Sports in brief

Port Edward will use the field at McKeown Park to support the revival of a minor baseball league.

Port Edward will use the field at McKeown Park to support the revival of a minor baseball league.

Port Edward will use the field at McKeown Park to support the revival of a minor baseball league.

No subsidy for Jr. All Native

A further letter of support was drafted for coach Brett Ross and his Lax Kw’alaams junior boys All Native basketball team to host the annual tournament at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert in 2017.

“Our village is not capable of having that many teams and fans,” wrote Ross.

Although the city offered the letter, council also specified that no special rental rates or deal would be offered during the tournament for playing time at the civic centre.

This year’s Junior All Native Basketball Tournament kicks off in Williams Lake from March 13 – 18, hosted by the Nuxalk Nation.

Port Ed’s home field advantage

Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald could barely contain his excitement when speaking of using the field at McKeown Park to support the revival of a minor baseball league.

The North Coast Minor Baseball Association spoke with district councillors on March 8 about using the park as the league’s home field. All councillors welcomed the plan that would see parents and children between the ages of four to nine coming out to Port Edward to play ball.

The director of the baseball association, Ken Veldman, and the president, Emily Kawaguchi, pitched their ideas to the council. They also ensured councillors that the sport would be affordable for all families.

“All you really need is a glove, and as a league we’re going to take care of the rest,” Veldman said.

McKeown Park is considered an ideal location for the league because it will be able to offer flexible programming and the field is level and drained. The association wants to have grass infield this year, and next year they would like to work with the district to do base cutouts around first, second, third and the pitching mound.

“I know we’re all happy,” Mayor MacDonald said with a wide grin. But his concern was transportation. “All the way to Port Ed? The parents aren’t having a problem with that?”

Veldman said he doesn’t think it’ll be an issue. There is a bus stop outside the park, and parents might carpool to make sure all the players on the team are there for a game.

The league has plans to begin the season in May.

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