Four out of five Nicola Valley Thunder lacrosse teams were in action this past week. They managed to win four out of their six games.

The Thunder midgets improved their league record to 3-0 with a pair of road wins on the weekend.

Saturday, Fred Ware’s four-goal performance led Nicola Valley to a 9-3 victory over the Penticton Heat in a game played at the Summerland arena. Other Merritt scorers were Tom Girard (2), Oliver Hardy, Travis Simon and Caleb Hartwig.

The local midget squad closed out the weekend with a 5-4 win over the Shuswap Outlaws in Salmon Arm on Sunday. Ware once again paced the Thunder attack with two goals, while Girard, Hardy and Keyton Laupitz had one each.

The winning Nicola Valley goalie in both midget games was Kaelen Lester.

Despite the absence of their captain, Spencer Vaughan, the local bantam team was also victorious on the weekend, taking down the Kelowna Kodiaks 5-1 at the Shulus arena on Sunday.

Max Bose had a pair of goals for the winners. Singles came from Clinton Kaboni, Justin Tighe and Bill Brewer. Goaltender Colton Macaulay allowed just one goal in picking up the win between the pipes.

While Nicola Valley’s peewee squad lost both of its games last week, head coach Dave Finch is delighted with the improvement he’s seeing with each outing. His squad of 19 features no fewer than 10 rookies who have never played the game before.

“They’re really coming along,” Finch said. “I’m very proud of all the boys and girls on the team.”

Finch said his team’s most recent contest — a 6-3 loss to Shuswap on Sunday — would have been a lot closer had it not been for a run of penalties that put his squad on defence for a big part of the game.

“The positive is that our PK (penalty kill) is really improving,” Finch said with a laugh.

Breanna Ouellet had all three Thunder goals.

“She’s a force to be reckoned with,” her coach said.

Rounding out the week’s action was a thrilling 6-5 win for the Nicola Valley novice team against the visiting North Okanagan Legends on Sunday.

Lucas Schmid’s natural hat trick proved to be the difference — his final goal coming with just 1:38 remaining in the third period. Also scoring for the Thunder were Jalen McRae, Brysen Pinyon and Mac Klassen. Tyson Jarvie picked up the win in net.

There’s much more lacrosse action coming our way this weekend. At noon on Saturday, the peewees go in search of their first win against Shuswap at the Shulus arena.

The Thunder tykes take centre stage on Sunday with games at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Sandwiched in between is a midget game at 12 noon between the undefeated Thunder and the visiting Outlaws.