Feb 22 2008

Taylor Green was packing his cleats and glove and heading to spring training when he got the call to pack his passport as well.
The local minor baseball stalwart is one of 24 players selected by Baseball Canada to represent Canada at the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Taiwan from March 7-15.
While the Milwaukee Brewers and the rest of the MLB teams are heading south for preseason workouts (Green is with the Brewers’ single A affiliate Virginia Power), the hard-hitting infielder from Courtenay will be looking forward to adding more international experience to his resume.
The Olympic qualifier will feature eight countries in a round-robin tournament where the top three teams earn the final spots for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing this summer. Canada will be competing for one of those three spots with Korea, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Mexico, Germany, South Africa and Spain. If they qualify, Canada will join Cuba, United States, Japan, Netherlands and host China, who have already qualified.
Before heading to Taiwan, the senior national team will make its way to Brisbane, Australia from Feb. 24 to March 4 for a training camp and exhibition series against the Australian national team.
Quality curling by two Comox Valley rinks highlighted the 55th annual Quality Foods Men’s Open at the Alberni Valley Curling Club on the weekend.
Courtenay stole the show at the 52-team bonspiel, placing first and third in the A event. Ron Root (third Rick Aker, second Stew Larson, lead Jim Taylor) defeated clubmate Ron Schmidt in the A semis to earn a spot in the final against the Savard rink, curling out of the Tunnel Town Club in Tsawwassen.
Savard took the early lead, pushing the score to 4-0 before Root got on the board with a pair in the fourth. The teams exchanged points over the next three ends with Savard holding a 6-4 lead going into the eighth with the hammer on his side.
Root played the final end well and was sitting three with Savard having to hit and stick for the win. Savard threw wide and flashed the take out opportunity, giving up the steal and the game.
The Richards rink of Courtenay finished second in the D event, where clubmate Currie finished third.
All interested in cricket are reminded of tomorrow’s (Feb. 23) meeting at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Westerly ... Comox Valley Baseball Association is offering coaching and umpiring clinics in early March, with details at 338-7754 and 338-0519 ... Canada women’s basketball coach Allison McNeill is in town this weekend to give clinics for players and coaches; details are at www.cvyba.ca ...

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