Smart second in NorAm standings 

Sports briefs: Ski-cross racers excel; Flann helps Grizzlies to title; Gymnasts shine at provincials

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - SMART GUY Luke Smart hit the podium at the final Step Up Tour event of the season at Le Relais, Que. on March 31.
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  • SMART GUY Luke Smart hit the podium at the final Step Up Tour event of the season at Le Relais, Que. on March 31.

Freestyle Whistler alumnus Luke Smart capped a strong slopestyle season at the Step Up Tour at Le Relais, Que. on March 31.

In the final weekend of the season, Smart placed fourth in a hotly contested NorAm Cup competition on March 30, as his score of 89 was just one point back of winner Hunter Henderson of the United States. He then won the Step Up Tour finale to clinch second place in the NorAm Cup standings.

Ski-cross racers excel at nationals

Two young Whistler Mountain Ski Club ski-cross racers tested their mettle against the best in the land at Alberta's Sunshine Village on the weekend.

With Olympic champions like fellow Whistlerite Marielle Thompson, Brady Leman and Kelsey Serwa in attendance, Jack Macdonald and Jack Morrow had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world's best.

In the U19 championships on Sunday, April 14, Macdonald and Morrow ended up back to back in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the senior nationals races, Serwa nicked Thompson and Abby McEwen for gold, while the men's race saw Leman hold off Reece Howden and Ryan Webster in the men's contest.

Flann helps Grizzlies to Cyclone Taylor Cup

Whistler's Cody Flann helped the Revelstoke Grizzlies to the 2019 Cyclone Taylor Cup as provincial Jr. 'B' champions. The Grizzlies claimed the trophy in Campbell River with a 5-1 victory over the Victoria Cougars on April 14.

Flann scored a power-play goal and added two assists in three games for the Grizzlies, who were 2-1 in round-robin play, losing only to the Cougars.

In the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season, in which the Grizzlies won 42 of 49 games, Flann tallied 22 goals and 33 assists before adding another eight goals and seven assists in the playoffs.

Whistler gymnasts shine at provincials

Whistler Gymnastics sent a small but strong contingent of athletes to the provincial championships in Coquitlam on the weekend.

In the Level 6 (2005) event, Sophie Firth won the balance beam event en route to a fourth-place finish all-around. Teammate Gabbi Collins was fifth all-around after two podium performances, second on the floor and third on the balance beam.

In the Level 6 (2006) competition, Georgia Eccles took a best result of 10th on the vault. Lastly, in the Level 7 (2007) contest, Sofia Wright took a pair of top 10s, placing fifth on the bars and sixth on the floor.

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