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Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. marathoner Cam Levins finishes historic 4th at world championships

Black Creek-born runner beat his previous Canadian record by about 2 minutes

Abbigal Wannamaker, Ava Pollock, Adam Hayden, and Katherine Hafke will be swimming for Zone 1 at this Summer’s BC Games (missing Dolphin Maddox Johnson who will be competing in Triathlon). (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Four Dolphins qualify for BC Summer Games swim team

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphin Swim Club Ava Pollock, Adam…

  • Jun 28, 2022
The EVDSC swimmers had a great time competing in Missoula earlier this month. (Image contributed)

Fernie swimmers win medals in Montana

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club On the weekend…

  • Jun 28, 2022
The KIJHL returns to action on September 23, 2022. Kimberley Bulletin file

KIJHL 2022/23 season begins September 23

League adds almost two weeks to playoff schedule to allow for more rest days

The KIJHL returns to action on September 23, 2022. Kimberley Bulletin file
Longtime B.C. sports media personality Bob Marjanovich will present his podcasts via Black Press media. (Submitted art)
Longtime B.C. sports media personality Bob Marjanovich will present his podcasts via Black Press media. (Submitted art)
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BCHL adopts franchise scorecard at AGM

The scorecard will measure the strengths and weaknesses of each team, so improvements can be made

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The Fernie Volleyball Club 18U women team won gold in the Volleyball Alberta Provincial Championships on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2022. (Courtesy of Andrea Reed)
The Fernie Volleyball Club 18U women team won gold in the Volleyball Alberta Provincial Championships on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2022. (Courtesy of Andrea Reed)
Caoimhe Heavey of Fernie performing a Cork 9 Blunt during her ‘big air’ run at the 2022 International Ski Federation (FIS) Park and Pipe Junior World Championships in Leysin, Switzerland, which ran from March 7 to 13. This run qualified her in first, and in the final, she came in 5th. (Courtesy of James Heavey)

‘Happy with how far I’ve come’: Fernie ski pro competes in Junior Worlds in Switzerland

Caoimhe Heavey placed 5th in ‘big air’ and 11th in ‘slopestyle’

Caoimhe Heavey of Fernie performing a Cork 9 Blunt during her ‘big air’ run at the 2022 International Ski Federation (FIS) Park and Pipe Junior World Championships in Leysin, Switzerland, which ran from March 7 to 13. This run qualified her in first, and in the final, she came in 5th. (Courtesy of James Heavey)
Terry Cryderman, Teddy Cardwell, and Bill Bridge, members of the Old Growth Hockey Club. (Courtesy of Teddy Cardwell)

‘We have a lot of fun’: Fernie’s Old Growth hockey going strong

When players Cryderman, Cardwell, and Bridge get together on a line, their ages equal 230 years

Terry Cryderman, Teddy Cardwell, and Bill Bridge, members of the Old Growth Hockey Club. (Courtesy of Teddy Cardwell)
The Elk Valley Wild U11 ‘A’ development team. From left to right, back row: Sullivan Pasiechnyk, Hayden Bristow, Dionysus Adrian, Lucas Johnson, Brody Maston (from the ‘house team’), Lilah Bowen, Sawyer Shaw. Middle row: Carter Stolarchuk, Kesler Traverse, Gavin Doey. Bottom row: Liam Cytko, Charlie Stolarchuk, Cooper Bauer, Katie Lui. Goalie: Robbie Chamberlain.

‘Very proud of this group’: Elk Valley Wild U11 team finishes the year strong

The team won all five games in a regional tourney in earlier March, then won again in Edmonton

The Elk Valley Wild U11 ‘A’ development team. From left to right, back row: Sullivan Pasiechnyk, Hayden Bristow, Dionysus Adrian, Lucas Johnson, Brody Maston (from the ‘house team’), Lilah Bowen, Sawyer Shaw. Middle row: Carter Stolarchuk, Kesler Traverse, Gavin Doey. Bottom row: Liam Cytko, Charlie Stolarchuk, Cooper Bauer, Katie Lui. Goalie: Robbie Chamberlain.
Members of the Canadian Women’s Rafting Team did a ‘paddle-a-thon’ on Tuesday, March 22, in Revelstoke, to raise money to get to an international championship in Bosnia. From left to right: Maris Fraser, Erin Webber, Ali Preece. (Courtesy of Erin Webber)

Rafting team raises $3k through 10-hour ‘paddle-a-thon’ for Bosnia championship

The team is fundraising to get to the World Rafting Championships in Bosnia running May 25 to June 1

Members of the Canadian Women’s Rafting Team did a ‘paddle-a-thon’ on Tuesday, March 22, in Revelstoke, to raise money to get to an international championship in Bosnia. From left to right: Maris Fraser, Erin Webber, Ali Preece. (Courtesy of Erin Webber)
Some Williams Lake U11 hockey players enjoyed a game wearing NHL jerseys at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Back row from left, Callum Peterson - Dallas, Kalen Surette - Vegas, Mike Palmantier - Seattle, Kloey Spence - Vancouver, Tryan Rivet - Pittsburgh, Gavin Francis - Carolina, Cole Olsen - Nashville, Henry Larsson-Allan - Philadelphia, third= row from left, Deklan Fraser - Calgary, Landon Galisky - Buffalo, Matthew Boyd-Gilbert - Detroit, Easton Neuner - St. Louis, Jackson Sache - Anaheim, Flynn Kinley - Edmonton, Lane Judd - Winnipeg, second row from left, Carter McLennan - Arizona, Luc Harrison - Columbus, Sophie Johnson - New Jersey, Jayda Frizzi - New York Islanders, Parker Cook - Colorado, front row from left Zion Campbell - Toronto and Wade Hansen - Montreal. (Clay Palmantier photo)

22 NHL jerseys = fun game on ice

Williams Lake hockey dad Clay Palmantier organized the event

Some Williams Lake U11 hockey players enjoyed a game wearing NHL jerseys at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Back row from left, Callum Peterson - Dallas, Kalen Surette - Vegas, Mike Palmantier - Seattle, Kloey Spence - Vancouver, Tryan Rivet - Pittsburgh, Gavin Francis - Carolina, Cole Olsen - Nashville, Henry Larsson-Allan - Philadelphia, third= row from left, Deklan Fraser - Calgary, Landon Galisky - Buffalo, Matthew Boyd-Gilbert - Detroit, Easton Neuner - St. Louis, Jackson Sache - Anaheim, Flynn Kinley - Edmonton, Lane Judd - Winnipeg, second row from left, Carter McLennan - Arizona, Luc Harrison - Columbus, Sophie Johnson - New Jersey, Jayda Frizzi - New York Islanders, Parker Cook - Colorado, front row from left Zion Campbell - Toronto and Wade Hansen - Montreal. (Clay Palmantier photo)
The Fernie Sr. Girls Falcons. Front: Morgan Trand, Alisia Dvorak, Becca Blackwell. Back: Billey Kenndy, Jen Kennedy, Paige Matejka, Cassie Fahselt, Summer Musschoot, Georgia Lessard, Hannah Fereralli, Emilee French, Kadie Anderson, Emmy Anderson, Rylee French.(Courtesy of Jared Musschoot)

Fernie Falcons basketballers had an eventful month of sport to finish the season

Several tournaments took place through February and early March

The Fernie Sr. Girls Falcons. Front: Morgan Trand, Alisia Dvorak, Becca Blackwell. Back: Billey Kenndy, Jen Kennedy, Paige Matejka, Cassie Fahselt, Summer Musschoot, Georgia Lessard, Hannah Fereralli, Emilee French, Kadie Anderson, Emmy Anderson, Rylee French.(Courtesy of Jared Musschoot)
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)

Three generations of Fernie family complete open water challenge in Mexico

Contributed by Aidan Chudleigh Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club At age 73,…

  • Mar 7, 2022
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)
Adam Kingsmill, far right, celebrates the opening of the 2022 Paralympic Games with Canadian teammates in Beijing, China. (Facebook photo)

Northwest B.C. Paralympic hockey player takes to the ice in Beijing tonight

The opening hockey game of the 2022 Paralympics features rematch of 2018 gold medal final with USA

Adam Kingsmill, far right, celebrates the opening of the 2022 Paralympic Games with Canadian teammates in Beijing, China. (Facebook photo)
The Ghostriders raise their sticks at the conclusion of their 2021-2022 season, after losing their playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies in game six on March 1, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders play valiant game six against the Rockies, lose playoff series in overtime

The playoff series concluded 4-2 for Columbia Valley, ending the 2021-2022 season for Fernie

The Ghostriders raise their sticks at the conclusion of their 2021-2022 season, after losing their playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies in game six on March 1, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Fernie Ghostriders goalie Dylan Lacroix (#31) prepares for the second period at game four of the playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The scoreboard reads 0-3 for the Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders take heavy loss in playoff game, head for do-or-die match against Rockies

Game five of the playoff series ended 7-0 for the Columbia Valley Rockies

Fernie Ghostriders goalie Dylan Lacroix (#31) prepares for the second period at game four of the playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The scoreboard reads 0-3 for the Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Ghostriders were defeated 2-6 in game four of their playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Feb. 26, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Rockies return with a vengeance, defeat Ghostriders 6-2 to tie playoff series

The Ghostriders had taken the lead in the series the night before with a 4-3 win

The Ghostriders were defeated 2-6 in game four of their playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Feb. 26, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Ghostriders line up for the national anthem before their last game of the 2021-2022 regular season on Feb. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders take one win in first two games of playoffs, tied in series against Columbia Valley Rockies

The first game of the series saw a Ghostrider loss 2 to 5, with the second ending in a win 5 to 2

The Fernie Ghostriders line up for the national anthem before their last game of the 2021-2022 regular season on Feb. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Ghostriders and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats had a combative first period at the final game of the 2021-2022 regular season at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Feb. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders conclude regular season with combative first period, victory against Creston

The Ghostriders will be facing the Columbia Valley Rockies in the playoffs starting Feb. 22

The Fernie Ghostriders and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats had a combative first period at the final game of the 2021-2022 regular season at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Feb. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)