Jock Scraps: Chilliwack sports in brief

The Chilliwack Junior Bantam Blue Giants won the VCFL championship game last week. - Submitted
The Chilliwack Junior Bantam Blue Giants won the VCFL championship game last week.
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Forming rugby sevens club

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) athletic department announced the formation of a women’s rugby sevens club program last week.

The club will participate in a pilot project led by Canada West, B2Ten and Rugby Canada that starts in January 2017. In the new year, the Canada West Women’s Rugby Sevens Series will provide Canadian female student-athletes the opportunity to pursue the game of rugby sevens, while studying in Canada.

The initiative will see the creation of a three-tournament rugby sevens series involving UFV along with the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, and the University of Victoria.

Jen Ross will serve as head coach of the Cascades club. Ross is a former Canadian national team player who participated in the 1994 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Scotland, and has gone on to become a highly accomplished coach.

Ross has already begun putting together the Cascades’ roster, and athletes interested in participating should contact her via email at The Canada West Women’s Rugby Seven Series opens Jan. 21-22, 2017 in Edmonton, Alta.


Blue Giants moving on to provincials

The Chilliwack Junior Bantam Blue Giants won a spot in the provincial community football championships after a decisive 26-12 win over the North Langley Bears in VCFL action at Townsend Field on Saturday. After finishing regionally in first place, (10-0 in regular season) the playoff win now sees the local team heading to the BCCFA provincial playoffs on Dec. 4 at McLeod Stadium in Langley. According to the club, “timely offence, a thick defence and great teamwork on behalf of Chilliwack” gave the Giants a chance at their first provincial title since 2010. That included an opening drive touchdown run from tailback Logan Buchwitz, who scored another major just seconds before the end of the first half, and then turned a 10-yard pass into a 60-yard TD completion. Running back Josh Caverly put the Giants up 26-0 with a three-yard run to close out the third quarter. North Langley responded with two TDs in the fourth quarter for their 12 points of the game. Chilliwack defensive standouts included Davies Mitchell and Michael Hopwood. The Dec. 4 championship game can be watched live on


Strong showing for teen golfer Thiessen

Seventeen-year-old Chilliwack golfer Mitchell Thiessen finished fourth overall in the junior boys division of the Maple Leaf Tour (MJT) Boston Pizza National Championship last weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. His +2 score (71-73-71--215) put Theissen eight strokes behind the winner of his category, Kyle Leiman (66-71-70--207) of Victoria, B.C. More than 100 young golfers were at the invite-only tournament at the Legacy Golf Resort in front of college coaches who were scouting prospective players. The MJT hosts more than 60 events across Canada including multi-day events for competitive players which also qualify juniors for international competitions.


Local kayaker earns BC scholarship

Chilliwack kayaker Rhys Taylor won one of two Canoe Kayak BC $500 scholarships, it was announced last week at the annual Canoe Kayak BC (CKBC) awards reception in Burnaby. Taylor is a long-time athlete and volunteer in whitewater programs in B.C. and led an increase in the number of school and summer program registrations in the Chilliwack Centre of Excellence (CCE). It is rare that the sprint-oriented CKBC honours whitewater athletes for such prizes. The money will go toward Taylor’s University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) bachelor of science tuition. He is teaching the indoor pool beginner lessons at the Chilliwack YMCA on Sundays in November and December ( for more details). A Vancouver athlete who was also honoured at the reception, Jakob Kryworuchko, also paddles out of the CCE. He won Whitewater Athlete of the Year. And Jon Allen was recognized for his official and volunteer contribution in B.C. whitewater sport. The CCE also received mention for hosting Canadian Whitewater Trials and the BC Summer Games this year.


Husker receiver Mike West named to all-star team

Valley Huskers receiver Mike West was named to the All-Star Team at the annual Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) conference held in Langford on Vancouver Island this past weekend. West was one of six B.C. players who took a coveted ring home for his role in his first season with the Huskers. The multi-faceted receiver accumulated 44 receptions, 693 yards and 6 touchdowns while playing a mix of other positions. West was also named the most valuable player for the 2016 season at the Huskers annual banquet.


Sartori manages to find her scoring touch in second match

Though she was held to eight points in her team’s 65-51 loss on Saturday, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) basketball player Kayli Sartori scored a game-high 23 in a 60-47 UFV victory over the Trinity Western (TWU) Spartans on Friday at the Envision Athletic Centre. The Chilliwack product also racked up nine rebounds and five steals in Abbotsford, but when the Cascades played the rematch at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday Sartori fell far short of her average 18.7 points per game.




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