Selects too hot to handle en route to Kootenay Zone Provincial berth

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWhat a “perfect” weekend for soccer . . . that’s if you’re a member of the Nelson U14 Selects.The Heritage City squad outscored the opposition 12-0 en route to capturing the Kootenay U14 Boy’s Zone Title Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.The Selects edged Columbia Valley Titans 2-0 and Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-0 before running away with the title Sunday, blasting Kootenay South 7-nil.The title was Nelson’s to lose after the home side knocked off the 2010 U13 Zone champs from Invermere in the tourney opener.Dunavan Morris-Janzen scored at the 12-minute mark in the tight contest to give Nelson all the goals it would need.Nolan Percival sealed the win with less than 15 minutes left in the second half as the Nelson striker was finally able to get behind the tough Columbia Valley defence.Nelson kept up the heady play in an evening encounter against Kootenay East, scoring early to capture the win.Micah May’s header gave Nelson the early advantage.May scored his second of the game converting a Spencer Szabo ball before splitting Kootenay East’s backline.Percival, with his second in as many games, converted a fine pass from Tucker Anderson to finish the scoring.Saturday’s two wins secured the gold medal for Nelson.However, the Selects were not quite finished filling the net, getting seven past rival Kootenay South.May again with the early marker just 45 seconds into the game got the home side off and running.Szabo scored on a penalty kick three minutes later after May was taken down in the box. May and Johnny Johnson, on a nice follow up, would round out first half scoring. Two more for May in the second half and one from Nolan Percival completed the scoring.The Reps are off to Cranbrook before heading west to Penticton for the B.C Soccer Provincial B Cup July 7-10.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park on schedule — facility ready for baseball in spring of 2015

first_imgThe money is used to pay for materials and contractors with the majority of the work being done by Martel, David Gray, Roger Aubert, Stephen Forte, Corbin Comishin and a few enthusiastic NDBA players.“The new and improved diamond will be ready for the early spring,” Martel said, adding a new irrigation system has been installed by the City of Nelson.“Not only does Nelson Little League Baseball use the diamond but so does the high school and slow pitch league and many people use it for evening and weekend pick up games.”Martel said the NDBA would like to erect a 25-foot high fence in right field to stop balls from getting caught up in the tall grass.“This is short right field distance and the wall will keep the balls from being lost on the bank,” said Martel.“Fenway in Boston has a wall so we will make a Nelson equivalent to the Fenway green monster and the plan is for advertising on the wall so that will pay for itself.”Martel said NDBA has seen an increase in registration during the past four years.He said therefurbished diamond at Lions Park for the younger players as well as improvements to Queen Elizabeth Park should help the kids enjoy the game of baseball even more.“Other than evening vandalism, like removing the post and string we used to mark were the bases go, the project is coming along very smoothly with the help from a few 14-16 year old baseball players,” he said. The sound of “Play Ball” is going to have a different ring to it when minor baseball resumes in 2015 following the completion of renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park.The main park for the Nelson and District Baseball Association and L.V. Rogers Bombers Baseball is getting a complete overhaul of the diamond — a project that should have the park ready for play in the early spring.“We have removed about six inches from the top of the field and replaced it with better top soil,” said Larry Martel of the NDBA.“The sod was placed on the infield and around the outside of the diamond.  Crush shale that we’re bringing in from Cache Creek, will fill in the base paths, pitching mound and around home plate,” Martel added.Martel said the bulk of the $20,000 to complete the upgrades of Queen Elizabeth Park have come from provincial grants applied for during the past couple of years.last_img read more

UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD SIMPLY BRILLIANT IN WINNING GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS BY 3 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH; ECLIPSE CHAMPION, NOW PERFECT IN SEVEN STARTS, GETS 1 1/16 MILES OVER A SLOPPY TRACK IN 1:44.14 AND SETS SIGHTS ON KENTUCKY OAKS FOR HOLLENDORFER

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2016)–Sent to the front from the rail in her first-ever start on a sloppy track, undefeated Songbird responded with a brilliant gate to wire performance in winning Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith. Last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly, Songbird covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and is now unbeaten in seven starts for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Jerry Hollendorfer. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she’ll now be pointed to the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 6.Pressed into the first turn by Forever Darling, who was ridden by Martin Pedroza, Songbird settled into her customary high cruising speed and was completely in charge through fractions of 23.34, 47.17, 1:11.21 and 1:37.13.“She’s just incredible,” said Smith, who’s been aboard for all seven wins. “I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do.“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn, but once again we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.”With a staggering $751,734 bet to show on her, Songbird was dispatched as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite in a field of seven sophomore fillies and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.“I had a little bit of anticipation with the off track, wondering if she could handle it or not,” said Hollendorfer. “We didn’t want her slipping, but she didn’t slip, so that’s good…We have the point race (Kentucky Oaks) coming up, so if we have good fortune and she stays sound, we’ll try to go to Kentucky and win that one.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mokat ran on for the place, finishing a neck in front of She’s a Warrior. Off at 14-1, Mokat paid $4.60 and $3.00.She’s a Warrior, who was handled by Gary Stevens, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Forever Darling. Off at 22-1, She’s a Warrior paid $4.20 to show.last_img read more