Sports Shorts: Pozzobon wins again in Kansas City
For the second weekend in a row, Merritt cowboy Ty Pozzobon was a winner on the Built Ford Tough Series circuit — the world’s top bull riding tour.
The 21-year-old Pozzobon rode Prince Albert to a winning score of 87.75 on Saturday in the first round of the BFTS stop in Kansas City, Mo.
One week earlier, in St. Louis, Mo., Pozzobon earned 89 points on the same bull, to place first at the Kawasaki Invitational.
The pair of recent wins has vaulted Pozzobon into fourth place in the world bull riding standings, with 2,675 points and total earnings of $57,678.
“I’m feeling good,” Pozzobon told BFTS’s Denise Abbott in an interview on Feb. 23. “Last year, I really just focused on making the World Finals (in Las Vegas), but this year I’m focused on riding well and winning events.”
In 2012, Pozzobon finished 20th in the world with over $106,000 in earnings.
Next up for the Nicola Valley cowboy is the Dickies Iron Cowboy IV event at the 85,000-seat Cowboys Stadium (home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas, this weekend.
Sloan misses cut in Panama City
Merritt golfer Roger Sloan, 25, missed the cut by two strokes in his first career stop on the PGA web.com Tour in Panama City on the weekend.
Sloan shot rounds of 71 and 73 for a four-over-par total of 144, two above the cut-off mark of 142. The top 70 golfers plus ties moved on to rounds three and four of the first event on the 2013 web.com Tour schedule.
American Kevin Foley won the $600,000 Panama Claro Championship with a four-round score of eight-under 272.
Next up for Sloan is the $700,000 Colombia Championship in Bogota, Colombia, from Feb. 28 - March 3.
House teams end their seasons
The last two Merritt minor hockey house teams wrapped up their seasons recently.
On the Feb. 16-17 weekend, Merritt’s junior and senior female teams took part in a jamboree on home ice.
The Tolko Industries team reigned supreme in senior action, going undefeated in their three games and outscoring the opposition 19-2.
On the junior side of the draw, it was Doctor’s Eye Care in first place following a 5-0 victory over Ken Nicholls Construction in the final game.
Elementary schools handball results
Four local elementary schools took handball titles at the annual series of tournaments, held Feb. 13-14.
Grade 4 Girls
Grade 4 Boys
Grade 5 Girls (Pool A)
Grade 5 Girls (Pool B)
Grade 5 Boys (Pool A)
Grade 5 Boys (Pool B)