Sports briefs 

Girls soccer teams in tournaments

The Whistler Under 11 girls soccer team played their league quarterfinal on Sunday. The team was first on the board in the opening minutes of play, but in the end the North Shore Geckos were a little too strong and won the match 7-2.

The coaches chalked the game up as a learning experience, as it was the first time that most of the athletes had played in a competitive cup-level competition. The team included Lace Andersen, Leah Brownlie, Madison Drapkin, Caleigh Lamont, Hailey MacDonald, Emma Marof, Hannah Marof, Rena Nakajima, Hannah Peatfield, Benita Peiffer, Jacqueline Perolli, Karly Peterson and Kamryn Shape.

The Under 12 team fared better in their quarterfinal matchup against the North Shore Wolverines. It was the first time the team had made the final eight in the league and they dominated from start to finish. They scored first and last, racking up an 8-1 win. The team moves on to the semi-finals.

The team includes Daisy Andrew, Stephany Derynck, Savanna Ellott, Caleigh Lamont, Nicola McDonald, Sophia Seidler, Stefanie Tomcheck, Eve von Rosen, Arnica Wight and Rhegan Williamson. Six different players scored goals, with Savanna Ellott netting the hattrick.

 

B.C. Bike Race adds Campbell River

The seven-day B.C. Bike Race course for 2011 was announced last week, and promises to be a little different once again.

The race will once again begin with a "Day Zero" prologue on the North Shore, taking place July 2. That's followed by the mandatory pre-race briefing. Stage One, on July 3, is one of only two Vancouver Island sections this year. Riders will enjoy trails in the Comox Valley on Stage One. The next day the race continues in Campbell River - a new destination for the B.C. Bike Race, but organizers wanted riders to spend a day riding in the Snowden Demonstration Forest.

The next three stages are on the Sunshine Coast, with a day of riding in Powell River, a day riding in Sechelt and a day between Sechelt, Gibsons and the Langdale Ferry.

Day Six takes place in Squamish and Day Seven in Whistler.

This is the fifth year for the event, which was created as a way to showcase some of the best mountain biking in the province. So far registration is going strong - ahead of last year, according to their newsletter - and 15 countries are represented.

You can take part in the race as a solo, team of two, or team of three, four or five. Registration is capped at 550 riders, and riders have an option of taking part in either the recreational "Epic" category or the "Challenge" category, with recreational riders tackling shorter courses on each stage.

For more information visit www.bcbikerace.com.

 

Struggle continues for Wolfpack

When the Squamish Wolfpack suit up tonight, Nov. 11, for a home game against the league-leading North Delta Devils, it will be exactly one month since the team has won a game.

Since Nov. 3 the team lost a shootout battle 3-2 against the Aldergrove Kodiaks, then lost 4-0 to Abbotsford, lost 7-2 to Port Moody and then 7-4 in the rematch against Port Moody on Tuesday.

Not all of the news is bad. Whistler's Matt Bonin scored his second goal in as many weeks against Aldergrove, as well as his second goal in his rookie season in Junior B. He also scored the Wolfpack's only shootout goal, which was his second shootout goal of the season.

Tonight's game against North Delta is at home at Brennan Park, with the puck dropping at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

On Saturday the team hosts the Richmond Sockeyes, with the game starting at 7:15 p.m. After that the team plays on the road for the rest of the month, with games against Richmond, Port Moody, North Delta and Grandview - of which three out of four games are must-win conference battles if the Wolfpack are going to crawl back into contention for the playoffs.

 

For the record

In last week's run-down of drop-in sports hosted by the municipality and Meadow Park, we suggested that the cost of participating in events at Myrtle Philip was $7.25. In fact the cost of participating is $7.75. We regret the error.

 

 

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