Sports in brief: Canada calls for Etienne

Tristan Etienne of W.J. Mouat Secondary has been invited to try out for Canada's cadet (under-16) men's national basketball team.

Tristan Etienne of W.J. Mouat Secondary has been invited to try out for Canada’s cadet (under-16) men’s national basketball team.

Etienne, a Grade 9 forward who stands 6’8″, is one of 30 athletes from across the nation to be selected for the tryout camp, which runs May 20-23 at Ryerson University in Toronto. The Canadian cadet squad will compete at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Cancun, Mex., June 21-25.


Ashlynn Skulstad and Shayla Ogloff led the way as the Twisters Gymnastics Club women’s squad turned in a series of sparkling results at the Garden City Invitational in Victoria last week.

Skulstad, competing for the first time in the national open category, tied for all-around gold after finishing first on the floor and second on vault and beam.

Ogloff, competing in the provincial 5 tyro division, matched Skulstad with an all-around title of her own. She won four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.

Other all-around medals came from Tamara Skulstad (silver, provincial 3 argo) and Lexi Gaspar (bronze, provincial 2 novice).

Individual event medallists from Abbotsford included Ashley Perry (provincial 4 novice, gold on beam), Jayden Ansell (provincial 1 argo, silver on vault), and Andry Friesen (national open, bronze on bars and floor).


Samantha Rogers of Abbotsford has been invited to BC Hockey’s provincial female under-18 camp in Salmon Arm this weekend.

Rogers, a defenceman, is one of 35 athletes selected. Twenty players will be picked to represent B.C. at the Women’s National U18 Championship in Saguenay, Que. in November.


Richard Brice and Jon Hawkes emerged victorious at the men’s doubles tournament at Great West Fitness on the weekend.

The Vancouver duo defeated Greg Nelmes of Langley and John Chow of Chilliwack in the final.


Seven members of the Hemlock Ski Club participated in the season-ending Coast Zone Final at Cypress last week.

Highlights for the local contingent included Natasha Crick winning the most improved award for her performance in the age 15-16 giant slalom, and Katrina Voss notching a pair of top-10 finishes. Voss was fifth in the slalom and seventh in the giant slalom in the E2 division.

For more information on the Hemlock Ski Club racing program, visit


The Columbia Bible College women’s volleyball team will be hosting an identification camp on June 4.

The camp is open to all female players who will be entering grades 10, 11 or 12 in the fall, and have ambitions of a post-secondary volleyball career. Cost is $20, and there are two sessions to choose from – 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, email head coach Duncan Harrison at


Valley Field Lacrosse is hosting “Discover Field Lacrosse” days on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, June 12 at Mouat Field.

The sessions, which run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, are an opportunity for girls and boys between the ages of five and 19 to come out and try the sport. Instructors will be on hand, and equipment will be provided if the players don’t have their own.

For more information, contact Tracy Lehti at


Abbotsford’s flat track roller derby team, the Reign Valley Vixens, dropped a 105-99 decision to the PG Roller Girls in Prince George last weekend.

On May 28, the Vixens take on Edmonton’s Oil City Tanker Girls and the Sunshine Coast Roller Girls in a double-header at MSA Arena. For more information, visit

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