Sports in brief: Gough sixth in Italy

Abbotsford skeleton athlete Amy Gough slid her way to a sixth-place finish at Cesana, Italy last Friday.

Gough, a Canadian Olympian who has three World Cup medals this season, clocked a time of 1:57.80 on the Cesana track. She was among three Canadian women in the top 10, including bronze medallist Darla Deschamps and ninth-place finisher Mellisa Hollingsworth.


Abbotsford’s Natasha Miller had an impressive third-place finish in the pentathlon at the University of Washington Indoor Invitational last week.

Miller, a Biola University senior who won the last two NAIA national pentathlon titles, recorded an impressive early-season score of 3,944 points in the five-discipline event. The stacked field included reigning NCAA Division 1 champ Brianne Theisen from the University of Oregon, who won gold with 4,140 points.

Miller, an MEI grad, set a new Biola record in the high jump, clearing six feet.


Joel Friesen and Nikita Savoy have been named winners of the University of the Fraser Valley’s athlete of the week awards, sponsored by the Abbotsford Heat.

Friesen registered back-to-back 23-point games for the UFV men’s basketball team as they split a pair of road games against the Winnipeg Wesmen.

Savoy, a rookie outside hitter with the Cascades women’s volleyball team, spearheaded a sweep of the College of the Rockies on the weekend. She recorded 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage in Friday’s four-set win.