The Grand Forks Special Olympics floor hockey team swept the provincial competition in Vernon over the weekend, taking home a silver medal from the Special Olympics BC Winter Games.
The team, dubbed the Kootenay Storm, was composed half and half of players from Grand Forks and Castlegar. The team played four games, winning three by large margins.
On Friday, the team played Delta and came out with a 10-3 win; later that night they played Port Alberni and won 16-7.
On Saturday morning the Storm played Vancouver and won 7-3; it was only later that day that the team fell to Quesnel 8-5.
Overall the team finished second in the “C” division, taking home the silver medal.
The team lineup was as follows: Mike Windsor in goal; Jason Pappas, defense; Glen Kunka, defense; Miles Gillett, forward; Charlie Kain, forward; Noah Trainer, forward; Brogan Belliveau, forward; Louie Mazzei, forward; Brock Owen, defense; Lucas Popoff, defense; Hannah Johnstone , defense; Matthew Welychko, forward; Sierra Oelke, forward; Chris Paulson, forward; Jay Melnik, forward; and Mike Bruce, defense.
Dale Redford was head coach, joined by Lou Wishloff and Ali Courtney as assistant coaches.