Sports Briefs: Van Osch tied for first place with Scott at Scotties in P.G.

Kelly Scott's Kelowna rink goes into today's action tied for first place with Victoria's Kesa Van Osch at the Scotties B.C. women's curling championship in Prince George on Wednesday.

Scott, the defending champion, started the day with a 10-6 victory over Shawna Jensen of Victoria, but later lost 6-5 to Amy Gibson of Prince George, who counted one in each of the last three ends. Gibson is 1-5.

Van Osch, who beat Prince George's Tracey Jones 9-6 last night, is alone in second in the round-robin standings for the 10-team event, with Karla Thompson of Kamloops and Victoria's Sarah Wark, both at 4-2.

In the morning draw, Thompson scored five in the first end but went on to drop an 8-7 decision in 11 ends to edge Wark. Last night, Thompson beat Jensen, 13-4, thanks mainly to four in the seventh and five in the ninth.

Alison MacInnes of Kamloops is 3-3 after splitting two games yesterday. She scored three in each of the third, sixth and ninth ends and got past Gibson, 11-5, in the morning draw, then dropped a 10-9 decision to Prince George's Patti Knezevic (3-3), who scored twice in the 10th end.

There will be two more draws today, with the round-robin ending on Friday morning. The championship final is scheduled for Sunday.

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The Tropics got goals from five different players in a 5-3 victory over the Jets in a Tuesday midget recreational hockey game.

Nathan Demers, Mario Bruno, Morgan Sakaki-Hodder, Kieran Chenier and Aidan Demers scored for the Tropics. Mac Alberts scored twice in what was his first game with the Jets, and Pacific Thompson also scored in the loss.

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The Kamloops Storm is planning to hold an alumni game as part of its Jan. 26 KIJHL game against the Chase Heat at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

The regular-season game will start at 7 p.m., but will be preceded by the alumni game, which is scheduled to start at 5 o'clock. Some former Storm players will compete against a team of Storm Coaches and Friends.

These coaches include current head coach Ed Patterson, former bosses Geoff Smith, Steve Passmore and Greg Hawgood - all former NHLers - while the friends include Chris Murray and Blair Rota.

The game will be a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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The Kamloops Christian School Eagles defeated the Ashcroft Rams 37-32 in a junior boys basketball game Tuesday.

Dustin Konrad had 10 points to lead Ashcroft, which led 16-10 at the half. KSC's scoring details weren't available.

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Brian Ridgeway has been named the new head coach of the B.C. Football Conference's Vancouver Island Raiders.

Ridgeway, a former Montreal Alouettes and Raiders linebacker, takes over from Matt (Snoop) Blokker, who resigned to take a job with the Prairie Football Conference's Calgary Colts.

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