Jock Scraps: Chilliwack sports in brief

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Local golfers tie for fourth

Matt Gudmundson and Connor McLellan, both out of the Chilliwack Golf Club, tied for fourth place with Miles Bruce last Wednesday in the winter Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT). The local players both shot a +1, 73-stroke score while Jake Kwon took first by a four stroke margin with his -6, 66 at Swan-E-Set Bay Resort. Ten players finished the professional side of the tournament.


Griz downed in semifinals

After a regular and playoff season that saw the G.W. Graham’s AA Varsity football team beat all of their opponents in dominant fashion, the Grizzlies met their match last weekend at BC Place. Losing 26-7 against the Seaquam Seahawks in double-A Subway Bowl semifinal action, the Grizzlies are eliminated as the Seahawks move on to play the Vernon Panthers in the AA finals. In the final quarter, the Chilliwack team’s quarterback Gabe Olivares scored from the one-yard line on a touchdown run that saved his team from being shutout.


Junior curlers qualify

A number of Chilliwack curlers will be moving on to the 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships this season, after teams vied for seven provincial berths in the Coastal Playdowns at the Comox Valley Curling Club in Courtenay last weekend. The A event qualifiers were Team Fisher from Chilliwack Curling Club featuring Cierra Fisher, of Kamloops, and the Lower Mainland trio of Cailin Cooke (Chilliwack), Kylie Karoway (Surrey) and Jasmin Jani (Chilliwack); the team is coached by Jay Batch. Team Coulombe, from Victoria Curling Centre, features Kirsten Zucchet (Chilliwack), Mariah Coulombe (Victoria), Taylor Reese-Hansen (Kitimat), and Jordan Koster (Courtenay) with coaches Andrew Komlodi and Bob Coulombe. The 2017 BC Junior Curling Championships take place from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1 at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The finals for both the junior men and junior women will be livestreamed on Jan. 1 at The winners of the BC junior men’s women’s championships will represent B.C. at the 2017 Canadian Junior Curling Championships being staged in Esquimalt from Jan. 21 to 29.


Sartori superstar

Kayli Sartori made a big statement once again last weekend, finishing just one assist shy of a triple-double and helping her University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) women’s basketball team beat the UNBC Timberwolves 75-63 on Saturday evening at the Envision Athletic Centre. The reigning Canada West scoring champ ended Saturday with 20 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. That performance followed her Friday night tie for game-high scoring with 18 points, which contributed to a 59-55 defeat of UNBC. It was UFV’s (4-2) first weekend sweep of the season and the Cascades wrap up their fall semester with road games against the Brandon Bobcats on Friday and Saturday.


Youngest black belt

Sara Sharp of Chilliwack earned the title of the youngest black belt in JKA of BC last weekend when she was honoured with the high level recognition at the age of only 11. She belongs to Valley Shidokan Karate Club which is owned and operated by her father Sensei Don Sharp. Sara was privileged to have the visiting third-time world champion Shimizu Sensei participate in the judging panel.

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