Midget Heat wins playoffs
A 9-8 defeat against the Shuswap clinched the Thompson-Okanagan Zone Lacrosse championship for the Penticton Okanagan Home Centre midget Heat team. Over the weekend in North Okanagan-Enderby, the Heat defeated Nicola Valley 17-5 and Kelowna 7-3 before playing in the championship game. Heat captain Louis Shortreed clinched the championship for his team when he scored with less than a minute remaining. The Heat will travel to Campbell River July 25-27 to play for a provincial championship.
Silver lining for Heat in Calgary
Penticton’s bantam A Heat lacrosse team returned from Calgary’s Canada Day tournament, that featured 97 teams from the U.S., Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta, with a silver medal. The Heat opened the tournament with a tie against the Edmonton Wizards, then secured a berth in the finals with wins against the Okotoks Raiders, Calgary Rage and Edmonton Warriors. The Heat travelled to Victoria on Tuesday for the provincial tournament July 9-13.
Flames face Venom in playoffs
The South Okanagan Flames finished its Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League schedule with a 16-6 loss to the Vernon Tigers and 19-14 defeat at the hands of the Armstrong Shamrocks on July 2 and 4, respectively. In the loss to the Shamrocks, Chris Pond, Connor Walton and Tanner Thompson each scored four goals. Pond added six assists. The Flames finished the season with four wins and 12 losses in 16 games to finish fourth in the five-team league. The Flames faces first-place Kamloops Venom in a best-of-five semifinal series, which started Tuesday at Kamloops’ Memorial Arena. The Flames host Game 2 in Kelowna’s Memorial Arena July 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Game 3 returning to Kamloops on July 12.
Hometown Heroes program
Pacific Western Brewing’s Community Foundation Hometown Heroes Program is continuing to accept applications through to the end of January 2015. In each round an applicant will be selected from four major provincial regions — Greater Vancouver, Northern B.C., Vancouver Island and the Okanagan/Kootenays. Applications are open to any B.C. resident currently engaged in sports as an athlete or coach, or otherwise excelling in a community mentoring activity. Applicants must be at least 19 years old. Application forms are available online at www.pwbrewing.com. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Hometown Heroes Bursaries, PWB Community Foundation, 3876 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 4T9.