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Joe Murphy of the Vernon Panthers (12) heads to the end zone, escorted by teammate Roan Reid (88) in the Interior Subway Bowl AA/AAA Hybrid Senior Varsity Football championship game Friday, Dec. 4, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The visiting Kelowna Owls stopped the Panthers on the one-yard line on the game’s final play to post a 21-20 victory. (Darren Hove Photo)

Kelowna Owls edge Vernon Panthers for Interior football title

Owls stop Panthers on game’s final play at Kelowna one-yard line for 21-20 victory

West Kelowna weightlifter Mike Bencsik holds an enormous amount of weight overhead during competition. (Submitted photo)

West Kelowna weightlifter prepares to compete in World Championships

32-year-old Mike Bencsik is heading to Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Dec. 10

Eric Norkum sending a rock roll with Kelowna in the background (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna mountain bikers shred Knox Moutain in the dark

Mountain bikers, runners, and dog walkers are not deterred by the short days

Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley of Kelowna was revealed as a member of the 35-player selection camp roster by Hockey Canada on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

Kelowna hockey player participating in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp

Jack Finley will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley of Kelowna was revealed as a member of the 35-player selection camp roster by Hockey Canada on Dec. 1. (Contributed)
Matthew Culling (left) and Luke Pakulak celebrate Jack Glen’s (14) second-period goal during the Vernon Vipers’ 5-1 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Vernon Vipers snap losing streak with romp over West Kelowna

BCHL: Vernon wins for first time in seven games with impressive 5-1 decision over Warriors

Matthew Culling (left) and Luke Pakulak celebrate Jack Glen’s (14) second-period goal during the Vernon Vipers’ 5-1 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Joe Murphy (12) and the Vernon Panthers will host the AA/AAA Interior/North Senior Varsity high school football championship, Friday, Dec. 3, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The AA Cats will take on the AAA Kelowna Owls. Kick-off is 7 p.m. (Darren Hove photo)

Vernon Panthers to host Kelowna in Interior football final

The AA Panthers entertain the AAA Owls Friday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., at Greater Vernon Athletic Park

Joe Murphy (12) and the Vernon Panthers will host the AA/AAA Interior/North Senior Varsity high school football championship, Friday, Dec. 3, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park. The AA Cats will take on the AAA Kelowna Owls. Kick-off is 7 p.m. (Darren Hove photo)
Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Children in Interior Health are eligible for vaccines

Children age five to eleven are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine registration

Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)
BCHL

BCHL taking out-of-conference games off the schedule for rest of 2021-22 season

The league is shifting to regional matchups with travel still hindered province wide

BCHL
Radka Malyk and Jim Peck were married by West Kelowna Warrior’s Chaplain Don Richmond during the November 27 game. (Cole Schisler photo)

Newly-weds tie the knot at West Kelowna Warriors game

Jim and Radka Peck joined together in holy matrimony at centre ice during the Nov. 27 game

Radka Malyk and Jim Peck were married by West Kelowna Warrior’s Chaplain Don Richmond during the November 27 game. (Cole Schisler photo)
Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL adds 24 skaters, 8 goaltenders to online all-star ballot

Voting is open until Tuesday to determine which six skaters and four goalies make the game

Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)
Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL coaches determine initial 18 skaters for three-on-three all-star tournament

Remaining all-stars will be determined through online fan voting

Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)
BCHL

Flooding fallout forces BCHL to postpone more games

Nine matches are being pushed back, but the junior A league has also added nine regional games

BCHL
Interior AAA Junior Varsity Football championship Thursday, Nov. 18. (Ron Pres / Facebook)

Rutland Voodoos vanquish Kelowna Owls

Junior Varsity Football: Voodoos win Interior AAA title with convincing 37-0 romp over crosstown rivals

Interior AAA Junior Varsity Football championship Thursday, Nov. 18. (Ron Pres / Facebook)
Vernon’s Ken Holland (left) receives his Honoured Member blazer and Tissot watch from Hockey Hall of Fame Chair of the Board and Honoured Member Lanny McDonald Monday, Nov. 15, in Toronto. (Kevin Sousa/Hockey Hall of Fame)

NHL Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes Vernon’s Ken Holland

Edmonton Oilers president one of six people inducted in Class of 2020-21 Monday in Toronto

Vernon’s Ken Holland (left) receives his Honoured Member blazer and Tissot watch from Hockey Hall of Fame Chair of the Board and Honoured Member Lanny McDonald Monday, Nov. 15, in Toronto. (Kevin Sousa/Hockey Hall of Fame)
BCHL

BCHL postpones eight games due to flooding

The homes of the Chilliwack Chiefs and Merritt Centennials have been particularly hard hit

BCHL
Third-year guard Kelsey Falk of Vernon (with ball) goes up for two points for the UBCO Heat over UBC rival Emily Martindale in CIS women’s basketball action in Kelowna Friday, Nov. 12. Falk, a Vernon Secondary grad, had her fourth double-double in five games this season to lead the Heat past UBC 63-61, UBCO’s first-ever win over their sister school. (Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)

Vernon’s Falk on fire for UBCO Heat

Kelsey Falk leads Heat women’s basketball team to first-ever win over UBC rivals

Third-year guard Kelsey Falk of Vernon (with ball) goes up for two points for the UBCO Heat over UBC rival Emily Martindale in CIS women’s basketball action in Kelowna Friday, Nov. 12. Falk, a Vernon Secondary grad, had her fourth double-double in five games this season to lead the Heat past UBC 63-61, UBCO’s first-ever win over their sister school. (Julie Pringle/Snap Photography)
KIJHL games have been postponed through Dec. 31. (File Photo)

Sicamous Eagles’ offence erupts

KIJHL: Eagles score season-high nine times; wrap of league action Friday and Saturday

KIJHL games have been postponed through Dec. 31. (File Photo)
The West Kelowna Warriors took care of the Vernon Vipers in BCHL action Saturday, Nov. 13, in West Kelowna, scoring a 5-1 decision. (File photo - Lisa Mazurek/Vernon Vipers Photography)

West Kelowna Warriors handle Vernon Vipers

BCHL: Warriors win seventh straight with 5-1 decision over Highway 97 rivals

The West Kelowna Warriors took care of the Vernon Vipers in BCHL action Saturday, Nov. 13, in West Kelowna, scoring a 5-1 decision. (File photo - Lisa Mazurek/Vernon Vipers Photography)
The Kelowna Rockets fell 5-4 to the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place on Nov. 5. (Photo: Steve Dunsmoor/Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets fall short in comeback against Portland Winterhawks

The Winterhawks took a commanding 4-2 lead after the first period

The Kelowna Rockets fell 5-4 to the Portland Winterhawks at Prospera Place on Nov. 5. (Photo: Steve Dunsmoor/Kelowna Rockets)
Brennan Nelson playing for the Okanagan Rockets, photo provided by Brennan Nelson. (File photo)

Scouts to attend upcoming Okanagan Classic U18 AAA tournament

The 2006 players in particular will be under examination from Western Hockey League scouts

Brennan Nelson playing for the Okanagan Rockets, photo provided by Brennan Nelson. (File photo)