The longest running men’s doubles tournament in the Okanagan Valley takes to the Penticton Tennis Club courts this weekend.
Twenty teams from the Lower Mainland and Okanagan — including a strong local contingent — will be competing in the Birks Cup on Saturday and Sunday.
The round-robin tourney gets going at 8 a.m. each day and continues until around 4 p.m., said long-time organizer Bob Brownell of Penticton.
Brownell believes the tourney has been running annually in Penticton since the late-1940s, though the club’s courts were originally located at Skaha Lake.
“It was held in Salmon Arm and known as the Salmon Arm Trophy in the 1920s,” said Brownell. “After the war ended, the competition somehow ended up in Penticton.”
Brownell said the first day of the tourney was washed away by rain last year, but 19 of the 20 team came back for the second day of competition in an abbreviated format.
“Looks like we’ll probably be dry this year,” he said.
The Summerland Steam look to continue their perfect start to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with two games this weekend.
The Steam (2-0) welcomes the Revelstoke Grizzlies to the Summerland Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Steam visit the Sicamous Eagles in a 7 p.m. puck-drop.
Revelstoke is also off to a 2-0 start, while Sicamous is playing its first game of the season.
The Osoyoos Coyotes (1-1-0) have a rare off weekend, returning to battle on Friday, Sept. 22 in their home opener at the Sun Bowl Arena against the Kamloops Storm.
Stu Ryan kept the ball in the middle of the alley all night long in Monday Night Mixed 5-pin Bowling League play at the Rolling Stones Fun Centre.
Ryan logged the men’s high single of 369 and the four-game high score of 1,214. Bob Biro owns the men’s high average of 273.
On the ladies’ side it was Arlee Mooy sweeping the board with the high single of 294, four-game high of 980 and high average of 239.
The Penticton 65-and-over hockey group is looking for a few more good men.
The group, which plays at Memorial Arena and have had as many as 34 players, are a few skaters short this season.
Any players age 65-and-older interested playing hockey with the group is invited to contact Gary Depaoli at 250-492-4558 or Graham Faraday at 250-770-1154.
Pat Sutherland topped the Twin Lakes Golf Resort ladies’ day “Pick your best 9” outing on Wednesday.
Rounding out the top five finishers were Barbie Lacey, Dot Creighton, Barb Laisi and Darlene Gordon.