By The Nelson Daily SportsOn paper, the L.V. Rogers Bombers should have no trouble dealing with the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.But that’s only on paper.Tuesday, at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium, the Cats gave the Bombers everything they could handle during a 75-62 loss to LVR in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action.LVR, coming off a lacklustre performance during the final game of the Fulton Maroons tournament Saturday in Vernon, continued to struggle early against the Wildcats.Paced by the all-around play from senior Steven Hernandez and Grade 11 forward Zach Grigg, the Wildcats took the early lead in the game.John Zak keyed the Bomber comeback to help the visitors to a 14-13 first quarter advantage.LVR increased the margin to 32-25 at recess.The Cats kept pace with the Bombers in the second half and trailed by only six points with 150 seconds left in the game.However, the hosts could not overcome the deficit before falling to the Bombers.Zak led the Bombers with 26 points while Clay Rickaby added 16.Replying for Mount Sentinel was Grigg with 22 points and Hernandez with 17.The Bombers return to action Thursday when the club hosts rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at the Hangar.The Senior Girl’s tip off the two-game night at 5 p.m. with the boy’s tilt to follow at 6:30 [email protected]
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Demi Payne, Stephen F. AustinPayne set an NCAA record in the women’s pole vault at the Texas A&M Team Invitational Saturday, clearing 15-02.25 on her first attempt. The New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels H.S.), native blew by the field in College Station and nearly added to her NCAA record-setting flight, narrowly missing at 15-3 on her three allotted attempts. The Kansas transfer also claimed a world record in the pole vault with her historic jump Saturday. Combined with her father’s best jump as an All-American at Baylor, she is part of the best father-daughter combination all-time, passing the Russian duo of Alex and Liz Parnov. Demi and her father Bill hold a combined height of 34-5. Payne helped the Ladyjacks to a fourth-place finish out of nine teams at the meet. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior Jannika John and Stephen F. Austin senior Demi Payne have been named the Southland Conference Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Gabriela Busquet, Houston Baptist; Alexia Fortenberry, New Orleans; Danielle Demas, Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Rechelle Bessard, Northwestern State; Misha Frazier, Southeastern Louisiana. Women’s Track Athlete of the Week – Jannika John, LamarJohn took first place in the mile run Friday at the Texas A&M 13-Team Invitational, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the next competitor in a time of 4:46.75 to set a meet record and rank second in school history. The Furstenfeldbruck, Germany (Technische Universitat Munchen), native had her mile time place seventh in the nation and top in the Southland for that event. The junior also led the distance medley team to a first-place finish, setting a meet record and breaking Lamar’s record by almost two seconds as her team ranks seventh in the nation. John helped the Cardinals to finish third out of 12 teams at the invitational.