The Sea to Sky Broncos youth football team has made up for a slow start with three consecutive wins in the North Shore Football League.
This past weekend they pulled out a 26-14 win over the North Vancouver Vikings, putting them into a tie for second in the standings with a 3-2 record. Jack Forsyth ran a kick-off back for a touchdown, scored another touchdown on a fumble by the other team and added a two-point conversion. Adam Klimchuck-Brown added another touchdown and Devon Bailey ran back a punt to score. Bailey also added a conversion.
The Broncos are a full-contact Pee Wee team for 11 and 12 year-olds.
The Whistler Saints, who play in a flag football league for younger kids, also won this weekend, 16-14 over the West Vancouver 49ers. Luke Haasen and Alex Binette scored the touchdowns and Zayden Goerstson added two kicked converts.
Soccer teams tops in turkey tournaments
This past weekend four teams from the Whistler Youth Soccer Club took part thanksgiving tournaments around the Lower Mainland.
The Under-12 boys Whistler Avalanche team finished their tournament at Port Coquitlam with a record of three wins, no losses and one draw in four games to rank first overall. The team won its first game against GUESC 4-0, then followed up with a 2-1 win over the NoCo Revolution, and a 6-2 win over the Poco Thunder. The Avalanche went to the finals where they tied the Surrey South Siders 4-4 after being behind for most of the game.
The Under-17 girls rep team, which included girls from Squamish and Pemberton, took part in a tournament in North Vancouver. They won their first three games 3-1, 1-0 and 3-0, before heading into the finals against a strong team. They managed to tie the score in regulation, but with one minute left in extra time the other team scored to take the win.
The team did get to watch a women's national team practice on the field before their final game, which was worth the trip. As a consolation, they were also the youngest team with one 13-year-old, two 14-year-olds, five 15-year-olds and seven 16-year-olds, which means at least half the team will be eligible to play again next year.
The Under-14 girls Avalanche team took part in the same North Vancouver tournament. They started their weekend with a 6-0 loss to Squamish, but bounced back with a 9-0 win over a North Shore North Stars Team. They played an Under 15 North Shore Reign squad that went on to win the division, and kept it close with a 3-0 loss.
Wolf Pack off to a strong start
After three losing seasons in Squamish, the Wolfpack have at last found a winning formula at their new home in North Vancouver.
So far this season the team is 4-2-0, ranking third overall in the Tom Shaw Conference. Two more wins in the next 36 games will tie their record from last season - the second-worst record in the history of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League - and a finish in the top four of five teams in the Junior B conference will give the team its best finish and first playoff berth since the team entered the league in 2008.
The team left Squamish for several reasons, including the cost of renting the arena, low fan support and the challenge of recruiting players to play away from home.
Food Bank Run
The Whistler Food Bank has been busy lately and will need all the food and cash donations it can get this fall season.
For the last four years the Whistler Food Bank 5K, organized by trainer and coach Christine Suter, has done its part to raise donations for the food bank by hosting a short 5K run around the golf course Valley Trail.
Registration is at the Whistler Valley Golf Club at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. There's no entry fee, but a grocery bag of non-perishable food items of a few dollars for the food bank is appreciated.
Whistler 50 Ultra and Relay courses waiting for approval
The Whistler 50 Ultra and Relay, taking place on Nov. 4, is still waiting for municipal approval for its course selection. The tentative course consists of two loops, one eight kilometres and the other 12 kilometres, which will alternate between relay runners for a total of 50 miles or 80 kilometres. Ultra runners - 36 were signed up at press time this week - that are going the full distance will do both courses four times each.
The first course measuring 12 kilometres will start at the Whistler Conference Centre and follow the Valley Trail around the Whistler Golf Club and all the way to Alpine Meadows before heading back south via the Nicklaus North Golf Course and the far side of Lost Lake Park before handing off to the next runner at the Whistler Passive Haus. The next runner will take a different route through the Lost Lake Park and out to the campground and Spruce Grove to the valley trail that leads back to the conference centre. The map is online at www.bcathletics.org/whistler50/.
Registration for the ultra run is $65 until Oct. 16, going up to $70 afterwards. The relay is $520 for a team of eight until end of day on Sunday, going up to $560 on Monday.
At press time some 84 teams of eight were registered, which is well below the maximum of 250 teams.
The ultra runners start at 6 a.m. and the relay at 8 a.m. All participants will get a ticket to the after party at the Whistler Conference Centre that evening.
Adult gymnastics launches new programs, parkour
Whistler Gymnastics is preparing to get its adult programs for the season underway, with two nights this year - Monday from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 17 to Dec. 19.
The club's adult trampoline program started Oct. 12 and will run to Dec. 19, with classes on Monday from 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
They are offering an adult and drop-in program, which includes access to the trampolines and tumble track, on Thursday and Friday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New this year, starting on Nov. 4, is a Gymworx Freestyle class for kids 15 and older. The class includes Parkour, free-running and stunting, with certified coaches helping students to progress.
For locals tuning up for the ski and snowboard season, the club is offering TrampFit programs for participants 15 and older, taking place from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday, and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday or Thursday. Programs will run Oct. 19 to Nov. 4 and Nov. 16 to Dec. 9.
For more, visit www.whistlergymnastics.com.