Sports in brief: UFV golfers off to nationals

The University of the Fraser Valley men's golf team punched its ticket to the national championships by the slimmest of margins.

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s golf team punched its ticket to the national championships by the slimmest of margins.

On the weekend, the Cascades won the final tournament of the PACWest regular season at Chilliwack Golf and Country Club, combining for a total of 587, two strokes better than Camosun College. Connor Richley led the UFV squad with a two-day score of 146, good for fifth in the individual standings.

The weekend performance lifted the Cascades to second place in the overall PACWest standings, and gave them a berth to the CCAA national championships next week in Charlottetown, PEI. With a four-tournament total of 2,359, they edged third-place Capilano by one stroke.

“The boys stepped up this weekend and played great when the chips were down,” Cascades coach Chris Bertram said. “We’re going into nationals on a roll and on a course that sets up very well for us.”

SOLID WEEKEND FOR MAJOR MIDGETS

The Fraser Valley Bruins major midget hockey team took three of a possible four points against the South Island Thunderbirds on the weekend.

Mike Nolan, Jake Virtanen and Rylan Bechtel scored in a 3-2 victory in Saturday’s opener, and Matt Revel and Mitch Skapski found the net in Sunday’s 2-2 draw. Through three weekends of play, the Bruins are in sixth place with a 2-3-1 record.

ROBERTS RACES TO GOLD

A first-place finish by Trish Roberts highlighted a terrific performance by the Yale Secondary cross-country team at the Twin Rinks meet in Chilliwack last week.

Roberts won the senior girls division, clocking a time of 16:12.01 in the five-kilometre run. Other top-10 Yale finishes came from Kyle Innes (ninth, senior boys) and Michael Skewes (ninth, junior boys).

HOOPS CLUB READY FOR TIP-OFF

East Valley Youth Basketball begins its fall sessions on Sunday, Oct. 16 for boys and girls in grades 2-6.

Grades 2-4 start at 1 p.m., grades 5-6 start at 2 p.m. The program runs for eight weeks at Yale Secondary and includes instruction and games for all ability levels. The cost is $50.  For more information, call 604-850-5785.