Sports Shorts

Killer Whales shine in Comox

Swimmers from the Mini-Whale and Orca groups swam in Comox Jan 9-10.

Many best times were achieved and this was a first ever swim meet for a few of their younger swimmers.

Some of the highlights from the meet include Emily Magowan’s 50 Free which qualified her for VIR’s with a time of 41.4 seconds with a good effort in her 200 IM. Sara Hartman recorded her first official time in 50 Back. Cassidy Hayduk registered first official times in 50 Back and 50 Free. Mackenzie Hayduk broke one minute for 50 Free.

Tiana Scott swam to her first official 100 Free time and made a valiant effort in the 50 Fly. Ben Ritchie-Smith ttook five seconds of his 50 Back time. Fynn Magowan took off seven seconds for 50 Back. Keyana Owens completed her first official 100 Free. Brynna Dybwad took off 16 seconds in her 50 Back. Rachael Clement chopped off 40 seconds in the 100 Back. Jessica Dunn whilttled off 10 seconds in her 50 Fly.

Maura Dybwad shaved off three seconds in the 100 Breast and is approaching her VIR cut. All of our relay teams did very well, with the mixed 12 and unders coming in first for the 200 IM and the 200 Free.


Carihi Junior Boys off on the right foot

The Carihi Junior Boys Basketball team competed in their first tournament of the season at Vanier Secondary this past weekend and took home the first place trophy.

They easily defeated Ladysmith in the first game, 57 – 34, with strong performances by Quin Nelson (14 points) and Jonah Shankar (11 points).  Gurjot Mann added 11 points and was a force in the paint grabbing eight rebounds in the victory.

In the second game, the Carihi Tyees set a blistering pace against Wellington who were unable to keep up.

The Tyees forced Wellington into 27 turnovers with Nelson stealing the ball six times and Mann adding another five. Jared Perras dominated in the key with 18 points and nine rebounds in the 55 – 32 victory.  Nelson and Mann added 10 and nine points respectively.

In the final game against Reynolds, the Tyees were missing their starting guard, Shankar, who sprained his ankle in the second game. Carson Foy rose to the challenge and stepped in to assist Nelson, who had to contend with high pressure from the quick Reynolds’ guards.  In the first half Carihi lost the battle in the paint as Reynolds drove repeatedly to the hoop and out-rebounded the Tyees.    Down at half by five, the Tyees came back in the third with a strong defensive effort and held the Reynolds squad to only nine points in the quarter. Their defense paid off as they finished the quarter up by 2. They never looked back and stretched the lead to a 51 – 44 victory.  Nelson had 17 points and Perras added 16.  Tom Younger had a strong showing off the bench with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Perras had an outstanding tournament and took home player of the tournament honors.


Dean Thulin rink curling in Senior Men’s Island Playdowns

The Senior Men’s and Women’s Island Playdowns will take place at the Nanaimo Curling Club today and tomorrow.

A Campbell River team skipped by Dean Thulin will be taking part and hoping to grab the one spot available on the Men’s side and advance to the Provincial Playdowns in Richmond Feb. 15-21.

There will be a total of six Men’s teams from Vancouver Island competing this weekend in a double-knockout format to determine the qualifier. Thulin has locals Lyle Boyce, Don Pennell, and Tom Green joining him in the competition.

Other teams will be skipped by: Rick Cohen from Victoria Curling Club; Wes Craig(2 time defending Provincial Champ, from Victoria Curling Club; Mike Imrie from Comox Valley Curling Club; Jim Newlands from Nanaimo Curling Club; and Gerold Poelman from Mill Bay/Victoria Curling Club.

The first draw will be at 2 p.m. today with the next three draws on Saturday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be a draw on Sunday that will be the first qualifying game at 12:30 p.m. and the final draw, if necessary, will be at 4:30 p.m. that day.

The Thulin rink will face Mike Imrie’s team in their first game today at 2 p.m.

There will also be two women’s teams playing for one spot in the provincials and those teams will play a best-two-out-of-three with games happening on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., if necessary.

Both women’s teams are representing the Nanaimo Curling Club and skipped by Penny Shantz and Leslie Shearer.

The winners of both the Men’s and Women’s Provincials taking place in Richmond will advance to Digby, Nova Scotia, to play in the Canadian Championships March 28 – April 2.

To check out the draw and live scoring results, go to and click on the Senior Island Playdowns if you would like to follow the progress of any of the teams competing.



Bantam A Tyees net a pair of wins

The week following their fourth place finish out of a total of 20 teams at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, the KLP Construction Bantam A Tyees took to the road again to play a pair of league games in Victoria.

The first game was against Victoria Racquet Club’s T1 squad at Ian Stewart Arena.

The play was fairly even during the first period, and just when it looked like the game would reach the first intermission as a scoreless tie, River Fahey scored a buzzer-beater by ripping a shot from the top of the right face-off circle that eluded the goalie’s glove.

With both teams continuing to play a tight and close checking game, only Cody Savey was able to put the puck in the net for either team during the second period of play.

As it became increasingly evident that the speed of Campbell River was wearing down VRC, the Tyees began to take over the game in the third period when Savey scored his second and third tally, and Fahey scored his second.

Other scorers were Davis Frank, Cole Devlin, and Owen Parker. Jayce Hudak played a solid game in goal and earned himself a well-deserved shutout in the 8-0 victory.

The following day, Campbell River played the T2 Peninsula Eagles in Sidney’s Panorama Recreation Centre.

In a rather tame game that saw only five minor penalties called in the entire game, the Tyees finished the first period up by one, thanks to goals by River Fahey and Davis Frank.

Frank’s second goal of the game and another by Noah Fladager gave the Tyees a three-goal lead after two.

Though the Eagles were able to put one puck past goaltender Antoine Minfray late in the third, the Tyees held on for an impressive 4-2 victory.

Next game for the Tyees will take place this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. vs. Powell River at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.