Small contingent of Leafs earn All Star status

first_imgOf course, Walton and Wiest were involved in that blockbuster trade last month between Castlegar and Fernie that saw the two star players switch teams mid season. Sookro leads the Hawks in scoring with 20 goals and 22 assists.There is one player each from Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Rebels have two players on the Kootenay Prospects Team. Forwards Jamie Vlanich and Diego Bartlett will make the trek along with Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.Vlanich was also part of the Castlegar/Fernie deal that sent Walton to the Eddie Mountain powerhouse.Desert Dogs lead All Star selections with eightThe Osoyoos Coyotes have no less than eight players heading to Fernie. The expansion club, that looks more like a seasoned crew, leads the entire KIJHL with a 29-2-2 record.Defending KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies is second, three points behind the Desert Dogs. sports@thenelsondaily.com By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s a rather small contingent of Nelson Leafs that heads to Fernie next month to attend the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star weekend.Five players, including two veterans, made the grade to play in the All Star and Prospects games in January.Headlining the list is the Leafs’ leading scorer, Gavin Currie. Currie, 20, has been the most consistent player on the Green and White this season, leading Nelson in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points.Many of those points have come in the last few months before the Christmas break as the Abbotsford native has points in 15 of the last 19 games.It’s the second trip to the All Star contest for Currie.Taylor O’Neil also slated to play in the All Star Classic. The Kelowna native has been Mr. Rock Solid for the Leafs on the blueline. Nelson’s captain has played all 32 games for Nelson, amassing three goals and nine assists to go with 188 minutes in penalties.Three rookies earn the opportunity to play in the Prospects’ Game.Goalie Darren Hogg and forwards Cameron Dobransky and Connor Enright caught the eye of the All Star committee.Hogg has shared the crease with teammate Marcus Beesley and leads the Leafs with a solid 2.88 goals against average in 14 games. Nine of those games have been wins for the Penticton native.Dobransky and Enright have been key contributors to the Leaf success this season with 13 and 11 points, respectively.The KIJHL All Star weekend goes January 14-15 in Fernie.Friday is the Prospects Game while the All Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday. Prior to the All Star contest the players and coaches will be treated to a banquet.Five Riders play before home crowd in FernieThe Fernie Ghostriders lead the Kootenay Conference in selections to the All Star Game with five players.Netminders Andrew Walton and Fraser Abdallah join forwards Thomas Abenante, Scott Morriseau and Jeff Zmurchyk on the Kootenay Conference squad.Three players from the Castlegar Rebels — Darren Tarasoff, Mike Wiest and Taylor Anderson — join two from Beaver Valley — Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro and Derek Lashuk.last_img read more

NCAA allows Division I coaches to spend more virtual time with athletes

first_imgCoaches can only spend eight virtual hours a week with student-athletes, according to a press release from the NCAA. They must only participate in “nonphysical countable activities” which can include film review, chalk talks and team meetings, according to the same press release.  “This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said M. Grace Calhoun, the Council chair and athletic director at Penn.  On Thursday, the NCAA announced its Council Coordination Committee voted to allow Division I coaches in all sports to have more virtual connection with their teams. This policy will take effect starting on Monday, April 20 and last until May 31. center_img The NCAA is also requiring student-athletes to be given at least one day a week off without any nonphysical countable activities.last_img read more

STREAKING GOODYEARFORROSES HEADS SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE BIDS FOR HER THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN WITH NAKATANI UP

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2017)–Seemingly invigorated since changing her base of operations from Toronto, Canada to the Richard Baltas barn at Santa Anita, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses will bid for her third Winter Meet win in a row in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and one eighth on turf.Several distaffers rate competitive chances in the eight-horse Santa Ana, including trainer Paulo Lobo’s Pretty Girl, who was second to “Goodyear” two starts back in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 31, a race that was shifted to a “sloppy” main track and thus lost its Grade III status. Be sure to tune into XBTV on Sunday at www.xbtv.com/watch-live/ from any mobile device or computer. The XBTV team will feature live, on-site coverage throughout the race day, as well as providing Gulfstream Park bonus coverage as well.                Fans can watch video of prominent in-day workers at www.xbtv.com/video-on-demand/workouts/  First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/. GOODYEARFORROSES: Sold privately following a close third place finish in the Grade III Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 5, she seemed to relish the sloppy conditions in the Frankel and rallied strongly from off the pace to win the mile and one half turf Astra II Stakes here on Feb. 2.  The triumvirate of Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani and Baltas will be bidding for their third win in a row as the 5-year-old mare attempts her first graded stakes win.  Owned by Abbondanza Racing, she has six wins from 14 starts and has earnings of $245,995. PRETTY GIRL: A Group I & III winner in her native Argentina, this classy 6-year-old mare made her U.S. debut in the prestigious Grade I Beverly D Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington Park, rallying from far back to finish a respectable seventh and was idle until running second in the Dec. 31 Frankel, her first start for Lobo.  Although far back early in the Beverly D, she pressed the early Frankel pace but was no match for Goodyearforroses late.  With Victor Espinoza engaged to ride for the first time, chances are Pretty Girl will approach the Santa Ana with a “wait and see” approach at a mile and one eighth.  Owned by Stud RDI, LLC and Bonne Chance Farm, LLC, Pretty Girl is 8-4-1-1, with all of her wins coming on turf.center_img Pretty Girl–Victor Espinoza–120Do the Dance–Tyler Baze–120Goodyearforroses–Corey Nakatani–120Sheeza Milky Way–Jamie Theriot–120Sweet Charity–Flavien Prat–120Kenriya–Rafael Bejarano–120Evo Campo–Brice Blanc–120Responsibleforlove–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120 THE GRADE II SANTA ANA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more