Former Nelson Leaf concludes junior hockey career with Spokane

first_imgThe McBride, B.C. native also toiled six games for Trail Smoke Eaters.Walchuk played his first two years in Vernon (2009-2011) before earning a scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan for the 2011-12 season. In 2011 Walchuk led the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League in points with 56, including 24 goals and 32 assists.He added another 13 goals and 20 points in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it.As a 17-year-old in 2009-10, Walchuk had 19 goals and 47 points in 56 games and was a member of the Vipers’ 2010 Royal Bank Cup ChampionshipThe 5-foot, nine-inch speedster returned in December 2011 to the Vipers to play 19 games before signing on with Spokane Chiefs to finish out the season.Walchuk played 70 games for Spokane Chiefs this season collected — 19-39-58 — and eight playoff games collected — 0-3-3. In 117 regular season games with the Vipers Walchuk picked up 44 goals and 65 assists for 109 points. Former Nelson Leafs sniper Dylan Walchuk saw his junior hockey career come to an end Saturday night when the Spokane Chiefs lost 5-0 to the Portland Winterhawks in Game four 4 of the WHL Western Conference Semi-Finals.Walchuk played as a 16-year-old rookie for the Leafs in the 2008-09 season, leading Nelson in playoff scoring — 16 goals, 10 assists for 26 points — to pace the Heritage City franchise to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.Walchuk came to the Leafs after being cut from his major midget team.He finished third in Leaf scoring with 29 goals and 36 assists in 49 games.last_img read more

Hard works pays off as Nelson’s Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

first_imgThe future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.“(Getting a hockey scholarship) has been my goal for some time.”Hunt will have a few more years to refine her skills as the Nelson resident is only in Grade 10.However, this season has been one for the archives for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.In the fall of 2016, the 5’5” sniper was part of Team BC’s bronze medal squad at the at the National Women’s U18 Championship in Regina.The win tied the best ever finish at the tournament for a Team BC squad.Then it was on to the BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League where Hunt led the Wild in points, putting up impressive numbers to finish tied for second in league scoring with 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games.However, the capper, ruling out of course the Wild win the BC Female title, would be inking a letter of intent with the Bemidji Beavers Women’s Team.“Bemidj has a great hockey program and good history in men’s and women’s hockey,” Hunt explained.“They have excellent coaches and facilities and also have brought in lots of really good players for next year and the year after.” Hunt said the nice “small town” setting at Bemidj also played into her decision.“People told me that I would know which one was the perfect fit me and this was the one,” she said.Now that the future has been settled, it’s back to the rink for Hunt and Company.The Wild, which have drastically improved this season, advanced in the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League playoff last weekend in Trail by sweeping past Vancouver Island Seals 2-0.Hunt scored twice while adding an assist during the 4-1 opening win.She then collected an assist in the series clinching 3-2 win as Kelsey Patterson scored twice for the Wild.“We have a great team of defence, forwards and goalies as well as great coaches so has been a lot of fun,” said Hunt as the Wild now travel to Coquitlam this weekend to face the Greater Vancouver Comets.“I had the opportunity to play a little last year which made the season easier as a rookie.”Hunt said also being part of the Academy in Trail has allow the sister of American Hockey League Springfield Thunderbirds rookie Dryden Hunt and Nelson Leafs captain Sawyer Hunt to improve her skills as she combines education and hockey on a daily schedule.“This has been an awesome year all around and has been a lot of fun.”Once the Female League has concluded, Hunt will once again shoot for a spot on the BC Under 18 Team as tryouts commence in the spring.Best grab a pair of shades en route to the tryouts on Vancouver Island.“I will work hard to try and make the team again,” she said.“Last year as an underage was such a good learning experience so excited for this year if I make the team.”Will that be Oakley, Ray-Ban or Gucci?last_img read more

PNG registers 2nd win in women’s basketball

first_imgThey defeated Nauru tonight 88-46 at the BSP Arena.PNG was too strong for Nauru who for the first time are taking part again in the Games after three previous Games when they did not compete.PNG showed class taking the lead throughout the game. In the first quarter, PNG took the lead 27-10 and maintained their position on the court to lead at half time, 43-19.In the third quarter, Nauru fought hard but were too weak in defence, allowing PNG’s strong attackers Betty Angula and Nesta Sape to break through sndx score more baskets for the home team, taking the score to 62-32.Nauru kept their heads high and never gave up hope as theu fought their way through the final quarter.PNG went sailing with basket after basket and creating a 40 points gap and coming out winners 88-46.last_img read more

Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the Blue Eagles leading the Green Archers, 43-39, at the 36.6 second mark of the second quarter, Mbala had a hard time wiggling out of Kris Porter’s defense in the paint which led to him spinning to his right and inadvertently hitting Nieto with his right elbow straight to the face and cut him above the left eye.Matt Nieto down and bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala. Looked like an elbow but its Nieto who is called for the foul. pic.twitter.com/67rSwwq2kMFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) November 25, 2017 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Nieto was called for a blocking foul in the play as Mbala canned his freebies.The blue side of the crowd didn’t shy away from expressing their displeasure, with Nieto’s father Jet seen being restrained by some members of the audience.Ateneo is still on the driver’s seat, 43-39 against La Salle at the half as of press time.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Matt Nieto incurred a cut above the left eye and laid down bloodied after a collision with Ben Mbala. Photo by Bong Lozada. INQUIRER.netBen Mbala literally drew the first blood in this heated Game 1 affair between La Salle and Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.Matt Nieto was on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow late in the first half which left him bloodied and writhing in pain on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo says Kidd helped him grow into dominant player

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action when the Bucks take on Brooklyn in Milwaukee on Friday. He sat out the past two games as he continues to manage chronic pain in his right knee.“I feel great. I’m ready to go,” he said. “I feel energized.”Prunty said his players “gave good energy” in the first full practice since he took the reins.“These are a tough few days,” Prunty said. “We need to focus on whether we are getting better.”The Bucks have said that Prunty will be considered for the permanent job after the season. The hire will be especially crucial as the Bucks prepare to move into a new arena.“It’s hard to talk about that aspect of it right now,” Prunty said. “This isn’t about me, especially under these circumstances.”Malcolm Brogdon, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, praised Prunty’s positive demeanor.“In times of struggle, we tend to pout and take our foot off the gas. We can’t do that,” Brogdon said. “He’s a good coach to have when we are going through those struggles.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Madrid stunned by Leganes at home, eliminated from Copa Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kidd became Milwaukee’s coach a few months after a group led by co-owners Wes Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, where Kidd had been coach, as compensation. He inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. Under Kidd, the Bucks had a regular-season record of 139-152.Milwaukee is 9-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Asked whether he believed Kidd should have been fired, Antetokounmpo, who reportedly offered to go to the team’s owners to try to save Kidd’s job, said: “It’s in the front office’s hands. Whatever they can do to make this team a championship level team, it can happen. If it’s me being traded, or the coach being fired.”Kidd is the second coach to be fired since the Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Antetokounpmo played one season under Larry Drew, who was dismissed in June 2014.“I was only 18,” Antetokoummpo said. “I didn’t even know how the NBA worked. (Kidd’s firing) hurts a little bit more because he was here for 3 1/2 years. He trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT “He’s a big part of my success in the league,” Antetokounmpo said after Wednesday’s practice in his first public comments since the coaching change. “I’m loyal to the people I work with. I love him as a person. I care about him as a person.”Informed by Bucks’ management of the planned firing even before Kidd learned his fate, Antetokounmpo called his soon-to-be ex-coach to break the news.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” he said. “We are going to miss him.”Joe Prunty, a member of Kidd’s staff, has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season. He directed the team to a 109-105 win over Phoenix on Monday, just hours after taking over the team. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a 24-second violation during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo grew from a reed-thin, inexperienced teenager into one of the NBA’s dominant players under the tutelage of coach Jason Kidd, whom the Milwaukee Bucks fired earlier in the week with the team mired in mediocrity despite high expectations.Kidd’s abrupt and surprising dismissal Monday has taken an emotional toll on the All-Star forward, affectionately known as the “Greek Freak.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

NGSA students being prepared for secondary school

first_imgStudents who recently completed the National Grade Six Assessment examination are being prepped for secondary school during a five-day interactive camp at the New Campbellville Secondary School.Students will be exposed to learning guidelines and other activitiesThe Students Transition Camp was organised by the Education Ministry to prepare upcoming Grade Seven students for the academic year ahead. Those that were targeted were the ones who did not perform exceptionally at the NGSA.Education official, Acklima Pearce stated that they will be introduced to a number of subjects, etiquette training and life skills. This initiative commenced after a careful analysis of the NGSA results and adds to the Transition Class that was established back in 2010 to provide children with an extra year to make academic progress.Pearce expounded, “Looking at the analysis, [the Ministry] saw it fitting for a special programme to be set up for those students who were not able to attain a score to enter into the normal secondary school. In September 2010, the six-year Transition Class was established in ten regions in Guyana. These students who were not able to gain marks for the five-year programme will now be given the opportunity to attend the same secondary schools but will now do the six-year programme.”During the week of activities, students will be exposed to mathematics, English, phonics, reading, art, physical education, dance, music, etiquette and environmental health.Meanwhile, Deputy Education Officer (Secondary) Sherwyn Blackman noted that while special emphasis will be placed on life skills, the main aim is to achieve better performances in these schools. He acknowledged that progress has been observed through the Transition Class to produce better CSEC grades.“For us, we believe that the programme has been generating the kind of results, that even though the students might have started with what we will term a below average mark, many of the students that have come through the transition programme were able to write the CSEC examinations six years later and they were just as successful as students who went to mainstream schools,” the DEO stated.Along with curbing low performances, the Ministry is looking at providing additional resources and better facilities for learning.During the last NGSA examinations, only mathematics saw an increase in students who would have passed with 50 per cent or more. Poor performances in English, science and social studies persisted. English dropped from 60.6 per cent to 57.4 per cent. The same followed for science with figures decreasing from 46.8 per cent to 46.4 per cent and social studies with 46.1 per cent to 39 per cent.last_img read more

Fort St. John Figure Skating Club’s ice show ‘Rock of Ages’ happens Wednesday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club will be hosting their year-end ice show at the North Peace Arena on Wednesday evening.The club, which alternates hosting the Totem Competition every year with Dawson Creek, will be bringing the biennial event back to the North Peace Arena. The club’s figure skaters have been practicing their routines for ‘Rock of Ages’ for the past few months.The ice show is open to the public, with admission by donation. The arena’s concession will also be open for anyone wanting to grab snacks. ‘Rock of Ages’ takes place at the North Peace Arena on Wednesday, March 8th. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with the show starting at 6:00.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Oilmen’s Bonspiel taking place at the FSJ Curling Club

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Curling Club will be hosting the Oilmen’s Bonspiel this week at the Curling Club.Trudy Mitchell, General Manager of the FSJ Curling Club, says they have some pretty good registration numbers for the Oilmen’s Bonspiel.“We have 32 rinks, and they’re starting to do their curling at 6:00 tonight (Wednesday).”- Advertisement -Mitchell says the bonspiel will include a whole array of activities throughout the bonspiel.“They have a stag-night, which is tomorrow night (Thursday), and they put on a breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is a dinner on Thursday night”.The Oilmen’s Bonspiel takes place November 14 to the 17 at the Fort St. John Curling Club.Advertisementlast_img read more

Councilors’ vote to pull fluoride from Fort St. John’s water supply

first_imgCouncilor Larry Evans agrees. He says fluoride might have been slightly beneficial 40 years ago, but he says nowadays, the cons outweigh the pros.[asset|aid=1646|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87c094164288aa102eec09a3e9913bf-Evans- fluoride 1_1_Pub.mp3]On the June 24th meeting, concerned resident Dorothy Folk presented a report to Council, detailing the negative effects of fluoride in drinking water. She also provided 1200 signatures from residents who wanted the issue revisted. The last referendum on fluoride happened in the 1970’s.Now, the City doesn’t have to go towards a referendum because of a change to the Community Charter. However, the City will seek ministerial approval before it impliments a ban.Advertisement Photo: Dorothy Folk presents a report on fluoride at the June 24th City Council Meeting – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John’s drinking water might soon be free of fluoride.- Advertisement -At Monday night’s City Council Meeting, councilors agreed to remove the chemical from the City’s water supply.Director of Infrastructure Victor Shopland, says the current amount of fluroide in the drinking water sits at .7 parts per million. Which, he says can be beneficial if a leak occurs.[asset|aid=1645|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87c094164288aa102eec09a3e9913bf-Shopland – fluoride 1_1_Pub.mp3]Mayor Bruce Lantz says he would rather see the chemical banned, than decrease it by a small margin.Advertisementlast_img read more

Season over at Bayern for Neuer, doubts over World Cup

first_imgNeuer, 32, has been sidelined by a fractured foot since September and is running out of time to be fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.Heynckes said there was no chance Neuer would play in Bayern’s last two games this season — the final Bundesliga game at home to Stuttgart on Saturday and the German Cup final on May 19 against Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Manuel won’t play against Stuttgart — and also not in the German Cup final,” Heynckes told Kicker magazine.That means Neuer can only get the necessary match practice in two games before the World Cup — Germany’s friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.“There are still a few games,” Neuer said, but added that he cannot give a date for his return.“There is no prognosis, I have to make the right decision for me, the team and Germany.“It does not help to get distracted.”Coach Joachim Loew is still expected to include Neuer in his provisional World Cup squad, which will be named next Tuesday and then trimmed down for the final 23-man list.The goalkeeper will have to work on his fitness at Germany’s two-week training camp in northern Italy from May 23 to June 8 if he is to have any chance of playing at Russia 2018.Neuer only recently returned to Bayern training.“I want to improve daily and try to get fit as quickly as possible, so far the steps have been very good and positive,” he said,“I’m trying to continue and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”Neuer is the main concern for Loew, who is also waiting on the fitness of Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng, who has a groin injury, and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined by a back complaint.Boateng said he is on course to be fit for the World Cup finals after being injured in Bayern’s Champions League semi-final, first-leg, defeat against Real Madrid.“The national coach knows that my goal of travelling with the team (to Russia) is absolutely realistic,” said Boateng.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was part of Germany’s victorious team in the last World Cup but is a doubt for the squad in Russia © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, May 9 – Manuel Neuer has poured serious doubt on his World Cup chances while his Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday says Germany’s goalkeeper will not play again for the club this season.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer said at an event on Tuesday night on his Russia 2018 chances.last_img read more