(INTERNET) High speed Internet will arrive in west coast communities in 2016, now that work has re-started running fibre-optic cables along Highway 4. Work on the project was halted by Telus earlier this year due to costs, but now a consortium of BC Hydro, the Province of BC, the All-Nations Trust Company and Telus, have agreed to fund the project. The first stage is to run fibre-optic cable from Great Central Lake to the Long Beach Junction next year, and then to Ucluelet and Tofino in 2016. Service will also be extended to 9 first nations communities including Ahousaht, Opitsit, and Hot Springs Cove to the north, and Uchucklesaht, Toquaht and Huu-ay-aht communities to the south.
(website) The City of Port Alberni will be relaunching their website on Christmas Eve. City Manager Ken Watson says the redesigned site will provide for better viewing no matter the device, and provide easier and quicker access to the city's online information and services. The website will integrate the city's social media accounts, and hold a document library of commonly requested reports and publications. The website redesign was done mostly by city staff, with some assistance from local web designers.
(newspapers) A major takeover has been announced affecting several local newspapers. Black Press, the owner of the Alberni Valley News, has purchased 11 newspapers from Glacier Media, including the Alberni Valley Times, Nanaimo Daily News, and The Westerly newspaper. Black Press founder David Black said it is “premature” to talk about whether newspapers will be consolidated in communities where his company will have more than one title. Black Press takes over operations in Courtenay, Ucluelet and Parksville on Jan. 1. All other publications will change hands on March 2.
The Bulldogs head into the Christmas break on a four game losing streak after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Powell River at home on Thursday night. Marcus Russell and Justin Marreck had the Bulldog goals. The Dogs outshot the Kings 49-35 and went 0 for 2 on the power play while the Kings went 0 for 5. The Dogs are back in action after the break on home ice on December 27th.
The Black Sheep Rugby Club is looking for new players. Any Men 18 years and up who want to try their hand at Rugby are encouraged to come out and see what it's all about. They have players from 19 to 63, so they can find a place for anyone who wants to play. Practices go every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 at the Black Sheep Rugby Club at the top of Argyle.
The Sheep will go into the Christmas break on a five game winning streak after beating James Bay on the road on Saturday 16-5. They return to action at the end of January.
The Alberni Valley Men's Non-Contact Hockey League is looking for new players.
The former Port Alberni Rookie and Alberni Valley Non-Contact Hockey Leagues have merged and are looking for players 19 and over of all levels to join the new recreational league. If you love to play Canada’s game, we can find a place for you!To join a team or to spare for the league, email firstname.lastname@example.org and come out to our Shinny starting Thursday September 18th at 9:30PM at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.
School Wrestling Teams Finish 1, 2, and 3 in Cowichan
Wrestlers from Neill, EJ Dunn and Alberni District Secondary travelled to Duncan to compete in the Cougar Invitational on Saturday. Wrestlers from all three schools had a strong showing at this tournament, which featured athletes from all over the Island and some schools from the lower mainland. Teams competed in four divisions, Junior Boys and Girls and Senior Boys and Girls.
As predicted the ADSS Armada won the Senior Boys Division. “We have a very strong and experienced group of Grade 12s leading our team. Russell David, Nolan Badovinac, Johannes Kulich, Jarred Beckett and Dean Leyland have the potential to place at this year’s BC High School Championships. Not surprisingly they did very well at this tournament. They have been working hard at practice and it is great to see their dedication, not only this season, but over the last six years paying off,” assessed ADSS Head Coach John McDonald.
Senior Boys Russell David (58kg) and Nolan Badovinac (84kg) both looked strong going undefeated in their weight classes to claim gold medals. Johannes Kulich lost the final to a tough opponent from Victoria to finish with a silver at 69 kilograms. Jarred Beckett (66kg) and Dean Leyland (84kg) claimed bronze medals in the Senior Division. Grade 10 Heavyweight Trenton Vanderkooi, making a return to wrestling after sitting out Grade 9, finished fourth and added valuable team points to help ADSS finish first.
“Our graduating group is strong but the future also looks bright,” forecasted John McDonald. “In the Junior Boys Division our three schools finished first, second and third.”
Neill Middle School took top honors winning the team title for Grades 7 – 9 wrestlers. The Neill Talons were led by the gold medal performances of Seth Price (38kg) and Owen Spencer (45kg). “Owen and Seth were in two of the tougher junior weight classes, but they dominated the competition. Seth and Owen push themselves at practice and also take opportunities to challenge themselves and practice with the older more experienced wrestlers at club twice a week. I was happy to see them successful here today,” commented Neill Coach Jen Johnson.
Neill Middle School had three other wrestlers place. Gerrard Graham (3rd at 41kg), Dalton Hagen (4th at 41kg), and Scott Coulthart (5th at 70kg).
Despite only having a handful of wrestlers eligible to compete in the Junior Division, ADSS boys managed a second place finish. Isaac McDonald (51kg) and Daniel Spencer (63kg) looked strong in route to winning gold medals. Shane Leeper lost the final match of the 54kg weight class to a strong opponent from Saltspring Island to finish second while Ravi Manhas finished 5th in a competitive 38kg weight class. Grade 9 wrestler Aaron Badovinac was at the tournament refereeing but is unable to compete for a month as a result of a hand injury.
Rounding out the team placings in the Junior Boys Division was the Seahawks from EJ Dunn. EJ Dunn boys had seven male wrestlers place. William Merry (1st at 100kg), Jarod Gagnon (2nd at 70kg), Jayden Iverson (2nd at 63kg), Noah Stampeen (3rd at 54kg), Prateesh Giri (3rd at 63kg), and Anthony Canute (4th at 54kg) are all part of a large and strong middle school team at EJ Dunn.
On the girl’s side of the tournament, Alberni only saw a small group of their wrestlers compete. ADSS finished fourth in the girls division. All four female wrestlers for ADSS placed. Morgan Dagenais won the gold at 55 kilograms, Michel Kurucz was second at 63 kilograms, Summer Wass was third at 55 kilograms, and Emma McGowan was fourth at 63 kilograms.
“We have struggled to get all our ADSS girls healthy and committed to training and competing so far this season,” commented John McDonald. “It was great to see Morgan have a good tournament as she has been one of the most dedicated females this year. Even the girls that competed were not all as healthy as we would hope. I am sure if we can get all our girls out to practice and competitions we will threaten for the Island title and maybe even a top 3 finish at BCs. We need to see a healthy Michel Kurucz, Remi Wells, Kiarra Fong, and others out to practice regularly. We have female athletes walking the halls of ADSS that even with one or two months of solid practice could have some decent results.”
EJ Dunn had five girls compete in the Junior Girls Division. Grade 6 Paige Maher moved up an age group and won a gold medal at 64 kilograms. Kylea Anderson (73kg) and Kyla McAuley (90kg) also went undefeated to finish first. Ally Flaro and Mackenzie Boudreau finished third and fifth respectively in a very tough 51 kilogram girls weight class.
The tournament also featured an elementary division for those up and coming wrestlers in Grade 3 to 6. Seven wrestlers placed in the youngest division: Landyn Clayton (Dunn Gold), Bobby McKenzie (Dunn Gold), Mason Bodnar (Neill Silver), Manbir Narang (Dunn Bronze), Joe Bysmla (Neill Bronze), Illonia Berg (Dunn Bronze), and Alex McKenzie (AES Bronze).
Alberni wrestlers will be training hard in preparation for the War on the Floor Tournament this week in Vancouver. On Friday the less experienced grade 9-12 wrestlers will compete in the Novice category and then on Saturday the more experienced group wrestles in the Elite event. Training will continue over the Christmas Break as the teams prepare to send a large group of wrestlers to the Western Canadian Age Class in Richmond January 15 - 17.
Men's NCHL scores from the weekend:
Thursday Nov 20- Kamma an Blake 4 vs Coulsons 3
MacDermotts 2 vs John Robbins 5
Friday Nov 21- Westisle Construction 3 vs coulsons 7
Canadian Tire/Jal Designs 3 vs Cariboo On Site 2
Magic Moments 6 vs Hetherington 3
Sunday Nov 23- Kamma and Blake 6 vs Westisle Construction 0
Ladies Non-Contact Hockey League
Breakers 5 Chicks with Sticks 0
Stingers 1 Shooters 0