Sports in brief: Hawks soar to bronze at team pentathlon

A four-girl track and field team from Mouat Secondary earned a $500 bursary after finishing third at the Telus Gran Forza Team Pentathlon.

A four-girl track and field team from W.J. Mouat Secondary earned a $500 bursary for their school after finishing third at the Telus Gran Forza Team Pentathlon held Saturday at the Richmond Oval.

Behind second-place finishes from Hailey Gibson in the 50 metres (6.91 seconds) and Alex Siemens in the 800 meters (2:21.20), Mouat scored 3,765 points in a close team competition won by Pitt Meadows (3,873) with Oak Bay second (3,825).   Other points for the Hawks came from Frankie Jackman in the shot put and Jory Smallenburg in the long jump. The Mouat team combined to place seventh in the 4x200m relay.

In other action, Chantel Desch of Yale Secondary smashed the record in the senior girls’ standing long jump. Desch leaped 2.52m to easily surpass the mark of 2.28m set last year by Hailey Stewart.

TWISTERS HOST MAJOR GYMNASTICS MEET

Twisters Gymnastics Club is hosting its annual invitational meet next week, March 22-25, at the Ag Rec Building.

The event will bring together over 650 athletes from across Canada, and is a trial meet for the Western Canadian Championships and National Championships.

It opens on Thursday, March 22, with a girls interclub and Twisters men’s precompetitive demo at 5:30 p.m. Other sessions start Friday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

GREWAL, BRUCE HONOURED BY UFV

Kyle Grewal and Kayla Bruce have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.

Grewal led the Cascades men’s basketball team to a fourth-place finish at CIS nationals in Halifax, picking up tournament all-star honours after racking up 35 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to St. Francis Xavier in the bronze medal game.

Bruce paced the UFV women’s volleyball team to a bronze medal at the CCAA nationals in Nanaimo. The all-Canadian was named a tourney all-star as the Cascades beat the Humber Hawks in the third-place game.

REGISTER FOR SUMMER BALL

The Kids Interchurch Baseball League will soon be accepting registrations for its summer season.

The league emphasizes community spirit and good sportsmanship, and games run on Thursday evenings between May 3 and June 21. Registrations will be accepted starting March 19 for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, for both co-ed T-ball and junior teams.

The cost is $25 per player and includes awards, team photos, ball caps and a family barbecue. Organizers are also seeking parent volunteers to help out.

Registration can be completed in person at Sevenoaks Alliance Church. For more information, call 604-853-0757 or visit kidsinterchurchbaseball.com.

SKIERS WIN GOLD

A trio of local racers won gold medals at the Nancy Green Ski Race at Hemlock Valley Resort earlier this month.

The Hemlock Ski Club placed three on the top step of the podium, as Brayden Bourdin, Sidney Kardoes and Madisyn McPhail all won gold medals in their respective age brackets.

For more information about the Hemlock Ski Club and its racing program, visit the ski club website at www.hemlockskiclub.com.

TIME FOR TENNIS

Local tennis players are invited to participate in singles and doubles tennis leagues, which begin play in April.

The leagues offer an opportunity to play the sport at one’s own skill level. Players or teams will play at least six matches on local courts.

Registration deadline is March 31. For more information visit www.bctennisleagues.50megs.com.

HEAT HOST COUNTRY NIGHT

The Abbotsford Heat, in partnership with Country 107.1, are hosting a post-game performance by Aaron Pritchett following their March 24 game vs. the San Antonio Rampage.

The concert is part of the Heat’s Country Night promotion, which also features live music by Natasha Zimbaro at 5:30 p.m. and special prize giveaways. The opening faceoff is at 7 p.m.

CURLING CLUB AGM

The Abbotsford Curling Club is hosting its semi-annual general meeting on Wednesday, April 4. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the club, located at 2555 McMillan Rd.