Jock Scraps: Chilliwack sports in brief

Chilliwack's 14-year-old Jake Hayes continues to collect accolades for his racing achievements.
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Hayes wins ever more hardware

Jake Hayes won big yet again, walking away from The Pacific Coast Mini Roadracing Club’s year end awards night with seven trophies, including five championship pieces in Langley last weekend. The 14-year-old racer broke several track records throughout Western Canada this year and was on the podium 41 times—36 of which were first place appearances. Hayes went undefeated in the Honda Canada Grom Prix this year and also received the Club Championship trophy that has not changed hands in 12 years, along with the No. 1 Plate, an accumulation of wins, that hasn’t seen a new winner in a decade. Hayes has been approved to race at Mission Raceway next year, which will make him the youngest to navigate that track.


Championship bound

After Saturday’s Valley Community Football League (VCFL) semifinal games, one Chilliwack team advances to the championship round. The local Jr. Bantam Blue Giants (first place, 10-0 in regular season) defeated the Mission Niners at Townsend Field to earn their place against the North Langley Bears on Nov. 12 for the Valley Cup. Chilliwack Peewee Blue (fourth place, 5-3 in regular season) was eliminated by the undefeated Meadow Ridge Blue Knights at Samuel Robertson Technical School. The Jr. Bantam game will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Townsend Park. The winner of that game will head to the BCCFA provincial playoffs on Dec. 4 at McLeod Stadium in Langley.


Undefeated Grizzlies

G.W. Graham’s AA Varsity football team not only finished their regular season undefeated (5-0), but they also shut out all of their opponents ending with 141 points for and none against. Their last game before playoffs against Argyle at home on Friday was a forfeit win (scored 15-0 by default), requested by the visitors due to injuries. Both teams still fielded players for a game which GWG won 34-20, drawing deeper into their roster and resting starters. The No. 3 ranked Grizzlies have a first round bye in the playoffs, waiting to face the winner of this week’s Quadrant A semifinal match between Windsor and Clarence Fulton.


McLellan's first pro win

Chilliwack Golf Club pro Connor McLellan won his first professional tournament last Wednesday in the winter Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT). McLellan tied for first with Jonathan Wiegner, both shooting a +1, 72-stroke score at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in windy, rainy conditions. That earned McLellan $237.50 and 425 points in the Cleveland/Srixon Order of Merit, bumping him from fifth place to third in the winter season as the Times went to press. He now ranks one place behind Wiegner of Fraserview Golf Course entering yesterday’s scheduled event at Sandpiper Golf Course.


Sartori dominates

Local University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) basketball player Kayli Sartori helped her team defeat the reigning national champion Saskatchewan Huskies 59-48 at the Envision Athletic Centre (EAC) on Saturday. Bouncing back from an off night Friday, Sartori scored a team high 23 points, also adding eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to the stat sheet. That victory came off a 53-44 loss to the Huskies the night before in the Cascades opening regular season game. Up next for the Cascades is a home-and-home set next weekend against their local rivals, the Trinity Western Spartans: 6 p.m. Friday at the EAC and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.


Cascades sweep

Chilliwack volleyball player Dayton Pagliericci posted nine kills in the Saturday afternoon University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades victory over the Camosun Chargers, playing his role in the weekend sweep over the reigning PACWEST champs. The Cascades, coming off a four-set win over Camosun on Friday (19-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-21) took the rematch in similar fashion (25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19) as sophomore left side Ben Friesen led the offence with 17 kills. UFV improved to 5-2 and grabbed sole possession of second place in the PACWEST, while the fourth-place Chargers fell to 4-4. The Cascades men’s volleyball team is back in action at home next weekend, taking on the Douglas Royals 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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