Trafalgar entered two teams into the weekend tournament.Based on regular season standings both teams were granted byes to the semi-finals of the six-team tournamentSHSS defeated JL Crowe for a spot against Trafalgar B in the first semifinal.Grand Forks defeated Mt Sentinel to advance to play Trafalgar A in the second semifinal. The Rockers advanced to the final as Trafalgar B squad struggled on the offensive end, scoring a 46-6 victory.Meanwhile, the other Thunder squad rolled up a 28-13-halftime lead en route to a 41-28 victory over Grand Forks Wolves.Pan paced Trafalgar with 13 points while Erickson added 12.Kozak and Quinn Kilpatrick each added six and five points, respectively. Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–Consistent Avanzare pressed the pace and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Tom Proctor, Avanzare bested a half dozen older horses and got one mile on turf in 1:34.17.A close third two starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile (turf) on Oct. 4, the 5-year-old Grand Reward gelding came off a third place run on synthetic Polytrack in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes Nov. 29.“I breezed him five days ago on the dirt and when I looked at the work, he had the second fastest work that morning,” said Stevens, in reference to a five furlong main track breeze in 59 flat, second best of 51 at the distance.”Owned by Donato Lanni and John Youngblood, Avanzare was off at 5-1 and paid $13.80, $6.20 and $3.80. In his third Southern California start, he improved his overall mark to 12-6-3-2 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his bankroll to $385,180.Winning trainer Proctor had no comment.Ridden by Mike Smith, Za Approval got a perfect stalking trip and ran second, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Home Run Kitten. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, Za Approval paid $4.40 and $3.20.Home Run Kitten stalked the pace and was third, two lengths off the lead turning for home but proved third best under Joe Talamo, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of 6-5 favorite Kaigun. Off at 3-1, Home Run Kitten paid $3.00 to show.Kaigun flattend out late and had no apparent excuses under Corey Nakatani.Fractions on the race were 23.05, 46.95, 1:10.59 and 1:22.25.