Sports in brief: Cascades honour top student-athletes

Last week, UFV honoured 19 Cascades athletes who achieved Academic All-Canadian standards during the 2012-13 season.

Last week, the University of the Fraser Valley honoured 19 Cascades athletes who achieved Academic All-Canadian standards during the 2012-13 season.

Academic All-Canadians achieve a minimum 80 per cent average in their studies.

The Cascades women’s volleyball team won the President’s Shield, emblematic of the varsity squad with the highest GPA, for the fourth time in the six-year history of the award. The team combined for a 3.16 grade point average, proving that academic and athletic excellence is not an either/or proposition – they also won the CCAA national championship.

Academic All-Canadians included Mallory Donen and Brittany Stewart (women’s volleyball); Nicole Wierks, Sarah Wierks and Tessa Hart (women’s basketball); Danika Snook, Alanna Blumhagen and Kayla Klim (women’s soccer); Koby Byrne, Kree Byrne, Craig Robinson and Sahib Phagura (men’s soccer); Trevor Nickel (men’s volleyball); and Emmett Campbell, Hayden Averill, Lukasz Grabowski, Genevieve St. Martin, Bethany Tait and Stefanie Schoenberger (rowing).

T-BIRDS TOP SPARTANS AT YALE

The UBC Thunderbirds edged the Trinity Western Spartans in a five-set thriller in CIS men’s volleyball exhibition action last Thursday at Yale Secondary.

The game featured a pair of Yale grads in UBC’s Ian Perry and TWU’s Brad Kufske, along with MEI product Tyler Koslowsky of the Spartans.

Trinity Western looked to be in control after winning the second and third sets, but UBC bounced back to win the next two and claim the match (25-18, 15-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-10).

GRIZZLIES RALLY PAST RAVENS

The Eugene Reimer Ravens dropped a hard-fought 24-14 decision to the G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack in Grade 8 football action last week.

The Ravens built a 14-0 lead at halftime behind a pair of touchdowns by Anthony Pham, while Arvin Sharma notched a two-point convert, but the Grizzlies rallied after the break. Pham and Sharma picked up player of the game awards for offence and defence, respectively, while Tanveer Kaler was the top lineman.

HOT START FOR CURLERS

A youth curling team from the Abbotsford Curling Club won three of its first four matches in the Optimist Junior Interclub Curling League.

The local squad, featuring Talor Mykle-Winkler, Megan Bourassa, Natasha Cummings and Erica Nangle, and coached by Michelle Baratelli, won their first two games on Sept. 30, and split their matches in the second date of the Optimist league season on Oct. 6.