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Matteau Rushbrook helps Comets to title

Sports briefs: Freeskiers finish high in junior rankings; Freestylers wrap Timber Tour season at Silver Star

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Camie Matteau Rushbrook celebrated a title in her first season of girls' hockey.

The local player, who joined the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League's Greater Vancouver Comets after growing up in Whistler Winterhawks programming, helped the squad complete a perfect season in league play. The Comets won all 32 regular-season games before dispatching the Thompson Okanagan Lakers in a one-game semifinal and sweeping the Fraser Valley Rush in a best-of-five championship series.

Matteau Rushbrook was held scoreless in the playoffs after posting three goals and nine assists in 28 games in the regular season.

The Comets now head east to face the Alberta champion St. Albert Slash this weekend in the Pacific Midget Female Regionals. The winner will advance to the Esso Cup national championships in Sudbury, Ont. from April 21 to 27.

Local freeskiers finish high in IFSA rankings

A handful of local freeskiers finished high in the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association's junior rankings.

Tristan Curran and Marcus Goguen placed first and second in the ski male 12-to-14 category while in the female standings, Kayley Sherlock was third. As well, Olivia McNeill ended the 15-to-18 female ski campaign in second.

Full rankings are available online at www.freeskiers.org.

Freestylers wrap Timber Tour season at Silver Star

Local Freestyle Whistler competitors brought home plenty of hardware from the final Timber Tour event of the season at Silver Star on the weekend.

Two locals topped the men's big air competitions for their respective divisions, as Landon Owen-Mold won the U14 contest and Andre Dreyer did the same among U18s. Meanwhile, Aidan Mulvihill placed second among U16s. As for the women, Caoimhe Heavey topped the U16 event.

In slopestyle, Emerson Raffler and Owen Scarth were second and third in the U16 men's event, while Dreyer was second for the U18s. On the women's side, Heavey led a Whistler sweep of the U16 podium ahead of Chase Capicik and Malica Malherbe.

Lastly, in the moguls, Matthaeus Heslop was second in the U14 men's event, while Daniel Gannon and Adam Dupray were second and third in U16. Josh Maga, now on the BC Team, won the U18 division. Meanwhile, Emilia Oziewicz placed second in the U14 women's event, and Capicik won the U16 contest ahead of Malherbe and Lynette Conn in another local sweep.

As well, Capicik was announced as part of the Canadian moguls team that will compete at Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy, as part of the FIS Junior World Ski Championships on April 5 and 6, joining Jessica Linton and Sam Cordell.

In Super Youth action, also at Silver Star from March 28 to 31, medal winners were: Hugo Mason (first in U14 men's medley, first in U14 men's slopestyle, and first in U14 men's moguls); Jake Drenka (third in U12 men's medley and third in U12 men's slopestyle); Jude Oliver (second in U10 men's medley and first in U10 men's slopestyle); Tavian Haddad (third in U8 men's medley and third in U8 men's moguls); Linda Madi (second in U12 women's medley and first in U12 women's slopestyle); Juno Buhler (second in U8 women's medley, second in U8 women's moguls and third in U18 women's slopestyle); Findlay Henderson (second in U12 men's moguls); and Zoe Henderson (third in U10 women's moguls).

Full results are online at www.freestylebc.ski.

Numerous WMSC U12 skiers podium at Big White

Whistler Mountain Ski Club's U12 athletes went big at the Big White Invitational, winning 16 of the 24 medals offered in the two-day event, including all eight golds.

To start, in the one-run stubbie slalom, Thea Torn was tops and Marlowe Cook was third among the women, while Thomas Legg led a podium sweep with George Sarkis taking second and Graydyn Swanson placing third.

In that afternoon's one-run panel slalom, Cook and Torn placed first and second, respectively, while Legg, Swanson and Sarkis once again dominated the podium in order.

In a second one-run panel slalom the next day, Torn was back on top while Cook took second. Among the men, Maxim Akbulatov earned the victory over Swanson and Sarkis.

Lastly, in the one-run slalom, Cook earned her second win while Torn placed third, while Kingsley Parkhill won the men's event with Sarkis placing third.

Full results are available online at www.bcalpine.com.

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