Essos to pair of BC Junior Hockey crowns

Longtime Vernon hockey icon Odie Lowe died Tuesday, June 29, at age 93. Lowe was a member of the 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey champion Vernon Canadians, and coached the Vernon Essos to B.C. Junior Hockey League titles in 1970 and 1972. (Morning Star file photo)
The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host a pair of one-day tournament-style games featuring the league’s five franchises Saturday, July 10, in Armstrong, and Saturday, July 24, in Kelowna. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan lacrosse loop returning to floor

Thompson Okanagan Junior League’s five franchises to hold tournament-style days July 10 and 24 in Armstrong, Kelowna

The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host a pair of one-day tournament-style games featuring the league’s five franchises Saturday, July 10, in Armstrong, and Saturday, July 24, in Kelowna. (Black Press file photo)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)

Vernon tennis star sweeps into Round 2 at Wimbledon

Vasek Pospisil scores straight sets win over Spanish opponent Tuesday, June 29, in London

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)
This is the final week to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes from the Funtastic Slo-Pitch and A&W Music Festival. Raffle proceeds will be distributed back in the form of Funtastic Community Grants. Tickets are available online or in person Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, at the Funtastic office at the DND Grounds. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Final week to buy Vernon Funtastic raffle tickets

Funds from raffle return to community in form of Funtastic grants

This is the final week to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of prizes from the Funtastic Slo-Pitch and A&W Music Festival. Raffle proceeds will be distributed back in the form of Funtastic Community Grants. Tickets are available online or in person Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, at the Funtastic office at the DND Grounds. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Former Rocket and current Montreal Canadian Shea Weber (pictured) will face fellow Kelowna alumni Luke Schenn and Cal Foote, now teammates playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the Stanley Cup Final. (Contributed)

Kelowna Rockets alumni contend for Stanley Cup

Former Rocket Shea Weber is getting his first shot at the cup after 16 NHL seasons

Former Rocket and current Montreal Canadian Shea Weber (pictured) will face fellow Kelowna alumni Luke Schenn and Cal Foote, now teammates playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the Stanley Cup Final. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil begins singles play Tuesday, and doubles action Wednesday, at The Wimbledon Championships in London. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo)

Vernon tennis star ready for Wimbledon

Vasek Pospisil tunes up by reaching quarterfinals at event in Eastbourne; won doubles at Wimbledon in 2014

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil begins singles play Tuesday, and doubles action Wednesday, at The Wimbledon Championships in London. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo)
Vernon’s Eric de Nys will leave his role as head coach and program director of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to become the new NextGen coach with Nordiq Canada. (Nordiq Canada photo)

Vernon man chosen coach of Nordiq Canada NextGen squad

Eric de Nys will leave the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to take over new position in August

Vernon’s Eric de Nys will leave his role as head coach and program director of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to become the new NextGen coach with Nordiq Canada. (Nordiq Canada photo)
Accompanied by her crew, and with the adoring public on hand to welcome her, Vernon’s Leah Goldstein makes history Saturday, June 26, in Annapolis, Maryland, becoming the first woman solo rider to win the Race Across America. (Facebook photo)

Vernon cyclist makes history as first female solo rider to win world’s toughest race

Leah Goldstein was accompanied by her crew Saturday night in Annapolis, Maryland as she finished the Race Across America

Accompanied by her crew, and with the adoring public on hand to welcome her, Vernon’s Leah Goldstein makes history Saturday, June 26, in Annapolis, Maryland, becoming the first woman solo rider to win the Race Across America. (Facebook photo)
SilverStar Mountain Resort will open its biking trails this weekend to card holders and the public, and will feature a new trail, Title Line. (Robb Thompson Photo)

New trail highlights Vernon resort’s bike season

SilverStar Resort’s latest mountain biking trail, Title Line, designed and built locally, opens this weekend

SilverStar Mountain Resort will open its biking trails this weekend to card holders and the public, and will feature a new trail, Title Line. (Robb Thompson Photo)
Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee member Dan Currie (second from left) presents the 2020-21 Team of the Year honour to the Vernon Panthers senior girls basketball team, for qualifying for the provincial championship tournament 16 consecutive years. Accepting the award are (from left): Malcolm Reid (former coach), Kelsey Watts (former player), Lonny Mazurak (former coach) and current co-coaches Chad Butler and Dave Tetrault. (Pete McIntyre photo)

Vernon basketball squad chosen as Team of the Year

VSS Panthers have qualified for 16 straight provincial high school championship events, collect Tim Hortons North Okanagan honour

Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee member Dan Currie (second from left) presents the 2020-21 Team of the Year honour to the Vernon Panthers senior girls basketball team, for qualifying for the provincial championship tournament 16 consecutive years. Accepting the award are (from left): Malcolm Reid (former coach), Kelsey Watts (former player), Lonny Mazurak (former coach) and current co-coaches Chad Butler and Dave Tetrault. (Pete McIntyre photo)