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REPORTING · 25th July 2010
Merv Ritchie
As the 2010 BC Summer Games wrap up today in Langley, the final results are starting to be posted. Soccer has completed their games and the Boys Team from Terrace representing the Northwest, Zone 7, have placed a respectable 4th place finish. They entered the bronze medal game after losing their first game and winning the next two. In their 4th game, a semi final, they fell by a score of 1 - 7 but still made it to the finals bronze match-up.

The Boys Softball is the success story of these games for Terrace having only lost one game prior to the gold medal match. Game one ended 15 - 5 for Terrace, game two was a tighter match at 4 - 3, game 3 saw them pull it back together to lay a lickin' on the competition ending at 19 to 3. The next game saw the favour returned falling by a score of 19 to 4, so they got to see how it felt, which might have demoralized them a bit as they entered the gold medal round falling 6 nothing, but a silver medal to proudly wear around their necks.

The Girls Soccer and Softball teams are coming home having shown good spirit but unable to match the power of the southern teams. In the track events, the entire NW Zone (Vanderhoof - east and north to Rupert and Atlin) was unable to achieve the stamina and strength of their competition, coming in overall in 7th and 8th place. One report from the games talks about a young girl from Vanderhoof naming all the restaurants in the Hoof, she named two and thought that was it. The Southern Media found this to be somewhat humorous. When some communities in the lower mainland have more stores and restaurants on one street than our northern communities have in the entire town, it isn’t a wonder that our 12 and 14 year olds are a bit overwhelmed by the experience.

One thing is certain, the honesty and charm, the good spirit and welcoming nature, left behind by our ambassadors will have the young folk of the south wondering what we have up here and what they are missing.