Flooding on the Nelson waterfront along with the worst June for rain on record has put the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League underwater this season.“It’s been a very trying season,” league spokesperson R.J. Warren told The Nelson Daily.“We played out first game since June 15 on July 3.”“Instead of Lakeside Ball Diamonds we’re calling them Lake Diamonds,” Warren added.The league started the season in May with 17 teams. The season was moving along briskly until June’s rains wiped most of the games.Then came the flooding along the Nelson waterfront, which cost the league even more games.The results forced the league reps to move games to Queen Elizabeth Park — two games are played each evening.Warren said league reps held a meeting to determine when, and where, the playoff tournament would be played — Salmo, Mount Sentinel or Queen Elizabeth Park.The result was an eight-to-eight vote split, which one team already folding for the season due to the cancellations.“We’re going to play the tournament at Queen Elizabeth,” said Warren.The tournament, originally set for July 20-22, begins Sunday, July 15 with preliminary round games.The Final is set for Sunday, July 22.Hopefully it doesn’t rain.
May had some inconsistent weather. The month had some of the hottest days, where the water would finally warm up to the ideal temperature and our fish would become aggressive. But, then there was also some of the coldest weather and storms that seemed to set us back again. However, the big fish are biting. Rainbows over 20 pounds have been caught in the past few weeks, as well as Bull Trout up to 17 pounds. So things are looking good. We’ve had some really good days out there, and some slower days. Nothing too consistent yet. Seem to have one or two heavy feeding days each week, and then the rest of the week the fish seem to sit back and relax. But the good days make it all worth while. Our best day last week saw three Rainbows over 15 pounds, as well as another eight fish between 5 – 8 pounds. That makes for an exciting day on the water. Had a great crew that day who appreciated our fishery and released most of their fish. Thanks guys. We did have a bit of a flying ant hatch that seemed to trigger some feeding. But the hatch was cut short by the weather change. So, hopefully some hot weather will help with the hatches and keep the fish feeding. June is one of my favorite months. The water has finally warmed up and the fish should become more aggressive for the next little while.What are they biting on??? Most fish are being caught on the surface now. So, the usual bucktail flies have been working well on the choppy days. And my favorite Lyman plugs have been producing good fish on both the calm days and the windy days. Fly colors are all over the map. Not one consistent pattern lately. But some of my best patterns have been: Black/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht. Or some common numbered flies such as: 214, 215, 226, 228. And for my Lymans, the lucky numbers have been: # 10, 16, 53, 55. Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish. The usual colors at this time of year being: black/white, blue/yellow, blue/green. That should about cover it for this month. Hopefully this helps everybody catch a big one………….Tight lines……………….. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com
The future is so bright the coaches of the Trail Orioles American Legion Baseball team had better find a pair of shades.The Silver City-based squad, with players from throughout the region, combined a solid season with an amazing performance at the District Tournament to qualify for State Finals.“Every player on the team made a significant contribution to our success,” said Orioles manager, Ron Mace.“The team made great improvements from the start of the year to the end, as can be seen by us getting to the State tournament which has not been done in Trail for some time.”The Orioles finished third in the American Legion Division with a 10-4 record before making a run during Districts to qualify for the elusive State Tournament in Seattle.Trail blasted University High 8-1 to open the Districts before edging Mead 8-7 in a thriller.The Orioles suffered a 9-1 loss to Mount Spokane. However, Trail rebounded to dump Pullman 7-4 to qualify for the State Tournament.The Orioles finished the tournament losing a close one, 9-8 to Asotin.At the State Tournament, the young Orioles, with no less than a player in the eighth grade, three in the ninth, four in the tenth and two in both the 11th and 12th grades, Trail dropped both games 7-2 to Bellingham and 12-4 to Yakima.“We were the youngest team at States and look to improve for next year as we have all but two players eligible to return,” Mace, who along with his son Kyle Mace and Kyle Paulson, form the coaching staff for the for the Orioles.“The coaches are also very proud of some individual accomplishments from our players this year as we have two players heading to college to continue to play baseball.”Mace said Nathan Soukeroff is headed to play in Lethbridge play in the Prairie Baseball Academy while Austin Tambellini has received a scholarship at Hill College in Texas.Two other players are continuing on playing as Brendan Makay is off to the Dominican Republic to represent Canada in a tournament while Daniel Gagnier will get a chance to strut his skills at a fall baseball showcase in Calgary.As for next year, Mace is pumped for the return of pitchers Brendan Makay, Tyler Atkinson, Derek Green and Colton Miracle as well as catchers in Reese Tambellini and Bradly Ross.Austin Cox, Ross St. Jean, Casey Harrison, Atkinson and Gangier will lead the core of the infield.“We will be looking for some strong players to add to this team and hope to see many athletes out for the tryouts next spring,” Mace concluded.
Fresh off a successful performance in the Heritage City, the Nelson Senior Leafs took the show on the road to capture the Castlegar Novice tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The Senior Leafs won all three games by a combined 25-4 scored.Nelson opened the tournament by stopping Greater Trail Snipers 12-0 on goals by Max Jean, Cash Linnen, Griffen Wanhella, Miller Tedesco, two from Larson Proctor and a hatrick from both Jack Boyes and Wyatt Groenhuysen. Shea Anderson registered the shutout.Nelson kept on rolling, blasting Cranbrook Key City Drywall 8-2 Saturday.Jack Boyes had another hat trick with singles going to Kale Gehrmann, Cohen Wolbaum, Sawan Bhabra and Larson Proctor.Goalie Shea Anderson stopped a lot of great shots and pretty much stood on his head.Sunday Nelson completed the sweep edging Creston Valley Chiefs 5-2.Wyatt and Grady Groenhuysen scored along with Miller Tedesco.
The numbers game doesn’t seem to scare the Nelson Neptunes.Despite being kicked out of home due to renovations to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, which has severely curtailed registration, the Neptunes continue to be a force on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association circuit.And now Neptune swimmers take aim at the grand prize of the season, a berth in the BC Summer Swim Association Championships when the circuit shifts to Colville this weekend for the Regional Meet.“With the Nelson pool closure, the Neptunes have one of the smallest teams, if not the smallest, team in the region, but are still able to finish in the top three rankings at meets,” coach Cynthia Pfeiffer told The Nelson Daily.“Points are based on overall team points (but) if points were divided by points per swimmer, I’m positive the Neptunes would be winning the meets.” Neptunes opened the season by capturing its own meet at its temporary training pool in Salmo.Pfeiffer and Company then posted a third-place finish in Castlegar behind the host Aquanauts and Grand Forks Piranhas before finishing third again in Colville. The host squad again won the meet with Castlegar second.At an out-of-region meet in Golden, with many larger clubs from Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Kamloops, Nelson finished fifth overall.“Highlights of these meets include Jaylen Rushton’s 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley meet records, Ella Chouinard completing the 400 individual medley, and Division three girls relay Kallie Badry, Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir and Chloe Malenfant out touching the Castlegar Aquanauts by .01 at their home meet, taking first place,” Pfeiffer explained.Now that the regular season has concluded, Neptune swimmers have been gearing up for this weekend’s Regionals at Colville.“Going into regionals we are hoping for a top two finish,” Pfeiffer said.“We have finished in the top two for the last two season, where last year we were 29 points from first place,” she added.“Unfortunately with our numbers down, it will be a big challenge but these Neptunes have what it takes.”Swimmers who place in the top three individually during the Regionals will qualify for the Provincial Championships held in Coquitlam August 19-21.
The Selkirk College Saints return home this weekend riding a three-game winning streak after a pair of victories over the University of Victoria Vikes.Selkirk College sniper Dallas Calvin scored the shootout winner Friday night and rookie goaltender Austin Wells recorded his first British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) win on Saturday night to pace the Saints on their island visit.“It was a great outcome and exactly what we needed at this early point of the season,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“The most encouraging aspect of the weekend was that both games were solid team efforts that had every player contributing in important ways.”After a long bus ride to Vancouver Island on Friday, the Saints managed to get off to an impressive opening period start that featured the first goal of the season by Calvin and a powerplay marker by Matt Martin. The teams exchanged goals in the second period and when Saints’ rookie Jack Mills scored early in the third, Selkirk College held a 4-1 lead. Not ready to go down without a fight in front of a home crowd, the Vikes scored three unanswered goals to tie the game by the end of regulation. When overtime solved nothing, a shootout was required to settle the contest. Selkirk College starter Brett Huber stopped all three Victoria shooters and Calvin scored to give the visitors the win.“It was disappointing to let that third period lead slip away, but the guys rallied when it counted and it’s always exciting to win on the last shot of the game,” says Heaven.On Saturday night, Saints’ rookie Wade Johnson scored two minutes into the game to keep the momentum rolling for Selkirk College.The Vikes tied the score five minutes later, but goals by Alex Milligan and Dane Feeney in the middle frame restored the cushion. With five minutes left in the third period, Jordan Rauser provided insurance for the 4-1 victory.“Four different players scored on Saturday night and every line contributed,” says Heaven. “It’s still early, but the guys are starting to find some chemistry and realizing that every player has a role in helping the team win.”After four straight road games, the Saints return home to the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex this Friday night for a match-up against the University of Eastern Washington Eagles.The puck drops at 7 p.m.
The key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three. Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win. Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her. Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team. Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said. “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.” “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses. The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall. Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said, “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.” The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2016) – With the only turf attempt under her belt, Roo’s Valentine heads a field of eight in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf.Owned and Bred in California by Kretz Racing, LLC, Roo’s Valentine has never been out of the money in five lifetime starts. After two thirds and a second when sprinting over the main track in maiden special weights late summer and into the fall, Roo’s Valentine seemed to finally find her footing around two turns. After breaking her maiden going a mile on the grass Nov. 5 at Del Mar, she followed up with a win in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos.Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Roo’s Valentine is by California sire Vronsky, out of the Cindago mare Black Valentine. Cindago, who died in Sept. 2012 was a California sire who stood at Legacy Ranch.Roo’s Valentine is 5-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $116,240.The post time favorite in two out of three lifetime starts, Pacific Heat will look for redemption this Saturday at Santa Anita after an eighth place finish in the Grade I Starlet. Bred in California by Harris Farms and Don Valpredo, Pacific Heat is by California sire Unusual Heat out of the Stormy Atlantic mare, Hotlantic.After breaking her maiden by 13 ½ lengths at Los Alamitos on Sept. 25, Pacific Heat, who was purchased at the 2014 Barretts Limited October Yearling Sale for $175,000, won the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes by 5 ¼ lengths at Del Mar on Oct. 29. Most recently, she ran eighth in the 1 1/16 miles Grade I Starlet on Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos. Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Taylor Legan, Pacific Heat is 3-2-0-0 overall with $140,250 in earnings.Patriotic Diamond hopes to rebound off a sixth place finish in the Starlet and will have Rafael Bejarano back in the saddle, once again, to help her do so. A winner of the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 28, Patriotic Diamond ran third in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes to Pacific Heat before winning a six furlong allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 26.Patriotic Diamond was Bred in California by Kin Hui Racing Stables, LLC, and is owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Patriotic Diamond is by Hat Trick out of the Whywhywhy mare Patriotic Viva. ‘Diamond’ is 5-2-1-1- overall with earnings of $153,550.Stakes winner Just Google Me will look for her second added money victory Saturday. Bred in California by Golden Eagle Farm and owned by C T R Stables, LLC, Just Google Me is trained by Scott Rollins and comes off a second place finish to Roo’s Valentine in the Soviet Problem Stakes on Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.The bay filly by Golden Eagle Farm’s Stormin Fever, out of the Crytoclearance mare Lila Paige is 6-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $147,750.The complete field for the Cal Cup Oaks, to be run as the fourth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Just Google Me, Edwin Maldonado, 123; Patriotic Diamond, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Hurricaine Callie, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze, 119; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza, 123; Run Like the Boss, Joe Talamo, 119; Pacific Heat, Flavien Prat, 123; Cheekaboo, Mario Gutierrez, 119. There is a special first post time of 12 noon on Saturday. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. Presented by Xpressbet, the Cal Cup Oaks is one of five statebred stakes on annual Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anita
10 New Venues in Los Angeles for Spring Meetings & Events#5. The 100 to 1 ClubIn January, Santa Anita Park unveiled its newest destination, the 100 to 1 Club. The revamped space offers panoramic views of the racetrack in a luxury lounge atmosphere. The new club spans 4,000 square feet at the first turn of the track, in an area formerly known as the Gallop Out. The space underwent extensive renovations, including an architectural overhaul that added terraced seating, eliminated exterior walls, and elevated the main floor to maximize sight lines. There’s exposed steel infrastructure overhead, and original curved concrete walls with hexagonal windows. Throne-like banquette seating set beneath the base of Santa Anita’s iconic spire provide visual interest within the space. A historic neon sign lights the bar area, and the former concrete parapet in front of the space was replaced with a glass partition, adding natural light and views. Private bar and wagering machines separate a suite with room for 75, with outdoor, covered seating, and amenities. The club has room for private events for as may as 150. It’s the latest space to be unveiled as part of Santa Anita Park’s ongoing multiyear renovation.100-1 Club feature on BizBash.com
PROSPECT OF A MASSIVE SATURDAY PICK SIX POOL OF $5 MILLION IN PLAY AS SANTA ANITA’S BREEDERS’ CUP DAY ONE CARRYOVER OF $489,379 LIKELY TO FUEL A PARI-MUTUEL FRENZY WITH MANDATORY PAYOUTON-TRACK CROWD OF 41,243 CONTRIBUTES TO SPECTACULAR BREEDERS’ CUP DAY ONE ON FRIDAYARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2019)–The best is yet to come. A slogan from several years ago, but no more relevant than tomorrow at Santa Anita Park, as players will be greeted not only by a total of nine Breeders’ Cup World Championship races, but they will also go to the races knowing there’s a very real prospect Saturday’s total one dollar Pick Six pool could approach $5 million, as there’s a mandatory payout accompanying a carryover from today of $489,379.With a festive on-track crowd of 41,243 attending day one of the two-day Breeder’s Cup today, the Pick Six began with race four and ran through race nine, which was the Grade I, $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.Just one post time favorite came home on top today and the Pick Six was bookended by big longshots, as trainer Jeff Bonde’s Tap Back opened proceedings with a $30.00 score in race four, the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies and Peter Eurton’s longshot Storm the Court took race nine, the TVG Juvenile, to the tune of a $93.80 mutuel.First post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 10:07 a.m. and admission gates will open at 8 a.m. Approximate post time for Saturday’s seventh race, leg one in the one dollar Pick Six, is at 1:54 p.m. PT. Race seven is the Grade I, $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Chad Brown-conditioned Sister Charlie has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite among a field of 12 at a mile and one quarter on turf.The Pick Six and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will finish with a crescendo as the 12th and final race on the card is the Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bob Baffert’s McKinzie is the 3-1 morning line favorite among a field of 11 at 1 ¼ miles. Approximate post time for the Classic is at 5:44 p.m.With 70 horses entered and eligible to run in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Pick Six, average field size in the Six stands at 11.6 runners per race.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.