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Spencer Robertson (Assistant Coach) and Aidan Chudleigh (Head Coach) with the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Dolphins head into championships with new coaching staff

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club As the Dolphins…

  • Feb 19, 2022
Spencer Robertson (Assistant Coach) and Aidan Chudleigh (Head Coach) with the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)
Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Masters swimming back for 2022

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club After two-years of…

  • Feb 4, 2022
Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey

UPDATED: KIJHL games postponed after 4 teams report COVID-19 cases

Kelowna, Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Fernie each have infected players

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels, seen here during a game in December, are among the four KIJHL teams to report positive COVID-19 cases on their rosters. Photo: Jim Bailey
Charles Archibald placed first in a couple of categories at a Dec. 22 bodybuilding championship, put on by the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) at Vancouver’s Massey Theatre. (Courtesy of Charles Archibald)

Sparwood bodybuilder takes wins at Vancouver championships

Charles Archibald is now looking towards the North American championships in Pittsburgh

Charles Archibald placed first in a couple of categories at a Dec. 22 bodybuilding championship, put on by the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) at Vancouver’s Massey Theatre. (Courtesy of Charles Archibald)
Kort Kisinger and Jock Michael of the Fernie Ghostriders line up for a face off at a home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Nov. 26, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders head for three-game stretch to end 2021, spectator capacity limited again

Victories in the next two games against Kimberley could bump them up in the division rankings

Kort Kisinger and Jock Michael of the Fernie Ghostriders line up for a face off at a home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Nov. 26, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Fans tossed teddy bears and other winter-wear onto the ice of the Fernie Memorial Arena for the annual Teddy Bear Toss after a goal by Ghostriders’ Dayton Nelson (#15) in the second period on Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Two wins and a Teddy Bear Toss for the Ghostriders over the weekend

The Fernie Ghostriders sit at third place in their division after the weekend wins

Fans tossed teddy bears and other winter-wear onto the ice of the Fernie Memorial Arena for the annual Teddy Bear Toss after a goal by Ghostriders’ Dayton Nelson (#15) in the second period on Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
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Forty BCHL stars to skate in Top Prospects Game

The all-star showcase will be part of the junior A league’s 60th anniversary weekend in January

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Junior Coach Olivia Howse with her Pups swimmers. (Submitted by Angie Abdou)

Young Dolphins compete in their first meet

Nonstop smiles proved that the meet was a true success

  • Dec 10, 2021
Junior Coach Olivia Howse with her Pups swimmers. (Submitted by Angie Abdou)
BCHL

BCHL adopts use of Sporfie video review system

The junior A league experimented with the system at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in October

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Dylan Lacroix has joined the Fernie Ghostriders as a new goalie from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Junior A Neepawa Titans. He is pictured during the Nov. 27 home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, which saw a Fernie victory of 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders get new goalie, among other roster shifts

The Ghostriders lost former goalie McCoy Bidewell to BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals

Dylan Lacroix has joined the Fernie Ghostriders as a new goalie from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Junior A Neepawa Titans. He is pictured during the Nov. 27 home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, which saw a Fernie victory of 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Children in Interior Health are eligible for vaccines

Children age five to eleven are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine registration

Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)
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BCHL taking out-of-conference games off the schedule for rest of 2021-22 season

The league is shifting to regional matchups with travel still hindered province wide

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The Fernie Ghostriders celebrate after scoring a goal against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on home ice on Nov. 27. The Ghostriders won the game 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘We just have to keep doing our thing’: Ghostriders bounce back with weekend wins

Fernie defeated the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and the Columbia Valley Rockies over the weekend

The Fernie Ghostriders celebrate after scoring a goal against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on home ice on Nov. 27. The Ghostriders won the game 4-3. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Bc Parks agreed to let the Triathlon run in August last summer but it is preferred that it runs during the shoulder season in June. Bulletin file
Bc Parks agreed to let the Triathlon run in August last summer but it is preferred that it runs during the shoulder season in June. Bulletin file
Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL adds 24 skaters, 8 goaltenders to online all-star ballot

Voting is open until Tuesday to determine which six skaters and four goalies make the game

Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)
File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie Ghostriders drop in division after more weekend losses

The Ghostriders are now tied for last place in the Eddie Mountain Division

File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL coaches determine initial 18 skaters for three-on-three all-star tournament

Remaining all-stars will be determined through online fan voting

Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)
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Flooding fallout forces BCHL to postpone more games

Nine matches are being pushed back, but the junior A league has also added nine regional games

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BCHL postpones eight games due to flooding

The homes of the Chilliwack Chiefs and Merritt Centennials have been particularly hard hit

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The Fernie Secondary School Falcons, a Junior Girls volleyball team, went undefeated in the 2021 Regional East Kootenay Zone Championships. Back Row, from left: Cari Munro, Summer Musschoot, Grace Sims, Nicola Jones, Camilla Gonzalez, Sage Ivany, Saidee Shaw, Cathy Davies, Dan Demmings. Front Row, from left: Ashley Demmings, Ruby Staples, Stevie Frisen, Sierra Uphill. (Courtesy of Cathy Davies)

‘We have so much to be grateful for’: Fernie Secondary School athletics going strong

The Junior and Bantam Girls volleyball teams both saw recent tournament victories

The Fernie Secondary School Falcons, a Junior Girls volleyball team, went undefeated in the 2021 Regional East Kootenay Zone Championships. Back Row, from left: Cari Munro, Summer Musschoot, Grace Sims, Nicola Jones, Camilla Gonzalez, Sage Ivany, Saidee Shaw, Cathy Davies, Dan Demmings. Front Row, from left: Ashley Demmings, Ruby Staples, Stevie Frisen, Sierra Uphill. (Courtesy of Cathy Davies)