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Kelowna Jays would like to thank our sponsors for 2007: The Brick, Pacific Western Breweries, Spartan Metal Processing, Dakodas Sports Bar and Grill, Sturgeon Hall, Cookson Motors, Competition Glass, Okanagan Dodge Superstore, Mackay.ca, Doak Sherriff, Chris Cyca @ Remax, Kelowna Toyota, and our media sponsors, OV63, POWER 104, The Daily Courier, and The Capital News. Thanks for your continuing support!

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2008 National Championships Announced 7pm
Charlottetown, PEI will be the host of the 2008 Junior U21 National Championships in August 24th-28th. Baseball Canada made the announcement this week of all Championship sites. Senior Men's Nationals are to be help in Brandon, Manitoba. Victoria will be the BC rep for Senior men's as they were 2007 Provincial Champs.


43-13 Jays Final Record!

Jays already building for 2008
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Kelowna Jays, please contact either President Bill Bayne, or Manager Geoff White. The Jays will be looking to add their schedule next year and are always looking for new players to join the club. Currently we are planning for 65-75 games next summer.

Wilkie, Challoner and White represent Jays @ National Championships in Quebec City Bryce Wilkie and Kevin Challoner will join the Kamloops Sun Devils for the trip to Nationals in Quebec City Starting August 15th. Both were solid sticks in the Jays lineup and will be a solid addition to the Sun Devils. Geoff White was a member of the Men's Team BC Selects that traveled to Quebec City from August 7th-14th. Team BC collected a bronze medal, the first medal for BC since 1985. White pitched against the eventual National Championship team, Quebec,in pool play.


Athlete with a focus on his studies
By Kevin Parnell - Kelowna Capital News - November 18, 2007 | | | |


Kevin Challoner, a player with the Kelowna Jays, has earned a scholarship to Missouri Valley State, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school.
Kevin Parnell/capital news
Focusing more on school has allowed Kelowna Jays baseball player Kevin Challoner the chance to earn a baseball scholarship south of the border.

Challoner, a 21-year-old outfielder, has accepted a scholarship to Missouri Valley State, a school that competes in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

“It’s so important to focus on school,” said Challoner this week, after accepting the scholarship. “You really have to be a student-athlete. It’s an exciting chance for me. I’ve worked really hard at my junior college and this last summer with the Jays. I’m really excited to go down and play at a good school.”

Challoner arrived in Kelowna to play with the Jays after attending Malaspina College’s baseball program. This summer he batted .390 with three home runs and 45 runs batted in for the Jays. He was also selected to play at the nationals in Quebec. But it was his work in the off season and his attention to his school marks that opened the doors for the native of Winnipeg.

“Kevin had some opportunities coming out of Malaspina but he didn’t have the grades,” said Jays coach Geoff White. “Once he got his grades up it opened the doors for him to get eligible and looked at by some schools. Kevin has a tremendous work ethic. He just doesn’t quit. He’s really motivated. His work ethic was the difference and he took that into his academic approach as well.”

For Challoner, arriving in Kelowna to play with the Jays and to work out with White at the Okanagan Baseball Institute (see story below) was a blessing.

“I’m really thankful that I have someone like Geoff around,” he said. “He’s taught me what it takes to be a better conditioned athlete, to be a better fielder and to be quicker on the base paths. He really showed me what it takes to be a well rounded athlete rather than just one dimensional.”

Challoner will leave for Missouri in the spring and join the baseball program as it kicks off another year. He will attempt to win a starting job on the baseball team, which has an opening at left field after one of its starters left the team.

For a Canadian kid, it’s the chance of a lifetime to head for baseball mad America and become a student athlete.

“I’’m so excite because since my college career started my progress has been on steady incline,” he said. “I’ve just been getting better and better. I’m excited to go and play baseball in the states and try to win a starting job.”

And the Jays haven’t seen the last of Challoner either. He says he will be back next summer to keep playing with the Jays program.






 


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