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KSS Owls secure silver at provincial field hockey championship

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed </who>The Kelowna Owls surpassed expectations by winning a silver medal at the B.C. School Sports senior AAA girls field hockey championship tournament in Surrey recently. Members of the team are, from left, front: Ashley Kowal. Middle: Deziree Day, Payton Hinks, Hannah Rimland, Julia Costa, Katarina Czenczek, Grace Fecht, Lonica McKinney, Leanna Wong and Ashley Kowal. Back: Brian Demug (coach) Summer DeGuevra, Hooly McGarvey, Grace Demug, Zoe Brown, Isabelle Seifert, Natalie Hope, Kaitlyn Kruger, Hannah Phelan and Arnar Bernhardsson (coach).

The Kelowna Owls proved to be the surprise of the B.C. School Sports senior AAA field hockey championship held in Surrey.

Ranked fifth going into the 16-team event hosted by Kelowna Secondary School, the Owls battled to a provincial silver medal.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed </who>Goalkeeper Ashley Kowal played a key role in the Kelowna Owls earning a silver medal at the 16-team provincial tournament.KSS dropped a 1-0 decision on a penalty stroke in the title game against the Cowichan Thunderbirds of Duncan, who secured their second straight provincial championship.

The Owls, representing the Okanagan district for a 15th straight time at the provincial tournament, opened with a 3-2 loss to the Charles Best Blue Devils of Coquitlam, but rebounded big time by defeating the Eric Humber Griffins of Vancouver 7-0 in their second game of pool play.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed </who>Grace DeMug was among the leaders for the Owls in their march to the B.C. School Sports championship game.Needing a win to advance to the championship round, the Owls scored early in the first half against defending-champion Cowichan and hung on for a 1-0 victory.

In quarter-final play, KSS took on third-seed Carson Graham Eagles of North Vancouver and posted another upset with a 4-2 decision in a shoot-out for the right to advance to the title match.

“It was a superb effort by this hard-working group,” said head coach Arnar Bernhardsson of his young team made up 10 Grade 10s, eight Grade 11s and only one Grade 12. “They represented the Okanagan well.”

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed </who>Hannah Phelan was selected as the Kelowna Owls' most valuable player at the provincial event in Surrey.

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