Jim Johnson

Legion dart teams return for Command Playdown

The Fernie and Sparwood Legions sent three teams to the Comox 2016 BC/Yukon Command Darts Playdown over the first three days of April.

The Fernie and Sparwood Legions sent three teams to the Comox 2016 BC/Yukon Command Darts Playdown over the first three days of April. The Legions had Sparwood’s Shayne Laible qualify for singles; the first time Laible first went to Provincials and is the first Sparwood player to do so in over 30 years. Fernie had some players who have already attended provincials, Sam Campisi and Jim Johnson qualified as the doubles team, Fernie also qualified a four-man team, Sam Campisi, Jim Johnson, Chester Hirtle and Roland Hula.

“I played for the zone tournament that was held in Sparwood for the East Kootenay zone. I won the singles division and Fernie took the doubles and four man,” said Laible. “It was the very first time I have ever done it. I didn’t realize until after I won the solo spot that it was something like 35 years since somebody from Sparwood had made it to Provincials. It was quite a huge deal and I didn’t realize that.”

As far as the competition went, all teams finished in the top 10.

“It went okay, but we didn’t win. We finished seventh in the men’s double and the four-man team finished sixth. There were 14 teams total,” Campisi said.

“I didn’t hear what the exact placement was but I won ten out of 26 games. I figure I rated around the middle area, sixth or seventh out of 14,” said Laible.

The competition was tough as the Elk Valley representatives expected. The Command Playdown is the biggest tournament that the players go to each year.

“Every time there is a big tournament it increases a little bit. It is too bad that we do not play in bigger tournaments more often around here. They have big turn outs all the time in the city,” said Campisi, adding that it is the biggest tournament of the year for his team. “The Legions with bigger areas have more players and more competition to play against, so the other teams are used to the size of the tournament.”

“When you play singles you are playing the people that won their zone tournament, they are number one in their Legion area. I was expecting the best of the best and got it,” said Laible. “When I got there it was all good, I didn’t play too bad. It took a couple games for the nerves to settle down and for me to play properly. All in all I was happy with the way I played, I shot one 180 throughout the tournament and had a couple other good scores, five or six 140s. I was shooting better there then when I was at the zone tournament.”

In the end the tournament is more than just placing, each player got to see players that only come together once a year.

“You get to meet a lot of people and only see them once a year,” said Campisi who went on to thank the many people and groups who helped send the Fernie teams to Comox like the Fernie Legion, Ann’s Independent, City of Fernie, Royal Canadian legion and Legion Zone of Command

 

“I’d like to say thank you to the Fernie team for staying and supporting me while I was there and I had a blast with them, I met a lot of new guys and it was neat. The Comax Legion for hosting the tournament and the Sparwood Legion for hosting the zones tournament.”

 

 

Just Posted

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

As avalanche danger grows, BC heli-skiers exercise caution

Company relies on guides’ decades of experience

Lumby supports the vote for Fernie Hockeyville idea

Okanagan village that won the 2016 crown backs Saskatchewan call to vote for Fernie, B.C.

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Sunwing vacation passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

BC Liberal leadership candidate stops in Cranbrook

Andrew Wilkinson drums up local support as race enters final weeks.

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

‘Reprehensible’: Trudeau abortion policy raises ire of U.S. right

“This man is reprehensible,” tweeted former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka

‘I shouldn’t have to have a husband:’ Winnipeg woman criticizes men-only club

Jodi Moskal discovered the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club continues to ban women as members, as it has done since opening in 1909.

Most Read