Ashcroft’s Drylands Arena played host to seven teams taking part in a Thompson-Cariboo PeeWee Recreation Tournament over the weekend of March 2 to 4.
Teams from Clearwater, Chase, 100 Mile, Lillooet, and Merritt (which fielded two teams) were hosted by the local Thompson-Cariboo Warriors, who won one game, tied one game, and lost two close matches. The two top teams from the tournament—Clearwater and Chase—will play a three-game series on the weekend of March 9 and take part in the District tournament in Clearwater.
Thompson-Cariboo Minor Hockey Association president Lewis Kinvig says that it was a great weekend and good for the community, with more than 100 players and their families in the area for three days and two nights. “Small towns continue to lose things, and an event like this really helps local businesses,” says Kinvig. “And it’s good for the Association, since we don’t have to travel and the concession does well.”
Kinvig also stresses that the event is good for the players, teaching them good sportsmanship and how to win with respect. “They learn lessons about winning and losing, and about how to win and lose. There’s a lot of value in that.”
The Village of Ashcroft has kept the arena open beyond the usual closing date to accommodate the PeeWee tournament and a Beer Belly tournament set for the weekend of March 9 to 11. The arena closes for the season on March 11.