Leaf profile: Andrew Walton says ‘no big deal’ to play out his junior career in Nelson

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on starting netminder Andrew Walton.If someone in the crowd last year during a Nelson/Castlegar game had said in a year from now Andrew Walton would be wearing the Green and White and tending goal for the Nelson Leafs the response would have been:“Are you crazy?”But there was 6’1”, 170-pound Sunflower City native backstopping the green and white to a 3-0 victory over their Murdoch Division counterparts, in his hometown of Castlegar, no less, on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.“I felt pretty good but that was definitely not the same (Castlegar) team as last year,” Walton said about the eventful night at the Community Complex.“(Sniper Ryan) Anysley wasn’t there so it’s not the same team as last season.”Fact is the 20-year-old goalie has moved on.Fact is Walton moved on last season when he asked for a trade in the middle of Castlegar’s amazing run that saw the Rebels make it all the way to the KIJHL final.“I just wanted to assure myself of playing in the Cyclone Taylor tournament,” Walton said when asked about the mid-season deal, a blockbuster trade by KIJHL standards.Walton got his wish. However, it was the road to the Cyclone Taylor Cup that he might have wanted to be traveled a little different.His former mates from Castlegar knocked Walton and the Ghostriders out of the playoffs during the Kootenay Conference Finals.A hiccup during the opener in Fernie proved to be the difference as the Rebels ousted the Riders in six games.Walton did get the last laugh against his former mates as Walton got a free pass to the Cyclone while Castlegar lost a heartbreaking KIJHL final to the Osoyoos Coyotes.But just when it appeared Walton would sip from the cup of Cyclone victory, the Peninsula Panthers skated away with a 5-3 victory in the tourney final.“That definitely sucked a lot,” Walton, still feeling that bitter taste in his mouth when the subject is brought up, said. “All of us could have played a lot better, including myself. But I thought during the game lot of the bounces went their way for sure.”But that was last year and this is a new opportunity for Walton.To be back in the West Kootenay, closer to family, and finish out his junior hockey career with the Green and White in Nelson.“I don’t really think it’s that big a deal,” said Walton about playing in Nelson. “It’s not like I necessarily going to be remembered for playing junior B in Castlegar.”Fans may not remember Walton in Castlegar in a few years.But the current Leaf players, especially the defence, will definitely have fond memories of Walton during this season.“He’s like another defenceman back there,’’ said Leaf rearguard Tyler Parfeniuk, one of two 20-year-olds, including Walton, that will be called upon to provide veteran leadership to this band of younger players on the Leafs.“He’s so cool under pressure and handles the puck so well.”Walton, enrolled in the carpentry program at Selkirk College, is eager to make this final season in junior hockey a successful one.After last season’s musical goalies between the pipes for Nelson, it’s obvious Walton will be a welcome edition to the Leafs.“I want to help Nelson go really far and win the league this year,” Walton prophesized. “I think we have a really good team here. We’ve got a really good bunch of guys and we’re only going to get better as the season goes on.”Andrew Walton Fast FactsPosition: GoalHeight: 6’1″Weight: 170 poundsHometown: CastlegarAge: 20:Favourite music: anything but countryFavourite NHL team: None really, but in a pinch Detroit Red WingsFavourite NHL player: Pavel DatsyukFavourite hobby other than hockey: Playing video games, NHL 12iPhone or BlackBerry: Knock off cell phonesports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Grand Forks Wolves sweep past LVR Bombers

first_imgThe Grand Forks Wolves took another bite out of the L.V. Rogers Bombers on Seniors Night Tuesday at the Hangar.Grand Forks teams swept both Senior and Junior High School Boys’ Basketball games as the hoop season winds down.The Wolves stopped the Bombers 67-49 in West Kootenay Senior Boys’ Basketball League action while Grand Forks defeated LVR 58-32 in Junior Boys’ play.After a brief, pre-game ceremony to salute graduating seniors from both teams, including five Bombers — Moss Caney, Carter Anderson, Gab Samson, Theo Lincourt and Johnny Michalchuk— LVR started slow, falling behind by 14 points before going on a late run to only trail 20-18 after one quarter.The Bomber offence, however, dried up in the second quarter allowing the Wolves to regain the comfortable lead at halftime.Jacob Bonikowski and Matti Erickson each scored 11 points to lead the Bombers attack.In the Junior contest, Kohie Dunnett scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Wolves past the Bombers.The game was a preview of the upcoming semi-final showdown between the two schools at this Saturday’s West Kootenay Championships, also at the Hangar.Grand Forks enters the tournament as the second seed in the zone while the Bombers are third.Tuesday, the Wolves jumped out to a 21-5 lead and never looked back. Dunnett sparked the early surge with 12 points in the quarter.LVR picked up its game in the second quarter, holding the Wolves to five points.However, the Bombers were never able to penetrate the tough Wolves defence throughout the game.Leading 37-23 after three quarters, the Wolves used a half-court zone press to frustrate the Bombers into committing several turnovers that led to easy baskets at the offensive end.Anson da Silva had 10 points for the Wolves.Quinn Kilpatrick led LVR with nine points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Calvin Wheeler added eight points while Jake Marshall, Kyle Burgoyne and Joseph Sola each had four.Bombers host West Kootenay Junior ChampionshipsSalmo Falcons meet Stanley Humphries of Castlegar to open the West Kootenay Junior Boys’ Basketball Championships at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hangar.The Bomber host the Wolves at 10:30 a.m.West Kootenay top seed J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks meets the winner of Game one in the second semi-final at noon.The semi-final winners meet for the West Kootenay Zone title at 3 p.m. The Consolation Final goes at 1:30 p.m.All action is being played at the Hangar.last_img read more

Connacht Rugby chief speaks about Pat Lam’s departure

first_imgConnacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane (above right) was in studio this morning chatting about yesterday’s shock announcement that Head Coach Pat Lam was leaving at the end of the season for Bristol. Ruane told Keith Finnegan about the process involved in replacing the man who has made such an impact in his 4 years in charge… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Willie+Ruane+Studio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Council Confirm Post Primary Schools Senior A And B Football Championship Fixtures

first_imgThe Connacht Post Primary Schools Juvenile B Football League Final between St Joseph’s The Bish and Ballinrobe will be played in Headford on Friday the 20th of January and will throw in at 12.30.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Senior B Quarter Finals will see Four Games played between the 10th and the 23rd of January. On the 10th, Roscommon CBS play Ballinrobe Community School. Then on the 18th, St Nathy’s face St Aloysius and St Joseph’s The Bish face St Louis Kiltimagh in Headford at 12.30. The final quarter Final on the 23rd of January sees Presentation College Athenry take on Ballinamore at the Connacht Centre of Excellence at 12.30. Details of the Preliminary Round of the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A and Quarter Finals of the Senior B Football Championships have been announced. The Senior A Championship will feature two games as a double header at the Connacht Centre of excellence on the 18th of January. Rice College take on St Muredachs at 11am with the winners playing Holy Rosary College Mountbellew in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February. The other Preliminary Round game throws in at 12.30 and sees Summerhill take on St Geralds with the winners playing St Jarlaths College Tuam in the Quarter Final on the 1st of February.center_img Details of the Senior B, Senior C, Junior B and Juvenile B Post Primary Football league Finals have also been confirmed. The Senior B League Final between Presentation Athenry and Ballinrobe will be played in Tuam on Wednesday the 18th of January throwing in at 12.30. On the Same day and at the same time, The Senior C League Final between Ballyhaunis and Glenamaddy takes place in the Connacht centre of excellence while the Junior B League Final between St Muredachs and Claregalway will be played on Monday the 23rd of January with the Connacht Centre of Excellence the venue.last_img read more

Galway Minor Team V Mayo Announced

first_imgTeam: 1 Oran Burke (Corofin)2 Eoin McFadden (Salthill/Knocknacarra)3 Sean Mulkerrin (Oileann Arainn)4 Gavin Burke (Corofin)5 Jack Glynn (Claregalway)6 Ciaran Potter (Annaghdown)7 Liam Boyle (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)8 Matthias Barrett (Leitir Mor)9 Daniel Kenny (Oughterard)10 Brian Harlowe (St. Michael’s)11 Darragh Silke (Corofin)12 Martin Kerrigan (An Fhairce)13 Rory Cunningham (St Brendan’s)14 Evan Murphy (Salthill/Knocknacarra)15 Padraic Costello (Dunmore McHales)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 21 August 2016; Robert Finnerty of Galway shoots past Aaron McCrea of Donegal to score a goal in the 5th minute during the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final game between Donegal and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfilecenter_img The Galway Minor Team to take on Mayo in the Connacht Championship on Sunday in McHale Park, Castlebar has been announced. Game throws in at 2.30pm and is LIVE here on Galway Bay FMlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Trafalgar Thunder Boy’s Basketball

first_imgThe Trafalgar Thunder Boy’s Basketball Team is quickly restoring the proud name for hoops on the West Kootenay Grade 8 High School circuit.The squad recently posted wins over Stanley Humphries in Castlegar, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail and Mount Sentinel. Mallard’s Source for sports is pleased to showcase the Thunder as Team of the Week.The team includes, Cole Woodward, Brady Augustine, Odin Elris, Alex Gotzy, Stephen Vissers, Seung Hyun Hwang, Chan Hee Kim, Mitchell Erickson, Ryder Collins, Carter Janssen, Ollie Gyr, Leif Kreutz, Fischer Greenaway and coaches Fred Browne and Jeff Forst.last_img read more

Nelson’s Brenden Vulcano helps power Revelstoke to KIJHL Title

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs may have failed to capture the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship in 2019 but that doesn’t mean the trophy won’t make a special trip to the Heritage City this summer.Thanks to Brenden Vulcano, the KIJHL trophy most likely will grace the city after the Nelson Minor Hockey grad helped the Revelstoke Grizzlies shock the league expert to capture the Junior B League crown with a five-game series win over Kimberley Dynamiters.Vulcano and Company added a bit of sweetener to the season by claiming the Cyclone Taylor Cup, emblematic of Junior B Hockey supremacy in BC, with a 5-1 victory over Victoria Cougars in Campbell River.“It is an unreal feeling knowing that all of our hard work has paid off . . . all the grind paid off of waking up at 6:30 a.m. every morning for workouts as much as we wanted to sleep . . . it doesn’t matter now that we’re champs,” the 18-year-old Vulcano told The Nelson Daily.Revelstoke came out of the Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference as one of the top teams in the KIJHL, finishing a few points behind front-running Kimberley and Kelowna Chiefs.Kelowna topped the KIJHL regular season and the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference with 89 points while Kimberley, Kootenay Conference Champs and defending League winners, was a close second at 88.The Grizzlies, coached by Ryan Parent, made quick work out of Kamloops Storm and 100 Mile House Wranglers with series sweeps to enable Revelstoke to capture the Doug Birks Playoff Title.However, just when most had predicted the Chiefs to cruise to the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final, Revelstoke stunned the favourites in six games — surprisingly winning three times on the road at the Rutland Arena.“We just stuck to our game plan no matter what the score was and when we needed to make changes we were able to do it very well,” the son of Yvonne and Vince Vulcano of Nelson explained.“And just having that level of confidence knowing we could do it but still having a little bit of nervousness knowing that they were top teams in the league for a reason and that we had to take them seriously.” Vulcano and defence partner Caleb Raush played a major part in the upset, spending most of the time on the ice against Kelowna’s top line of Brody Dale, Zach Erhardt and Devon Sutton. The Chiefs top line had combined for 283 points during the regular season and 37 in two previous series against Osoyoos and Summerland.“We knew each other so well that we would always know where each other was, and that helped a lot,” said Vulcano, who has played with teammate Raush the past two seasons.“PK (penalty kill) was a big part of our game especially late in the games,” Vulcano added. “A few times like in Game six against Kelowna, I don’t think we came off the ice in the last five minutes (as Kelowna pressed to score).” After surprising Kimberley in the KIJHL title in five games, it was off to Campbell River for Revelstoke to represent the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup.It took the Grizzlies a game to realize the Cyclone Taylor competition was just as tough as the KIJHL — Revelstoke lost its opener of the four-team tournament 4-1 to Victoria Cougars — before the players stepped it up to close out the tournament with three consecutive wins to capture the title.“I don’t think we took Victoria seriously enough the first game,” Vulcano said when asked about the first-game loss. “We watched a lot of video seeing where we were going wrong and what needed to be adjusted to be better and had to get our work rate back up because these teams won their leagues for a reason.”“Even the host team Campbell River, who lost a close series to Victoria in the finals, was going to be a challenge,” adds Vulcano, whose brother Reid played as an affiliate with the hometown Nelson Leafs.Vulcano, who spent four seasons at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna before landing a spot on the Grizzlies roster, is a little disappointed to see the season end.Next year the 6-foot, 165-pound rearguard, who attests to baseball and golf as interests during the offseason, plans to attend a few Junior a Camps to test the waters of the league above.However, if Junior A is not in the cards just yet, then there’s always a shutdown spot open on the Grizzlies for the 2019-20 campaign.And who knows, maybe a few more surprises left in the Junior B bag for Vulcano and the Grizzlies.Grizzlies defenceman Brenden Vulcano hoists the Cyclone Taylor Cup trophy in Campbell River. — Submittedlast_img read more

Magpies fan banned for three years after shaking penis at Spurs fans

first_imgNEWCASTLE fan Keith Steinmetz has been given a three-year stadium ban after ‘shaking his penis’ at Tottenham supporters during their clash last season.The youth football coach dropped his pants and flashed Spurs fans for five to ten seconds during the Wembley encounter between the two sides on May 9.2 Newcastle supporter Keith Steinmetz has been banned from attending football games for three yearsCredit: PA:Empics SportSteinmetz, 58, has also been given a six-month community order and fined £600 for his actions in London.The grandad had reacted to goading from Spurs fans, as well as verbal abuse, but his retaliation quickly backfired.He subsequently pleaded guilty at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in June to one count of exposure and a public order offence.But according to Chronicle Live, the case was adjourned until this week after the prosecution applied for a banning order on Steinmetz attending football games.2 Harry Kane netted the only goal of the game when the two sides faced each other in MayCredit: REUTERSProsecutor Brian Payne told the court: “This case involves the deliberate exposure of the defendant’s penis at the opposing fans at Wembley Stadium. He’s a Newcastle fan.“He was fairly rapidly detained and subsequently interviewed. He was asked how much he had to drink and he said he’d drank between six and seven pints between 4pm and 9pm.”Steinmetz – a Magpies season ticket holder – was reported to the FA following the incident, but solicitor Jonathan Stirland told the court he had reacted badly in a “moment of sheer stupidity”.He said: “He’s gutted, disappointed, angry and embarrassed with himself.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bash”He’s not someone who is a risk of violence in the future. This is a one-off in relation to disorder.“He will be a church mouse when he goes to matches in the future. He will ensure he won’t drink at all and ignore any goading.”Newcastle fans protest Mike Ashley outside Sports Directlast_img read more

Southland Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention:  Blake Childress, Central Arkansas; Justin Church, Southeastern Louisiana; Justin Owens, Stephen F. Austin; Anthony Beard, Lamar. Honorable Mention: Caleb Berry, Lamar; Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Devonte Scott, Southeastern Louisiana. Honorable Mention: Ed Eagan, Northwestern State; Juan Carranco, Lamar; Ryan Adams, Southeastern Louisiana. Defensive Player of the Week:  P.J. Hall, Sam Houston StateHall continued to make a statement for the Jerry Rice Award as FCS top freshman with two sacks, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a vital blocked field goal in Sam Houston State’s 38-31 win over Central Arkansas to give the Bearkats their third conference title in four years. The freshman from Seguin, Texas (Seguin H.S.), had four total tackles in the contest. FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State senior running back Keshawn Hill was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Sam Houston freshman defensive end P.J. Hall earned defensive player of the week award while Stephen F. Austin senior kicker Jordan Wiggs was named the special teams player of the week.center_img Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. AustinWiggs closed out his Stephen F. Austin career with a season-long 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Stephen F. Austin a 27-24 win over Northwestern State and give the Lumberjacks an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. The senior from Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie H.S.), also connected on a 20-yard kick earlier in the game and went a perfect 3-for-3 in PATs against the Demons. Offensive Player of the Week:  Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston StateHill posted the seventh-highest single game rushing total in Sam Houston State history to help lead the Bearkats to their third Southland Conference title in four years. The senior from Klein, Texas (Klein H.S.) rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the Bearkats’ 38-31 win over Central Arkansas. Hill scored on runs of 13 and 15 yards and set up another touchdown with a 61-yard run, his sixth 50+ yard run of the season. Hill now ranks second in school history in career touchdowns (40), third in rushing touchdown (34) and fourth in scoring (240 points). Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more