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The Kelowna Rockets rookie camp came to a close Friday afternoon, leaving team management and scouts saying it may have been the best ever initiation camp.

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It’s a sport steeped in North America’s indigenous history that’s lent the physicality, strategy and action fans see today in everything from basketball to soccer to hockey, and it’s national championships are coming to Kelowna.

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When reached by phone a day before his first preseason game, West Kelowna Warriors head coach Brandon West was helping put the final touches on a makeover of the team’s dressing room.

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From his perch inside the Prospera Place press box, Lorne Frey sees hockey players who can all skate like the wind. They have great hands and they can shoot the lights out.

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Hoping to add some scoring punch, offensive players were front and centre for UBCO Heat women’s soccer coach Craig Smith this recruiting season.

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OSOYOOS — Two-time defending champion Sue Wooster of Australia shot the low round of the day, a four-under par 69, to move into a tie for lead at the 49th Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship.

A late touchdown made it close, but two missed field goals earlier meant it didn’t matter in the Okanagan Sun’s 16-13 loss to the Westshore Rebels on Saturday night at the Apple Bowl.

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You get the distinct impression when speaking with Cory McCoy that he has no time for awards, and that he would much rather get back to playing football.

For the second time in three years, Chantel Jeffrey broke her own age group record in breezing to victory in the 22nd edition of the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim.

Alex Douglas ran for two touchdowns as the Okanagan Sun defeated the Valley Huskers 21-16 in B.C. Football Conference play on Saturday night in Chilliwack.

Coach Jamie Boreham takes his Okanagan Sun into hostile territory tonight in Week 2 of B.C. Football Conference play.

OSOYOOS — A strong Okanagan contingent of 13 players will be among a 138-golfer field for the 49th Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Osoyoos Golf Club next weekend.

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You won’t catch Ethan Newman or Alex Douglas slagging each other in hopes of snagging more playing time this football season.

OSOYOOS — Roy Wood recorded his first lifetime hole-in-one. He aced the par three, 140-yard, third hole of the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club using an eight-iron. Witnesses were Paul Dube, Rick Dundas and Lyle Nordheimer.

Thirteen members of the Kelowna Skating Club travelled to Leduc, Alberta, to compete at the Wild Rose Invitational figure skating event over the long weekend, returning with four medals.

A pair of teen sensations are back to defend their titles in the 22nd running of the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim on Sunday, part of the Peachfest weekend.

Eighteen of the 24 athletes who started managed to finish during a hot three days at the 19th running of the Ultra520K Canada triathlon held in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys on the weekend.

Kelton Kouri rushed for 99 yards, Javen Kaechele caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, and two quarterbacks made it tough to pick a clear starter.

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Coach Jamie Boreham kicked a set of shoulder pads from his path as practice concluded on Thursday night near the Apple Bowl.

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Former West Kelowna Warriors forward Chase Dubois is headed to Fairbanks, Alaska, to play hockey this season.

Coach Adam Elliot took seven Telemark cross-country skiers — David Walker, Gareth Williams, Tallon Noble, Cole Turner, Tristan Lee and Grayson McKinnon — to the Haig glacier in Alberta this week.

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West Kelowna athlete training for the World Triathlon Championships.

The 10th annual Swing for a Cause charity golf tournament, sponsored by Wilson M. Beck, raised $75,000 for the YMCA's Strong Kids campaign. From left, Ryan Lund, Steven Pavelich (on behalf of title sponsor WMB title), Ian Bensted and Jeff Chipchase.