Sports in brief: Cascades, Spartans gearing up for game at AESC

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and Trinity Western Spartans are gearing up for a university basketball showcase.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades and Trinity Western Spartans are gearing up for a university basketball showcase at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre on Jan. 28.

The Canada West regular season doubleheader tips off with the women’s game at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the AESC box office, as well as the two other local box office locations at Matsqui Recreation Centre and Abbotsford Recreation Centre. They are also available on both university campuses.

For more information, contact UFV’s David Kent at 604-309-7658 or


Basketball players Mike James and Sarah Wierks have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.

James, a fifth-year power forward, played a pivotal role off the bench to help the Cascades men earn a road split with the UVic Vikes last weekend. He notched six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in a 79-70 win on Friday.

Wierks, a sophomore centre, registered a pair of double-doubles as the UFV women swept the Vikes.

The UFV basketball teams are on the road at Regina and Brandon this weekend.


Blue Corner Boxing Club head coach Ingo Schubert is making a return to the ring for an exhibition fundraiser tonight (Friday, Jan. 20).

Schubert’s last bout was in April 1994 – nearly 18 years ago. He’ll be lacing up the gloves to face Blue Corner boxer Calep Weitzel at Cascades Casino in Langley. The bout is part of the regular Friday Night Fights promotion, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Schubert is raising funds for his son’s hockey team, the Abbotsford bantam A2 squad.

“I did the sport for a long time, so I’m not really nervous,” Schubert, 51, said with a chuckle. “I’m not in the shape I used to be in, but I’m in good enough shape, I think.”


Online registration is now open for the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s mini rugby program.

The program is open to kids ages 5-13. To register, visit and click the Teams/Mini Rugby link for instructions. Registration day, where parents can sign forms and make payment, runs Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ARFC clubhouse at 31929 Mercantile Way. The first practice will be Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at McMillan Park, weather permitting.


The Abbotsford Judo Club is hosting an open house on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The event will feature a brief introduction to the club’s history and activities, along with a demonstration by some national-level competitors and younger students. There will also be a participatory element, as guests will have a chance to try some of the elements of judo.

The event is free, but guests need to reserve a space by calling the club at 604-852-8014.