RUMSON – A cold fall morning Saturday, Nov. 16 wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Rumsonites and friends from coming out to support Rumson PTO’s second annual 1-mile Fun Run and 5K Dawg Dash and Kiddie Dashes. Nearly 400 athletes of all levels registered for the runs that took place around the Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Over $6,000 was raised by the Bulldogs, according to Tara Harmon, who co-chaired the event with Irene Hall. The money will go toward funding academic enrichment programs and a variety of assemblies for Rumson’s elementary and middle schools. Photos by Patrick Olivero
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.Carsen Willans and Travis Wellman scored goals to power the Nelson Leafs to a nail-biting 2-1 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final series 1-0.Game two is Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Playing the game without the services of leading scorer Jamie Vlanich and veteran center Linden Horswill, Nelson struggled to find any offence through the first 38 minutes of the contest. That’s when a bad pinch in the Braves defence gave Nelson a 2-on-1 break.With Willans carrying the puck into the Spokane zone, Wellman played the opportunistic winger tapping in a Rayce Miller pass for the game’s first goal.In the third it was Willans’ turn.The diminutive winger skated through the Braves defence before depositing a backhander past a surprised Jon Manlow in the Spokane nets.Nelson then put the game into the hands for netminder Adam Maida, who shutout the Braves for 59 minutes before Sean Collins scored on the power play.Maida is currently riding a three-game winning streak after taking over for injured Brad Rebagliati in the Nelson nets.Nelson out shot the Braves 29-23.Puck drop Wednesday is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Kimberley, Creston, Osoyoos and 100 Mile House all took one-game leads in their respective playoff series as all but one series opened Tuesday in the KIJHL. Beaver Valley hosts Castlegar in Game one of the other Murdoch Semi Final. . . . The loss of Jamie Vlanich and Linden Horswill takes 140-plus regular season points of offence out of the Nelson lineup. Vlanich could be in the lineup for Wednesday while Horswill is possible for Friday when the series shifts to Spokane.
Kaleb Boyle opened the scoring for the Heat on the power play before Michael Crawford tied the game on a goal mouth scramble the saw Bruyere make three amazing stops before the Leafs scored.Nelson tied the game with the man advantage.Tommy Brown restored the lead for Chase in the second before Nelson struck for two goals in a span of two minutes by Cody Paivarinta and Austin Lindsay.However, before the period ended Chase tied the game on the power play with Boyle connecting for his second of the game.Chase, which peppered Nelson goalie Brett Sole for 18 shots in the third period, held a slim 35-33 shots advantage.Nelson, 5-1-1-1, now travels to Castlegar Saturday to meet the Rebels.GAME NOTES: Veterans Darnel St. Pierre and Aaron Dunlap watched the game from the stands. St. Pierre completed the second game of this two-game sit for an accumulation of hit-to-the-head penalties. Dunlap missed the game, and most likely Saturday’s tilt in Castlegar, with an upper body injury. . . . Leaf goalie Brett Soles, winner of four of five games, has slipped to 10th in the KIJHL top goalie category. . . . Aidan Geiger was Nelson’s game star. . . .Nelson’s Michael Crawford finished the game with two points. . . . Castlegar, 3-5 on the season, is coming off a 7-3 loss to Kimberley. . . . Next home game is Friday, October 10 against Castlegar Rebels followed by a contest Saturday with Spokane. The games are part of parent weekend for the Leafs. The signing of Aidan Geiger paid off in spades for the Nelson Leafs.The former Fernie Ghostrider scored the winning goal midway through the third period to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Chase Heat in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.Geiger, who signed with the Leafs earlier this week after playing last season for the Ghostriders, combined with Patrick Croome and Aaron Brewer to beat Nic Bruyere in the Heat nets for the winning tally.The teams traded goals all game long.
The Grade 8 squad had experienced an influx of players this season with 20 girls participating.Trafalgar, divided into three teams, hosted two tournaments with opposition from Salmo, Stanley Humphries, and Mount Sentinel. The Thunder also travelled to Stanley Humphries to play against Grand Forks and Rossland and next week the squad is off to J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail on Thursday and Mount Sentinel the following Monday to conclude the playday circuit.Mallard’s Source for sports applauds the hard work and dedication of the players with Team of the Week honours.The team, under the guidance of coach Staci Proctor, includes, Amanda Creak, Lily Hutteman, Reece Hunt, Olivia Kelly, Maia Robertson-Weir, Bryce Winters, Michaela Anderson, Sophie Edney, Kirsten Van Horne, Shayla Elias, Sophie Borhi, Alicia Griko, Camryn Parnell, Brynn Belland, Rylee Zondervan, Mimi Lockhurt, Maren Kernan, Sierra Jones, Jaydon Rushton, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maia Thibault. Trafalgar’s varsity girl’s volleyball team is getting ready to cap off a successful season on the court with the West Kootenay Championships set for November 22 at Mount Sentinel High School.
The Falcons had defeated LVR by a point in the final of the Mount Sentinel Tournament in December.LVR moved the ball up the court early and often to build an early lead against the bigger but slower Falcons of Fernie. On the back of point guard Robby Dixon’s 12 point effort in the first half, the Bombers held a 25-20 lead at the midway break. The Grade 11 Dixon’s production in the second did not slow in second half, scoring 17 of his eventual season high 29 points, leading the Bombers to the 55-43 victory against the east Kootenay rival.Another key to the victory was the Bombers perimeter defense, with great efforts by Dixon, Darian Johnson, and Grade 10 guard Studer, against the poorer-ball handling of the Falcon guards.Behind Dixon’s stand-out effort, Vinnie Watson contributed 10 points, Johnson had seven points, and Kai Shave chipped in 4 points.Dixon was named player of the game.In the afternoon, the Bombers faced off against the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.LVR handled the Storm easily, cruising to the 56-33 victory, with all eight Bombers seeing significant playing time.Player of the game, Grade 11 Kai Shave, contributed 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot.Once again, Robby Dixon lead all scorers with 13 points. Watson and Johnson chipped in nine points each, Studer netted six points, and Jake Anderson and Grade 9 Dyllen Dixon scored four points each.Grade 9 Brock Dixon rounded out the scoring with two points. The short-handed L.V. Rogers Bombers got their revenge and the championship during a High School Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Creston.LVR defeated host Prince Charles Bulldogs 55-51 in the final to capture the tourney that featured teams from the East Kootenay.”Jake Anderson was named player of the game and (point guard) Eamon Studer was tournament MVP based on his exceptional defense, agressive offensive play, and poise down the stretch,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.Leading 53-51 in the seasaw contest, Jake Anderson, after collecting a defensive rebound, knocked down a pair of free throws to secure the four-point win.The Bombers were lead in the final game by the performances of Grade 10’s Studer and Vinnie Watson who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.Anderson finished with seven points and Robby Dixon had six points. LVR opened the tournament with a grudge-match against Fernie Falcons.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Far back early, Play Hard to Get saved ground at the rail and re-rallied late under Corey Nakatani to defeat Awesome Return and Mike Smith by a head in Friday’s $60,000 Green Jewel Purse allowance at Santa Anita. Trained by Eric Kruljac, Play Hard to Get covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.59.Breaking from the rail under showery conditions, Joes Blazing Aaron set fast fractions of 22.45, 45.67, 1:09.79 and 1:34.84, which set up the late runs of both the winner and runner-up.“They were motoring up front,” said Nakatani. “I knew we could take back off the pace, because I could tell they would come back to me.”Off at 9-1 from his outside post position in a field of nine, Play Hard to Get paid $20.40, $5.80 and $4.20. Owned by Kings River Ranch, Play Hard to Get, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Purim, picked up his third win from nine starts. With the winner’s take of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $132,750.“It was definitely the ride that Corey envisioned,” said Kruljac. “We were going to take back but we didn’t know we’d be that far back (sixth, 6 ½ lengths off the lead at the quarter pole). He had the confidence to do it and he knew what they were doing on the front-end. You put a rider like that up and you don’t tell him how to ride.”Next to last, 9 ½ lengths off the lead a quarter mile from home, Awesome Return skimmed the rail around the far turn while following Play Hard to Get, made the lead inside the sixteenth pole and may’ve won had he seen the winner, who was wide-out on the course at the wire.Off at 6-5, Awesome Return finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of front-running Joes Blazing Aaron and paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Joes Blazing Aaron was off at 5-1 and paid $3.40 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $48,472 and it is expected that Saturday’s total Pick Six Pool should approach $300,000. First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $48,472 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $300,000
WHAT: Grade III, $100,000 SANTA YSABEL STAKESDistance & Conditions: 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old filliesWHEN: Saturday, March 5 Race 5, (approximate Post Time–2:30 p.m. PT) MY DYNAMO, owned by Rusty Brown, Phillip Lebherz and Alan Klein, returns to Santa Anita following a close second place finish in the 1 1/16 miles (synthetic Tapeta) California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 6. Trained by Jeff Bonde, the Kentucky-bred filly by Discreetly Mine was fifth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, two starts back in the 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes here Jan. 2. Ninth, beaten 22 lengths by Songbird five starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante, My Dynamo will be making her seventh career start. WHY: Undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird will continue on her road to the Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. Considered by some to be America’s top 3-year-old, irrespective of gender, Songbird heads a field of 10 sophomore fillies.WHO: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, Jeff Bonde, 119Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, Doug O’Neill, 119Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, Phil D’Amato, 123Pageant Material, Santiago Gonzalez, Richard Baltas, 119Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, Patrick Gallagher, 119Songbird, Mike Smith, Jerry Hollendorfer, 123Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, Manuel Badilla, 119Jade Princess, Rafael Bejarano, Bob Baffert, 119Not Now Carolyn, Kent Desormeaux, Keith Desormeaux, 119Mokat, Flavien Prat, Richard Baltas, 119 MOKAT, owned by J K Racing Stable and trained by Richard Baltas, comes off a close third place finish in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 5. A Kentucky-bred filly by Uncle Mo, she has been favored in three out of her five starts but would appear better suited on turf. A romping one mile turf maiden winner in her second start on Oct. 31 at Del Mar, she was subsequently second, beaten a half length, in the Grade III, one mile turf Jimmy Durante Stakes Nov. 28. With Mike Smith opting to stick with the favorite, Mokat will be handled for the first time by Flavien Prat. STREET FANCY, owned by Agave Racing Stable, won the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos two starts back on Dec. 12, but was subsequently annihilated by Songbird in the Grade II, Las Virgenes, finishing 28 lengths back while eased. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Street Fancy, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense, will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza, who rode her for the first time on the Las Virgenes. SONGBIRD, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and the Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Filly for 2015, will try to follow up on her sensational 6 ½ length win here in the Grade II, one mile Las Virgenes on Feb. 6 and extend her unbeaten streak to six. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is unbeaten in two starts at Santa Anita and is prepping for the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Santa Anita Oaks on April 9. Regular rider Mike Smith termed her half mile workout in 48 flat here on Sunday thusly: “That was probably one of the best half miles I’ve ever gone, about as easy and as smooth as you could possibly go–very impressive.” JADE PRINCESS, owned by Don Alberto Stable, showed brief speed and was subsequently beaten 13 lengths while running fifth behind Songbird in the Las Virgenes here Feb. 6. Trained by Bob Baffert, the Kentucky-bred filly by Tapit was a 1 ¾ length first condition allowance winner going one mile here two starts back on Jan. 8. In what will be her sixth career start, Jade Princess will be handled for the first time by leading man, Rafael Bejarano. NOT NOW CAROLYN, owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Don’t Tell My Wife Stables, LLC and partners, this lightly raced daughter of Tapit comes off a solid gate to wire one mile maiden special weight win on Jan. 28 and appears to be an up and coming sort. Well beaten in her first two tries, she improved dramatically in her first start for trainer Keith Desormeaux on Jan. 28 and if she can continue her ascent, she could be a factor on Saturday. LAND OVER SEA, owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, a Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road has been soundly beaten by Songbird in four out of her six lifetime starts, including her most recent, as she finished second, beaten 6 ½ lengths, in the Las Virgenes Stakes here on Feb. 6. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Land Over Sea was off at 23-1 in the Las Virgenes but figures to be a shorter price on Saturday as she hopes to improve on her last effort with regular rider Mario Gutierrez up.