Vertue makes eight trips to B.C. Games podium

Zone 8 girls volleyball team spikes gold in Cowichan Valley

Jordan Vertue needed an extra suitcase to fit all the medals she won in swimming at the B.C. Games in Cowichan Valley. 
The 12-year-old Prince George Barracudas Swim Club member reeled in four gold, two silver and two bronze medals in three days of competition at Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan.
Vertue won the girls 200-metre individual medley, 400m IM, 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle events. She was second in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke, won bronze in the 200m butterfly, and teamed up with Kennedy Casey of Prince George and Williams Lake swimmers Christelle Panida and Gabrielle Knox to win bronze in the 4 X 50m medley relay.
Other medal results and top-seven individual results for Prince George athletes at the Games are as follows:
In swimming, Katerina Wood won silver in the 200 IM and was fourth in the 200m backstroke.
In equestrian, Maegan Freiss won silver in dressage on Friday and was fourth Saturday and Sunday. Katya Zanozin won silver in Friday's jumper event, was seventh Saturday and fourth on Sunday. 
The Zone 8 (Cariboo North East) girls volleyball team coached by Jason Florell and Kim Forrest dug its way to B.C. Games gold. The team included 10 Prince George athletes - Brookelyn Van Camp, Macyn Unger, Sophie O'Rourke, Sophie Martin, Amy Heinze, Karynn Hampe, Ashleigh Evans, Annika Brown, Emily Bast and Taryn Atkinson; Gabby Capelle and Julia Evans of Dawson Creek; and Laci Jackson of Fort St. John.
In boys softball, Cariboo North East brought home bronze. The team included Derian Potskin, Brady Potskin, Myles Labatch-Parker, Colby Clarke, Brennan Bott, Ben Ellenchuk, Thomas Drayton and Kobe Fulton of Prince George; Quincy Archie and Jackson Hooper of Canim Lake; Liam Edle and Aidan Moore of 100 Mile House; and Ethan Garland and Jace Myers of Williams Lake. Randy Potskin was the head coach, Stefanie Caplette served as assistant coach and Nicholas Potskin was the team's designated adult supervisor.
The girls softball team just missed the podium, finishing fourth. Six players from Prince George - Emily Motley, Case, Jordan Maloney, Sturgeon, Brooklyn Hill, Avery Leslie, Hannah Case, and Tessa Sturgeon - joined forces with eight from Quesnel - Kiana Mero, Tatum Mueller, Amelia Musselman,  Grace Currie, Rylee Paterson, Riley Telford and Destiny Bautista. Lee J. Leslie, Doug Sturgeon, Jenn Collins and Kourtney Miller were the coaches.
The Zone 8 girls soccer team coached by Joanne Wankling and Carmen Holyk finished fifth. The local players on that team were Jordyn Williams, Olivia Wankling, Katelyn Schameborn, Emma Moscrip, Payton Holyk, Magaret Caffrey, Hannah Beetlestone, Sydney Barlow and Sohanna Bains.
In girls triathlon, Claire Brown placed fifth in the super sprint event, one place ahead of sixth-place Emma Watson. Brown was also sixth in the aquathon and eighth in the duathlon. Caleb Krahn was seventh in the boys duathlon.
In wrestling, Kailee Pattison captured gold in the girls 54-kilogram tournament, while Kinsley McClure won silver in the girls 57kg event. In other local results, Nala Unrau was fourth (girls 47 kg), Brooklyne Saunderson was fourth (girls 75 kg) and Isaac LeMorvan was fifth (boys 63 kg).
In canoe/kayak, Arwyn Fraser and Bailey Yearley placed fifth in the girls K2 Learn to Train kayak class. Yearley also teamed up with Trinity Jensen of Canim Lake to place fifth in the girls C2 500m Learn to Train canoe class. Emmerson Fraser and Matthew Rice were sixth in the boys K2 Train to Train kayak event.
In athletics, Sophia Mahmoud placed seventh in 300m hurdles.
Cariboo North East finished sixth in the eight-team medals standings with 34 medals - 14 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze. Vancouver Island-Central Coast topped the team standings with 137 medals - 55 gold, 40 silver and 42 bronze
The BC Games are staged every two years. Fort St. John will host the Winter Games in February 2020, followed by the Summer Games in Maple Ridge in July. In 2022, the Winter Games will come to Vernon and Prince George will be the Summer Games host city, July 21-24, 2022.
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