Backcountry enthusiasts will now have access to better information for evaluating snow conditions and assessing avalanche risks, thanks to new avalanche awareness signage around the province. Avalanche awareness signs targeting mountain snowmobilers have been posted at 23 key highway locations and most of the 85 managed snowmobile areas in the province. These signs advise sledders they are entering avalanche territory and provide a telephone number and website address that gives up-to-date local avalanche conditions. Avaluator signage, providing users with step-by-step instructions for assessing avalanche dangers, will be installed at nine of B.C.’s most popular snowmobile trail access sites. The signs provide a map of the area, which includes a visual representation of how risky the terrain is in relation to avalanches. Avaluator signs • Avaluator Signs are located: – Near Golden: Gorman Lake, Quartz Creek, Silent Pass – Near Revelstoke: Frisby Ridge, Boulder Mountain – Near Sicamous: Owl Head, Blue Lake, Eagle Pass, Queest Mountain • Avaluator signs were created using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES). With these new signs, mapped snowmobiling terrain in the province has quadrupled—complete drainages are now mapped so sledders can see clearly where the risk of avalanches changes on the trail. Snowmobile trail areas • Click on http://www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca/search/search-facility-activity-results.aspx Avalanche safety tips • Get the training — a two-day Avalanche Skills Training course is your first step • Get the gear — everyone in the party needs a beacon, probe and shovel • Choose your terrain according to the conditions of the day — always check the bulletin at: http://www.avalanche.ca Learn more • Check out the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website: http://www.avalanche.ca • Want to know the local snowmobile clubs in your area? Visit the of Association of British Columbia Snowmobile Clubs website: http://www.abcsnow.ca/ or the BC Snowmobile Federation’s website at: http://www.bcsf.org • Learn more about avalanche skills training: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast
The rep season officially kicks off for Nelson Youth Soccer teams as the local association plays host to the annual Terry Walgren Girl’s Tournament this weekend at the Lakeside Facility.The 18-team tournament, which some years has exceeded 25-plus teams, begins the rep season for most Nelson teams.During the Easter Weekend some local teams ventured to the Central Okanagan for the Icebreaker tourney.The tournament hosts four divisions of competition — U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16.A single game is on the schedule Friday — in the U16 division where two Nelson teams, U16 and U17 Selects meet at 5:30 p.m. All other divisions commence Saturday morning.Each division plays a round robin draw with the playoff round set for Sunday.Teams from Invermere, Kootenay South in Trail, Creston, Newport, WA., and Revelstoke join five teams from the host association in the three-day event.The Terry Walgren schedule can be found at http://www.nys.ca/index.php?submenu=concession&src=gendocs&ref=Reptourneys&category=RepNYS Boy’s Rep teams travel to Silver CityIn the greater Trail area teams from throughout the Kootenays will compete in the 17th annual Kootenay South Youth Soccer Boy’s Tournament.Nelson Select teams — U12, U13, U14 and U16 — have entered the weekend tourney. There’s also a West Kootenay U17/18 squad with Nelson players on the team.The complete schedule can be found at http://www.kootenaysouthsoccer.com
Lauren Taylor is slowly but surely moving up the leader board at the 2011 B.C. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship in Port Alberni.The Granite Pointe golfer shot an even-par 71 during Thursday’s third round to climb into a tie for eighth spot.The final round goes today. Taylor teed off shortly after 9 a.m.Taylor, coming off a very successful season at Portland State University, kept her bogey’s to a minimum.Fact is Taylor could have had an under par round had she not bogeyed the final hole Thursday. Taylor has improved as the tourney progress, opening with an 80 before shooting 75 during round two.Christina Proteau of the host Port Alberni leads the field by two shots over Taylor Kim of Surrey.Amanda Baker of Port Coquitlam is third followed by second round leader Anica Yoo of Port Coquitlam.Taylor, a 19-year-old L.V. Rogers Bomber grad, won two tournaments this season on the Big Sky circuit in California — Cal State Fullerton Folino Invitational and UC Irvine Anteater Invitational — at Portland State.Those accomplishments did not go unnoticed as Taylor earned Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year accolades — the first freshman from Portland State to claim the honour.Taylor also was named to the All- Big Sky Conference Team. Taylor’s scoring average of 75.80 is the best ever by a PSU freshman. She also tied a school scoring record for a 36-hole tournament with an even par 144 at the Folino.Taylor is a two-time Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week.firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Kassian had his first fight as a Canuck, challenging new Canadien (and ex-Wild) Brad Staubitz. Kassian started out well but ended up losing the fight. Cole scored his second six minutes later, after another brutal play by Edler, to round out the scoring and give the visitors their three-goal advantage. After the Canucks dominated the shot clock in the first, Montreal outshot Vancouver 30-18 in the second and third periods.There’s a lot of blame to go around for this one. Save the Kesler line, none of the forwards played very well, most especially the Sedins and Alex Burrows. Luongo also had an extremely uneven effort – you can’t really blame the first goal on him, the other three all could have been stopped. The second goal in particular was horrible. Most concerning was their play in the third period, which is typically Vancouver’s strongest. I believe the Canucks are a tired group and since they really have nothing left to play for in this regular season (they are almost assured to finishing first or second in the conference), they really just look like they are coasting. This is OK, just as long as they get their game together for the playoffs.Overall, there’s not a whole lot to add on this one. The Canucks played very well for a spell, and then for whatever reason, they just stopped. Montreal kept coming, and the Canucks’ goaltending couldn’t bail them out. In today’s NHL, that always ends up with a loss. GAME OBSERVATIONS Edler was an absolute disaster tonight. He ended up minus-2, but that was kind since he just happened to be on the ice for Kesler’s goal. He played a major role in all three Montreal even-strength goals against. He was outmuscled on the boards on the first one, he allowed Cole far too easy access to the puck on the second, and was beaten along the boards in the offensive zone on the third. I can’t ever remember him playing as poorly as he’s played in the last couple of games. Before the game the Canucks had planned to give the players a couple of days off, as they don’t play again until Wednesday. It was confirmed by media after the game that that plan is still in place. Great move – the team is playing like it’s exhausted physically and mentally – giving them a break from the rink might be just what’s necessary. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Day: The most notable thing on the broadcast tonight was the fact that for a change, the duo of Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson didn’t annoy me terribly. They are usually quite anti-Canuck. Tonight, they let the team do the talking for them on that front – the way they played, it was impossible to think anything positive about them.After Hours, a show which consistently provides an opportunity to see the players for who they are as people, was great tonight as they had Dan Hamhuis on as guest. The picture of Hamhuis and Shea Weber dressed up as Pooh Bear and Tigger at a children’s hospital was priceless. Canuck fans can only hope that they will have a chance to recreate that scene next Hallowe’en at Canuck Place.Hamhuis also made some interesting comments about the team’s mindset at the moment, stating that this year feels much different than last year and that the team is really looking forward to the playoffs. This lends credence to the notion that, consciously or subconsciously, they are coasting at the moment, getting ready for the playoffs.Looking ahead: For potentially the final time, the Canucks will host the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. The twins continue to struggle mightily, again being held off the scoresheet. They have now combined for one point in the last eight games. As Daniel has that point, Henrik is now in his longest pointless streak since 2003, a point made numerous times on Hockey Night in Canada. Throughout most of this most recent slide, they have been decent, still generating chances. Not tonight – they were invisible and completely ineffective. According to the stat sheet, Montreal outhit Vancouver 26-24. However, watching the game, Montreal won the physical battle by a wider margin than that – the Habs took it to Vancouver physically early in the game. A number of Canucks received hard checks from the Canadiens. The fourth line again produced some effective shifts in the first period. The trend of the officials refusing to call anything continues. On both sides tonight, it was mind-boggling how many things were left uncalled. At one point, the Canucks even had an obvious too-many-men, and they didn’t call that. The only calls which were consistently applied, unfortunately for Vancouver, were the “puck over the glass” penalties. Vigneault spread the minutes out relatively evenly amongst his forwards tonight. This isn’t surprising given how the game went in the third period. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks, in second-place overall, entertained the 28th overall Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at Rogers Arena. In the first period, the two teams played to form. However, it was a case of role reversal in the third period, however, as the Canadiens walked out with a 4-1 victory to win their second straight in western Canada.In the first period, the Canucks came out like they played their last game against Winnipeg, taking the play to the Habs and outshooting them by a wide margin, 15-5. Carey Price, playing his 59th game for Montreal, played very well to keep his team in the game, as the Canucks had a number of grade A scoring chances. The AMEX line of Kesler-Higgins-Booth led the charge for the second straight game after being reunited by coach Alain Vigneault.The two teams played more evenly in the second, the Canucks getting on the board first after Ryan Kesler ripped a wrist shot past Price 12 minutes into the period. After that goal, however, the Canucks played like their night was done, as Montreal upped their game and they were unable provide a response. Montreal evened the game at 18:43, when Blake Geoffrion scored his first NHL goal after a nice feed from Louis Leblanc.While the second period was a step backward for the Canucks, the third period was an unmitigated disaster. Erik Cole scored just 13 seconds into the period after Alex Edler played him way too soft and he was able to slide a weak backhand past Roberto Luongo on a goal the Canuck netminder never should have let in. The Canucks then took successive penalties for putting the puck over the glass, handing the Habs a 5 on 3 power play. While Vancouver generally did well to kill the penalties, P.K. Subban scored with only one second remaining in the two-man advantage to put the game out of reach for the Canucks.
And what did the committee find but the latest Team of the Week, the Trafalgar Grade 8 Leadership Class.The class has been busy building cat scratching posts for the SPCA — thanks to donations from Maglio Building and Nelson Flooring along with woodworking instructor Marcello Piro.Members of the class include, back row, L-R, essica Kidd, Maya Ida, Zoe Strongman, Noa Butterfield, Eve Maslak and Lucy McBurney.Front, Kelsey Griko, Elena Gustafson, Megan Tennant, Kaylee Shukin and Mariah Rawick. The Mallard’s Source for Sports selection committee decided to take a trip to Trafalgar Middle School to see what the students have been doing during the first half of the school year.
Honorable Mention: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Simi Socks, UIW; Marlain Veal, Southeastern Louisiana The Bears tipoff the Southland season on Thursday, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) at 1 p.m. They then turnaround and contest Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at home. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Week Eight Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the Southland Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Guard – Chandler, Ariz. After finishing the first half at Oregon a perfect six-of-six from behind the arc, the senior from Chandler, Ariz., ended the game going eight-of-nine from downtown. For the second time this season, Howard put up 35 points on a Pac-12’s home court en route to etching his name in arena record books. His eight treys tied a Matthew Knight Arena record after Travis Hammonds of Long Beach State did so on Dec. 18, 2015. Howard was one point shy of the arena record for points. Howard shot 70.6 percent overall and was three-of-three from the free-throw line. The senior guard from Chandler, Ariz., led a Bears (6-7) team that nearly defeated its second Pac-12 team of the season, falling at Oregon, 82-96. Howard put up 35 points and dropped eight threes in the game; it was his first 35-point game since scoring that many against UCLA on Nov. 15. In UCA’s previous game, a 94-98 overtime loss at Morehead State, Howard combined for 32 points in 41 minutes of action. This is Howard’s first Player of the Week award since claiming the honor Nov. 20.
Both the Cardinals and Wildcats competed at the UIW Invitational in San Antonio on Saturday. UIW claimed the men’s team title while ACU was the fastest women’s team, thanks in large part to this week’s honorees. The junior paced a Wildcats’ squad that featured three top-seven finishes to fuel the two-point team win. Honorable Mention: None Women’s Athlete of the Week: Carnley Graham, ACU – Jr. – Live Oak, Texas Graham covered the 6K course in 22:01 – nine seconds better than the runner-up — to win the race over runners from 10 teams on Saturday. The victory is her second of the season. FRISCO, Texas – Incarnate Word’s Garrett Cortez and Abilene Christian’s Carnley Graham are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The honors are presented by MidSouth Bank. The Schertz, Texas, native showcased his leadership skills throughout the race, keeping his teammates packed behind him while setting a pace that no other team could match on the Cardinals’ home course. By the final mile, Cortez flashed his skill and pulled away from his teammates to finish 35 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, also from UIW. He ran at a 5:05 mile pace throughout the meet to secure his third Top 10 finish in four meets this season. Honorable Mention: Levi Chambers, ACU Men’s Athlete of the Week: Garrett Cortez, UIW – Sr. – Schertz, Texas Cortez led the 13th annual UIW Invitational from the starting gun to the finish line. The senior set an aggressive pace in difficult conditions that included 95 percent humidity, leading his team to its second team title of the season and a personal time of 25:18.8 in the 8K race. The race victory came over runners from 11 schools. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Taumalolo will miss one match with an early guilty plea but risks a two-match ban if he unsuccessfully fights the charge, which results from his 26th-minute hit on Brisbane’s Alex Glenn on Friday night.Matt Scott, who suffered a knee injury against the Broncos, is facing a one-match ban, while Gubb can avoid a suspension if he pleads guilty to a grade one dangerous contact charge.
Rudé already works “day and night” to “advance as much as possible before traveling to Miami”. The Spaniard is still waiting for a visa, but he already has a date for the start of the preseason: January 18. “I really want to return to the pitch,” he confesses despite the challenge of managing a project that starts from scratch: “You rarely find something like that. Identity, structures, areas, values, game model… We are the first coaching staff in the history of the club and that will weigh us in some moments ”, Add.Albert Rudé confesses to being “fascinated” and hopes that Inter Miami will be able to form “a fairly competitive team” to face his MLS debut with guarantees. “It would be logical that until after a couple of seasons no high-level European players reach the franchise. There was talk of Messi, Suárez, Cavani, Silva, but we are not in a hurry. It is a long-term project that we will try to consolidate as soon as possible. ” Personally, the Spanish expect to “compete the championship”, although He is aware that the title does not appear on his road map: “We have to work every day to make Inter Miami one of the best projects in American football,” he completes. Inter Miami finalizes its landing in Major League Soccer (MLS). The club owned by former soccer player David Beckham announced this week that he will be the first coach in his history, Diego Alonso. And as it happened during his previous stages in Pachuca and Monterrey, The Uruguayan will be assisted by Barcelona’s Albert Rudé, who faces this new stage “with a huge illusion.” “After leaving Mexico we were clear that we needed a project that motivated us especially and after receiving the call from Beckham and visiting his project in Miami we had no doubt that it was this,” reveals the Spanish.Although the MLS is still one step below the MX League, Albert Rudé believes that the American championship “has unique characteristics We hope they only serve us to grow at all levels. This same week we appeared in ‘The Sun’, something I would never have imagined. ” The Catalan confesses to being proud to reach a bench for which names like Patrick Viera, Carlo Ancelotti or Mauricio Pochettino sounded. “We were waiting for the elections in Boca Juniors. When that possibility was ruled out they called us from Miami, ”he completes.
The Spaniard has 16 points and six rebounds against ChicagoJuancho, little prominence in the defeat of the NuggetsRicky Rubio is left without playing because of some ankle discomfort Photo: Getty Toronto Raptors, current NBA champions, on Sunday matched the franchise record for consecutive wins by chaining their eleventh by clearly beating Chicago Bulls 129-102, with a good performance by Serge Ibaka. The Raptors continue to live their best moment of the season and the Hispano-Congolese continues to take advantage of Marc Gasol’s injury due to being one of Nick Nurse’s outstanding players, who signed a devastating second half (69-39).Ibaka contributed 16 points, with 7/12 in launch, six rebounds and three blocks for a team where the best was a substitute like Terence Davis, author of 31 points, with a great 6/7 in triples. In addition to these two players, five more of the locals scored 10 or more points.In addition, the Sunday day in the NBA left the participation of Madrid power forward Juancho Hernangómez in the defeat of Denver Nuggets against Detroit Pistons 128-123. The Spanish international had 12 minutes and scored only two free throws and took five rebounds.On the other hand, the Catalan base Ricky Rubio, due to discomfort in the right ankle, lost a new setback of Phoenix Suns, who move away from the playoff positions in the Western Conference to fall clearly before Milwaukee Bucks 129-108 a spectacular Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 points, 19 rebounds and 9 assists).