Jock Scraps: Chilliwack sports in brief
‘Guch’ up to the Challenge
Chilliwack Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi finished his Team Canada West (CanWest) stint last week with with three goals and six assists during the 2016 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta. That tied him for first in the tournament for total helpers and second in total points. He also earned CanWest a powerplay goal and an assist in a 6-5 OT pre-tournament win against the U.S. in Cold Lake, Alta., the previous Friday. In the second half of the tournament, he notched a goal and an assist in his team’s quarterfinal 4-3 shootout loss to the Czech Republic on Wednesday. That was followed by a four-point contribution (1G, 3A) in the 5-3 CanWest victory over Switzerland on Friday for the squad’s fifth place win. The U.S. beat Canada East 4-0 to win gold on Saturday. The 2016 World Junior A Challenge featured two Canadian and four international teams. Team Canada West was the reigning champion (with three golds previously in 2006, 2007 and 2011). Since the first event in 2006, more than 260 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament. For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, visit hockeycanada.ca.
Team Wark earns berth
At a playdown in Abbotsford last weekend, Chilliwack’s Team Wark was one of three squads to qualify for the 2017 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship. Undefeated at the Abbotsford Curling Club tournament, Team Wark solidified the A Event qualification spot that sends the local players to the Scotties from Jan. 17 to 22 at the Glen Harper Curling Centre (home of the Duncan Curling Club). The final four games of the event will be televised on Shaw TV on Jan. 21 and 22. The Duncan event will showcase the top eight women’s curling teams in the province. Curlers will be playing for the opportunity to represent the province at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St Catharines, Ont., from Feb. 18 to 26.
Sardis hoopsters go 2-1
Sardis Secondary’s senior boys basketball team went 2-1 in last weekend’s Rick Hansen exhibition tournament losing only to the hosts. The quad-A team defeated triple-A No. 10 ranked Robert Bateman 94-86 on Thursday and Frank Hurt Secondary 103-76 on Friday before losing to No. 8 ranked triple-A team Rick Hansen Secondary by a score of 75-58. Meanwhile the G.W. Grizzlies dropped to third in the double-A rankings after their home tournament the previous week where they fell one game short of the tournament win, losing to Brentwood in the final 94-85. Their female counterparts climbed a spot, from third to second in the AA division after their team won the Grizzlies showcase tournament, defeating Langley Christian in the final matchup for the title.
Two Griz university bound
Two GW Graham Grizzlies varsity football players will move onto university level ball. Quarterback Gabe Olivares committed to the University of British Columbia, and defensive back/wide receiver Ethan Mastin signed on with St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Both Olivares and Mastin were offensive forces that propelled their team to double-A Subway Bowl semifinal action this season, where they ultimately lost 26-7 against the Seaquam Seahawks at BC Place. That was after a regular season that saw the G.W. Graham’s AA Varsity football team beat all of their opponents in dominant fashion. Olivares was named AA Offensive Player of the Year and was recognized as a provincial all-star for earning 1,543 yards in the air for 18 touchdowns and 505 rushing yards for 10 more TDs. Mastin was also named a double-A all-star with 809 yards over 31 catches and 10 majors on offence, while racking up 65 tackles in his defensive role on the team.
Storming into Merritt
The Chilliwack Storm, an Atom recreational hockey team, won gold in dominant fashion two weeks ago in Merritt. After five games, the local team of nine- and ten-year-olds were undefeated in the Merritt Atom Recreational Tournament and had scored 46 goals, while only allowing two against (resulting in three shutouts).