Year in Review: Sports highlights 2015

This is the first part of The Terrace Standard's annual year in review, showcasing the sports highlights from January 2015 to March 2015.

Terrace Midget Reps win the provincial banner in Dawson Creek March 18.

January

Terrace’s Red Peewee House team, Dediluke Land Surveying, goes undefeated in a Terrace tournament, upsetting Northwest Fuels in the championship final 6-2. Turning around from a slim two-win season, the team earns five straight victories that weekend.

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Terrace’s Bantam Reps earn themselves a B championship title at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, which draws over 30 teams from as far as Seattle and Alaska. The title shows the team that Terrace is able to compete well at a high level in the province.

 

February

Twelve figure skaters ages 6-17 from Terrace Skating Club (TSC) come home well-decorated from the Cariboo North Central Regional Championships. Together the girls earn 13 medals in a variety of age categories.

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Midget rep Terrace Kermodes win the Battle of the Ice in Prince Rupert Feb. 1. They dominate Prince Rupert in the final game with a 10-0 victory that earns them the gold.

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The Regional Championship Swim Meet in Terrace early February hosts 115 athletes and breaks 31 pool records. Two Terrace swimmers win their first medals at the meet, Mackenzie Bannister wins bronze and Renzo Zanardo wins silver.

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For the first time ever, Terrace Skating Club hosts the Northwest Jamboree Feb. 28 and March 1, a mixer for northwest skaters that also gives them a positive way to be evaluated by judges outside of their own club. The fun competition draws skaters from Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers and Houston who perform their figure skating solos and elements.

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The Caledonia junior boys basketball team wins northwest zones for the first time in four years with a 4-1 record at the home zone championship Feb. 14. They defeat both Prince Rupert Rainmakers and Nighthawks from Aiyansh who they’d struggled to beat all season, and qualify for provincials in Langley.

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Terrace figure skater Laura Dale wins gold at the Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops Feb. 20 – 21. The win in the level 3 ladies figure skating, the largest of all the competitive groups, qualifies her to represent B.C. at nationals in Newfoundland on February 19-22, 2016.

 

March

The Terrace River Kings win first place in the 2015 Central Interior Hockey League. The River Kings beat the Williams Lake Stampeders, the defending CIHL champions, in a three game series. They win game one on home ice Feb. 14, are defeated 3-2 in game two in Williams Lake, but rally to capture a 4-3 overtime win on Feb. 22.

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Caledonia senior girls basketball team earns victory at the ‘AAA’ zone championships in Smithers Feb. 21 and plays in provincials in Langley the first week of March. This is the second year in a row Terrace senior girls take the top spot in the northwest.

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The Terrace Midget Kermodes earn the title as Skeena Valley League champions and clinch a berth in the Midget Tier 3 provincial championship in Dawson Creek with two wins against the Vanderhoof Bears in the zone finals on Feb. 28-29. After beating Vanderhoof in a lopsided 10-1 win, they play a tight, strong second game in the finals, winning 8-7, and taking them one step closer to provincials for the second year in a row.

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Terrace’s Northwest U18 elite volleyball team crushes the competition at Volleyball BC’s 17/18U A Girls Super Series Feb. 21 and 22 in Langley. The team goes undefeated, beating Sky Cody (25-5/25-13), Air Attack Gold (25-20/25-22), and Mill Bay Shock (25-19/21-25/15-5) in the final to claim gold in the Tier 1 tournament.

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Twelve senior athletes from the Shames Mountain Ski and Snowboard Club, Northwest Freeriders, come home from a Smithers “Face Off” with a few minor injuries and five medals. Deirdre Lind wins first in 14-16 female ski, Michaela Yeo wins first in 11-13 female ski, Jared Thornton wins first and Trevor Flegel wins third in 14-16 men’s ski, and Tom Yasinchuk wins second in 11-13 men’s ski.

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The Terrace Midget Rep Kermodes win first at provincial championships for the second year in a row, after defeating Quesnel 3-1 in an epic northern B.C. final March 18 in Dawson Creek. The team fights hard to get to the final match after losing their first game to Sooke, but they play hard and beat Cranbrook, South Okanagan, and Coquitlam to make it into the final. Coach Rory Reinbolt calls the last game a squealer, with the final moments being “fast, furious and frantic.”

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The northwest B.C. U16 Northern Fusion Team comes home with silver from the Northern Invitational in Prince George. It is the first official tournament for the elite volleyball team, giving them a good start to their season.

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