Sports Briefs: Atom Broncos win SIFC title

Kamloops Community Football has its first championship team.

The atom Broncos defeated the West Kelowna Sun Devils 52-6 in the Southern Interior Football Conference championship game at Hillside Stadium on Sunday. It was the first SIFC title for any KCF team.

The Broncos, a group of 18 young men between the ages of 7 and 9, will go for a provincial 9-man championship next week at home - the details have yet to be determined.

The Broncos finished first in the regular season, going 6-1 after losing their opener to West Kelowna. Kamloops knocked of visiting Vernon in a semifinal last month, and continued its strong season with Sunday's victory.

West Kelowna got on the board first on Sunday, scoring on a 50-yard run, but it was all Kamloops after that.

Broncos quarterback Sheldon Aitken scored on a two-yard touchdown run, before Issa Diaou put Kamloops ahead with the two-point conversion. Kamloops took a 22-6 lead after a quarter and a 38-6 lead by halftime.

Diaou, a first-year player, had a monster game, rushing three times for 116 yards and three touchdowns - from 30, 32 and 54 yards - and also catching a pass for a 90-yard touchdown. To put the cherry on top of an excellent effort, he kicked four conversions.

Aitken was the man who threw the touchdown pass to Diaou, and also rushed for 126 yards on five carries. Aitken scored two rushing touchdowns, the second from 32 yards.

Nose tackle Tino Dziba forced and recovered a fumble on top of picking up a few tackles for the Broncos, and Kash Minion, Liam Milovick, Max Cook and Aitken also were strong defensively.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres senior boys soccer team is off to provincials.

The Sabres won the Okanagan championship in Kelowna on the weekend to qualify for the B.C. AA championship, which runs Nov. 18-20 in Burnaby.

Sa-Hali opened with a 6-0 victory over the Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers before knocking off the Summerland Rockets 5-1. The Sabres defeated the Valleyview Vikings 4-0 in a semifinal, setting up a showdown with the defending provincial-champion Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Huskies.

The Sabres won 2-1 in a shootout.

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The Kamloops Vibe handed the Richmond Devils their first two losses of the South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League season.

The Vibe, the defending provincial champion, defeated the Devils 5-2 and 1-0.

Jenna Ormandy and Melinda Smith, who two goals each, and Taylor McLeod led the Vibe in the opener. Alissa Hibbert was the winning goaltender.

Ashley Fisher stopped 16 shots in the second game, with the game's lone goal coming off the stick of Alyssa Reid. Fisher now has two shutouts this season, in which the Vibe is 7-0-1.

The Vibe is scheduled to play host to Simon Fraser on Nov. 16, 1 p.m., at the Ice Box, and Nov. 17, 11:15 a.m., at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

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Heather Archer of Kamloops has been given a Bridge Builder Award by Synchro Canada.
Synchro Canada held its annual convention in Halifax on the weekend, with Archer getting one of the major awards.

According to a news release, "This is a special recognition award given to person who works today in order that those who follow tomorrow will find safety, strength and success in the sport of synchronized swimming, who demonstrates vision and flexibility for the future, as well as respect for Synchro Canada's rich past and as a 'Bridge Builder' paves the road to tomorrow with their encouragement and achievements; who has initiated, continued a program, event or endeavour that allows for future growth and development in synchronized swimming in Canada, and who by their actions and attitude works to build bridges that span ability, age and distance in order to position Canadian Synchronized Swimming as a world leader."

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Forty-five racers competed in a cyclo-cross event at Albert McGowan Park on Sunday.

Cyclo-cross is a combination of road racing and off-road racing and Sunday's race had riders doing a two-kilometre loop multiple times.

In the men's B division, Connor Martin, a cadet rider from Kelowna, finished first, but only after a strong push from the Interior Grasslands Cycling Club's Dan Hill. Hill organized a chase in the race, which featured 30 minutes plus a lap. Hill and Martin were neck-and-neck at the end, but Martin got off his bike and carried it across the finish line for the victory.

Ken McDonald, another IGCC rider, was 12th.

Kristine Brynjolfson won the women's B race, doing a total of four laps.

Canadian time-trial champion Chris McNeil, an IGCC member, won the men's A event, beating the IGCC's Martin Bojesen, who crashed twice but still managed to finish second.

Devon Moonie was third, with other IGCC members Mike Winkel (13), Peter Holzhuiter (17) and Frank Helly (18) finishing the race.

Sandra Walter won the women's A race.

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Jason (The Jackal) Szakal) lost out at the World Wushu Championship in Malaysia on Saturday.

Szakal, who trains out of LaRoche World Gung Fu and Kickboxing, opened with a victory over a Dutch opponent, but lost his second match by TKO to a Lebanese fighter.

Szakal's coach, Tom LaRoche, wrote in a news release, "This is definitely a step up into new territory. A number of the countries, especially Russia, the Middle East and China, have their teams train full-time 7-9 hours a day. So really they are professionals with all provisions provided for by their countries' athletic committees and departments.

"I would have desired for Jason to fight someone from Europe or South America his second time in to build his confidence and get him into the full rhythm of the tournament,"

LaRoche added. "But it's all a crapshoot, they draw the fighter and you prepare yourself to fight whoever they put in front of you."

Another of LaRoche's fighters, 20-year-old Lucas Taylor, will fight for the provincial K1 title in Victoria on Dec. 4.

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