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Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool making NFL debut on Monday Night Football

Abby Senior grad suiting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to take on New York Giants in Big Apple

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)
The KIJHL returns to the ice Nov. 13, albeit without the Spokane Braves, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and 100 Mile House Wranglers. Photo: Tyler Harper

KIJHL delays season to Nov. 13; three teams opt out

The league will play a 30-game season without 100 Mile House, Spokane and Beaver Valley

The KIJHL returns to the ice Nov. 13, albeit without the Spokane Braves, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and 100 Mile House Wranglers. Photo: Tyler Harper
KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020

KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020

Teams to move to move forward with the scheduling and delivery of summer camps and programs under the guidance of the league and BC Hockey

KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020
Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

B.C. student athletes at seven universities impacted by cancellation, more cancellations possible

Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Revelstoke Grizzlies played the Princeton Posse Nov. 8, 2019 with a final score of 2-2 after double overtime. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

KIJHL looking for government assistance to keep sticks on the ice

Commissioner says league may not continue without support

The Revelstoke Grizzlies played the Princeton Posse Nov. 8, 2019 with a final score of 2-2 after double overtime. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Organizers announced April 22 that the 2020 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament has been cancelled. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Organizers cancel 2020 Grand Forks International baseball tournament due to COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that it is “unrealistic” to expect large events to go ahead this summer

Organizers announced April 22 that the 2020 Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament has been cancelled. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
West Kootenay couple Garrett Kucher and Tori Apostoliuk run the gauntlet, make it home after being locked down in Spain.

West Kootenay couple escapes Spain – safe, sound, and in self-isolation

BC couple Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

West Kootenay couple Garrett Kucher and Tori Apostoliuk run the gauntlet, make it home after being locked down in Spain.
Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George cancelled due to COVID-19

Another international sporting event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Team Canada for the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George: Kerri Einarson, third, Val Sweeting, second, Shannon Birchard and lead, Briane Meilleur pose with the trophy after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Kootenay Patricks and Montreal Canadiens alumni share a photo at the end of Thursday’s charity game. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Kootenay Patricks and Montreal Canadiens alumni share a photo at the end of Thursday’s charity game. Photo: Tyler Harper
Coach Dustin Smith with Abigail Talbot, Jorja Hamilton, Annaka Rodd, and Taylor Smith. Photo Submitted

Elkford curlers headed to B.C. Winter Games

Four young women from Elkford will be representing the East and West…

Coach Dustin Smith with Abigail Talbot, Jorja Hamilton, Annaka Rodd, and Taylor Smith. Photo Submitted
The Elkford girls curling team hustles hard at the Fernie Curling Club this weekend. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Elkford curlers dominate East Kootenay Playdowns

The East Kootenay High School Curling Playdowns took place in Fernie last weekend

The Elkford girls curling team hustles hard at the Fernie Curling Club this weekend. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Left: Aiden Gleisner smiles after a collision with the Creston goalie.

Ghostriders extend win streak to eight games

The action and energy grew exponentially at Friday night’s Ghostriders game. The…

Left: Aiden Gleisner smiles after a collision with the Creston goalie.
Players with the Kootenay Patricks look on during their first scrimmage Tuesday at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Photo: Tyler Harper

VIDEO: Kootenay Patricks assemble for first practice ahead of charity game

The group of locals will play Montreal Canadiens alumni next week

Players with the Kootenay Patricks look on during their first scrimmage Tuesday at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Photo: Tyler Harper
Ghostriders’ goalie Ethan Fitzgerald in a game against Kimberley. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Ethan Fitzgerald recognized for netminding prowess

Fernie Ghostriders goalie Ethan Fitzgerald has earned the first star for the…

  • Jan 8, 2020
Ghostriders’ goalie Ethan Fitzgerald in a game against Kimberley. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters played at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Friday. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Ghostriders, Dynamiters face off in sold out game

The Fernie Ghostriders played against arch rivals the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday…

The Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters played at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Friday. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The Canadian Cross Country Championships come to Abbotsford’s Clearbrook Park on Saturday. (Athletics Canada photo)

Canadian Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford on Saturday

Hundreds of the best runners in the country competing at Clearbrook Park

The Canadian Cross Country Championships come to Abbotsford’s Clearbrook Park on Saturday. (Athletics Canada photo)
Fernie volleyball athletes qualify for provincials

Fernie volleyball athletes qualify for provincials

Provincials take place in Castlegar, hosted by Mt. Sentinel, Nov. 21 to 23

Fernie volleyball athletes qualify for provincials
Fernie defenceman among KIJHL stars of the week

Fernie defenceman among KIJHL stars of the week

Sawan Gill helped his team earn wins over the Thunder Cats and Nitehawks

Fernie defenceman among KIJHL stars of the week
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Dedicated Sparwood volunteers honoured

Dedicated Sparwood volunteers honoured

When Irene and David Endicott’s names were called, a full house of…

Dedicated Sparwood volunteers honoured