U15 boys win gold in Castlegar

The Nelson Selects U15 boys took part in Kootenay South’s inaugural Eye of the Storm soccer tournament this past weekend, capturing gold.

The Nelson U15 boys

The Nelson Selects U15 boys took part in Kootenay South’s inaugural Eye of the Storm soccer tournament this past weekend in Castlegar, capturing gold playing up in the U16 age division.

“It was a very challenging weekend for us,” said coach Kerry Dyck, “due to the number of players that we had missing with injuries or other commitments.

“We were definitely undermanned most of the way. At one point, we had to put a player, Grayson Hill, with a badly pulled quadricep, and who couldn’t run, onto the field for an entire game, just to get to 11 men and not be shorthanded.

“It was very courteous effort from him. And it wasn’t just diminished numbers that adversely affected us. Some of the players we were missing were very important, key members of the team, that we sorely missed.”

As a result, the team struggled in the early stages of the tournament, just doing enough to qualify for Sunday’s final.

However, the boys saved their best for last, bolstered by the return to the lineup of three important players (Ezra Foy, Josh Yasek and Blake Markin-Hellekson) for the gold medal game. In the final, against their Nelson Selects U16 counterparts, the boys stepped up their game, winning 5-3.

“I was really pleased, not only with the result, but the way we played. After a lull of not playing a good possession style in the past few weeks, the boys rediscovered their form that had made them successful in the spring. We played a nice passing, build up style of soccer, and that led us to success,” added Dyck. “Also, it was great having our starting keeper, Bradey Sookero, back in the net, after missing him last weekend. He was especially strong in the final, earning the player of the game nod from the other team.”

Other player of the game awards, as selected by the other team, went to Jaden Dyck and Aidan Mushumanski, who the coaches noted both led the team with strong tournaments.

Goal scorers in the tournament for the U15 boys were Thomas Baxter, Jaden Dyck, Blake Markin-Hellekson and Josh Yasek.

“And, as usual, the unsung heroes, often overlooked, are the defense, Jacob Erickson and Liam Jones at fullback, led by Jesse Thurston and Jahmal Truth-Verville at center back,” said  Dyck.

“Even though it was a small tournament, with only local teams, I was very proud of the effort and result, given the adversity the boys had to overcome to achieve it, and that we were playing up an age.

“In fact, this was the third tournament this season where we had to play up at U16, and in those three events we came away with one silver medal and two golds. I think the boys can be very proud of that. All in all, it was a great way to end the season.”


Just Posted

Nelson CARES to buy Hall-Front development for affordable housing

A $4.5-million investment from the provincial government has been committed to the deal

Aimee Watson elected RDCK chair

The representative for North Kootenay Lake took over this week

Glacier Gymnastics to add multi-purpose room

The expanded space will help accommodate the popular after-school programming

Woman searching for father last seen in Nelson in 1999

Frank Johnson’s daughter, Chandra Machin, is searching for her father

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read