By The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race. Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nelson Figure Skating club skaters are busy refining the routines to compete in the upcoming Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook.The Heritage City club is sending a handful of skaters to the Cranbrook, including nine-year-old Sophie Borhi.Borhi recently had a chance to skate her routine in front of a large crowd at the Nelson Leafs KIJHL Playoff game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Borhi took the silver medal in the preliminary freeskate at the recent competition in Beaver Valley, which has qualified her to skate at the Pacific StarSkate.Last month at the Ogopogo Free Skate Competition in Penticton that drew 230 skaters from B.C., Alberta and Washington State, Borhi placed second in her category.Other skaters heading to Cranbrook include Morgan Sabo and Erica Tolles.The Nelson Figure Skating Club executive would like to remind the public that the deadline to register for Spring CanSkate is March 21.The spring program begins March 28 at the NDCC Arena.For more information or register visit the club’s website at email@example.com
The playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Tomic has faced a barrage of criticism from former players after the 24-year-old Australian said he faced “mental issues” and was bored during his lacklustre loss to Mischa Zverev in the first round at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Tomic was touted as a future major champion in his homeland after winning a slew of boy’s titles, including junior grand slam triumphs at the Australian and U.S. Opens, but his career has stalled and he remains without a title since 2015.Following the 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Germany’s Zverev, Tomic conducted an unconventional news conference at the All England Club in which he detailed his struggles to stay motivated.Tomic’s attitude irked a lot of his fellow countrymen, including former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, who said Australians were not pleased with either his performance or his comments.”He can do a lot worse than that to ruin the image that we’ve created. But a lot of ex-players are cringing, Aussies, especially… the guys who started this pro circuit. We wouldn’t be here without these guys,” Cash told the BBC.Australian six-time grand slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs also expressed her anger at Tomic.”To say the things that he said in the press conference today is a disgrace,” Stubbs said. “You’re an embarrassment to yourself, and not only to the sport but to Australian tennis.”Women’s nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova suggested that Tomic’s comments were ungracious and suggested he “stay at home”.”It’s disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport. If you can’t get motivated at Wimbledon it’s time to find another job,” Navratilova added.advertisement”The spectators paid good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn’t try, he can’t be bothered. Just stay at home.”Tomic and Tennis Australia have a strained relationship with the player being dropped from previous Davis Cup teams for controversial comments and opinions.