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The Armstrong Shamrocks (white) and Vernon Tigers have received permission from the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League to merge their organizations into one for the 2023 season. (Morning Star- file photo)

Vernon Tigers, Armstrong Shamrocks merge junior lacrosse clubs

Move also affects Salmon Arm; team to play home games in all three cities

 

The Kelowna Rockets are heading to the 2023 WHL Playoffs. (@kelowna_rockets/Twitter)

Kelowna Rockets clinch playoff spot in Spokane

They clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference

 

Kelowna coaches and athletes were recognized for their athletic accomplishments throughout the last year on Wednesday night (March 8) at the Mary Irwin Theatre (Rotary Centre of the Arts). (Contributed)

Szturc, Iginla among other Kelowna athletes recognized by City and PacificSport

Athletes from the 2022 Summer and Winter Canada Games and BC Games were also recognized

 

Okanagan Para Swimming members Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won silver and gold, respecively, in the S7 100 metre backstroke at the B.C. Winter Provincial Swimming Championships in Victoria. (Facebook photo)

North Okanagan Para swimmers rock B.C. Winter provincials

Brea Duncan, Senna Entner and Jacob Brayshaw return with medals, records, personal best times

Okanagan Para Swimming members Senna Entner of Vernon (left) and Brea Duncan of Armstrong won silver and gold, respecively, in the S7 100 metre backstroke at the B.C. Winter Provincial Swimming Championships in Victoria. (Facebook photo)
Team B.C. mobs goalie Rebecca Noble of Delta following a 3-0 win over Nova Scotia in the gold-medal game of women’s hockey Sunday, March 5, at the Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan women, Shuswap coach celebrate hockey gold

Team B.C. wins first-ever women’s hockey gold medal at Canada Winter Games in PEI

Team B.C. mobs goalie Rebecca Noble of Delta following a 3-0 win over Nova Scotia in the gold-medal game of women’s hockey Sunday, March 5, at the Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown. (Facebook photo)
Vernon’s Aidan Wattie (9) has been selected to play for Canada’s Development Team at a box lacrosse international tournament in Australia starting March 11. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon lacrosse player selected to Canada squad

Aidan Wattie, 16, will play at international box lacrosse tournament in Australia

Vernon’s Aidan Wattie (9) has been selected to play for Canada’s Development Team at a box lacrosse international tournament in Australia starting March 11. (Morning Star - file photo)
Vernon’s Parker Munroe (second from left) celebrates a silver medal with his B.C. teammates in biathlon’s mixed relay event at the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island (Paul R Mcguire Photo)

Enderby wheelchair sports legend collects Canada Games gold

Marni Abbott-Peter an assistant coach with Team B.C.; Vernon biathlete Parker Munroe pockets silver

Vernon’s Parker Munroe (second from left) celebrates a silver medal with his B.C. teammates in biathlon’s mixed relay event at the Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island (Paul R Mcguire Photo)
Vernon’s Tate Garrod (centre) celebrates his gold-medal win at the Canada Winter Games in PEI with B.C. teammate and silver medalist Adam Mulvihill of Squamish (left) and Jeremy Gagné of Quebec, who won bronze. (David Keenan Photo)

Okanagan skier soars to Canada Games gold

Tate Garrod of Vernon wins gold in men’s slopestyle freestyle skiing in PEI

Vernon’s Tate Garrod (centre) celebrates his gold-medal win at the Canada Winter Games in PEI with B.C. teammate and silver medalist Adam Mulvihill of Squamish (left) and Jeremy Gagné of Quebec, who won bronze. (David Keenan Photo)
The UBCO Heat women’s basketball team lost to UBC on Friday night 65-52, forcing their season to come to an end. (UBCO)

UBCO Heat women’s basketball team ousted from Canada West playoffs

The Heat lost 65-52 against their sister school, UBC on Friday night

The UBCO Heat women’s basketball team lost to UBC on Friday night 65-52, forcing their season to come to an end. (UBCO)
Vernon Special Olympics bowlers Cheryl Bird (from left), Jamie Potter, Katelyn Oliver, Steven Linemayr, Erin Murphy, and coach Kathy Cameron celebrate their team gold medal at the Special Olympics B.C. Games in Kamloops. (Contributed)

Vernon Special Olympians bowl over competition

Five bowlers combine for team gold, three individual gold medals at B.C. Games in Kamloops

Vernon Special Olympics bowlers Cheryl Bird (from left), Jamie Potter, Katelyn Oliver, Steven Linemayr, Erin Murphy, and coach Kathy Cameron celebrate their team gold medal at the Special Olympics B.C. Games in Kamloops. (Contributed)
In 2020, Hudson Kibblewhite (16) was the captain of the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs during the Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Starting Saturday, Feb. 18, in Prince Edward Island, Kibblewhite will suit up with Team. B.C. at the Canada Winter Games. (Morning Star - file photo)

North Okanagan athletes set to storm PEI for Canada Games

Nine athletes will compete in six sports, joined by coaches from Vernon and Lumby

In 2020, Hudson Kibblewhite (16) was the captain of the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs during the Vernon Winter Carnival Coca-Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Starting Saturday, Feb. 18, in Prince Edward Island, Kibblewhite will suit up with Team. B.C. at the Canada Winter Games. (Morning Star - file photo)
Three former Kelowna Falcons will be pitching at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. (Kelowna Falcons)
Three former Kelowna Falcons will be pitching at the 2023 World Baseball Classic. (Kelowna Falcons)
Minor hockey U11 players (from left to right) Cohen Dupuis, Nixon Dymond, Owen Wiebe, Quinn Carson, Finn Albisser, Jake McNab, Dustin Hilder, Kason Vandergaag, Zach Kennedy and Tyler Christian wear their team toques at a skills practice. The minor hockey Eagles U11 team has been taking part in skills development training with Junior B Eagles players and coaches since January 2023. (Contributed)
Minor hockey U11 players (from left to right) Cohen Dupuis, Nixon Dymond, Owen Wiebe, Quinn Carson, Finn Albisser, Jake McNab, Dustin Hilder, Kason Vandergaag, Zach Kennedy and Tyler Christian wear their team toques at a skills practice. The minor hockey Eagles U11 team has been taking part in skills development training with Junior B Eagles players and coaches since January 2023. (Contributed)
Ari Chouinard and Livie Redel at a figure skating practice at Chase Arena with the Shuswap Skating Club. The club is fundraising to host a Skate Canada Interclub competiton in November 2023 with a teddy bear toss program and more. (Shuswap Skating Club photo)

Shuswap figure skating club fundraising to host Skate Canada competition

Club asking for donations of stuffed animals for traditional teddy bear toss

Ari Chouinard and Livie Redel at a figure skating practice at Chase Arena with the Shuswap Skating Club. The club is fundraising to host a Skate Canada Interclub competiton in November 2023 with a teddy bear toss program and more. (Shuswap Skating Club photo)
The Salmon Arm-Vernon rink of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire, shown playing at an event in Salmon Arm in 2022, fell to 1-4 at the Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Timmins, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 8, with an 8-7 loss to Prince Edward Island. (Black Press - file photo)

PEI holds on for 8-7 win over Okanagan-Shuswap rink

Canadian U18 Curling Championships, Timmins, Ont.; B.C. champs fall to 1-4; wrap up play Thursday

The Salmon Arm-Vernon rink of Kaiden Beck, Nolan Blaeser, Nolan Beck and Koen Hampshire, shown playing at an event in Salmon Arm in 2022, fell to 1-4 at the Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Timmins, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 8, with an 8-7 loss to Prince Edward Island. (Black Press - file photo)
The Vernon and Area Senior Slo Pitch League is looking for players. Games are twice a week,Tuesday and Thursday morning, in Vernon and Salmon Arm. ( Contributed)

Senior softball league seeks players for games in Vernon, Shuswap

Vernon and Area Senior Slo Pitch League welcomes players of all levels, women 40+, men 50+

The Vernon and Area Senior Slo Pitch League is looking for players. Games are twice a week,Tuesday and Thursday morning, in Vernon and Salmon Arm. ( Contributed)
Vernon’s Steel Quiring is now a teammate of projected first overall NHL draft pick Connor Bedard. Quiring was traded from the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips to the Regina Pats Jan. 10. (Everettsilvertips.com Photo)

Vernon player now teammates with Connor Bedard

Steel Quiring traded in January by WHL’s Everett Silvertips to join Bedard and Regina Pats

Vernon’s Steel Quiring is now a teammate of projected first overall NHL draft pick Connor Bedard. Quiring was traded from the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips to the Regina Pats Jan. 10. (Everettsilvertips.com Photo)
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Major high school basketball tournament tips off in Kelowna

The eight team tournament features five B.C. teams, one Alberta team, and two Manitoba teams

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Vernon Panthers running back Joe Murphy (with ball) will take his game to the next level, committing to the University of Alberta Golden Bears of Canada’s U-Sports’ Canada West Conference. (Darren Hove Photo)

U. of Alberta Golden Bears land ‘complete player’ in Vernon Panthers running back

Joe Murphy, B.C. AA offensive MVP, will continue his football career in Edmonton

Vernon Panthers running back Joe Murphy (with ball) will take his game to the next level, committing to the University of Alberta Golden Bears of Canada’s U-Sports’ Canada West Conference. (Darren Hove Photo)
Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs forward Jeffrey Curtis gets the puck up and over the shoulder of Vancouver Thunderbirds goalie Ethan Ma, but also over the net, during the opening game of the 48th annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kal Tire Place North. The 50th anniversary tournament, unable to be played for two years due to the pandemic, is slated for Feb. 9-12. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon makes history: 50 years of featuring tomorrow’s hockey stars

50th anniversary Coca Cola Winter Carnival Classic Peewee hockey tourney goes Feb. 9-12 at KTPN

Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs forward Jeffrey Curtis gets the puck up and over the shoulder of Vancouver Thunderbirds goalie Ethan Ma, but also over the net, during the opening game of the 48th annual Vernon Winter Carnival Coca Cola Classic Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kal Tire Place North. The 50th anniversary tournament, unable to be played for two years due to the pandemic, is slated for Feb. 9-12. (Morning Star - file photo)
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