The Fraser Valley Volleyball Club’s under-14 Blue boys team won a national club championship in Saskatoon last weekend.
The local squad went 6-0 in pool play, before knocking off Winnipeg’s 204 Gold, the No. 1-ranked team in Canada, in the quarter-finals. They followed that up with wins over Winnipeg’s Winman Tide and the Victoria Flyers to clinch the gold.
Abbotsford players on the team included Keaton Boughen, Simon Friesen, Quinn Sojonky, Ben Friesen, Jordan Koslowsky, Jordan Loewen, Jonah Swanson and Bryson Marazzi.
HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PLAYOFF
The B.C. High School Hockey League’s Tier 1 provincial tournament is being contested in Abbotsford this weekend.
The quarter-finals run on Saturday at Matsqui Recreation Centre, with games beginning at 1:15, 3, 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. Local teams are featured in the first two games – Yale Blue takes on Dr. Charles Best of Coquitlam in the opener, followed by Yale White against Terry Fox of Port Coquitlam.
The semifinals run on Saturday afternoon – 12 p.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, and 4:45 p.m. at MRC. The title game goes at 8 p.m. Sunday at MRC.
A pair of Abbotsford Curling Club members are recipients of Curl BC awards for the 2010-11 season.
Michelle Baratelli won the Elsie McKenzie award, emblematic of the youth and junior curling volunteer of the year. Linda Kirton shared the Wally M’Lot award, recognizing the official of the year, with Rob Garf of Chilliwack.
Nominations for the Curl BC awards came from clubs across the province.
B.C. Elite Youth Sevens head coach Shane Thompson will be holding an identification camp in Abbotsford on Sunday at Yale Secondary to evaluate male rugby players in the Valley East region.
The events runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to athletes in the U14 (born in 97/98), U16 (born 95/96) and U18 (born 93/94) age brackets. To register, contact Thompson at email@example.com.
ROLLER DERBY CLUB RAISES FUNDS
The Reign Valley Vixens are hosting a breast cancer fundraiser at MSA Arena on May 28.
The second annual “Battle for Boobs” event, hosted by the Abbotsford roller derby club, features a doubleheader bout. The Vixen Veterans open against Edmonton’s Oil City Tanker Girls, while the Vixens’ Smash Test Betties take on the Sunshine Coast Roller Girls in the second bout.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 with a non-perishable food donation to the Abbotsford Food Bank. Children under 12 are free.
For more information, visit the Vixens’ website at rvvrd.com.
PRIZE FOR BIKE COMMUTERS
Abbotsford residents who pedal to work during Bike to Work Week (May 30 to June 5) have an opportunity to win a Rocky Mountain Metro bicycle donated by Life Cycles bike shop.
In order to qualify for the prize draw, participants must register at biketowork.ca/fraservalley, cycle to work at least one day during Bike to Work Week, and confirm their kilometres cycled online. Registration and participation is free.
For more information about safe cycling, read the bike sense manual online at bikesense.bc.ca.
RUGBY ORGANIZERS GIVE BACK
Abbotsford Rugby Sevens organizers are hosting a cancer fundraiser on May 18 at the Blarney Stone in Vancouver.
Tickets are $20 and include an entrée, an alcoholic beverage, silent auction and live music. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The annual rugby festival, which kicks off July 23 at Exhibition Park, already has 14 confirmed entries in the international division, including teams from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Mexico, Fiji, Kenya, the Cayman Islands, and the United States.
For more information, visit abbotsfordsevens.com.
BIG WIN FOR PRONICK
Abbotsford resident Wendy Pronick earned a first place finish at the 2011 Emerald Cup bodybuilding competition in Snoqualmie, Wash. last week.
Pronick finished atop the middleweight division.
RACERS ROAR IN MISSION
The Sports Car Club of B.C. (SCCBC) celebrates its 60th anniversary May 14-15, with two full days of competition at Mission Raceway Park.
The weekend’s action features the second round of the Confederation of Autosport Car Clubs 2011 championship, along with Race 2 of the Westcoast Sportscar Championship.
This weekend the gates open at 9 a.m. Parking, grandstand seating and paddock access is all included in the ticket price, which is $5 on Saturday, $10 on Sunday, or $25 per car load.
For more information, visit sccbc.net.