Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonThis sweet girl is Wilma. She is now one of the shelter volunteer’s favorites with her beautiful coat and happy and loving temperament. She is always ready to join the volunteers for hikes on the trails around the shelter. She walks well on leash but does let the volunteers know that she would gladly go for longer walks if they were ready. Wilma is enjoying being in a safe place where she does not have to worry about finding food or a dry place to sleep. Wilma was a stray so we do not have any historical information on her.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. Contact us at or (360) 432-3091 to learn more about Wilma, volunteering, or to meet one of our other dogs.last_img read more

Local Insurance Agency Recognized by Large Professional Organization

first_imgFacebook55Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. Ronelle Funk, president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc., was recently recognized by the Thurston County Multiple Listing Service Association (MLSA) with its “2016 Affiliate of the Year” award. The award was presented at the large business organization’s annual Officer Installation and Holiday Social earlier in December at the Hotel Red Lion in Olympia. Ronelle Funk is the president and CEO of Ronelle Funk Insurance, Inc. with multiple locations in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.“Ronelle is well-respected in our community and participates in many community and charity events,” 2016 MLSA President Rae Anne Toth explained. “Her business success reflects the respect that she’s earned, having grown significantly—enough to require opening her second insurance office in Lacey. She is a stellar example of a strong business woman that younger women can look up to and learn from. She is a wonderful asset to our community.” Funk owns and manages two of the area’s Allstate Insurance offices, one in the city of Lacey and another in Yelm. She has been a resident of Thurston County for 29 years and attended South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), later graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2005, Funk earned her master’s degree in mental health and counseling from Saint Martin’s University. She has advised people on their insurance needs for the last 18 years.A member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team, Funk joined efforts to help victims break free from domestic violence through financial education and empowerment. She is a Yelm Community Schools Business Partner and sponsors local baseball and tee-ball teams, Yelm Dollars for Scholars, the Nisqually Home and Car Show, the YWCA and many other events and organizations. She and her family participate in and sponsor the annual Olympia Toy Run, joining motorcyclists that donate money and toys to the Salvation Army for children in need.Ronelle Funk is very active in community building and charitable events such as the Olympia Toy Run. Photo courtesy: Ronelle Funk Insurance.Funk has served as the president of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and was named its 2014 Business of the Year. Ronelle Funk Insurance was also recognized as the Best Insurance Agency in the Nisqually Valley in 2010 and Allstate customers voted it number one in customer service within a five-state region. Her business has been nominated as the “Best of South Sound” Insurance Agency by The Olympian newspaper readers. “This MLSA award is very meaningful to me,” said Funk. “The organization is an amazing local group of professionals that serve the real estate industry and have a great read on our communities. Like so many MLSA members, my company and staff truly care about the families and households that trust us to help them protect their most important assets and we want to give back to the place where we live and work.” Thurston County’s MLSA is a networking group of nearly 200 professional members and affiliates that include real estate brokers, loan officers, inspectors, insurance agents, builders/contractors, movers, interior designers and other real estate industry services. The group meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at Pellegrino’s Tyee Event Center in Tumwater, Wash.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sammie!  He is an Afghan Hound/German Shepherd mix, neutered, and weighs 60 pounds.  Sammie is looking for a home that will give him lots of love and attention, as he prefers to be with people.  Sammie promises to be a great companion!  He enjoys car rides, tug of war with his stuffed toys, (he is very fond of his Angry Bird stuffy) leisurely walks, and hanging out with AAP volunteers!  His favorite food is watermelon, and he would love to share one with you on these hot summer days!  Sammie also enjoys being brushed to keep his beautiful coat looking great, and of course a luxurious bath!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Jamuna Boro makes a statement by recording first Indian win in World Women’s Boxing…

first_imgImage Courtesy: EastMojoAdvertisement uwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsyl4lWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8en0tvk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7l0Would you ever consider trying this?😱loCan your students do this? 🌚48Roller skating! Powered by Firework Jamuna Boro is on her way to the headlines as she is the first Indian to secure a victory in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, and is swiftly progressing to the pre-quarterfinals after thrashing out Michidmaa Erdenedalai from Mongolia’s this Friday at Ulan-Ude, Russia.Advertisement Image Courtesy: EastMojoCompeting in the women’s bantam 54kg category, Jamuna dominated over her opposition Erdenedalai 5-0, and will face 2017 World Championships gold medalist Ouidad Sfouh, who is ranked 5th.The 22 year old, who hails from the Assamese city of Sonitpur, is an employee of the Assam Rifles, and has previously won a gold at the 23rd President’s Cup 2019 Boxing International Open Tournament held in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia back in July.Advertisement The ongoing championship, which is featuring a total of 224 boxers from 57 countries, is the maiden tournament for Jamuna, who’s calculated punches thrown at the Mongolian opponent connected right where they should, and went unstoppable in the final three minutes of the match.“I feel really good to have won my first bout. It was also India’s first bout so this win is extra special. I’ve worked really hard for this tournament,” Jamuna said in a post match interview.Advertisement “My next bout is against Algeria and I will give my best. My aim is to win the gold medal and I will do everything to realize the dream. I want to thank Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India for providing all the training opportunities and the fans who have been supporting me continuously from India.” she added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Watch: Paul Scholes’ ‘Hand of God’ goal that got him sent off against Zenit…

first_imgAdvertisement ena9zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsgb1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec7c( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3pkWould you ever consider trying this?😱1v48qCan your students do this? 🌚rxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Paul Scholes was one of the most technically gifted footballers of his era. Often compared to an all time great – Andres Iniesta, Scholes also was a role model football player. However, there were few moments for Scholes which weren’t complimentary of who Scholes truly was.Advertisement A major example of that is the infamous handball goal against Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Super Cup in 2008. Scholes rose 10 feet in the to , not head but hand the ball into the net. Watch the clip here :Advertisement “When someone gets sent off by punching the ball… it’s a bit unfortunate, it was an instinctive thing,” a surprisingly sympathetic Sir Alex Ferguson told reporters, per Goal, after the match.Advertisement Indeed, it was instinctive but also incredibly beautiful as a skill on its own.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Former India pacer Praveen Kumar allegedly breaks neighbour’s hand and attacks his 7-year old…

first_imgAdvertisement vtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs41Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb5b2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7xd8Would you ever consider trying this?😱wk7lCan your students do this? 🌚2xjf0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Praveen Kumar, ex India pacer, has reportedly attacked his neighbour and his 7-year old son, while he was waiting with his son at the bus stop. This is not the first time that Praveen has been in the news for bad deeds, he has a history of thrashing and bashing up people in his drunken state. Several news sites have mentioned his drinking problem, but it seems the cricketer is not too willing to fix his drinking problem.Advertisement Back in 2008, the cricketer was in Meerut for some reason. Praveen was drunk when be beat up a doctor then. While the people slowly forgot about this incident, he is back again with yet another drunken brawl, but this time with a kid and his father, who happen to be his neighbour.Advertisement The victim Deepak Kumar approached the police, but they refused to file an FIR against him, citing his international cricketer status. The police instead told him to take this case to some other higher authority, since they cannot handle a case which involves a famed cricketer. Frustrated Deepak, decided to approach the media. He revealed to the media, that Praveen Kumar and he are neighbours. He was at the bus stop waiting for the bus with his son at 3 pm, when suddenly, Praveen stepped down from his car and abused the car driver. Praveen was clearly not in his senses when he hurled abuses at the bus driver. Later he turned to Deepak and bashed him up. In this encounter, he got his hand fractured and his 7-year old kid also got some serious back injuries, when he was pushed by Praveen.“I was waiting for my son at the bus stop at 3:00 pm. Kumar arrived at the spot, came out of his car and abused the bus driver first and later abused me. He was in an inebriated condition. Later, he thrashed me and fractured my hand,” said Deepak.Advertisement He further revealed that after he reported the incident to the police, he has been receiving death threats.“Kumar also pushed my son who has suffered injury in his back. Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats.”Praveen, bid adieu to international cricket last year. The cricketer was one of the best swing bowlers that the Indian team ever had. He debuted in the 5th ODI series against Pakistan, back in 2007.BCCI announces Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s replacement for the ODI series against West IndiesSourav Ganguly returns to a very familiar venue – but in a different avatar!  Advertisementlast_img read more

About Town

first_imgTINTON FALLSThe Arc of Monmouth has announced it will proceed with its 46th annual Winter Glow Ball at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The event is the nonprofit agency’s most important benefit for more than 1,400 Monmouth County residents with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.Due to severe damage at the Shore Casino, the event is being moved to the Cultural Center at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. The hall is managed by restaurateur Chris Mariani of Buona Sera in Red Bank and The Arc is honored to be one of the first guests at the venue.The Winter Glow Ball will feature hors d’oeuvres, a multi-station buffet, silent auction items and dancing with music provided by The Infernos.This year’s honorees are Peter Cancro, owner of Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems and in memoriam, Food Circus Supermarket’s Joseph Azzolina, Sr. and Grace and Louis Scaduto, Sr.The Arc of Monmouth offers healthcare, employment, education and other services for over 1,400 individuals in the county.For more information, please call 732 493-1919 or visit‪WGIRLS at the Melting Pot for ‘Little Black Dress Night’‬ MIDDLETOWNSpread some cheer this holiday season as Regal Pointe Independent Living invites the public to a holiday gift auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to benefit local children. A $5 donation will allow attendees to participate in the gift auction.Proceeds will be donated to MonmouthCares, Inc. and Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc. Attendees can also help by donating clothes or a new, unwrapped toy for a child. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Linda or Elaine at 732-957-0083.MonmouthCares, Inc., is a private non-profit agency whose mission is to ease positive change so children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families have the best opportunity to live, thrive, and develop in their communities. For information, visit Partnership for Children, Inc. envisions a totally accessible, individualized, family-friendly system of care for children and their families, which ensures that every family who has a child with behavioral or emotional challenges has the chance to thrive safely within the community. For information, visit* * * * *Middletown Township Public Library presents “Meet the Musician” featuring New Jersey Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Andy Lamy from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the main branch located at 55 New Monmouth Road.Lamy will present an interactive program featuring musical solos and demonstrations on clarinets, recorders and Irish whistles. He will talk about the music, the instruments and answer questions from audience members. The program is for those age 5 and older and is sponsored by the Young People’s Music Program of the Chinese American Cultural Association.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Library at 732-671-3700. RED BANK – The WGIRLS Coastal NJ chapter and local women are joining together from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, For Little Black Dress Night, an evening of fondue, shopping and networking at the Melting Pot Restaurant in the Galleria.The WGIRLS Coastal NJ will use the proceeds to sponsor women who need the services of Alternatives, a Red Bank salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer and scalp disease.‬Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal for only $35 per person, drinks sold separately. For those seeking a lighter fare, drink specials will be available for $10 per person.Attendees will be able to shop from Red Bank vendors: Sweetest Sin Lingerie Boutique, ICE Jewelry, Embellish Make-Up, Lucki Clover Clothing Boutique and Salon Car Tar Rae.The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.During the event those attending will be able to register to win prizes including a $2,500 Melting Pot gift card, a Tiffany & Co.® Grey Goose® necklace and a Grey Goose® swag bag by entering into The Melting Pot’s Femme Fatale de Fondue Sweepstakes. Only those in attendance qualify. For more information call The Melting Pot at 732-219-0090.Alternatives is a salon that specializes in wigs and breast prostheses for women battling the challenges of cancer. The WGIRLS Coastal NJ is a network of professional women who volunteer and host fundraisers to assist underprivileged women and children across Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. The WGIRLS mission is to provide women and children with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives. Learn more at read more

A Christmas Gift 38 Years in the Making

first_imgBy Rick GeffkenFrank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” is about George Bailey and his Christmas angel Clarence. “The Gift of the Magi” is an O. Henry story about the selfless exchanges of a husband and wife. A recent uncommon gift of love and remembrance in our Two River area by a real married couple virtually defines the Christmas spirit we all aspire to.When Asa Sweeney was a young Cub Scout attending Middletown’s River Plaza School, David Barrett was one of his boyhood pals. Not best friends exactly, but as close as two young boys could be. “We were like the Little Rascals,” he recalls.Like most 1970’s kids growing up in River Plaza, the boys spent their free time on the Swimming River crabbing, snapper fishing and swimming. In cooler seasons, they rode their bicycles everywhere, pretended to be explorers in the woods around town, and probably teased their fair share of little girls.When school let out in June 1978, 12-year-old Asa spent the summer at home on Navesink River Road. David’s parents were separated; he went off to visit his mother in Texas. David Barrett never returned to River Plaza School that fall.Asa Sweeney: “Things were different back then. All I remember is coming to school in September and our teacher made an announcement: ‘David Barrett is not coming back. He died in Texas. Everyone please open their books.’ There were no grief counselors at that time. But we all knew what happened.”Sweeney grew up and went about his life. He married, had children, and was a boat dealer in Keyport for several years. He lost that business during the last recession when people’s recreational money went wanting.The third grade class at River Plaza School in Middletown during the 1973-74 school year. David Barrett is standing in the middle row, third from the left. His pal Asa Sweeney, in a Cub Scout uniform, stands right next to him. Photo courtesy Asa SweeneyNow 52 and a small business owner, Sweeney tells it this way: “In the fall this year, I went to Fair View Cemetery in Middletown a couple of times looking for my grandmother Anna Kennedy’s grave, but I couldn’t find it. So I thought I’d go to the office and get a map to help me. As I was talking to the woman there, she started writing down where my grandmother was, my aunt was, a friend was. Then I remembered David Barrett, who I used to ride bikes with around here. She gave me his location too.”Scuffling around the gentle cemetery hills, Sweeney couldn’t find where Barrett was buried. The office had no record of a tombstone for Sweeney’s grammar school buddy. He was shocked. “How could he not have a tombstone?” It bothered him, although he’s quick to add “I’m not judging.”A few days later, Sweeney returned to the cemetery office and asked if he could buy a tombstone for David. He was politely informed that he’d have to obtain the permission of the grave owners, listed as his friend’s grandparents from Little Silver. Sweeney discovered they had moved to North Carolina, but had passed away. A literal dead end. Sweeney, undaunted, began following a lead for David’s father in Arizona, but the elder Barrett had also died in the intervening years. He had no idea where in Texas his friend’s mother might have lived, her last name, or if she was even alive anymore. His frustration led to resolve.Asa Sweeney gets serious as he remembers. “David’s parents were never married, it was a broken family right from the start. When he went to see his Mom in Texas over the summer, he and another kid found a shotgun in the house, were playing around and David was accidentally shot in the face and killed.”Sweeney went back to the Fair View Cemetery staff with a proposition. “You know what? My friend has been out there for 38 years, and I want to give him a tombstone.” In early September, Sweeney put up a Facebook notice asking if anyone wanted to contribute toward a grave marker. Seven or eight people from River Plaza School responded with money, and a few others chipped in, too.With about $1,200 in donations, Sweeney went to Uras Monuments in Middletown and was quoted $2,000 for an engraved granite stone. Here’s where this story takes a George Bailey turn.Asa and Karen Sweeney have three sons, two are currently Boy Scouts, and the other is a college student in Boston. They have lots of expenses now and more coming up in the next several years. They talked over what to do about David Barrett’s unmarked grave. This ordinary middle class couple, faced with as many bills as their Toms River neighbors, decided to kick in the remaining $800 themselves for the grave marker. (Pause here while we contemplate this extraordinary generosity.)When asked about his motivations, Sweeney grew silent, his rationale apparently never contemplated. Looking away for several seconds, eyes lowered, he reluctantly whispered, “I just thought it was the thing to do.” (Second pause.)Ill at ease, Sweeney quickly changed the subject to the grave marker with David’s image. Sweeney got it from their third grade class picture, which his 81-year-old mother kept all these years. He was surprised to see himself standing right next to David Barrett in 1973.Sweeny purchased an expensive gravestone this December, and put it on an empty plot of grass for a friend he hadn’t seen in 38 years. A friend he has only a few personal stories about, a boy who was in and out of his life before either of them could understand what life is about.Bill Rockafellow, superintendent of the Fair View Cemetery marveled as he said “It’s very unusual for a nonfamily member to put up a gravestone; maybe it’s happened twice in 10 years that I can remember. As far as David Barrett’s gravesite is concerned, I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve never seen anybody over there.”Sweeney’s wife, Karen, who never knew David Barrett, provided the poetic inscription gracing his tombstone:No Farewell Words Were Spoken, No Time to Say Goodbye,You Were Gone Before We Knew It, And Only God Knows Why.Forever Young, Forever in Our Hearts.Your Fellow River Plaza ClassmatesMerry Christmas, Asa, Merry Christmas. Somewhere a bell is ringing.last_img read more

Shoprite Now Open in Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |SHREWSBURY ­­– By 11 a.m. Wednesday on its first day of business, more than 1,000 customers were inside the brand new ShopRite at 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., moving slowly down the aisles of precisely arranged products, reading labels, checking prices and taking it all in.Throughout the 80,000-square-foot store, smartly uniformed store employees in black aprons stood outside their immaculate stations, greeting customers or offering samples. Saker ShopRite executives in suits buzzed through the aisles, chatting with staff and shaking hands with customers. The mood was festive, like a holiday.“It’s awesome. It’s amazing. I’m like, a little overwhelmed,” said Amy Montano of Little Silver, who was in the meat aisle, picking out Thanksgiving dinner items for her family of three with the help of a yellow store directory handout. Typically, the real estate professional will drive 20 minutes to Wegmans and Costco in Ocean Township to do the family shopping. But ShopRite is only 10 minutes from her home. She was impressed. “It’s just beautiful and everything looks great.”Convenience, quality, freshness and the overall customer experience are some of the ingredients in Richard Saker’s recipe for success. Saker, of Middletown, is president and CEO of Saker ShopRites, which continues to be guided by the family’s fifth generation of grocers. Of his 32 stores, 25 of have the “World Class” label for their amenities, extensive size and depth of offerings. The Shrewsbury store is a World Class store.Customers who know the Hazlet, Middletown and Aberdeen stores will feel at home in Shrewsbury. The layout of the grocery, produce, meat and seafood sections is familiar. But the Shrewsbury store stands out for its vast hot food and deli provisions selection, a smorgasbord of hundreds of prepared entrees from both the World Class Kitchens and Dearborn Farms brands that seems to go on and on from behind a long, gleaming 30-foot glass case, a feast for the eyes.Shrewsbury ShopRite meat manager Justin Hager shows off the premium, custom cut meat selection. Photo by Christina Johnson“Grab and go” foods prepared by ShopRite chefs aimed to appeal to busy working moms and dads who want to pick up a home-cooked meal to share together at night, is a sophisticated experience in Shrewsbury. “If you see a product with World Class Kitchens on it, we’re making that here in New Jersey, with good union labor. All our products are handmade and the vast majority of our products are 100 percent natural,” said Saker. “Which is something that is quite amazing, because there’s nobody else who does that. Everything is made fresh and everything is made locally.”Customers can buy homemade food in packages right in the refrigerated aisles, or they can be served behind the glass by an employee who will help a customer build an $8 or $9 meal with an entrée and two sides from the colorful selection.In the fresh pasta aisle, ShopRite’s Richard Saker shows beef ravioli made from his wife Laura’s recipe. Photo by Christina JohnsonThe Shrewsbury store also features a new fresh pasta operation where customers can buy packaged pasta products like angel hair, macaroni and ravioli produced on the premises. Kobe beef, a premium product not formally found in supermarkets, also gets star billing in Shrewsbury, where customers can order Kobe beef burgers, Kobe roast beef, Kobe corned beef and Kobe pastrami. These two new features will be rolling out to other ShopRite stores in the future.All of this is offered under video screens that show mesmerizing kitchen videos from ShopRite chefs slicing and dicing, sautéing and baking, or piping icing into flower shapes onto beautiful little cakes for the boutique patisserie. “We import some of the finest ingredients from all over the world,” including chocolate from Belgium, said Saker. “We are just a cut above any bakery. Nobody does anything like we do.”The meat section of the store is also something special in Shrewsbury. Customers can regularly find custom cuts of USDA Prime beef and Kobe beef, as well as specialties like pork crown roast and beef bracciole. Or they can request something different from the butcher behind the counter.The store, which employs 300 full- and part-time workers, has a local focus. Customers can find Booskerdoo Coffee, roasted in Monmouth County; Glenda’s Kitchen gluten-free, gourmet cookies, which are baked nearby in Atlantic Highlands; and the Grown in Monmouth branded plants provided by local farms like Louis Davino Greenhouses.There is also a pharmacy, a cafe, a full-service catering department and a store nutrition expert and nutrition center.The store is open 6 a.m. to midnight every day. The company offers a “ShopRite from Home” app with pick up from reserved parking spots, and will offer home delivery.ShopRite from home is a service that allows customers to place orders for pickup at a reserved section of the parking lot. The supermarket will offer home delivery. Photo courtesy ShopRite“Customers are excited, it’s a ‘wow,’ ” said Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan. “They’ve been waiting a while for ShopRite to come back to Shrewsbury,” he said, referring to a store that existed in the 1970s.Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan at the entrance of the store, where “Shrewsbury NJ” spelled out in oversized Scrabble tiles welcomes customers. Photo by Christina Johnson“Come check us out. We have a great staff, great people, and we’re happy to serve,” added Egan.This article was first published in the Nov. 15-21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bombers flying high to start High School hoop season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers sent a strong message to the rest of the Kootenays the road to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships travels through the Heritage City.For the second weekend the Bombers made it to a tournament final, this time winning the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball title with a convincing 72-47 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Saturday in South Slocan.Last weekend in Kamloops, LVR lost to the NorKam Saints in the final of the Westsyde Wundas tournament. “The thing that impressed me about the tournament was the team play,” head coach Blair D’Andrea told The Nelson Daily Monday.Jason D’Andrea pour into 34 points to lead the Bombers to the lopsided victory. “Jason wasn’t shooting that well in the first two game but was unconscious through three quarters when I took him out,” D’Andrea said.LVR made it look easy against the rebuilding Hawks. John Zak had 14 points while Garrett Perry added 10.LVR advanced to the final by outlasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 89-66. The contest was close for until LVR tightened up the defensive pressure on the Storm.Clay Rickaby was a force in the paint, collecting 24 points while pulling down countless rebounds. Zak had a strong game with 20 points while Jason D’Andrea has 21. Perry added 10 points.“We wanted to send a message back to the East Kootenay we are the team to beat to go to provincials,” D’Andrea exclaimed.LVR gained some revenge in the opener by pounding the Osoyoos Rattlers 70-21. The Rattlers upset the Bombers in the final during the 2009 Mount Sentinel Tournament.This season the contest was over early. Rickaby led all scorers with 26 points while Zak scored ten.The Bombers 5-1 on the season, get a huge test as the club travels to Cranbrook Friday to compete in the Mount Baker Wild tournament.LVR will see some very strong AAA opposition from Alberta along with the always-tough Wild.However, the Bombers will be looking to send another message to the East when the club meets Golden, a perennial contender for the Kootenay AA Zone title.Wolves hit by StormSelkirk edged Grand Forks Wolves 59-57 in the consolation final earlier Saturday at Mount Sentinel while Nakusp edged Heritage Christian 71-68 in the fifth-sixth contest.Host Mount Sentinel rode the 21-point performance of Steve Hernandez to dump Osoyoos Rattlers 65-33 to finish seventh overall.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more