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Sports year in review: April to June

Terrace’s Bantam Female Kermode Reps had a banner year last year. Here they are after winning provincials. - CONTRIBUTED
Terrace’s Bantam Female Kermode Reps had a banner year last year. Here they are after winning provincials.
— image credit: CONTRIBUTED

More moments from the first half 2013 that got our attention.

April

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The North Female U16 team makes history when they become champions at the U16 Female BC Cup in Duncan, April 7. No North team had ever even won more than one game – let alone all four of their games and the championship finals.

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Five Terrace Peaks gymnasts travelled to Prince George April 6 - 7 for the 2013 BC Gymnastics Championships, taking sixth overall and seeing standout performances, among them Shannon Schuster, seventh overall in Novice, Ashlee Monsen, ninth on beam for Tyro, and in Argo, Ann Zettler tied for ninth overall and Maya Ebeling 17th overall.

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Hundreds of people turned out to the Terrace Sportsplex for Cage Fighting Force's debut amateur fight night. The six head-to-head matchups featured fighters from Terrace, Prince Rupert, Vanderhoof and Kamloops – some on the card who'd been fighting for years, others new to an audience beyond the cage.

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It was a year of firsts for the U14 Northern Fusion girls' volleyball team – their first year as a team, their coaches first year coaching, and their first provincial medal, bronze. They travelled to provincials in Abbotsford.

May

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Six athletes from the Shogun Dojo, Nate Alexcee, Kyle Spankie, Shannon Murtonen and Raden Roy as well as instructors Amber Pipe and Rajan Sangha, who also compete, are heading to Ottawa after qualifying in Williams Lake earlier this month. May 17-19.

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The Caledonia Bears rugby team took the Charles Hays Hurricanes to task in last Wednesday's season opener, winning 32-10 in Prince Rupert May 8.

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Terrace Blueback 10-year-old Brayden Phillips earned the individual aggregate gold medal for the 10 and under boys at the Kitimat swim meet. He took first place in all seven of his events, earning 49 points. He also qualifies for AAA provincials in 200 m breast stroke, where he will compete as part of Points North and be one fourth of a solid relay team, and the only 10-year-old to make the cut.

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The Caledonia Kermodes senior girls' soccer team is heading to provincials for the eighth year straight following a tight zone tournament in Smithers May 10-11.

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Students from Cody Skog's Atlantis Taekwon-do fared well under pressure at the International Chang-hon Taekwon-do Federation (ICTF) Western Canadian Taekwon-do Championships in Edmonton late last month, with 17 out of 21 students winning medals.

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Ranked in the Tier 1 division, the elite division for 16-year-old girls, the Terrace Stingers head to Abbotsford and place 14, no small feat for "the little team from the northwest."

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The Terrace Northmen Rugby Club takes second at Edmonton's Rugbyfest over the May long weekend, besting last year's fourth place finish.

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Four Terrace teams were points away from gold, all taking second in their divisions at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup over the May long weekend. One of those teams is the Terrace U15 Girls Select team. It also scored the most points out of every team in its tier at the round robin tournament.

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Three Terrace high school track and field athletes, Tyler Dozzi, Hannah Jay, and Cameron Netzel, are heading to provincials in Langley May 31 after qualifying at zones in Smithers.

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The Lakelse Dragons' crew headed to Prince Rupert on May 25 for the first big dragon boat event of the season, the fourth annual Prince Rupert Dragon Boat Day

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Local Runner Ed Ansems has makes it three championships in the last three months after placing 1st at the B.C. 8 km Championship held at the Shaughnessy road race on May 26 in Vancouver.

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A small but hearty group of young triathletes turned out for the 3rd annual Kermode Kids Triathlon on May 26. Thirteen young athletes from Kitimat, Terrace, and Prince Rupert took part in the challenge, which began with a swim at the Terrace Aquatic Centre, followed by a bike and a run at Northwest Community College.

June

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James Osmond stops by Terrace – he's 22 days into a 9,020 kilometre west coast to east coast longboard trip to raise money for his nonprofit initiative called The Big Push with all proceeds going  to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Terrace Minor Hockey's referee-in-chief Cam MacBean is awarded the Development Award for Officiating at the BC Hockey annual awards banquet – making him the first person in Terrace to ever receive an award at the BC Hockey AGM. The award "recognizes outstanding service by a volunteer who has devoted his or their time to assist officiating in BC Hockey.

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Terrace hockey player Rhett Munson is one of just three high school graduates in the province to be awarded a scholarship from BC Hockey.

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