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Courtenay’s Green swingin’ an all-star bat

- BRIAN DREWRY Names and Games

Courtenay’s Taylor Green continues to swing a hot back for the single-A Brevard County Manatees and his strong early season is now being rewarded.

The 21-year-old Green, a 2005 draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers was one of two Manatee players recently named to the Florida State Baseball League allstar game which will be played June 14 at Brevard County’s Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla.

Green, who plays third base and is a former member of the Parksville Royals of the B.C. Premier League, is leading the Manatees (31-28) in several offensive categories, including, batting average (.302), RBI (38), walks (27), slugging percentage (.440) and on-base percentage (.392). His RBI total is third best in the FSL. ••••• Led by Shawnigan Lake School’s heavyweigh­t crew, Island rowers featured prominentl­y at last weekend’s 63rd Annual Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Associatio­n finals in St. Catharines, Ont.

The heavyweigh­t crew from Shawnigan won the prestigiou­s senior men’s eight to capture the Calder Cleland Memorial Trophy. The Shawnigan team cruised past tough competitio­n from St. Mary’s of Michigan and New York’s Burnt Hill as well as Vancouver’s St. George’s and fellow Island squad Brentwood College of Mill Bay.

Shawnigan also won gold in the senior men’s four with cox. The rowers — Alex Housser, Jason Cartwright, Alex MacIntosh and Laghlan MacIntosh — are all from the Island, while the cox, Rachel Warner, is from Santa Barbara, Calif.

Derek Stedman of St. Michael’s University School also had a strong weekend, winning the senior men’s 72kilogram singles race.

Shawnigan also brought home silver medals from the senior and junior women’s four with cox, while Lewis Hayes, Brendan Downey, Matt Austin, Adam Morris and Warner earned the bronze medal in the senior men’s 72-kg four with cox.

Other SMUS athletes earning medals included, Caryn Dooner and Maryann Watson who won gold in the junior women’s double, while Liz Fenje earned a bronze medal in the senior women’s lightweigh­t single.

And Sarah Aylard of Parkland Secondary brought home a bronze medal in the women’s heavyweigh­t single.

Aylard, Fenje and Stedman went on to the national junior trials in Welland, Ont., following the high school finals and all three earned invites to compete for Canada at the CanAmMex Games July 2027 in Oklahoma City. ••••• Basketball B.C. recently finalized the roster of their girls provincial teams and five Island players were named to the under-15 team. Shalie Dheensaw of Claremont and Cassandra Knievel of Dover Bay were named to the under-15 A team, while Shaylyn Crisp of Claremont, Whitney Hamilton of Lambrick Park and Rhea Ashmead of Stelly’s were named to the U-15 B team.

The teams will compete in elite tournament­s throughout Canada and the U.S. and the A team will compete in the national midget championsh­ip Aug. 5-9 in Kamloops. ••••• Spectrum Community School has won the high school girls softball title for the third straight year.

The Spectrum squad defeated Oak Bay 8-0 in the gold-medal game last week at Central Park. Belmont finished in third place, while Claremont was fourth.

Members of the Spectrum team include, Kayla Shelley, Kayla Birnie, Jacqueline Magi, Megan Metcalfe, Rachel Feathersto­nhaugh, Ashley Brossard, Kelsey Fletcher, Kelsey Chow, Jessica Cathcart, Kelly Koronko, Jorden Howell, Sarah Warnock, Meghan Carr, Anna Seidl, Kara Shelley and Karli Keown. ••••• Canada’s national diving team, including Victoria’s Rachel Kemp, will look to add to the 10 medals it has won so far this season on the FINA Grand Prix circuit this weekend in Rostock, Germany.

Canada is sending eight athletes to Germany for the sixth leg on the tour. So far Canadian divers have won two silver medals and eight bronze.

The team will include: Kemp; Montreal’s Meaghan Benfeito; Roseline Filion, of Laval, Que.; Winnipeg’s Kevin Geyson; Mandy Moran, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; Melanie Rinaldi, of Montreal-Nord, Que.; Regina’s Reuben Ross and Edmonton’s Eric Sehn. ••••• The Vancouver Island Junior Canucks Atom girls select team ventured to Burnaby last weekend for the Girls Summer Challenge Tournament and came home with the silver medal in the Under-10 AA division.

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