Race track planned for B.C.

Villeneuve set to design academy

Former Indy 500 champ and Canadian racer Jacques Villeneuve is looking to open a motorsports complex in Oliver.

The motorsports training facility tentatively will be built on Osoyoos Indian Band land near here, a story by Keith Lacey in the Osoyoos Times said.

Villeneuve, who is the only Canadian to ever win the Indianapolis 500 and Formula One World Championship, has signed to be the track designer for the Area 27 and South Okanagan Motorsports Corporation.

Villeneuve is one of three drivers in history to win the Indy 500, Formula One World Championship and the CART Indycar title. The two others were Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti.

Villeneuve and his business partners announced Sept. 1 a “letter of intent” had been signed to build an executive driving academy, training centre and racetrack facility on the tribal land.

Villeneuve, who lives in Europe, will design the track and make occasional promotional appearances.

The organizers initially are selling 200 “club memberships at $35,000 each to start development of the facility that could cost upwards of $12 million.

A further goal is 300 memberships in the next year or two.

Here are some interesting high school football statistics provided by David Maley of Rosalia, who tracks all of the state’s teams.

Last season, Bellevue tied and broke the big-school record for most consecutive games won when they beat Ferndale 28-0 (State 3A first round) and Peninsula 40-3 (State 3A quarterfinal), respectively, Maley said.

“After Saturday’s win against Skyline, the winning streak is at 41,” he said.

Former 4A/3A record-holder for most consecutive games won was 3A Curtis at 37 games. The streak ran from Sept. 11, 1970 to Nov. 2, 1973 when Curtis lost, 17-0, to Stanwood in the state 3A quarterfinals.

There are three more records that Bellevue could tie or break this season:

Most consecutive games won (all 11-man schools)

48 Toledo (B-11, 1A) (Oct. 8, 1965 to Oct. 2, 1970; lost Oct. 9, 1970 to Ocosta 36-20, non-league)

Most consecutive games won (all schools)

49 Lacrosse-Washtucna (B-8) (Sept. 13, 2002 to Sept. 1, 2006; lost Sept. 8, 2006 to Garfield-Palouse 46-18, Southeast B-8 League)

Most consecutive games without a loss (all schools)

51 Lake Washington (4A) (Sept. 21, 1956 to Oct. 27, 1961; lost Nov. 11, 1961, to Mercer Island 7-6, Kingco Conference) (48 wins and 3 ties)


Cascade and Quincy high schools are leading the way this fall in the Caribou Trail league with the most participation in sports.

Cascade had 160 athletes playing in football (62), volleyball (30), girls soccer (27) and cross country (28 boys, 13 girls).

Quincy has 153 turning out in football (80), volleyball (33), girls soccer (20) and cross country (12 boys, 8 girls).

The Jackrabbits have by far the most football players at 80.

Okanogan, which does not have cross country, has the most volleyball players turning out (38) and Cashmere the most for girls soccer (33) and cross country (35).

Other schools from top to bottom:

Cashmere (149): football (54), volleyball (27), girls soccer (27) and cross country (35).

Omak (117): football (42), volleyball (35), girls soccer (19) and cross country (21).

Chelan (110): football (45), volleyball (31), girls soccer (12) and cross country (11 boys, 11 girls).

Tonasket (107): football (53), volleyball (28), girls soccer (15) and cross country (7 boys, 4 girls).

Okanogan (104): football (51), volleyball (38) and girls soccer (15).

Brewster (77): football (28), volleyball (25), girls soccer (19), cross country (5).

When last we heard of Charles “Junior” Eder and his hunting companion, Jay Lynch, they were heading south to try and bag an alligator.

Eder said before leaving that he’d tried in the past to shoot a crocodile, but had failed in Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

His trip to Louisiana in late August proved much more successful, with both hunters bagging a ‘gator.

Members of the Lorrie Fraley-Wilson School of Dance are raising money to perform at Disneyland this spring.

The dancers dubbed their fundraising as “Destination Disneyland.”

They have a page by the same name on Facebook.

Dancers will perform for 30 minutes on stage in Disneyland and/or California Adventure Park, the website said.

A fundraising meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Omak Studio, 7 S. Ash St.

Nathan Swager and Tamee Rose-Swager posted Monday afternoon that the girls will need help with donations and fundraising events.

Al Camp is the sports editor for The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com.


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