Sunday April 20, 2014

Sports Briefs: Sabres win consolation bracket; good weekend for Spences

Qualifying for the junior girls volleyball provincial championship for the first time in more than a decade, the Sa-Hali Sabres travelled to Delta and won the consolation bracket, finishing 17th overall.

The Sabres finished third in their three-team pool, losing in straight sets to the Port Coquitlam-Riverside Rapids and the Prince George-College Heights Cougars.

In the first round of the playoffs, the South Delta Sun Devils topped the Sabres in a close match, 25-21, 17-25, 15-11. The loss put the Sabres into the consolation round’s quarterfinals.

Sa-Hali defeated the Richmond-Robert A. McMath Wildcats, 2-0, and played to a 2-1 victory against the Prince George-Duchess Park Condors in the semifinal.

In the consolation final, Sa-Hali defeated the No. 4 Penticton-Princess Margaret Mustangs in straight sets.

Sa-Hali entered the tournament ranked No. 18.

The Surrey-Pacific Academy Breakers defeated the Rapids in the provincial final to take the championship.

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The Interior Grasslands Cycling Club is gearing up for the indoor bicycle racing season and is looking for participants for its roller racing events.

Roller racing involves racing bicycles on rollers, preventing the bike from moving forward, but still requiring the rider to balance the bicycle.

All necessary equipment is provided by the club and cyclists of all skill levels can participate, just bring your running shoes and dress as you normally would to go cycling.

The first event is scheduled for Thursday, 6 p.m., Taboo Cycles in Valleview. For more information contact Peter Bartel at (250) 372-8343, or John Tilley at (250) 554-0939.

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It was a successful weekend for the Spence family at the Can-Am International long track speed skating competition in Calgary, as all three siblings skated to personal best times.

Eric, 15, set personal bests in the 500-metres, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3-kilometres distances, improving by a combined 22 seconds. Three of his new times met national time standards and he now qualifies to compete at the Canada Cup level.

Sara Spence, 17, also set personal bests in all four of her distances on the weekend. Sara will be competing at the upcoming Canada Cup event in Quebec City on the weekend.

Victoria Spence, the oldest of the family of racers, raced to a personal best in the 500m and finished fourth overall in the 3km.

All three of the Spences are products of the River City Racers Speed Skating Club.

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Playing in the Vancouver Island University Invitational, the TRU WolfPack badminton team picked up a pair of doubles victories in the B-Event.

Alex Perkin teamed up with Anthony Arduini in the men’s doubles and Ali Hines in the mixed doubles, finishing first in the B in both.

Anthony Arduini also picked up a first-place finish in the B in men’s singles. Joel Feenstra finished third in the B in singles and teamed up with Nathan McNeilly in the men’s doubles for second in the C-Event.  

Anica Arduini finished second in the B-Event of the women’s singles, while Erika Dufort finished second in the C-Event. Lacey Banman teamed up with Arduini for second in the B-Event of the women’s doubles, one spot ahead of Hines and Dufort who finished third.

McNeilly and Jade Peters finished tied for second in the C-Event of the mixed doubles.

After two weekends of play, the WolfPack sits in fifth, with five teams in the Pacific Western conference.

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