Sports in brief: Taylor 15th in Morocco

Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor finished tied for 15th at the Samanah Classic in Morocco this week.

Nick Taylor finished tied for 15th at a tournament in Morocco this week.

Nick Taylor finished tied for 15th at a tournament in Morocco this week.

Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor finished tied for 15th at the Samanah Classic in Morocco this week.Taylor was tied for second after opening with rounds of 67 and 68, but he finished with matching rounds of even-par 72 at the eGolf Professional Tour’s $250,000 US event. That left him at nine-under for the tournament, 10 strokes back of winner Chris McCartin. Taylor, embarking on his first full season as a professional, earned $3,500. UFV HOSTS JUNIOR B.C.’SThe University of the Fraser Valley is the host site for the B.C. junior girls basketball championship this week.The event features 16 Grade 10 teams from around the province, including the host W.J. Mouat Hawks, who are seeded sixth. The Hawks open against No. 11 Dover Bay of Nanaimo at 11 a.m. Thursday. The semifinals run at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, and the final is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For a full schedule, visit bcjuniorgirlsbasketball.ca.PLAYFAIR PLAYER OF MONTHJackson Playfair of the Fraser Valley Bruins has been named B.C. Major Midget League player of the month for February.Playfair, whose father Jim is head coach of the Abbotsford Heat, had an outstanding month, racking up nine goals and nine assists. He missed 11 games due to a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but finished the campaign with 31 points in 29 games for the Bruins (11-20-9), who fell just shy of a playoff berth. HANNI RINK ROCKSThe Steve Hanni rink took top spot at the mixed open bonspiel at Abbotsford Curling Club last weekend.Hanni defeated Rob Jones in the A final. The B event winner was Randy Douville, who edged Rod Benjamin in the final. In other curling action, a local rink won the gold medal at the recent Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in Coquitlam. The team featured Percy Walker, Ashley Bowling, Ron Waardenburg, Mike Palitti and Jeff James. SKATERS MEDALA pair of athletes from the Abbotsford Skating Club climbed the podium at the Pacific Starskate Championships in Cranbrook on the weekend. Olivia Knight won a silver medal in the introductory interpretive category, and Jaclyn Regier won bronze in the bronze interpretive division.KLASSEN TOP CASCADETessa Klassen of the University of the Fraser Valley basketball team has been named UFV athlete of the week. Klassen, a fourth-year point guard, totaled 33 points and 11 assists in a pair of weekend losses to Saskatchewan and Alberta at the Canada West Final Four. The Abbotsford Heat sponsor the UFV athlete of the week award.