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Returning forward Ryan Shostak (left) and the Vernon Vipers will play their first BCHL pre-season game Tuesday, Sept. 21, against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kal Tire Place. Game time is 7 p.m. and fans are allowed in the building under strict COVID protocols. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers welcome fans to Kal Tire Place as BCHL pre-season begins

Strict COVID-19 protocols in place as Snakes entertain Salmon Arm Silverbacks Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Returning forward Ryan Shostak (left) and the Vernon Vipers will play their first BCHL pre-season game Tuesday, Sept. 21, against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kal Tire Place. Game time is 7 p.m. and fans are allowed in the building under strict COVID protocols. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
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BCHL experiments with coach’s challenge, video review during preseason

The junior A league wants video review in place in time for its BCHL Showcase event in Chilliwack

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2017’s Motionball Marathon of Sport at Kelowna’s City Park. (Mark Dreger photo)

9th annual Motionball Marathon of Sport fundraiser coming to Kelowna’s City Park

All proceeds are going towards the Special Olympics Canada Foundation

2017’s Motionball Marathon of Sport at Kelowna’s City Park. (Mark Dreger photo)
Fifty-six young tennis players joined Vernon Tennis Association in their first Kids Tennis Day at Marshall Field Sept. 11, 2021. (Contributed)

Tons turn out for kids tennis day in Vernon

Expectations blown out of the water for local club’s event

Fifty-six young tennis players joined Vernon Tennis Association in their first Kids Tennis Day at Marshall Field Sept. 11, 2021. (Contributed)
Two Novo Nordisk Donnelly awards were given to Vernon’s Leena Bennetto, left, and Ivy Wilson of Oklahoma on Sept. 2, 2021, in New York, NY. (Contributed)

Vernon tennis star wins $10K scholarship from icon

Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarship recognizes academics and tennis excellence, community leadership

Two Novo Nordisk Donnelly awards were given to Vernon’s Leena Bennetto, left, and Ivy Wilson of Oklahoma on Sept. 2, 2021, in New York, NY. (Contributed)
Travis Bridge takes part in the 10-hour Bike-A-Thon held at Bigby Place. Participants were raising money for Nelson adults with special needs to travel to an athletics event in 2022. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Nelson’s Bigby Place holds 10-hour marathon fundraiser

Participants spent the day on a stationary bike to pay for a trip to Operation Trackshoes

Travis Bridge takes part in the 10-hour Bike-A-Thon held at Bigby Place. Participants were raising money for Nelson adults with special needs to travel to an athletics event in 2022. Photo: Tyler Harper
The UBC Okanagan Heat are the newest member of Canada West track and field, which will allow them to compete at the 2021-22 Canada West championships. (Contributed)

UBCO to debut track and field program at 2021-22 Canada West championships

The UBCO Heat is the conference’s ninth track and field member

The UBC Okanagan Heat are the newest member of Canada West track and field, which will allow them to compete at the 2021-22 Canada West championships. (Contributed)
Fully vaccinated fans will be welcomed back to Nonis Field this weekend as women’s and men’s soccer hosts Thompson Rivers on Saturday and Sunday. (Contributed/GreyStroke Photography)

UBC Okanagan Heat welcoming fans back this weekend

All fans in attendance must be double vaccinated

Fully vaccinated fans will be welcomed back to Nonis Field this weekend as women’s and men’s soccer hosts Thompson Rivers on Saturday and Sunday. (Contributed/GreyStroke Photography)
Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Kelowna Rockets home opener pushed

Fans will need to wait a little longer for regular-season action

Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Vernon’s Lee Robinson, 13, is on a 90-day visitor’s visa in the Netherlands having scored a trial with the youth soccer academy of Emmen FC, a professional club in the country’s second highest tier. (Submitted photo)

Vernon soccer youth’s Instagram feed leads him to Dutch pro academy

13-year-old Lee Robinson is honing his game with Emmen FC in the Netherlands

Vernon’s Lee Robinson, 13, is on a 90-day visitor’s visa in the Netherlands having scored a trial with the youth soccer academy of Emmen FC, a professional club in the country’s second highest tier. (Submitted photo)
The Fulton Maroons (dark jersey) and Vernon Panthers will again battle for city braggning rights in the AA Interior Junior Varsity Football League which kicks off its exhibition schedule Thursday, Sept. 9. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon junior football squads ready to grow

Fulton Maroons and Vernon Panthers both fielding raw, inexperienced squads; Vernon Minor Football fields three tackle teams

The Fulton Maroons (dark jersey) and Vernon Panthers will again battle for city braggning rights in the AA Interior Junior Varsity Football League which kicks off its exhibition schedule Thursday, Sept. 9. (Morning Star - file photo)
The last time the Vernon Panthers played a high school football game was the Subway Bowl B.C. High School Senior Varsity AA Football final Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver when they crushed the Langley Saints 43-14 to win a second straight provincial title. Vernon returns to the gridiron Friday against the Rutland Voodoos in Kelowna. (Bernie Crumb - photo)

Vernon Panthers seek three-peat as high school football returns

Two-time B.C. champion Cats part of new Okanagan division; Fulton Maroons out due to lack of senior players

The last time the Vernon Panthers played a high school football game was the Subway Bowl B.C. High School Senior Varsity AA Football final Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver when they crushed the Langley Saints 43-14 to win a second straight provincial title. Vernon returns to the gridiron Friday against the Rutland Voodoos in Kelowna. (Bernie Crumb - photo)
Head instructor Grady Gare goes over a drill with attendees at the sixth Gare Hockey Camp held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Vernon’s Okanagan Training Rink. 
(Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon hockey youth score skills with former NHL star

Gare Hockey Camp focused on intro to body contacting for U15 age group at OTR featuring Smithson

Head instructor Grady Gare goes over a drill with attendees at the sixth Gare Hockey Camp held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Vernon’s Okanagan Training Rink. 
(Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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Border closure forcing BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild to open season on road

With Canadian teams unable to visit the United States, the Wild have no choice but to come north

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Former Kelowna Rockets player Quintin Laing has joined the club’s coaching staff as the team’s assistant coach for the 2021-22 season. (Contributed)

Former Kelowna Rocket launched into assistant coach position

Laing first joined the Rockets as an undrafted player in 1996

Former Kelowna Rockets player Quintin Laing has joined the club’s coaching staff as the team’s assistant coach for the 2021-22 season. (Contributed)
Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge shot three straight rounds of 1-under-par 71 to finish in a tie for 30th at the latest Mackenzie Tour pro golf stop in Prince Edward Island. (@bulwergolfphoto)

Vernon golfer cracks top-30 at PEI pro tourney

Troy Bulmer had three straight scores of 71; two other Okanagan golfers missed the cut

Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge shot three straight rounds of 1-under-par 71 to finish in a tie for 30th at the latest Mackenzie Tour pro golf stop in Prince Edward Island. (@bulwergolfphoto)
The Kelowna Rockets' Pavel Novak. (Contributed)

4 Kelowna Rockets heading to NHL training camps

Pavel Novak, Tyson Feist, Trevor Wong and Noah Dorey will be attending training camps this September

The Kelowna Rockets' Pavel Novak. (Contributed)
Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)

Penticton Vees fans will need to show full vaccination proof to see games

SOEC event employees, Vees players and staff all required to be vaccinated

Vees announce they will require proof of full vaccination to see games effective immediately. (Vees)
Coldstream’s Marty Stein (left) has signed with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres to be a Western Canada scout. Stein spent the last 25 years visiting arenas around North America as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings. (Morning Star - file photo)

Coldstream NHL scout moves from Red Wings to Sabres

Marty Stein joins the Buffalo Sabres as a Western Canadian scout after 25 years and four Stanley Cups with Detroit

Coldstream’s Marty Stein (left) has signed with the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres to be a Western Canada scout. Stein spent the last 25 years visiting arenas around North America as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings. (Morning Star - file photo)
Kelowna’s Cole Wilson sits in a seven-way tie for seventh place after shooting a five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the Mackenzie Golf Tour’s Brudenell River Classic in PEI Tuesday, Aug. 31. (Black Press - file photo)

Kelowna golfer in hunt at Mackenzie Tour PEI event

Cole Wilson opens with a 67 to sit three shots off the lead; Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz and Troy Bulmer seven shots back

Kelowna’s Cole Wilson sits in a seven-way tie for seventh place after shooting a five-under-par 67 in the opening round of the Mackenzie Golf Tour’s Brudenell River Classic in PEI Tuesday, Aug. 31. (Black Press - file photo)