Sports in brief: James, Wierks named UFV athletes of week

Basketball players Mike James and Nicole Wierks have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.

Basketball players Mike James and Nicole Wierks have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.

James, a fifth-year forward who transferred to UFV from the University of Winnipeg over the summer, scored a team-high 18 points in the Cascades men’s 89-69 win over his former team, the Winnipeg Wesmen, on Saturday. He also chipped in with eight points in UFV’s win over the Manitoba Bisons on Friday.

Wierks, a third-year forward from Chilliwack, led the Cascades women to a pair of weekend wins over Manitoba and Winnipeg. She racked up a team-best 17 points against Winnipeg, and spearheaded a defensive effort that saw UFV limit Wesmen star Amy Ogidan to nine points.


The indoor bike racing season opens this week at Abbotsford’s Agrifair Arena.

Presented by Abbotsford BMX and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, the facility will host indoor events from Nov. 15 to Dec. 4, and again from Jan. 17 to Feb. 19. Cyclists of all ages are invited to attend. BMX racing runs every Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 11 a.m. Mountain bike four-cross racing goes Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m.

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Abbotsford Heat president Ryan Walter is the guest speaker for the third annual Bearcats Breakfast, a fundraising event for the Columbia Bible College athletic department.

The breakfast is set for 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Tickets are $40, and proceeds go towards scholarships for Bearcats student-athletes. For tickets, call 604-853-3139.


Mitch Skapski scored late in regulation time to help the Fraser Valley Bruins salvage a 2-2 tie with the Greater Vancouver Canadians in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action at the Ladner Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Sunday’s draw was the lone point the Bruins were able to secure on the weekend against the second-place Canadians. On Saturday at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, the Greater Vancouver squad beat the locals 4-1, with Skapski scoring the Bruins’ lone goal. David Rose picked up two assists on the weekend.

The Bruins (4-8-2) hit the road this weekend for a pair of games against the Kootenay Ice.


Dan Csaszar of Abbotsford’s Blue Corner Boxing Club won the provincial title last week.

Csaszar won the Combsport B.C. light heavyweight crown at the Clash at the Cascades in Langley.

The Blue Corner club is currently seeking a new training facility – contact coach Ingo Schubert at for more information.

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