Valley First banks on Challenge Penticton and becomes title sponsor

first_imgValley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has increased its support and commitment to the success of Challenge Penticton Canada by signing on as title sponsor for this year’s event.Announced yesterday morning by Valley First President Paulette Rennie, the 2014 triathlon, which takes place on 24 August, will be known as Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada.“I couldn’t be happier with this partnership,” said Rennie. “It’s the perfect fit for Valley First. We’ve become well-known for leading exciting new initiatives and Challenge has brought a fresh new approach in multi-sport to the South Okanagan.”Valley First’s title sponsorship of Challenge Penticton Canada is an extension of the Penticton-based financial institution’s support in 2013. Last year, Valley First presented the post-event athlete and volunteer awards banquet in addition to arranging on-course aid station volunteers.“So many people give so much to make events like Challenge Penticton Canada a success,” said Rennie. “Last year Valley First recognized the athletes and volunteers. This year, we’re going a step further to help take this world-class event to the next level. I’m truly excited about this year’s race.” Valley First Challenge Penticton Director Diana Stirling said that having Valley First commit its support as title sponsor is a real boost for the Challenge Family event. “It’s great for us to have a truly community-focused partner in Valley First,” said Stirling. “The expertise, support and enthusiasm Valley First will bring to Challenge are simply tremendous.“We’re heading into year two and working hard each day to establish Valley First Challenge Penticton as one of the premier multi-sport events in North America. To have an institution like Valley First get behind us really underscores how committed our city is to making this event a huge success.”One aspect that made increasing its sponsorship of Challenge Penticton Canada the right fit for Valley First is the organizations’ shared commitment to community building. As part of the sponsorship, Valley First Challenge Penticton will also be incorporating Valley First’s hunger- and poverty-fighting signature cause, ‘Feed the Valley’.“At Valley First we’re incredibly proud of our reputation as community supporters,” added Rennie. “It’s important for us to be more than just a good neighbour. Entering into this partnership with Challenge Penticton, we saw a real opportunity to work with a like-minded group and be part of a fantastic week-long celebration all while furthering our commitment to building and strengthening the communities we serve.” Relatedlast_img read more

UWF Drops Series Finale Against No. 23 North Alabama

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Live Stats Preview Hannah Shollenberger put another run on the board for UNA in the seventh with a single, and Kathleen Smiley gave UWF another run with a single up the middle to score Jacey Castro, giving the final score of 8-3. Full Schedule Roster Hill led off the inning with a single down the left field line, and Rachel Wright drew her first walk of the day to put two runners on for Caitlin Steel. After Steel dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put the runners in scoring position with one out, Sara Spears drew a walk and Hill came across to score on an illegal pitch, cutting the deficit to 3-1. PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team fell to No. 23 North Alabama in the weekend series finale 8-3 on Sunday. With the loss, UWF fell to 10-8 on the year, and Tiona Hill recorded her fifth multi-hit game of the season. Hill struck again in the third, making the score 3-2 with a single down the right field line to score Rhiannon Sassman, who led off the inning with a walk. With the walk, and a later single, Sassman stretched her on-base streak to 18 games. In that sixth inning, however, North Alabama stretched the lead to 7-2, with a three-run double from Shelby Gilliam. Bailey Nelson scored in the top of the second for the Lions, and the bases were loaded with just one away when Becca Taylor entered the game for UWF. With trouble looming, Tittle hit a sharp liner up the middle that was caught by a diving Meghan Toney, saving valuable runs early on. Taylor then struck out Shelby Woodard to end the threat and take West Florida to the bottom of the second down 3-0. Barry University 3/7/2017 – 2:00 pm Following the run, Hillary Carpenter entered the game for UNA and retired the side. North Alabama got off to a quick start against Sarah Maloney, who lasted 1.1 innings, giving up four hits and three runs. Reagan Tittle and Marissa Hancock each singled to left field in the first inning and gave UNA a 2-0 lead. Likewise, West Florida got reigning Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week Hannah Bodenhorn in trouble early on, but struggled to make use of the damage done. Bodenhorn also lasted just 1.1 innings. Next Game: Taylor and Carpenter turned the game into a pitcher’s duel for the next couple of innings, as Taylor sat down 12 of the first 14 batters she faced before surrendering a single to start the sixth. Watch Live UWF will host Barry and Nova Southeastern on Tuesday and Wednesday at the UWF Softball Complex. Tuesday’s doubleheader will begin at noon, and games on Wednesday will begin at 3 pm and 5 pm.last_img read more

LG electronics ambassador sends eagles to AFCON quarter finals

first_imgLG Electronics brand ambassador, Alex Iwobi scored a dramatic winning goal for Nigeria to beat Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon 3-2 in an enthralling heavyweight last-16 clash in Alexandria on Saturday.The Arsenal forward capped a crazy three-minute spell just past the hour to dump Clarence Seedorf’s side out of the competition after Odion Ighalo had pulled the Super Eagles level with his second of the contest.Cameroon had scored a quick-fire double of their own just prior to the interval as Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie cancelled out Ighalo’s opener to put them in front.Celebrating the historic victory, LG Electronics took to its social media handles to congratulate their brand ambassador for delivering the winning goal.According to LG, the brand is a commitment to appreciating and sponsoring talents in Nigeria and will continue to also do so with its products and services by unleashing customer-centric innovations that will enrich their lifestyle.The result sees the Indomitable Lions lose for the first time in 10 AFCON matches and means Gernot Rohr’s Nigeria can now look ahead to a last eight clash with South Africa in Cairo on July 10.It could be recalled that Alex Iwobi also scored the decisive goal as Nigeria became the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Zambia.The Arsenal forward came off the bench to fire Nigeria to Russia 2018 and end the qualification hopes of Group B rival Zambia.last_img read more

Oyama stretches lead at Salonpas World Ladies

first_imgThe money leader on the Japan LPGA tour rebounded from bogeys on the first and ninth holes with birdies at Nos. 11 and 16 before failing to save par on the par-5 17th for another dropped shot.“I wanted to pick up some strokes even in such difficult conditions but I’m satisfied with where I am and with this score of 5-under,” said Oyama, who is aiming for her second title in three weeks following her victory at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic.The 28-year-old, who finished third behind Yuri Fudo and Ai Miyazato on the 2005 money list, has won four tour events in her career. She leads this year’s money rankings with 29.2 million yen in official earnings, to 27.3 million yen for second-place Fudo, the top earner on the tour the previous six years.Akane Iijima and Akiko Fukushima both shot 72s and climbed into a tie for second at even-par 216.First-round leader Momoko Ueda, who began the day one stroke behind Oyama, dropped into a six-way tie for third after struggling to a 78 that included five bogeys in the final six holes.Joining Ueda at 217 are South Korea’s Shin Hyun Ju, Nahoko Hirao, Kuniko Maeda, Ai Ogawa and Miho Koga.Sakura Yokomine fired a 72 and is another stroke back at 218, while U.S. LPGA star Paula Creamer matched the day’s low with a 71 and moved into a tie for 13th at 3-over 219. Creamer, who won both of her previous two tournaments in Japan, was one of only three players who broke par for the day.Defending champion Fudo is tied with Creamer after a 74.The winner of the 72-hole tournament will earn 18 million yen out of the 100 million yen purse. Overnight leader Shiho Oyama played patiently in blustery conditions Saturday and stretched her lead to five shots going into the final round of the Salonpas World Ladies.Oyama, who took a one-stroke lead after shooting a 66 on Friday, fired a 1-over-par 73 on a day when strong winds sent scores soaring at Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club and stayed on top of the leaderboard on 5-under 211 after three rounds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more