Sports in brief: Hignell picked for Hong Kong rugby tour

Jason Hignell of Yale Secondary has been named to the B.C. provincial elite youth rugby sevens squad for a tour to Hong Kong in March.

Jason Hignell of Yale Secondary has been named to the B.C. provincial elite youth rugby sevens squad for a tour to Hong Kong in March.

Hignell, who helped Team B.C. to a second-place finish at a tourney in Las Vegas last month, is part of a 12-member contingent which will compete in the Standard Chartered Bank International Youth Sevens, March 23-30.

“Jason is an aggressive player who does a lot of the hard work on the ground,” B.C. coach Shane Thompson said.

“His defence is really solid and I’m hoping that he continues to be a leader and shares his experience with some of the younger guys on this tour.”


The University of the Fraser Valley men’s soccer team is hosting a pair of exhibition games in March, highlighted by a clash against a professional side.

FC Edmonton, a North American Soccer League (NASL) squad coached by longtime Abbotsford resident Colin Miller and featuring local striker Gagan Dosanjh, will take on UFV at 6 p.m. on March 26 at the Abbotsford Senior turf field.

That game will be preceded by a March 6 clash, also at Abby Senior at 6 p.m., between the Cascades and the UNBC Timberwolves.


Yale Secondary grad Rosie Schlagintweit of the UBC women’s volleyball team has been named a second team All-Canadian.

Schlagintweit picked up the award on Thursday evening, and on Friday, her Thunderbirds seek their seventh national title as the CIS championship tourney begins at the University of Regina.

The 6’4″ outside hitter was second on the T-Birds with 264 kills, trailing only CIS player of the year Lisa Barclay.


The Abbotsford Judo Club is offering a pair of classes to introduce people to the sport.

An eight-week youth judo introduction for kids age seven to 12, featuring games and fun exercises, begins March 7 at 5 p.m. Cost is $60, and students who wish to continue in the sport will be able to integrate into existing classes at the end of the sessions.

There is also a six-week course designed for women, beginning April 6. The program, for ages 13-plus, will include four Sunday night sessions and two Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., and will also offer participants the option of integration into regular classes at the end. Cost is $50.

Register in person at the club, or by email at


Harnek Toor of Abbotsford brought home seven medals from the B.C. Seniors Indoor Track and Field Championship, held last week in Kamloops.

Toor, competing in the men’s 65-59 age group, won gold in the triple jump and the 1500 and 3000-metre race walk events.

He also notched silver in the long jump and bronze in the high jump, shot put and weight throw.


All Star Wrestling brings its March Madness Tour to the Abbotsford Arts Centre on Saturday, March 1.

Tickets are $15 for front row and $12 for general admission, and are available at or at Four Aces Comics (33790 George Ferguson Way). Doors open at 7 p.m., matches begin at 7:30.


The Abbotsford Minor Fastball Association is hosting a registration session on Saturday.

The association is looking for players between the ages of five and 19, with the season running from mid-April through the end of June.

Registration will be held at Walmart at Highstreet shopping centre from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Players can also be registered online at