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Nathan Gossoo (Center) and Lian Gayfer (Right, wearing “A”) were both selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Nathan Gossoo)

Four Okanagan Rockets selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft

Nathan Gossoo, Lian Gayfter, Dante Nunes and Luke Schraeder were selected

Nathan Gossoo (Center) and Lian Gayfer (Right, wearing “A”) were both selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Nathan Gossoo)
Andrew Cristall was drafted 8th overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Kelowna Rockets)

Kelowna Rockets 2020 WHL Draft Recap

The Rockets made 11 selections, including one goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards

Andrew Cristall was drafted 8th overall by the Kelowna Rockets in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. (Photo - Kelowna Rockets)
Hyde Mountain Golf Course plans to reopen for the season while heeding measures aimed at stopping transmission of the COVID-19 virus. (File Photo)

Hyde Mountain Golf Course gearing up for May 1 opening

The course plans to take precautions to halt the spread of COVID-19.

Hyde Mountain Golf Course plans to reopen for the season while heeding measures aimed at stopping transmission of the COVID-19 virus. (File Photo)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ defenceman Akito Hirose (left) is one of nine players from the team that are part of a season-high BC Hockey League record for college commitments. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Nine Salmon Arm Silverbacks part of BCHL college commit record

A total of 172 players have committed to US or Canadian universities during 2019-20 season

Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ defenceman Akito Hirose (left) is one of nine players from the team that are part of a season-high BC Hockey League record for college commitments. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
A Salmon Arm Minor Baseball Mosquito Tournament held at Elks Park in June 2018. (Kristal Burgess Photography)

Salmon Arm Minor Baseball gets permission to build batting cage

City council gives the nod following a couple of years of staff’s discussion with the association

A Salmon Arm Minor Baseball Mosquito Tournament held at Elks Park in June 2018. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won the B.C. Hockey League’s simulated NHL 20 video game version of the Fred Page Cup final, beating the Cowichan Valley Capitals in six games. (BCHL photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks capture BCHL video game glory

Silverbacks defeat Cowichan Valley in six, winning title at Shaw Centre, in simulated final

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won the B.C. Hockey League’s simulated NHL 20 video game version of the Fred Page Cup final, beating the Cowichan Valley Capitals in six games. (BCHL photo)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks defeated the Vernon Vipers in six games in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 video game simulation of the Interior Conference Championship. (BCHL photo)

Salmon Arm beats Vernon in BCHL video final

Silverbacks to meet Cowichan Valley Capitals in league’s simulated video Fred Page Cup final

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks defeated the Vernon Vipers in six games in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 video game simulation of the Interior Conference Championship. (BCHL photo)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks advanced to the BCHL’s Interior Conference final against the Vernon Vipers in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 simulated video game version of the 2020 playoffs. (BCHL photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks meet Snakes in BCHL simulated conference final

BCHL turns to video game and players from remaining teams to crown a simulated league playoff winner

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks advanced to the BCHL’s Interior Conference final against the Vernon Vipers in the B.C. Hockey League’s NHL 20 simulated video game version of the 2020 playoffs. (BCHL photo)
David Silye breaks in on teammates Steve Holtz (right) and Evan McIntyre during a practice March 12 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

BCHL suspends 2020 playoffs until further notice

Games and hockey-related activity have been cancelled until further notice, due to COVID-19

David Silye breaks in on teammates Steve Holtz (right) and Evan McIntyre during a practice March 12 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George cancelled due to COVID-19

Another international sporting event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Penticton Vees fans may soon find themselves without any games to watch due to COVID-19. (Mark Brettt - Western News)

COVID-19 puts fate of BCHL season in question

Hockey Canada and the CJHL currently in talks to come up with plan for remainder of season

Penticton Vees fans may soon find themselves without any games to watch due to COVID-19. (Mark Brettt - Western News)
The Vernon Tigers (white) and South Okanagan Flames, along with the Kamloops Venom, will welcome teams from Kelowna and Armstrong into the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for 2020. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan junior lacrosse league adding two teams

Armstrong Shamrocks return with Shuswap connection; Kelowna Kodiaks join TOJLL as expansion team

The Vernon Tigers (white) and South Okanagan Flames, along with the Kamloops Venom, will welcome teams from Kelowna and Armstrong into the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League for 2020. (Black Press file photo)
The Burner Bar and Grille in Malakwa is hosting its second annual Vintage Snowmobile Fun Race on March 14. (File photo)

Racers on classic sleds to thrill crowds in Malakwa

The Burner Bar and Grille is putting on their second annual Vintage Snowmobile Race on March 14.

The Burner Bar and Grille in Malakwa is hosting its second annual Vintage Snowmobile Fun Race on March 14. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won their first 2020 playoff game against the Victoria Grizzlies 2-1 at the Shaw Centre o Feb. 28. (Clancy Whiteside/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks up two games to start playoff series

The Silverbacks take their lead to Victoria for another game on March 2.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks won their first 2020 playoff game against the Victoria Grizzlies 2-1 at the Shaw Centre o Feb. 28. (Clancy Whiteside/Salmon Arm Observer)
Trailing 4-1 in the second period Sicamous Eagles James Pedersen and Jordan Radke try to keep the puck down low and knock it away from Chase Heat’s Danton L’Heureux. The Sicamous Eagles would fall to the Chase Heat and drop their final road game of the season by a final score of 6-1. (Rick Koch Photo)

Home loss ends season for Sicamous Eagles

A defeat at the hands of the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Feb. 22 was the Eagles’ last outing.

Trailing 4-1 in the second period Sicamous Eagles James Pedersen and Jordan Radke try to keep the puck down low and knock it away from Chase Heat’s Danton L’Heureux. The Sicamous Eagles would fall to the Chase Heat and drop their final road game of the season by a final score of 6-1. (Rick Koch Photo)
The Vees took a 3-2 overtime win against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tonight in Penticton. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Penticton Vees clinch overtime win against Silverbacks

The Vees clinched a 3-2 overtime win against Salmon Arm tonight in Penticton.

The Vees took a 3-2 overtime win against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tonight in Penticton. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
The “Sicamooses” were one of the wildly-dressed teams who competed in the 2020 snow-pitch tournament in Sicamous’ Finlayson Park. (Clancy Whiteside - Eagle Valley News)

Snowy softball in Sicamous

The 2020 snowpitch tournament took place at Finlayson Park on Jan. 18 and 19.

The “Sicamooses” were one of the wildly-dressed teams who competed in the 2020 snow-pitch tournament in Sicamous’ Finlayson Park. (Clancy Whiteside - Eagle Valley News)
Sicamous Eagles

Sicamous Eagles have late-season struggle ahead to maintain playoff hopes

A loss against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Jan. 18 put the Sicamous squad further in the hole.

Sicamous Eagles
The 100 Mile House Wranglers’ Kyler Opp shoves the Chase Heat’s Matthew Poole as he tries to get a shot off and add to a 1-0 lead midway through first period during KIJHL action in Chase on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The Chase Heat would go on the beat the Wranglers 4-2. The teams met again on Jan. 14 resulting in a 4-4 tie. (Rick Koch photo)

Chase Heat win two and tie another as regular season winds down

The team is encountering their first injury and illness trouble so far this season.

The 100 Mile House Wranglers’ Kyler Opp shoves the Chase Heat’s Matthew Poole as he tries to get a shot off and add to a 1-0 lead midway through first period during KIJHL action in Chase on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The Chase Heat would go on the beat the Wranglers 4-2. The teams met again on Jan. 14 resulting in a 4-4 tie. (Rick Koch photo)
Sicamous Eagles

Sicamous Eagles lose to league-leading Kimberley Dynamiters

The Eagles will be right back at it with a Sunday afternoon game against Chase.

Sicamous Eagles