The Kelowna Kodiaks celebrate their Interior Field Lacrosse League title with a win over Kamloops in the final. -Image: Contributed

U15 Kodiaks secure spot at provincials

Kelowna wins Interior Field Lacrosse League championship over Kamloops

Kelowna Kodiaks will carry the Okanagan’s colours in the U15 division at the B.C. Youth Field Lacrosse Championships early next year in Burnaby.

Kelowna earned a spot at provincials with an 8-6 win over Kamloops in the Interior Field Lacrosse League final game.

The Kodiaks, who finished second to Kamloops in the 2017 league standings, prevailed with a strong effort from up and down the entire lineup.

“We played the type of game we needed to beat this team, it was an entire team effort from start to finish, with everyone playing at a very high level,” said coach Jamie MacGregor. “They are a very strong team that we have traditionally had trouble with, however, when we play like this with a commitment to full-field defense and playing our style of controlled play, our team rises to another level.”

Kelowna was playing with limited spares as is typical for this season, fielding only 14 players with two underage call-ups.

Chase Schiavon led the offensive charge with his breakout game of the season, scoring four goals playing as an attack, while nursing a lower body injury that kept him out of practice for the week.

“It was a very impressive effort by that young man given his injury,” coach MacGregor said.

Adding to the tally were Brad Swecera in the first, Josh Yachney in the third, and Ethan Hogg and Dexx Belanger in the fourth quarters.

Defensively, goalie Aidan Hogarth and defenders Colin MacGregor, Blake Spragge and Josh Jaramillo had stellar games, holding a potent Kamloops offensive unit to just six goals and effectively shutting down their top scorers.

The Kodiaks were once again firing on all cylinders for their final tournament, the Richmond Romp, from Nov. 10 to 13.

Despite being short Josh Yachney, who was in Baltimore with Team BC, and Colin MacGregor, a defensive cornerstone, for most of the tournament, Kelowna captured the silver medal.

Having played and beaten the top teams in the province in Richmond, before falling short in a rematch against Surrey in the final game, MacGregor expects the Kodiaks to enter provincials on a high note with medal expectations.

The B.C. championships are set for Burnaby Lake West Complex, from Feb. 9 to 12.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Serwa second fastest in ski cross seeding

Kelowna ski cross racer has solid run in the seeding round of the women’s ski cross event

Kelowna council approves large temporary farm worker housing plan

One of the area’s largest cherry growers will house 140 temporary farm workers on Shanks Road farm

RCMP investigate weapons complaint

Kelowna police looking for suspect who apparently pulled a handgun Tuesday night

Major accident Highway 33 in Kelowna

The jaws of life were used to help one person out of the vehicle

Kelowna pensioners call for changes to pension laws

Group meets with Kelowna-Lake Country MP and asks for his support

Salvation Army thanks community for fundraising

Local group helped many families over Christmas and the funds will keep going

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

Kelowna’s community calendar

Take a look at some recent listings on our online community calendar

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Most Read