Sports in brief: Gymnast Ikeda wins bronze in Japan

Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford’s Twisters Gymnastics Club notched a pair of top-10 finishes at the Toyota International Gymnastics Competition.

Abbotsford gymnast Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda of Abbotsford’s Twisters Gymnastics Club notched a pair of top-10 finishes at the Toyota International Gymnastics Competition in Nagoya, Japan.

The 29-year-old was one of two Canadian gymnasts at the event, and he earned a bronze medal on the parallel bars and sixth place on the pommel horse.

Ikeda, who also serves as a coach at Twisters and with Team B.C. in addition to his own competitive career, is gearing up for the Olympic trials in London, England in January.


Abbotsford’s Amy Gough finished 12th at a World Cup skeleton race in La Plagne, France on Saturday.

Gough, who represented Canada at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, posted a two-run time of 2:07.81. Her teammate Mellisa Hollingsworth won the gold medal in 2:06.09.


The W.J. Mouat Hawks and Rick Hansen Hurricanes host their annual senior boys basketball tournaments this week.

Mouat’s 10-team Hawkball tourney tips off Thursday, and ranked AAA teams in the field include No. 2 Pitt Meadows and the No. 4 Hawks. The hosts open the event against Sentinel Secondary of West Vancouver at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. Semifinals run at 2:45 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and the final is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hansen’s eight-team Roundball Classic also begins Thursday, with the Hurricanes opening against Merritt at 11:30 a.m. Semifinals run Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and the final goes at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.


The Fraser Valley Bruins major midget hockey team had a solid weekend on home ice, splitting a pair of games against the first-place Cariboo Cougars.

The Bruins dropped Saturday’s opener 4-2 at MSA Arena, but bounced back for a 5-4 win on Sunday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre. Mitch Skapski led the way with a three-point outing (one goal, two assists), and Jake Virtanen, Bradley King, Matt Revel and Mike Nolan also scored in the victory as the Fraser Valley squad improved to 8-10-4.

The Bruins hit the road this weekend to visit the Thompson Blazers.


The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team will be knocking on doors in Abbotsford this weekend, seeking donations of non-perishable items for the Abbotsford Food Bank.

The team already has set up several boxes in the Envision Athletic Centre lobby for members of the UFV community to drop off canned goods.

Anyone interested in donating non-perishable food items can contact head coach Al Tuchscherer at 604-557-4076, or via email at

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