Yukon karate kicks in Coquitlam

On February 18, more than 150 karate athletes gathered in Coquitlam, BC, for the annual Shotokan Challenge.

On February 18, more than 150 karate athletes gathered in Coquitlam, BC, for the annual Shotokan Challenge.

The Yukon sent a team of four students and two coaches to demonstrate their skills in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring).

Keely and Shaelynne Boyko have been training since September for the event, and all their hard work paid off.

Shaelynne placed third in kata and first in kumite in the green belt division for girls 10 and 11 years old.

Keely competed in the girls’ 12-13 purple and brown belt division.

This was a very difficult group with many experienced competitors, but Keely won gold in kata after an extra tie-breaking match.

Joelle Ingram, a brown belt, also battled through a very tough division to take bronze in the girls’ 17-18 year old brown and black belt.

“I have no one my size or rank to practise with in our club,” said Ingram. “I am used to fighting large men, or much smaller people.”

Ingram lost to the eventual gold medal winner, a seasoned black belt.

She used her experience against larger opponents, however, to completely dominate her fight for bronze.

Her final score was a crowd-pleasing round-house kick to the head that caught her opponent completely off-guard.

Black belt Judy Boyko won silver in both kata and kumite in the women’s masters division.

Coach Mervin Harper took bronze in master men’s kata — that on top of coaching and judging matches.

The Yukon’s senior official, and head instructor at Kita Kaze, Rob Ingram, supervised one of the rings for the day of competition.

The Yukon competitors did well, he said.

“While it is difficult for us to get much competition experience, it just goes to show what practice and dedication can accomplish.

“Most of the people at these tournaments can attend an event every couple of weeks.

We have one or two little tournaments in the Yukon each year, but this is the only outside tournament we attend.

“Considering that, our people did exceptionally well.”


The Halfpipe Jam, the Canada Winter Games test event for snowboarding, was held Sunday at Mount Sima’s new halfpipe facility. All competitors were local riders.

Professional riders from BC offered their expertise with a clinic the previous day.

Runs were scored out of a possible best of 50 points with the best of three runs counting as the final score.

Here are the results:

Girls Open

1st Kayla Wilks, 28.0

2nd Renee Smyth, 24.1

3rd Katrina Couch, 16.0 

Boys Under-13

1st Max Melvin-McNutt, 20.4

2nd Jules Lamberton-

McCullough, 17.5

3rd Kai Knorr, 10.1

Boys Under-15

1st Alexander Chisolme, 24.6

2nd Dakota Couch, 16.2

3rd Wain Burnett, 15.8

Boys Open

1st Matt Young, 31.4

2nd Liam Ferguson, 30.9

3rd Gabe McFarlane, 28.9


Under-nine (Wednesday)

Mic Mac Toyota 1

Smart Choice Business Machines 1

Kate Power scored for Smart Choice and Liam Webster was named top player.

Mic Mac’s scorer was Wynn White and Dominic Korn took MVP honours.

Local YO17 6

Locksmith Services 2

Dylan Reed scored the hat trick for the Locals, while Linsey Eby added a pair and Kieran Moorehouse knocked one in. Reed was named MVP.

Kirsten Smith and Alidas Jamickey scored for Locksmith, and Brayden Pye was named top player.

Yukon Outfitters 7

Qualita Cleaners 1

Adam Waddington and Chris Torgerson both scored a pair for the Outfitters, while Nicholas Dobush, Aidan Uiterwaal and Brett Nichol added singles. MVP for the team was Brayden Lefler.

Samantha Wintemute scored for Qualita, and Luca Van Randen was named MVP.

Under-11 (Thursday)

Wintemute Electric 7

Bumper To Bumper 7

A hard-fought game to the end, with Dylan Sands scoring three and MVP Kieran Small adding a pair. Branden Langenham and Mike Wintemute scored as well.

Scorers for Bumper To Bumper were Kurtis Hills, scoring a hat trick and Jonathon Koltun with a pair. Patrick Vaughn and Kelsey Smeeton added singles. Bumper’s MVP was Jessica Christianson.

Snap On Tools 6


Belgie Nunez-Zunigna, Garet Heynen, Logan Frasher all scored two goals for Snap On, and Jermie Linville was named MVP.

Ryan Burke netted three for CIBC, and Thomas Mostyn scored a pair. CIBC’s top player was Ryan Burke.

Under-16 (Monday)

Pristine Autocare 10

Alcan Adjusters 6

Scoring for Alcan were Jeremy Johnson, with four goals, Courtney Grant with three, MVP Esther Worthington with a pair. Scott DuPont booted in a single.

Denis Godin and John Borud both scored two for Alcan. Rob Borud and Kaynan McIntyre added singles. Daniel Staley was named player of the game.

Pepsi 10

Dandelion Dental 6

Paul Profeit scored four goals, leading Pepsi in this high scoring match. David Hemmings added a pair, and Cory Birckel, Devon Armstrong, Raissa Anderson and Jessica Williams scored as well. Devon Armstrong was named MVP for Pepsi.

Scoring for Dandelion Dental were Josh Hanrath, with four goals, and Logan Potter and Savanah Marks, with one each. Mallory Collins was Dandelion’s most valuable player.

Over-35 league (Saturday)

Quest 8

Assante Financial

Management 2

Quest secured the top seed for the up coming playoffs by beating Assante.

Monday Igbineweka and Chris Donohoe each scored twice for Quest, while Ken Knutson, David Black, Doug Hitch and Joe Campana each scored singles.

Joe Zuccharini scored both goals for Assante.

Pepsi 5

Klondike Copier 5

Klondike Copier kept their hopes alive by playing to a tie with Pepsi. Tony Gaw and John MacPhail each scored two, and Pepsi scored on themselves to make it five.

Simon Pulido made the hat trick for Pepsi, and Renzo Ordonez and Gareth Howells each scored once.

U-15 Badgers 10

Yukon Brew 1

It wasn’t even close as the Badgers beat Yukon Brew. The Badgers improve its record to six wins, two ties and five losses.


Pee Wee Tournament

Watson Lake hosted the Yukon Amateur Hockey Association Pee Wee tournament this past weekend.

Whitehorse’s Skookum Construction won the Gold against a strong Fort Nelson team.

Skookum tied the game in the last 10 seconds of regulation play. After a scoreless five-minute overtime period of four-on-four hockey, the game went to five minutes of three-on-three. Skookum scored, winning a sudden death gold medal.

Yukon Office Supply, also from Whitehorse, took the bronze.

Five teams from Whitehorse Minor Hockey made the trip, facing off against teams from Watson Lake, Fort Nelson and a combined Dawson, Faro and Teslin squad.

Oldtimers league (Saturday)

AON Flames 6

Performance Centre Turbos 4

The Flames’ Jim Giczi led the charge against the Turbos, scoring two goals and three assists. Ron Daub scored a pair and Dave Borud added a goal and three assists.

Gord Kuchler scored a single to finish the scoring.

Laurie Malo had the hat trick for the Flames, and Darrin Fredrickson added a goal. Jim Stephens helped out with two assists.

Medicine Chest 3

Yukon Inn 0

Grant Lyon scored a pair for Medicine Chest, and David Bakica added a goal.

Glen Traverse recorded the shutout.

Klondyke Dental Molars 2

Firth Rangers 1

Paul Sahagian scored both Molars’ goals, with help from Dean Klassen, Bob Allison and Lance Bevllacqua.

Brian Gudmundson scored the lone Rangers’ goal, assisted by Dennis Shewfelt.

Edgewater Windsors 8

Kilrich 6

Mark Pinter led the Windsors with three goals, while Morley Lessard scored two goals and two assists. Russ Knutson, Al Lane and Nagano added singles.

Guy Rook helped out with a pair of assists.

Kilrich’s scoring came from Dan Cornett, with three goals, and Peter Grundmanis, Paul Lackowicz and Wade Harrison, with a goal each. Les Luciak and Jerry Wald both recorded two assists.