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Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz finished in the top-50 at the season-opening PGA TOUR Canada event in Victoria. (File photo)

Vernon golfer in top-50 at PGA Tour Canada event

Matthew Kreutz ties for 46th spot at Royal Beach Victoria Open; Bryce Barker misses cut

Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz finished in the top-50 at the season-opening PGA TOUR Canada event in Victoria. (File photo)
Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)

Okanagan swimmer overcomes the odds to make Canadian history

Riley Martin competes for Penticton’s KISU Swim Club

Riley Martin, left, joined by his coach Naomi Antler after becoming the first Canadian in his para classification to complete the 400-metre individual medley. (Submitted)
(Photo - Golf Canada)

UBC Okanagan women swing to bronze at nationals

It’s the first national medal in club history

(Photo - Golf Canada)
(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)

Ex-Canuck and World Series champ in Kelowna slow-pitch tourney

The Heart of a Warrior tournament is meant to raise awareness for mental health and advocacy

(Photo - Jordy Cunningham/Kelowna Capital News)
Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)

‘Soccer is my religion’: Nick Kollias built up the game he loves in northern B.C.

As a child in Greece, Kollias was gifted a soccer ball and the rest is history

Nick Kollias in his backyard in Terrace. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)

Okanagan swimmer to make World Para Championships debut

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw will compete in one individual event and maybe a pair of relays in Portugal

Coldstream’s Jacob Brayshaw, 19, has been named to Team Canada that will compete at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships June 12-18 in Madeira, Portugal. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)

‘Bring your A game’: Okanagan board shop creates skateboard competition series

Popmode Board Supply’s first-ever Best Tricks Series will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3

Vernon’s Popmode Board Supply is presenting its first-ever Best Trick Series, a skateboarding competition series that will kick off in Coldstream Friday, June 3, 2022. (Pixabay photo)
Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. welcomes world’s best skateboarders

Indigenous-hosted pro skateboarding event coming to Langley for the first time

Skateboarder James Clarke will be participating in the Generations Skateboard Society’s first 7 Generations Cup next month. (Ryan Clark/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)

Vernon gymnasts shine in Kelowna

North Valley Society sends 20 members to three-day invitational meet and put up impressive results

Sasha Hackman from Vernon’s North Valley Gymnastics Society was among the medal winners from the club that competed at the Grizzly Invitational meet May 13-15 in Kelowna. (Contributed)
The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)

Vernon School District vaults gymnastics club into new home

Vernon school district offers North Valley Gymnastics former Whitevale Elementary gym to society

The North Valley Gymnastics Society of Vernon, which lost its 31st Street facility to an Oct. 31, 2021 fire, has been given a temporary home at the former Whitevale Elementary School gym beginning July 1. (Contributed)
The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)

Come out and welcome home the BCHL Champions in Penticton

The Penticton Vees will return home from Nanaimo at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the BCHL championship after sweeping the Nanaimo Clippers, winning Game 4 at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press Media)
Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Kamloops Venom take bite out of Vernon Tigers

Visiting Venom score 13-7 win in Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener

Vernon Iron Ghost Construction Tigers forward Kael Black (10) tries to avoid a check from Thorden Groeneveld of Kamloops during the Venom’s 13-7 win in the Tigers’ Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League home opener Saturday, May 14, at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Black Press)
Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)

Okanagan resident left speechless after Skate Canada B.C. Hall of Fame induction

Diane Nielsen was inducted into the builder category after 50 years of serving the community

Penticton resident Diane Nielsen (third to right) was inducted into the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon Hall of Fame on April 30. (Photo- Skate Canada, BC/YK Section)
The 2021 RBC PGA Scramble winners from Eganville, Ontario (Contributed)

Multiple Okanagan golf courses to host RBC PGA Scramble qualifiers

The first qualifier is at Shadow Ridge on Monday, May 23

The 2021 RBC PGA Scramble winners from Eganville, Ontario (Contributed)
The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)

Okanagan Lacrosse league breaks ice

Junior lacrosse loop hosts icebreaker tournament Saturday, April 23, at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong

The Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League will host its one-day Archie Jack Memorial Icebreaker Tournament, featuring all five league squads, Saturday, April 23, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The host Shamrocks will take on the Vernon Tigers in the first game at 9 a.m. The expansion Kelowna Kodiaks, defending champion South Okanagan Flames and Kamloops Venom will all play two games. (Black Press - file photo)
Vernon Firehawks blockers Lauren Hoard (22) and Hailey Duff stuff a would-be kill from a Lower Mainland Ducks opponent with teammate Charlie Calvert (4) providing support during the u17 Girls Volleyball B.C. Club Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval. (Jenni Duff photo)

PHOTOS: Vernon volleyball team golden at provincials

Vernon Firehawks drop just one set in rolling to Volleyball B.C. U17 girls title; advance to nationals

Vernon Firehawks blockers Lauren Hoard (22) and Hailey Duff stuff a would-be kill from a Lower Mainland Ducks opponent with teammate Charlie Calvert (4) providing support during the u17 Girls Volleyball B.C. Club Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval. (Jenni Duff photo)
Armstrong’s DJ Crowe (left) celebrates his first-ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Overlander Golf and Events Centre Saturday, April 16. His dad, Jesse – Overlander’s director of golf – filmed the historic ace. (Instagram photos)

VIDEO: Armstrong golf pro records son’s first-ever ace

DJ Crowe puts it in the hole at Overlander’s Par-3 7th hole from 125 yards out with dad Jesse filming the tee shot

Armstrong’s DJ Crowe (left) celebrates his first-ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Overlander Golf and Events Centre Saturday, April 16. His dad, Jesse – Overlander’s director of golf – filmed the historic ace. (Instagram photos)
Armstrong’s DJ Crowe (left) celebrates his first-ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Overlander Golf and Events Centre Saturday, April 16. His dad, Jesse – Overlander’s director of golf – filmed the historic ace. (Instagram photos)

VIDEO: Armstrong golf pro records son’s first-ever ace

DJ Crowe puts it in the hole at Overlander’s Par-3 7th hole from 125 yards out with dad Jesse filming the tee shot

Armstrong’s DJ Crowe (left) celebrates his first-ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Overlander Golf and Events Centre Saturday, April 16. His dad, Jesse – Overlander’s director of golf – filmed the historic ace. (Instagram photos)
Former Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson of Lumby scored five goals in his team’s regular-season finale Saturday, April 16, lifting the Columbus River Dragons to a 6-1 win over the Port Huron Prowlers in Federal Prospects Hockey League play in Port Huron, Mich. (Morning Star file photo)

Former Vernon Vipers captain explodes for five-goal game

Jagger Williamson of Lumby scores all but one of his team’s six goals in 6-1 Federal Prospects League pro game win

Former Vernon Vipers captain Jagger Williamson of Lumby scored five goals in his team’s regular-season finale Saturday, April 16, lifting the Columbus River Dragons to a 6-1 win over the Port Huron Prowlers in Federal Prospects Hockey League play in Port Huron, Mich. (Morning Star file photo)
Vernon’s Landon Currie (centre) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears celebrate a point in a quarterfinal victory at the U-Sports Canadian men’s volleyball finals in Winnipeg over the Queen’s Golden Gaels of Kingston, Ont. Currie and the Bears won the Canadian championship Sunday, downing Langley’s Trinity Western Spartans 3-1 in the final. (U-Sports photo)

Vernon volleyball player celebrates national title

Landon Currie and the Alberta Golden Bears won the men’s U-Sports national championship in Winnipeg

Vernon’s Landon Currie (centre) and the University of Alberta Golden Bears celebrate a point in a quarterfinal victory at the U-Sports Canadian men’s volleyball finals in Winnipeg over the Queen’s Golden Gaels of Kingston, Ont. Currie and the Bears won the Canadian championship Sunday, downing Langley’s Trinity Western Spartans 3-1 in the final. (U-Sports photo)