Sports Briefs: Volleyball Devils fifth at zone playdowns 

Senior girls' squad falls just short of provincial championship berth

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - strong finish The Pemberton Red Devils senior girls' volleyball team was impressive at the Lower Mainland zone tournament despite falling short of a provincial championship berth.
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  • strong finish The Pemberton Red Devils senior girls' volleyball team was impressive at the Lower Mainland zone tournament despite falling short of a provincial championship berth.

The Pemberton Red Devils senior girls' volleyball team fell just short of a chance to play in the B.C. High School Provincial 'A' Championships despite a strong showing at the zone playdowns last week.

The Devils placed fifth out of nine teams entered in the Lower Mainland zone championship tournament, winning two of four matches played in the Nov. 13 draw. The top two teams advanced to provincials and the third-place finisher qualified for a wildcard tournament.

Pemberton finished second at 1-1 in pool during round-robin play, falling 25-19, 25-12 to West Point Grey Academy before rebounding to sweep two sets from St. John's School (25-19, 25-22).

The Devils then knocked off King David High School (25-12, 25-16) to advance to a quarterfinal against Mulgrave School, but saw their season end there in a two-set loss (25-21, 25-16).

Head coach David Dunkin said he thought his team produced a good effort at the event while playing four matches in quick succession.

"I think they played their best volleyball of the year, which is a nice way to leave it," said Dunkin. "We didn't beat ourselves, certainly.

"The games we were supposed to win, we won, and we had a shot in the games that were a little more challenging but just couldn't seem to pull it out."

Members of this year's team included Lyra Tuck, Hannah Van Spronsen, Lauren Phare, Emma Eslake, Pala Kovacs, Madison Graves, Bailey Raimondo, Desirae Townley, Kelley Ouellet, Ashley LeBlanc, Anne Linklater and Clea Liakakos.

Saints to play for championship

The Whistler Saints are headed to the North Shore Football League's flag division championship game after a tense semifinal victory on Sunday, Nov. 17 in North Vancouver.

The Saints trailed the Packers 12-8 in the second half of the playoff contest, but quarterback Liam Forsyth found the end zone late on a 20-yard run from scrimmage to give Whistler a 14-12 win.

Earlier in the game, Benyon McKeen scored a touchdown on a 40-yard run and Logan Anderson connected on the ensuing two-point attempt.

The Saints, who hold top seed in the division after an 8-1 regular season, meet the No. 3-ranked Raiders in the Nov. 24 final at Norgate Park. The two teams split the season series, with Whistler taking a 26-12 win during Week 1 and the Raiders winning 16-0 on Oct. 14.

Ice Wizards facing The Fox team for charity

The Ice Wizards of the Whistler Men's 'A' Hockey League will be facing off against The Fox radio station's squad next weekend in support of a couple of great causes, with limited tickets on sale now.

The Fox team spends the winter travelling around the Lower Mainland playing senior men's teams to help raise money for the B.C. Children's Hospital, and the Ice Wizards will be their host on Nov. 30 at Meadow Park Sports Centre. The Whistler team will also be supporting the Movember initiative through proceeds from the game.

On top of what's sure to be an interesting match-up on the ice, there will be lots of other activity for spectators, including a Granville Island Brewing beer garden, 50/50 draw, chuck-a-puck contest and prizes and giveaways throughout the game. Puck drop will be at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Riverside Café and other locations, as well as from any members of the Ice Wizards. Players will be set up in front of Nesters between 2 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 and 24 if tickets are still available. Kids under 12 get in with the donation of two non-perishable food items.

Moe Joe's has already donated $1,000 towards the game's causes and will also be hosting an after-party following the contest. Any individuals or businesses interested in making a separate contribution may contact Ian Pike at info@whistlerhockey.net for more information.

Torture Your Trainer

Whistler's Innovative Fitness location is giving you a chance to get back at your instructor by hosting a "Torture Your Trainer" fundraiser in support of healthy lifestyles for children.

During the event, taking place Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nita Lake Lodge gym, clients and friends can make a donation for the right to tell their trainer what to do for five minutes. The trainers-for-a-day can come up with creative instructions to dole out during their five minutes that aren't limited to exercise.

All funds raised will go to the 60 Minute Kids' Club, a Canadian initiative encouraging youth to be active and make healthy choices in their diets.

Call 604-966-5700 for more details.

Support sliders

The B.C. Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association is hosting an Open Mike Fundraiser Dinner on Monday, Dec. 2, which will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. at Quattro.

Some of the resort's best musicians will be performing and the dinner will include a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-905-5540.

Sign-up for all Test races

Registration is now open for 2014 Test of Metal group races in Squamish, with a special deal available that lets riders save on all four events.

Racers can purchase the 4-Pack for $215, which covers the fees for each race of the series at a discount of more than 20 per cent.

In addition to the group's namesake race on June 14, the 4-Pack also includes the Orecrusher (May 10), the Gearjammer (July 19) and Just Another Bike Race (Aug. 16).

All Test of Metal races are now moving over to Webscorer for timing and registration this year. Visit www.testofmetal.com for details on all four races and a link to sign up.

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