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Whistler hockey teams still winning

The number of undefeated Whistler Minor Hockey teams is down to one after the Whistler-Blackcomb Midget C1 team lost its first game of the season, but overall most teams still have winning records coming out of week seven.

The Mountain Building Centre Atom C1 team is still undefeated after destroying West Vancouver, and the Whistler All Star Bantam Rep team added two more wins to its record.

Week 7 Boxscores:

Mountain Building Centre Atom C1 (8-0-0) defeat West Vancouver; score 12-2.

Nesters Market Atom C2 (4-1-2) defeat North Van C1; score 6-1

Peewee (3-4-0) lose to North Van C2; score 10-1

Bantam C1 (7-4-2) lose to Squamish C1; score 3-2

Vision Pacific Bantam C2 (4-2-5) tie North Van C1; score 4-4

Vision Pacific Bantam C2 (4-3-5) tie North Van C1; score 8-0

Bantam Rep (10-1-1) defeat Snowking; score 6-5

Bantam Rep (11-1-1) defeat Semiahmoo; score 7-6

Whistler Blackcomb Midget C1 (7-1-0) lose to Sechelt; score 5-1

Intrawest Midget C2 (7-3-0) lose to North Van; score 5-2

Intrawest Midget C2 (7-3-1) tie North Van; score 5-5

Boston Pizza Midget Girls (4-5-1) lose to NS Avalanche; score 1-3

Boston Pizza Midget Girls (4-6-1) lose to Burnaby Wildcats; score 8-1

School volleyball teams in the medals

Whistler school volleyball teams recently participated in the various regional championships this past week, facing teams from schools around the corridor.

The Spring Creek Boys Volleyball Team placed third out of nine teams in Howe Sound District Championships, showing a lot of improvement after losing their first games of the season.

"This league is a game of ping-pong, shove-it-over-the-net-any-way-you-can, kind of volleyball," said coach Susan Shrimpton. "What I was trying to teach these boys was how to pass and play a higher level of game. I hope that these boys have the opportunity to develop these skills in high school because some of them are very talented.

Mamquam Elementary finished first, followed by Stawamus Elementary. Myrtle Philip Community School was fourth.

The Whistler Secondary Junior Girls Volleyball Team also took part in the Sea to Sky championship, finishing first overall. This is the first year for the Sea to Sky league.

The previous week, the Whistler Secondary Senior Girls Volleyball team was third in the Single A zone finals held in Vancouver. The team did well in pool play, and played the host team (Mulgrave) in their first playoff. Whistler won that game and went on to the semifinals against West Point Grey. They kept it close but ended up losing that game, and West Point Grey went on to finish first in the tournament. Whistler played a consolation final game against Pemberton Secondary, which they won in two straight games to finish third.

The team included Mia Daniels, Julia Murray, Carly DePatie, Emily Macalister, Caitlin Rempel, Jessie Morden, Lauren Mooney, Jenna Romanin, Clarissa Bell, Morgan Munro and Nina Duval.

Top players to raise money for junior tennis

The Whistler Racquet Club is hosting four of B.C.’s top men’s open players on Dec. 4 to raise money for the junior tennis program.

The day will start at 4:30 p.m. with a players warm-up, and a player auction and silent auction will get underway at 4:50 p.m.

Match play will begin about 20 minutes later, with appetizers and a cash bar for spectators during after the competition. All tennis fans are invited to come out to support the cause and watch the best players in the province.

The funds will go towards a ‘Free Tennis for Grade 3’ program that will be offered in Whistler.

Olympic countdown

The torch for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy was lit on Nov. 27 in the town of Olympia, Greece. After a short stay in that country, the torch will be flown to Rome where it will be lit at the Piazza del Quirinale in Rome on Dec. 8. From there the torch will begin a two-month journey around Italy and neighbouring countries, including Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and France. In total it will visit more than 140 cities, and will be handled by 10,001 torch bearers before arriving at the Stadio Comunale in Torino, Italy for the opening ceremonies.

While there was some concern over delays in venue construction, on Nov. 30 the International Olympic Committee wrapped up its 10 th visit to Torino and confirmed that all of the work was completed to Olympic standards and specifications.

The organizing committee also presented the medals that are to be awarded at the Games. The medals are unique, with a hole in the centre to symbolically represent the Olympic rings. They are also simple, with the sport designated on one side and a respresentation of the Piazza del Quirinale in Rome on the other.

As of Thursday, Dec. 1, there are just 72 days remaining until the opening ceremonies of the Games in Torino.


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