McLaughlin keeps his options open for now

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLeaf coach Chris Shaw gave star goal scorer Connor McLaughlin the day off Sunday when Nelson hosted Columbia Valley in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.Good thing too because of late the Arizona native has logged more miles than Greyhound and needed the well deserved rest. “It was fun . . . it was a blast,” McLaughlin told The Nelson Daily when asked about his road swing last week with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League following Sunday’s 6-3 victory over the Rockies. “I had a whole bunch of fun with the (Smokies) and pulled out a couple of wins.”McLaughlin, 19, received the call from the Smokies to fill rosters spots from forwards Sam Mellor and Travis St. Denis. Both players were at the 2010 World Junior A Challenge playing for Canada West.Trail played Prince George and Quesnel during the three-game trip. One of the victories on the swing was powered by the 6’1”, 190-pound grinding forward from Nelson.Facing a 3-1 deficit, McLaughlin sparked the Trail comeback by scoring two goals six minutes apart to start the third period.The visiting Smokies scored two more times to rally to a 5-3 victory. McLaughlin added an assist for a three-point night good enough for second star status.“I’d like to keep my options open,” McLaughlin said when asked if he has any desires to leave Nelson for the bright lights of Tier II Junior A Hockey. “It’s good to have that option but I don’t want to burn any bridges.”McLaughlin, who scored 24 goals for Nelson last season, is on pace to for the same 20-plus stats this year. In 21 games McLaughlin has scored 11 times to tie teammates Gavin Currie and Patrick Martens for the goal scoring lead on Nelson. Currie leads the team in points with 33.“I getting lucky right now,” said McLaughlin, who scored twice during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Kamloops. “A few of (goals) are bouncing off me and into the net but I’ll take them any way I can get them.”sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Revelstoke knocks off Kootenay teams as summer swim season opens

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsRevelstoke flexed its Okanagan muscles to capture the opening meet of the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season Sunday in Nelson.The squad from abroad garnered 605.5 points to claim the overall title as the Kootenay season kicked off at the Nelson and District Community Complex Pool.“We had some exceptional swims from almost all of our senior swimmers and many outstanding best times from all our swimmers,” Neptune head coach Michelle Lorusso said after watching the host club finish fifth behind Revelstoke in the team standings.“It was a kind of a surprise when Revelstoke won the meet since they are not even from our region, but they did bring a lot of swimmers,” Lorusso added.Trail Stingrays finished second behind Revelstoke with 506 points. Castlegar was third at 413 with Grand Forks fourth at 390.5.Nelson was next followed by Colville, Wash., Kimberley and Creston.The medals were far and few between for the Neptunes, winning just seven.
 Leading the assault was Samuel Matthew in division three boys with gold. Kourtney Bragger won silver in division three girls with Neptune assistant coach Melissa Afford finishing in a tie for silver in division seven girls.Jakob Bragger won bronze in division one girls.Assistant coaches Kiandra McLaren and Rebecca Afford won bronze in division six and seven girls, respectively.In summer swim numbers, combined with solid swims, is usually the key to low and high placings.“We placed fifth overall which was pretty good considering we had lots of disqualifications, only 37 swimmers at the meet,” Lorusso confessed. “(Plus) a few of our key swimmers now do winter swim.”The winter swim excludes those swimmers from the summer program. Which means the silver medal won by Niallan Collier doesn’t contribute to the Neptune totals.The Kootenay season shifts to Grand Forks Saturday for a B meet.The next major event is set for Trail June 18-19. The Kootenay Regional meet goes August 6-7 in Castlegar with the top swimmers advancing to the B.C. Speed Swim Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.New Meet Records:Two Neptune rookies may just be the building block Neptune coach Michelle Lorusso needs to rebuild the Heritage City team.Aubree Fillion set a new record in the under-six 25-meter backstroke, shaving almost two seconds off the old mark. Fillion set a new time of 45.86. The old time was 47.35.Jaylen Rushton, swimming in the same division, shattered the old mark in the 25-meter butterfly. The – old record was 41.15 with the new time now 29.20.Niallan Collier, competing in the “O” category two boys set a new time in the 200 meter individual medley of 2:19.56. The old time was 2:23.07.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Marmion Returns From Injury To Make 150th Connacht Appearance

first_imgKick-off 7:35pm:(15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Stephen Fitzgerald, Kyle Godwin, Tom Daly, MattHealy, Conor Fitzgerald, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan,Finlay Bealham, Cillian Gallagher, James Cannon, Eoin McKeon, Colby Fainga’a,Jarrad Butler (Capt).Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Conor Carey, Joe Maksymiw,Paul Boyle, Caolin Blade, Peter Robb, Cian Kelleher. Ahead of the trip to Glasgow, Friend spoke of the importance of the fixture forthe overall standings in the conference; “It is extremely tight in ourconference with only a few points separating four or five teams, so every gametakes on an even greater importance now. We have picked a side with a goodblend of youth and experience and I have full confidence in them to get aresult on Friday night”. Kyle Godwin and Tom Daly form the midfield partnership, with Bundee Aki and TomFarrell away on international duty. In the back row, Head Coach Andy Friend has retained the same trio that startedthe win over Cheetahs last weekend, with Captain Jarrad Butler starting atnumber 8 and Eoin McKeon and Colby Fainga’a at blindside and open siderespectively. Commenting on the return of Kieran Marmion, Friend added; “The real positivethis week is to see Kieran Marmion back and raring to go after a period ofinjury. He has worked really hard over the past few months to regain hisfitness and he is looking forward to his 150th appearance in a Connacht jersey.It’s a significant milestone and something to be proud of for him and hisfamily.” Marmion forms a half-back partnership with 21 year old Academy player ConorFitzgerald who comes in for Jack Carty. Fitzgerald’s brother Stephen is set forhis second consecutive start on the wing and is part of a back three thatincludes Matt Healy on the opposite wing and Tiernan O’Halloran at full back. Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned frominjury to take his place in the Connacht side to play Glasgow Warriors inScotstoun on Friday (kick-off 7:35pm). Marmion came off the bench in Connacht’svictory over the Cheetahs last week, but this will be his first start sinceIreland’s win over the All Blacks in November. In the forwards, Dave Heffernan comes in at hooker in a front row that includesloosehead Denis Buckley and tighthead Finlay Bealham. 21 year old Sligo manCillian Gallagher starts in the second row alongside James Cannon. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway minor footballers lose championship opener to Roscommon

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email GALWAY: D Halloran, J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan, E Fiorentini, D Kennedy, D McNulty (0-1), J McLaughlin, D O’Flaherty, A Naughton (0-2, 0-1f), D Cox (0-2), D Brady (0-1), N Grainger (1-1), T Culhane (0-6, 0-3fs), W Seoige SUBS C Hernon, C Gallagher, N Cunningham, S Cunningham (0-1) ROSCOMMON: J Costello, P Gavin, T Shine, C Lohan, C Glennon, O Cregg,S Trundle (0-2, 0-1f), R Fallon, J McDermott (0-1), C Feely (0-3), DCregg (0-1), M Purcell (0-1), B O’Carroll, E Colleran (0-2), A McDermott(0-7, 0-2fs) SUBS M Naughton, A Oyiki (1-0), J Downey, E Corcoran Kevin caught up with a disappointed Galway manager Donal O’Fathartha…center_img The Galway minor footballers suffered a 2 point defeat to Roscommon last night in Hyde Park, in what was the opening round of the Connacht Championship. Despite leading by 8 points at half-time, Galway couldn’t stop the home side’s second-half momentum as Roscommon eventually won out 1-17 to 1-15. Kevin Dwyer reports…last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s Payne Named to Bowerman Trophy Watch List

first_imgBill Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’spredecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies. The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiatetrack & field athletes in the nation. In total, the winners from the award’s first four years have won two Olympic Medals, two World Championships and six World Championships medals. When considering finalists for the award, 13 individuals have earned a combined six Olympic medals, four World Championships and 17 World Championships medals. Payne joins nine other women on the 2015 Watch List for collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor as selected by The Bowerman Watch List Committee. She is one of four newcomers from the preseason list that was released on Jan. 8. Overall, Payne has been the top collegiate performer at each of her four meets in January to start the 2015 indoor season and has brought home three consecutive individual titles (Texas A&M, New Mexico, Houston). She currently owns four of the top five jumps all-time in the NCAA and the best leap in the world this year. NEW ORLEANS, La. – Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne has been added to The Bowerman Trophy Women’s Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday afternoon. She is the first athlete from the Southland Conference to make the Watch List for either gender. In her first year at SFA after transferring from Kansas, Payne has exploded onto the national scene in just four meets as a Ladyjack. She broke the NCAA women’s pole vault record in just her second week of the season at the Texas A&M Team Invitational on Jan. 17, soaring over 15-2.25 (4.63m).The next weekend at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Open, Payne broke her own record not once, but twice. She surpassed 15-3 (4.65m) without a miss and then cleared 15-7 (4.75m) on her first run to extend herNCAA mark and move to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. women’s indoor list.Payne also currently ranks No. 11 on the all-time world indoor list with her 15-7 bound. No other American in women’s indoor pole vault history has ever jumped higher in January. For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit read more