Naude crashes in Finland
Crashing in the opening race of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in Ruka, Finland is not what Penticton’s Andi Naude had in mind.
“It wasn’t the best for sure. I started off fairly strong,” said Naude shortly after her race. “I ended up in seventh place after qualifications. In the finals I had a bit of trouble with my top air exit and unfortunately crashed and didn’t have a good rest of my run.”
Naude said the course in Ruka was amazing and really well done. “I was really expecting to have a better day,” she said. “You can’t really control everything.”
Because it wasn’t a “train smash” Naude, an alumnus of the Apex Freestyle Club is confident about returning to form Jan. 13 to 14, 2017 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Bantam Vees lose in semi’s
The Penticton Murray GM bantam Tier 2 Vees were bounced out of a tournament in Cranbrook after losing their semifinal match 7-4 to the hosts on Dec. 11. Scoring for the Vees were Aaron Funk with two goals, Gage Leclair and Kai Espenhain. The Vees opened the tournament with an 8-2 win. Their second game against Spokane, the Vees won 7-1. Matt Olsen led with a hat trick, while Owen Labadie, Aaron Funk, Jacob Obuck and Brennan Nelson also scored. Two hours later, the Vees played Taber to determine the semifinals placings and lost 6-2. Carter scored both goals. The Vees have two home games this weekend at Memorial Arena, Saturday vs Kamloops at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday vs West Kelowna at 4:45 p.m.
Men’s rec hockey
Michael Pond scored a hat trick to lead the Hitmen to a 9-7 win over the Biscuits in Penticton Men’s Rec Hockey action. Joel Post and Mark Petry each added two, while Luc Rioux and Izzy Gudmundson scored a goal each. Dillon Duley scored a hat trick and Rylie Gallagher added two, while Justin Martens and Rory McDowall each scored once. Andrew Pond and Bob Pond scored twice to help the Broncos edge the Wolverines 5-4. Rob Burnett added the other Broncos goal. Carter Rigby scored twice, while Derek Grimm and Dylan Burton scored for the Wolverines. The Hitmen doubled up the EcoDry Ice Dogs 10-5. Petry led the Hitmen with a five-goal performance, while Pond added two and singles were scored by Rioux, Blain Ford and Tristan Maclaggan. For the Ice Dogs, Mitch MacMillan scored three, Nick Riep and Chad Deleeuw also scored.
Hand Grenades top dart league
The Hand Grenades have sneaked into first place in Penticton and District Dart League standings Monday. A seven-point performance pushed the Grenades to 82 points, two ahead of the Alley Brats, who scored six points to reach 80. In third place are Clancy’s Snipers with 72 points after a seven-point performance. In fourth are the Elks No.1 with 70 points and in fifth are the Smokin Aces with 68 points.
Earning high scores are Darren Vipond with 162 and Karen Franz with 160.High outs went to Doug Belanger with 153 and Missy Kolbe with 124.