Ben Chow of Surrey stretches for the ball during the beach volleyball competition at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops. Chow and teammate Nick Del Bianco won the gold medal.

Softball gold for Team BC

Medal count climbs for local athletes in Kamloops

Team B.C. proved to be the dominant team throughout the women’s softball tournament, winning nine consecutive games and the gold medal at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops.

After sweeping all six round robin contests, B.C. began the double knockout playoff with a 7-0 win over Saskatchewan, then advanced to the final by blanking Manitoba 5-0. Facing Manitoba again for the gold medal, Team B.C. posted another one-sided victory, winning 8-1.

Surrey’s Sara Groenewegen was the winning pitcher in the gold medal contest. Earlier in round robin play, she drove in three runs on a pair of triples in an 8-2 win over Alberta.

Other local members of the team included Cheyanne Head of Surrey and Taylor Miller of Surrey, and Jessica Drew of Delta.

– Contributions from seven Surrey baseball players lifted Team B.C. to a silver medal.

B.C. went 4-2 (won-lost) in round robin play, losing 6-4 to Alberta in the gold medal contest.

Liam Shibata had two huge games at the plate in the round robin, driving in four runs on a single and a double in an 11-0 win over Manitoba, then going four-for-four with a double in a 9-7 loss to Alberta.

Mitchell Robinson had a pair of hits in a 7-4 over Saskatchewan, and Justin Lawrence led Team B.C. to an 11-0 win over Manitoba with two doubles, a single and three runs batted in. Other local players on the team were Ryan Braun, Scott Doucet, Byron Keturakis, Liam Rihela.

– Josh Anderson shared a bronze medal with his B.C. teammates in the men’s softball tournament. After a 4-2 round robin record, Team B.C. lost 6-1 to Alberta in the first game of the playoff round, then edged Manitoba 5-4. Needing one more win to get to the gold medal game, they fell 7-1 to Saskatchewan.

– Surrey’s Tracy Dong was flawless in the women’s singles tennis final, clinching the gold medal with a 6-0, 6-0 win over her opponent from Edmonton.

Dong added a second gold medal in team competition.

– A 61-60 win over Manitoba in the championship game Team B.C. the gold medal in women’s basketball. Team members from Surrey included Rachel Beauchamp, Simran Grewal and Nicole Vander Helm.

– Manvir Gahir of Delta scored seven points and added six rebounds helping Team B.C. to an 86-44 win over Manitoba in the gold medal game of the men’s basketball tournament.

– Fleetwood Park Secondary graduates Ben Chow and Nick Del Bianco shared a gold in the men’s beach volleyball, defeating Alberta 21-18, 21-15 in the championship game.

Alyssa Wolf of Surrey was part of the silver medal team from B.C., which lost the final 21-17, 21-15 to Manitoba.

– Four Surrey wrestlers won two medals each.

Jaskarn Ranu defeated four opponents to place first in the male 69 kg. class,   while Amar Dhesi won three consecutive matches to claim gold in the male 115 kg. group.

Paul Sahota settled for a silver medal in the male 100kg. category, winning his first three matches only to lose 4-3 to an opponent from Alberta in the final.

Billy Sahota was the bronze medalist in the male 63 kg. class, winning two of his four matches.

All four wrestlers shared a gold medal in team competition.

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