Novices host tournament this weekend
The Merritt minor hockey Timbits novice program is hosting an eight-team tournament this weekend at both the Nicola Valley and Shulus arenas.
In addition to the local Cooper’s Red Thunder and Merritt Herald Black Knights teams, there will be visiting sides from Westside, Summerland, Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Penticton and 100 Mile House.
Tournament action gets underway on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and runs through until the conclusion of the A final at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The Red Thunder play their round robin games at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Black Knights face off at 7:00 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. All six games are at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.
The local novice teams warmed up for their tournament with wins over Princeton last weekend. On Saturday, the Red Thunder won 11-1. On Sunday, it was the Black Knights over the Posse 6-4.
In other hockey action this past weekend, the LNB atoms placed eighth out of 11 teams at a tournament in Sicamous. Individual game scores were unavailable but scorers for the Jr. Cents were Jacob Buxton and Tryton Bose with two goals each as well as Caleb Bracket and Colton Smith.
The Ramada peewee reps were edged out in pair of games on home ice Saturday and Sunday. They narrowly lost 2-1 to Winfield before falling to Kamloops 4-1 the next day. Affiliate player Spencer Vaughan scored Merritt’s only goal against the Bruins while Armoni McRae had the lone marker versus the Jr. Blazers.
In addition to the novice tournament, other minor hockey action this weekend includes:
7:30 p.m. Sr. Girls vs. Kamloops (Merritt)
1:00 p.m. Bantam Rep vs. Kelowna (Shulus)
3:15 p.m. Midget Rep vs. Kelowna (Shulus)
9:15 a.m. Bantam House vs. Ashcroft (Shulus)
1:00 p.m. Atom Devolopment vs. Kamloops (Merritt)
1:00 p.m. Peewee Rep vs. Kam-loops (Shulus)
2:45 p.m. Midget Rep vs Westside (Merritt)
3:15 p.m. Peewee House vs. Ashcroft (Shulus)
Pozzobon blanked in Chicago
Merritt bull rider Ty Pozzobon came up short on both his rides at the Built Ford Tough Series stop in Chicago on the weekend. Competing at the Allstate Arena in the Windy City, the Nicola Valley cowboy was bucked off Up All Night in round one Friday night and off Rock Star in round two on Saturday.
Pozzobon currently sits 28th in the BFTS standings with $17, 075 in earnings. The next stop in the series is this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television coverage of the event can be seen on Sunday at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. PST on the CBS Sports Network.
Bowling scores on the rise
There were some big numbers rolled at the Merritt Bowling Centre last week.
On the men’s side, Jerrid Chandler hit scores of 336, 326 and 335 en route to an impressive 954 triple. Bill Campbell wasn’t far behind with a 913 triple that featured game scores of 357 and 396. Bill McNeil rolled a 380 single game.
In ladies’ action, Crystal Chandler rolled an impressive 284 single game.