Wild shocks Bombers in Kootenay Soccer Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere will be no 15th consecutive trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.
The Mount Baker Wild ended the illustrious streak by the Bombers, knocking off the perennial Kootenay champ 3-2 in Wednesday afternoon in the Cranbrook.“We played a good game but in the end a lack of experience and confidence caused us to come up short,” said Bomber head coach Keith Williams in a text message to The Nelson Daily following the game.Williams was looking for his tenth straight trip to taking a team from LVR to the prestigious tournament that features the elite high school players in the province.Most of the scoring came in the first half. After the Wild opened the scoring, Bomber midfielder Luke Mori was fouled inside the penalty area. Striker Mitch Melanson calmly stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty shot to even the score at 1-1.LVR took the lead when Mori converted a cross past the Mount Baker goalkeeper. However, the lead was short lived as the Wild tied the game at 2-2 minutes later.The teams exchanged body blows in the second half with each squad squandering significant chances.With the game in injury time, Baker made a last push as the host club pressured the Bombers. The push was too much as Baker scored with two minutes remaining in the contest.LVR attempted to counter but time ran out giving the Wild the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer title — its first in 15 long years.“This is the best Mount Baker team we faced in nine years as LVR boy’s soccer coach,” Williams admitted. “They never let us get our game in order. (They had) very good defence pressure and strong long ball wing to wing movement.”Williams took the Bombers to a 12th place finish in 2009.During his time coaching at LVR the best finish came a few years ago when the likes of Mark Dodsworth, Isaac Rosenberg and Avery Bartels took the Bombers to a bronze medal finish.Prior to the nine-year run for Williams was the combo of Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler that took LVR to the championship tournament for five consecutive [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ CHARITY GAME TONIGHTThe 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played tonight at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.When asked who he thought would lead the jockeys in scoring this year, Smith opined: “It’s between Drayden (Van Dyke) and Kent (Desormeaux). I’d have to give it to Drayden, maybe with 12 to 15 points. Kent’s more of a facilitator these days, moving the ball around. (He and I) are getting a little older, so I don’t think he’ll be scoring like he did 20 years ago.”TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be coaching the jockeys for his 15th consecutive year, and while his stewardship has produced mixed results, Hoover is confident in his “Big Two.”“We’ve got Desormeaux back and that’s really all we need,” said Hoover. “And the way Van Dyke played last year, we should be very tough to beat with those two guys alone. I’d make us a 7 ½ point favorite.”PRESS BOX STRAW POLL: Santa Anita Jockeys, 37, Holy Angels Boys, 26. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won YOUNG AT HEART OBVIOUSLY KEEPS ON GOINGAt the ripe old age of eight, Obviously just keeps rolling along.The Irish-bred gelding has one way of going: speed, speed and more speed. In 22 starts in the United States, Obviously has been on the lead at some point in the race 19 times.The late Mike Mitchell, who previously campaigned Obviously for owners Anthony Fanticola or Joe Scardino, did not attempt to change his running style, nor does Phil D’Amato, who conditions the bay now.“He’s the same,” D’Amato said of Obviously, who drew post position six in a field of seven in the Arcadia, which should enable him to get the jump on his major rival, Om, another speedster, who drew the rail.“Obviously runs his race all the time,” said D’Amato, the meet’s leading trainer through 27 days with 15 wins, three more than runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert.“Even though he’s eight, he’s lightly raced and he trains in the morning like he’s still four, so I don’t think he knows he’s eight.”Obviously will have a new rider in Mike Smith, taking over for Joe Talamo, who had ridden the gelding in his last 19 consecutive starts, winning eight, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile twice.“I’m just trying to mix something up,” D’Amato explained. “Joe’s been a great pilot for years and will still be. He hasn’t won on him in a little while and has always ridden some big races for us, obviously. The owners conceived doing something different might get us in the Winner’s Circle.”The Arcadia field: Om, Gary Stevens, 7-5; Cape Wolfe, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Yes Yes Yes, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Big Cazanova, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Bolo, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Obviously, Mike Smith, 6-5; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1. (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 7) David Lopez1032081519%42%$585,296 NYQUIST HAS TEAM O’NEILL CAUTIOUSLY EXCITEDRACE STRATEGY FOR OBVIOUSLY REMAINS OBVIOUSDISTANCE SHOULD BENEFIT KYRIAKI IN SANTA MARIASANTA ANITA JOCKS FACE HOLY ANGELS BOYS TONIGHT Edwin Maldonado92168917%36%$604,590 Doug O’Neill9012151613%48%$656,782 Peter Miller6693714%29%$334,675 SANTA MARIA DISTANCE MORE SUITABLE FOR KYRIAKITrainer Peter Eurton expects an improved performance from Kyriaki in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles after the six-year-old Scat Daddy mare faded to eighth in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 23.Victorious longshot Lost Bus set rapid fractions of 44.80 and 1:09 flat in the Santa Monica, discouraging Kyriaki.             “Seven-eighths is not her cup of tea; the fractions are too fast,” Eurton said. “She likes a much easier pace where she can get in her comfort zone. Trying to run with them as fast as they went in the Santa Monica fried her.”The Santa Maria: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith,5-2; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Living the Life, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 2-1. Rafael Bejarano12327271022%52%$1,320,995 Philip D’Amato6715111222%57%$856,120 Richard Baltas5688514%38%$643,804 Santiago Gonzalez13225181319%42%$1,002,199 Flavien Prat11319131617%42%$1,258,248 NYQUIST SET FOR SAN VICENTE; BAFFERT EYES 10TH WINMonday is D Day for Nyquist and Team O’Neill, “D” as in the three-year-old “debut” for the undefeated two-year-old male champion of 2015, who runs in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.It will mark the first race for Nyquist since he captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Oct. 31, his fifth victory for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill.“I think just getting him back to competition is mandatory, obviously, so we’re all exited and pumped the way he’s coming into it,” O’Neill said, “but the bottom line is, you can’t say too much until he runs the race. Hopefully, he runs big.”A short field is expected for the San Vicente. Electrifying, one of seven horses Bob Baffert has nominated to a race the Hall of Fame trainer has won a record nine times, worked five furlongs in company Wednesday in 1:02. Stablemate Big Red Rocket went in 1:02.80.Baffert won the San Vicente last year with Lord Nelson. His other winners were Silver Charm (1997), Exploit (1999), Kafwain (2003), Fusaichi Rock Star (2005), Too Much Bling (2006), The Factor (2011), Drill (2012) and Shakin It Up (2013).In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita will celebrate Presidents’ Day with another of its popular Dollar Days. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be available for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Bob Baffert571271021%51%$1,000,855 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: Santa Anita resumes its lucrative guaranteed pools today, tomorrow and this weekend, as follows: Thursday and Friday, $300,000 Late Pick 4; Saturday and Sunday, $150,000 Pick 6 and $500,000 Late Pick 4; and Monday, $300,000 Late Pick 4 . . . For the first time in Santa Anita history, two female riders were on the morning line favorites in the same race, Rosie Higgins aboard Blue Law (5-2) and Geena Lattanzio on My Ole Bud (3-1) in today’s second race . . . Line of the meet likely came in Sunday’s fifth race, the Super Bowl Starter Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Following is Jon White‘s morning line on the 11 starters, with the closing odds in parentheses: 7-2 (7-2); 15-1 (40-1); 9-2 (9-2); 20-1 (30-1); 8-1 (16-1); 4-1 (2-1); 10-1 (11-1); 6-1 (7-1); 15-1 (25-1); 8-1 (10-1); and 12-1 (12-1) . . . Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guests this weekend at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be clocker for www.nationalturf.com Andy Harrington Saturday; Toby Turrell of the Winners’ Card Yellow Sheet Sunday; and private clocker Gary Young Monday . . . Nancy Dollase, spokesperson for the Holy Angels Boys Basketball Team, informs Liana Bartolome, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Holy Angels who is known to her classmates as “Leyonce,” will sing tonight’s National Anthem, and popular public address announcer Pat Wickhem will emcee basketball festivities tonight at La Salle High in Pasadena. Jerry Hollendorfer79861210%33%$627,781last_img read more