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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

 

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

 

Kelowna’s Vivian Schmeeckle (right) discusses shot options with skip Hannah Rempel as Comox Valley counterpart Keelie Duncan looks on during semifinal play Sunday, Oct. 24, at the 20th annual Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Spiel at the Vernon Curling Club. Rempel went on to win the championship. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Kelowna quartet rakes in Cotter cash

Hannah Rempel rink wins 20th annual Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Spiel at Vernon Curling Club

 

Vernon’s Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, with the gold medal she won in the blue belt juvenile division at the EUG (Evolve Ur Game) 3 competition in Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 23. The win over an American competitor moves Marchand to the No. 1 contender spot in the division for EUG 4 in early 2022. (Instagram photo)

Major martial arts win for Okanagan fighter

Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, now No. 1 contender in Brazilian jiu-jitsu division for next bout in early 2022

  • Oct 25, 2021
Vernon’s Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, with the gold medal she won in the blue belt juvenile division at the EUG (Evolve Ur Game) 3 competition in Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 23. The win over an American competitor moves Marchand to the No. 1 contender spot in the division for EUG 4 in early 2022. (Instagram photo)
The Rockets lost 2-0 to the Vancouver Giants in a game at the Langly Events Centre on Saturday, Oct. 23. (Contributed)
The Rockets lost 2-0 to the Vancouver Giants in a game at the Langly Events Centre on Saturday, Oct. 23. (Contributed)
Vernon Kal Tire won the regular season in the Kelowna Men’s Soccer League’s 45+ Division, then added a third straight Playoff Cup championship with a 2-0 win over the runner-up Penticton Pinnacles in the final match. (Contributed)

Vernon squad reaches pinnacle of soccer league

Kal Tire defeats Penticton Pinnacles 2-0 in Kelowna Men’s 45+ League championship game

Vernon Kal Tire won the regular season in the Kelowna Men’s Soccer League’s 45+ Division, then added a third straight Playoff Cup championship with a 2-0 win over the runner-up Penticton Pinnacles in the final match. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Jim Cotter (centre) and Kelowna’s Rick Sawatsky (left) and Andrew Nerpin welcomed back former teammate Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna to the team. The quartet went 2-3 and missed the playoffs at the World Curling Tour’s Nufloors Classic in Penticton Oct. 14-17. (Michael Burns Photography)

Vernon skip welcomes back former teammate

Jim Cotter has former second Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna playing in a limited men’s schedule this season

Vernon’s Jim Cotter (centre) and Kelowna’s Rick Sawatsky (left) and Andrew Nerpin welcomed back former teammate Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna to the team. The quartet went 2-3 and missed the playoffs at the World Curling Tour’s Nufloors Classic in Penticton Oct. 14-17. (Michael Burns Photography)
The results may not there but the coaching staff of the Fulton Maroons junior varsity football team believes the squad is getting better with each game. (Instagram file photo)

Bears handle Vernon’s Fulton Maroons

Two late touchdowns help seal Mt. Boucherie 35-7 win in junior varsity league play

The results may not there but the coaching staff of the Fulton Maroons junior varsity football team believes the squad is getting better with each game. (Instagram file photo)
The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs are 2-0 in Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Peewee Hockey League action after an 8-2 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Mustangs wallop Kelowna Rockets

PEEWEE HOCKEY: Vernon rolls to 2-0 in Okanagan Tier 1 league play after 8-2 win over visiting Rockets

The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs are 2-0 in Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Peewee Hockey League action after an 8-2 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets. (Morning Star file photo)
Vernon’s Ryan Vest won the Juvenile Boys National Championship division in convincing fashion at the year-end Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT National Championship in Surrey. (Black Press - file photo)

Vernon golfer runs away with national championship

Ryan Vest scored nine-shot victory over fellow Predator Ridge golfer Cooper Humphreys at Maple Leaf Junior Tour year-end tourney

Vernon’s Ryan Vest won the Juvenile Boys National Championship division in convincing fashion at the year-end Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT National Championship in Surrey. (Black Press - file photo)
Kyla Inaba from Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, placed fourth at the 2021 PGA of BC Women’s Golf Championship at the Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey. (PGA of BC file photo)

Vernon’s Kyla Inaba fourth at PGA of BC Women’s Golf Championship

Predator Ridge pro, who was second in 2020, picked up 58 points in the Stableford scoring system over the 36 holes to finish five points behind the winner

Kyla Inaba from Vernon’s Predator Ridge Resort, placed fourth at the 2021 PGA of BC Women’s Golf Championship at the Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey. (PGA of BC file photo)
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)
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)

Okanagan NHL scout moves from Red Wings to Sabres

Coldstream’s 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)
Kelowna’s Cole Wilson finished tied for 36th spot at the Mackenzie Tour PGA of Canada’s Osprey Open event near Toronto. (Thos Caffrey/Golffile)

Okanagan golfers well behind winner at Canada pro tournament

Troy Bulmer of Vernon finished tied for 17th, 17 strokes off the pace; Kelowna’s Cole Wilson tied for 36th spot

  • Aug 23, 2021
Kelowna’s Cole Wilson finished tied for 36th spot at the Mackenzie Tour PGA of Canada’s Osprey Open event near Toronto. (Thos Caffrey/Golffile)
Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort has received high marks in a survey from a popular Canadian golf website. (Contributed)

North Okanagan golf course among Canada’s best public links

Predator Ridge Resort earns high praise for both of its 18-hole tracks at scoregolf.com

Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort has received high marks in a survey from a popular Canadian golf website. (Contributed)
Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge is in a five-way tie for the lead after the opening round Thursday, Aug. 18, of the Mackenzie Golf Tour's    (@bulwergolfphoto)

Okanagan golfers share first-round lead at pro tourney

Vernon’s Troy Bulmer and Kelowna’s Cole Wilson among quintet who shot 5-under-par on Mackenzie Tour’s Osprey Valley Open near Toronto

Vernon golf pro Troy Bulmer of Predator Ridge is in a five-way tie for the lead after the opening round Thursday, Aug. 18, of the Mackenzie Golf Tour's    (@bulwergolfphoto)
Andrew Poje and his ice dancing partener Kaitlyn Weaver were part of the Stars on Ice tour (Stars On Ice/Web)

Former Olympian set to coach at the Kelowna Skating Club

Andrew Poje competed in Sochi and Pyeongchang, now skates professionally

Andrew Poje and his ice dancing partener Kaitlyn Weaver were part of the Stars on Ice tour (Stars On Ice/Web)
Coldstream’s Stacy Roest (left) enjoys a special moment with nephew Erick Roest of Lethbridge and the Stanley Cup Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Vernon’s Training House in Kal Tire Place North. Roest hosted a private function at the facility with the Cup, which he gets to spend a full day with as the assistant general manager of the back-to-back NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Stanley Cup makes Vernon appearance

Cup brought to private function by Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Stacy Roest of Coldstream

Coldstream’s Stacy Roest (left) enjoys a special moment with nephew Erick Roest of Lethbridge and the Stanley Cup Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Vernon’s Training House in Kal Tire Place North. Roest hosted a private function at the facility with the Cup, which he gets to spend a full day with as the assistant general manager of the back-to-back NHL champion Tampa Bay Lightning. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon’s Conner Kozak (left), pro at Kelowna’s Okanagan Golf Club, and Rob Anderson, head pro of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, were winners of the PGA of BC’s Assistants’ and Seniors’ Championships July 19 and 20 at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. (PGA of BC photo)

Okanagan golfers collect PGA of BC wins

Conner Kozak and Rob Anderson take home top honours at Assistants’/Seniors’ championships, respectively

Vernon’s Conner Kozak (left), pro at Kelowna’s Okanagan Golf Club, and Rob Anderson, head pro of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, were winners of the PGA of BC’s Assistants’ and Seniors’ Championships July 19 and 20 at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. (PGA of BC photo)