Alexa Tielmann of Abbotsford signed her national letter of intent last week, solidifying a water polo scholarship with the UCLA Bruins.
Tielmann, a Grade 12 student at Yale Secondary, had given the Bruins a verbal commitment in the summer. She helped lead Canada’s U17 women’s team to the gold medal at the Youth Pan American Games in Puerto Rico this past summer, and also represented Canada at a U18 tournament in the Netherlands and Hungary in the summer of 2010. She’ll enrol at UCLA in the fall of 2012.
NAKANO MAKES A SPLASH
Robyn Nakano led the charge for the Abbotsford Olympians swim club a the Langley Invitational last weekend.
The meet brought together 370 of the top age-group swimmers in B.C., and Nakano won a trio of medals in the 12-year-old girls category – gold in the 100-metre and 200m butterfly events, and silver in the 400m individual medley.
The Olympians also got strong swims from Nicholas Hruby, Tobyn Smith, Hannah Weinkauf, Nate Ansell and Alex Simpson, each of whom posted new club records. Tavleen Grewal, Alina Blakey, McKenna Postles, Peyton Smith and Jayme Reitsma each registered multiple personal-best times.
MOEDT, KLASSEN HONOURED BY UFV
Basketball players Jasper Moedt and Tessa Klassen have been named the University of the Fraser Valley’s athletes of the week.
Moedt scored a total of 42 points last weekend as the Cascades men swept a pair of games against the UBC-Okanagan Heat. The third-year centre currently leads Canada West in offensive rebounding.
Klassen, a fifth-year point guard, totaled 30 points on the weekend, including a game-high 19 on Saturday, as the UFV women also swept UBC-O.
The Cascades hoopsters are on the road this weekend, facing the Saskatchewan Huskies and the Alberta Golden Bears/Pandas.
BIG WEEKEND FOR BRUINS
The Fraser Valley Bruins major midget hockey team made a productive road trip to Cranbrook last weekend, picking up three of a possible four points against the Kootenay Ice.
The Bruins blasted the Ice 8-1 in Saturday’s opener, scoring six times on the power play, including two from Michel Holub. On Sunday, the Bruins rallied from a late two-goal deficit to salvage a 6-6 draw. Jake Virtanen and Mitch Skapski scored in the final three minutes for the local squad, which improved to 5-8-3 on the season.
The Bruins are at home this weekend, hosting the North Island Silvertips on Saturday at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3 p.m.) and Sunday at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre (10 a.m.).
LOCAL SPORTS PROGRAMS PARTNER TO RAISE FUNDS
Valley Stars Cheer Athletics is partnering with the Abbotsford Heat on a community initiative at WalMart this week.
The Valley Stars and the Heat street team will be at WalMart on Thursday (3-7 p.m.), Friday (3-8 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), collecting donations for the food bank, as well as baby items (food and accessories) and used coats and blankets for those in need. Those who donate are eligible for a draw for Heat tickets and one free month of cheer training with the Valley Stars.
BETTLES WINS BUILDER AWARD
Bill Bettles of Abbotsford was honoured at PacificSport Fraser Valley’s annual general meeting and awards event in Langley earlier this month.
Bettles received a Community Sport Builder award, recognizing his 30-plus years of contribution to amateur sport. His numerous accomplishments include establishing the Langley Girls Ice Hockey Association, starting the Westcoast Softball Academy in Surrey, and purchasing the rights to a National Ringette League squad – the Fraser Valley Avalanche, for which he raised over $180,000 to fund the team.
WALTER TO SPEAK AT BEARCATS BREAKFAST
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.