Locals lead teams to semis

Two local athletes helped Canada in its pursuit of gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mex. this weekend.

Two local athletes helped Canada in its pursuit of gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mex. this weekend.

Pitcher Chris Kissock of Fruitvale and Rossland field-hockey player Thea Culley contributed mightily, as both their respective teams qualified for the semi-finals.

Kissock’s Team Canada baseball squad earned a trip to the semis by beating Venezuela 4-1in a must-win game Saturday.

The former Trail Oriole came on in the seventh inning with a 4-0 lead and pitched two complete innings of one-hit ball while striking out two.

Canada finished second in the Group B standings with a 2-1 record, their only loss to Cuba, 9-5, on Thursday.

They will take-on Group A winner, Mexico (3-0) in today’s second semi-final at the Pan Am Games.

The game goes at 7 p.m. Central Time in front of an expected sold-out, pro-Mexican crowd of over 5,000 people at Armando Reynoso Gutierrez Stadium.

The first semi-final game on Monday will feature one of the greatest rivalries in international baseball as Cuba takes on U.S.A. at 2 p.m. CT.

In Women’s field hockey, Canada came back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to defeat Trinidad and Tobago, 2-1, on Sunday.

The win for team Canada ensures their spot in the semi-final on Wednesday against the winner of Pool B.

Canada fell behind early and despite relentless pressure was unable to capitalize on many opportunities and penalties. Finally in the 61st minute Brienne Stairs tied the match, much to the relief of the Canadian fans and players. Then with only minutes remaining, Kate Gillis notched the go-ahead marker on a deflection from a shot from Abigail Raye to seal the win and a berth in semi-finals, for the first time since the 1999 Games in Winnipeg.

After trouncing Barbados 10-0 Wednesday, Canada faced world number-1 ranked Argentina. Canada had a very strong game against the reigning World Champions who are also the overwhelmingly favourites to win the gold but were defeated 7-3.  Culley, Hannah Haughn and Kate Gillis scored for Canada.

“We competed really, really well,” says Head Coach Louis Mendonca in a release.  “Overall, I’m very happy.  We are definitely a very different team than we were about 4 months ago.”

Just Posted

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

South Slocan’s Ti Loran is among the recipients of this year’s Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Photo: Submitted
Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships awarded to 4 students

Students in Creston, South Slocan and Revelstoke are sharing the honour

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

A wildfire near Cottonwood Lake was put out by Nelson firefighters Sunday night. Photo: Submitted
Wildfire extinguished near Cottonwood Lake

Lightning-caused fire was near one of Nelson’s water sources

West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline
Central Mountain Air leaving Castlegar airport in July

The airline says market can’t handle two airlines

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Most Read