A total of eight local athletes will represent the Lower Similkameen this weekend at the B.C. Summer Games in Surrey.
A strong junior triathlon contingent (see page 9) will join Savanna Yamamoto on the soccer field and Sydney Crow, Bailey Vesper and Alana Leask on the ball diamond on July 20, 21 and 22.
Savanna Yamamoto – U12 Girls Soccer
Thanks to a handful of parent volunteers that started the SMSA here in Keremeos, Savanna Yamamoto was introduced to the sport when she was four.
At 11 years of age she has already played seven seasons of soccer. Since Grade two (seven years old) she has been playing “up” with girls that are two years older than her, including a stint on the Pentiction Pinnacles District team. Savanna spends time juggling and talking about soccer as well as time on the field or in the gym with a ball. In the past two years she has played soccer here in Keremeos and has a record 34 wins with 0 loses (including tournament play). Savanna is very lucky to be playing with, and challenged by a great group of girls she can call teammates and big sisters.
After try-outs in April she has been committed to travelling to Vernon and Kamloops for practices, now on to the B.C. Summer Games.Keremeos will also be represented at the B.C. Summer Games by three members of the District 9 baseball team.
Sidney Crow, Bailey Vesper and Alana Leask of the Kobau Koyotes will be part of the baseball team that represents the top players in the Thompson-Okanagan region. The three 13 year old ball players played most of their softball at Kobau Park in Cawston, competing during the regular season against teams from Penticton, Naramata and Summerland.
Bailey Vesper and Sydney Crow will pitch for the team while Alana Leask will fill an outfield position.
The team is guaranteed four games at the competition, with the top four out of eight teams playing off for the championship game on Sunday, July 22.