Sports in brief: Crosstown v-ball rivals clash

Abbotsford's two college volleyball programs face off this week.

Abbotsford’s two college volleyball programs face off this week.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades host the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday and Saturday in PACWest regular season action at the Envision Athletic Centre. The women play at 6 p.m. both nights, followed by the men at 7:45 p.m.


Abbotsford’s elite men’s rugby team ran its record to 4-1 with a 48-15 victory over the Rowers last Saturday at Exhibition Park.

Shea Bourquin and Aaron Flagg scored two tries apiece for Abby, while Harry Toews, Patrick Shields, Ryan McWhinney and Jared Douglas notched one apiece. McWhinney (backs) and Chris Chalmers (forwards) were named men of the match.

In other action, the Abbotsford Div. 1 men beat their Rowers counterparts 27-17 behind tries from Jordan Tait-Comis (2), Mike Makara, Dan Tou and Iqbal Sidhu. The Abby Div. 1 women dropped a 76-5 decision to Kelowna/UBC-O, with Mackenzie Edwards scoring the lone try.


The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball finished second at a preseason tournament in Ottawa.

The Cascades defeated Brock University 69-61 and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 89-63 en route to the final, where they fell 64-52 to the host Carleton Ravens. Nicole Wierks paced the Cascades with 12 points against Carleton, while Tessa Klassen posted nine points, two assists and three rebounds. Klassen was named a tournament all-star.

“A lot of lessons on physical play,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer summarized following the Carleton loss. “Beat us to every loose ball and rebound, crushed us on every screen. They did the things that top 10 teams do. We must learn from this experience.”


The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame is soliciting nominations for its class of 2012.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15. Nomination forms are available at, or by contacting the Sports Hall of Fame Society at Box 10, Abbotsford B.C., V2T 6Z4. In addition, nomination forms for the Wall of Fame (a one-year recognition of an individual or team performance in 2011) are available on the website.

The Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame, located on the main floor of the Legacy Sport Centre at Exhibition Park, contains memorabilia displays honouring 35 athletes, teams and builders who have been inducted since 2003.


Volleyball players Dillon Collett and Krista Hogewoning have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.

Collett, a third-year setter, had a team-high 13 digs as the Cascades men opened the PACWest regular season with a four-set win over Douglas College last Friday. Hogewoning, a rookie, led the UFV women with 16 kills and 11 digs in their win over Douglas on Friday.


The Eugene Reimer Ravens Grade 8 football team blitzed the Earl Marriott Mariners 36-6 on Monday.

Taylor Cole (2), Pratap Sidhu, Parvir Haer, Angelo Aranyaphong and Brandon Noyce scored touchdowns for the Ravens, while Matt Cercel and Austin Fenwick led a strong defensive effort.


The Robert Bateman junior football team came out on the winning end of an offensive battle, beating the Langley Saints 41-34 last Wednesday.

The T-Wolves’ offensive line opened up huge holes for running backs Ben Cummings (211 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries) and Austen Zacher (112 yards and two TDs on seven carries). Defensively, Kole Lochbaum racked up 17 tackles and a fumble recovery, while his teammates intercepted five Langley passes – two by Tanner Friesen, and singles from Cummings, Kyle Douglas and Daniel Mills.


The Abbotsford Heat’s Nov. 25 home game against the San Antonio Rampage is doubling as a fundraiser for the MSA Museum Society/Trethewey House.

Tickets are available at the society’s office (2313 Ware St., second floor) and at Tourism Abbotsford (34561 DeLair Rd.). A portion of tickets sales and the 50/50 draw from that game will be donated to the society.


Abbotsford Recreation Centre is hosting a masters swimming program on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Sessions run from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and coach Sandra Arthur has designed the program to meet a wide variety of needs – it’s suitable for those who are trying to get in shape, as well as those who are training for a triathlon.