Boucherie pair to play in Texas
The top two high-school players in the Okanagan Conference will represent B.C. at the FBU International Games in San Antonio, Texas, later this month.
Joe Court and Curtis Urlacher of the Mt. Boucherie Bears are among 33 high school players and three B.C. Community Football Association players on Football B.C.'s under-18 roster.
Court, playing quarterback, running back and receiver for the 6-0 Okanagan Conference-champion Bears, was named the most valuable player, while Urlacher, a middle linebacker and fullback, was selected as the Okanagan's outstanding defensive player.
Both players were also named to the B.C. High School Football Association's provincial all-star team.
Team B.C. will open its FBU International Games schedule on Jan. 3 against Team Europe at Heroes Stadium. B.C.'s only other game is set for Jan. 5 against Team U.S.A. at the Alamodome.
Owls' Down set to join Queen's
Gabrielle Down's commitment to play volleyball for Queen's University was a decision she knew would shape not only her next four years but would lay the foundation for her next 40.
Down, a six-foot setter with the Kelowna Owls 4A team, accepted the athletic scholarship to play for the Golden Gaels last month after considering offers from UBC Okanagan, the University of Alberta and the University of B.C.
The 17-year-old Grade 12 student, who missed most of the 2011 season due to injury, was also a member of Team B.C.'s under-19 squad at the National Team Challenge in Winnipeg.
A year earlier, she played for the B.C. U-16 team at the Western Elite tournament.
She'll enter the science program at Queen's in the fall of 2013.
Tier 1 midgets dominate POE
A day after manning Salvation Arm kettles, the Kelowna Fripp Warehousing Tier 1 Rockets rung the bell of the Pursuit of Excellence midget 2 team in Winfield.
Tanner Campbell scored three times and added three assists as the Rockets handed POE an 11-3 drubbing in Okanagan-Mainline Amateur Hockey Association play.
Campbell's linemate, Braeden Cyra added a goal and four assists in the lopsided win, while Adam Beatty and Kobe Oishi added two goals and three assists.
Sporting a 9-1 OMAHA record, the Rockets are 23-3-2 overall this season. They play host to the POE's under-18 prep team on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Arena beginning at 5:15 p.m.