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Another Okanagan field hockey title for Owls

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KSS Owls' senior Kaileigh Mapson moves the ball against a South Kamloops opponent in the Okanagan Valley AAA girls field hockey final Saturday on the CNC turf. The Owls won the valley championship for the 11th year in a row with a 1-0 victory.
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As sure as Halloween arrives in late October every year, you can pretty much count on the Kelowna Owls field hockey team conquering the Okanagan.

For the 11th straight season, KSS is the valley's high school AAA champion.

The Owls edged the South Kamloops Titans 1-0 on Saturday on the CNC turf in the 2012 edition of the championship game.

In a defensive battle, Kelowna connected for the game's only goal with 18 minutes remaining as Maddy Swordy scored off a short corner, with assists going to Megan Johansen and Nady Majoor.

"A very tight defensive battle by both teams which resulted in no shots for either team in the first half," said Owls coach Arnar Bernhardsson. "The game opened up in the second half and saw KSS defend heavy for the first five minutes and then taking control and getting the winner with 18 minutes left in the second half."

In the bronze medal game, the Mt. Boucherie Bears defeated Pen Hi by a 1-0 score. It was the Bears' first win at valleys in five seasons.

KSS will represent the Okanagan at the B.C. AAA girls' championship Nov. 14 to 16 at Coquitlam Town Centre Park.

The Owls, who were ranked ninth in the province midway through the season, have yet be seeded for provincials.

 

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