Sports Briefs: Thompson undefeated at Scotties

Only three teams remain undefeated after the first day of the Scotties B.C. women's curling championship in Prince George.

One of those rinks is skipped by Kamloops' Karla Thompson, who won both of her draws on opening day. Thompson, curling with third Kristen Recksiedler, second Brooklyn Leitch and lead Michelle Ramsay, all of whom aren't from Kamloops, opened with an 8-6 victory over Cloverdale's Marla Mallett, before defeating Prince George's Patti Knezevic 9-6 in the second draw.

Thompson scored a deuce in the 10th end of the victory over Mallett, before going ahead with three in the ninth against Mallett and stealing two in the 10th.

Thompson, Kelowna's Kelly Scott and Victoria's Kesa Van Osch are the only 2-0 squads remaining in the 10-team draw.

Allison MacInnes of Kamloops, who skips a non-Kamloops rink featuring third Grace MacInnes, second Diane Gushulak and lead Amanda Tipper, opened with a 6-4 victory over Victoria's Sarah Wark, before falling 7-4 to Scott in the evening draw.

MacInnes stole two in the 10th end of the victory over Wark, but fell behind 5-4 in the eighth end against Scott and allowed a steal of two in the ninth end.

The two Kamloops skips - Thompson and MacInnes - will meet in Draw 3 this morning. Thompson will play Vancouver's Amy Gibson (1-1) in the evening, while MacInnes will take on Van Osch.

The tournament will feature two draws today, Wednesday and Thursday, with the round-robin to wrap up Friday. The championship final is scheduled for Sunday, with the winner to compete at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championship in Montreal from Feb. 1-9.

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Sara Spence of the River City Racers competed at the Canada Cup 2 speed skating competition in Calgary on the weekend.

Spence, 18, finished fifth in the 3,000 metres, and also set two personal-bests. She shaved nearly a second off her 1,000m time, finishing sixth in one minute 23.32 seconds.

She shaved three-tenths of a second off her 1,500m time, finishing in 2:11.12 to take 10th. She also was seventh in the 500m, and will compete in the North American championships in Calgary on Jan. 18-19.

Another Racers skater, 15-year-old Alex Forbes, qualified for the B.C. Winter Games in Abbotsford in February.

At the Olympic long team qualifier in Calgary, Josie Spence was fifth and Victoria Spence was eighth in the 3,000m. Josie was less than a second from qualifying in the 1,500m, finishing seventh, while Victoria was 16th. Josie was third and Victoria fifth in the 5,000m.

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