Goaltender Michael Sexton, one of the key performers for the B.C. champion Okanagan Mission Huskies in 2012, has committed to play for the UBC Okanagan Heat next season.
Sexton allowed only two goals in five OKM tournaments during the past high school season and gave up just one goal in five games at the B.C. School Sports 2A division championship.
Originally from Prince George, the 5-foot-10 netminder moved to Kelowna only 18 months ago, but still has a strong affinity for the northern city.
He credits his passion for the game and his skill between the posts to his goaltending coach, Gaetano Mauro of Prince George.
Sexton, the keeper for the Thompson Okanagan U-18 FC, will enter the arts faculty at UBCO with a goal of a bachelor of arts undergrad in political
science and hopes to eventually enter law school.
UBCO coach Dante Zanatta believes his new recruit can make an immediate impact on the Heat team.
"Michael is an athletic keeper, with very good hands and good feet," said Zanatta. "He has a good opportunity to come to us and earn a spot."
Sexton is the second recruit to sign with Zanatta's team this off-season. He will be joined by midfielder Alex Lazazzera, who played for the Notre Dame Jugglers of Vancouver, a team Sexton and OKM defeated 5-0 in a provincial semifinal match.
Ringette tourney attracts 1,200
The 23rd annual Sweetheart ringette tournament gets underway today with 85 games taking place on eight rinks in the Central Okanagan.
In all, 1,200 players will take part in what is one of the largest ringette tournaments in Canada.
Eighty-eight teams, 14 of which are representing the host Kelowna Ringette Association, will compete along with 60 teams from throughout B.C. and 14 from Alberta.
The tournament include games in 10 different age groups, from under-9 to U-18.
Action at the Kelowna Memorial Arena, CNC, Royal LePage Place, Jim Lind Arena, CNC, Rutland Arena and Winfield Arena resumes Saturday, with the playoffs and medal matches going on Sunday.
The opening ceremonies (Ringette Night In The Okanagan) are set for Saturday from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Royal LePage Place.
Also part of the weekend is an intra-squad scrimmage being played by the National Ringette League's B.C. Thunder. They will also hold a clinic for younger players.
For a complete schedule, go on-line to kelownasweetheart.com.
Liquid Lightning swim to 167 PBs
Twenty Liquid Lightning Swim Club members posted 167 personal-best times at the Kamloops Valentine's Splash on the weekend.
Posting 100 per cent personal-bests were Megan Allan, Victoria Koehle, Brock Lewis, Kaitlyn Luchka, Madison Poole, Ashlinn Salverda and Alexandra Strobel. Other personal best times were turned in by: Florence Pouliot, Josh Pilato and Shelbie Jardine. For two swimmers, Angelina Barkley and Kayne Bellinger, it was their first swim competition.
Reaching provincial 1A time standards were Brock Lewis (100 Back), Georgia Pengilly (100 Breast and 200 Back), Kyra Rice (200 Back, 100 Free and 100 Breast) and Kaitlyn Adderley (200 Back).
Heat volleyballers hosting Brandon
The nationally No. 9-ranked UBC Okanagan Heat will play host to the Brandon Bobcats in CIS Canada West women's volleyball play tonight and Saturday at the UBCO gymnasium.
The fifth-place Heat have already clinched a Canada West playoff spot, while the Bobcats sit in eighth place with an 8-12 record and still have an opportunity to make it to post-season play.
Match time today is 6 p.m., while the two teams go at it again on Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
The UBCO and Brandon men's teams also play tonight, starting at 8 p.m. and again Saturday (7 p.m.).
The Bobcats (11-9) have also clinched a playoff spot, while the 2-18 Heat are out of the playoffs.