Burch takes Loonie
Dave Burch posted the fastest time in last week’s Whistler Nordics Loonie Race, completing a course that included Centennial, Vimy Ridge, Beach Cut and Lower Fairway. His time of 18:27 was almost three minutes faster than Mike Gihooly’s 21:14. Matteo Abel was third in 21:42.
The top female was Sylvie Allen in 21:24, followed by Maureen Harriman in 23:43 and Stacey Bodnaruk in 23:49.
Birken Metza was the top junior male, and Akiko Clarke the top junior female.
The sponsors were Ingrid’s Café and Whistler Glass. This week’s race (March 9) is sponsored by Portobello at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. It’s another headlamp race, so don’t forget your light. The theme is "black and white" to go with the Chateau’s upscale reputation.
To take part you need to be a member of the Whistler Nordics Club, and pay a $2 entry fee. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. outside the ticket booth, and the race gets underway at 6 p.m.
So far so good in hockey playoffs
Whistler’s minor hockey teams headed into playoffs last weekend, hoping to add a few more banners to Meadow Park’s growing collection. The Mountain Building Centre Atom C2 Team went undefeated all season to claim the Lions Gate league banner, and also won the playoff championships as well.
It was also a good weekend for the Boston Pizza Midget Girls team, which won the team sportsmanship award for the season, and followed up with two upset wins.
Minor Hockey Playoff Boxscores
Mountain Building Centre Atom C2 (16-0-0) defeat Whistler C1; 5-4
Bantam C1 (11-12-4) lose to North Van; 3-2
Whistler Hockey Bantam Rep (19-9-4) tie West Van; 3-3
Whistler Hockey Bantam Rep (20-9-4) defeat Sunshine Coast; 10-2
Whistler Blackcomb Midget C1 (17-6-2) tie Intrawest Midget C2; 2-2
Boston Pizza Midget Girls (5-18-2) defeat North Shore Avalanche; 7-0
Boston Pizza Midget Girls (6-18-2) defeat Langley; 5-3
Gymnasts strong at Surrey meet
The Whistler Gymnastics Club had a good weekend in Surrey, facing athletes from other clubs throughout the Lower Mainland.
The Beginner Provincial Argos and Tyros won the third place team award consistent results in all of the disciplines, and several gymnasts collected ribbons for finishing in the top-10 of their categories.
For the Argo team, Maye Akama led the way with a gold on bars, a sixth on vault, a ninth on beam and 10 th on the floor to finish fourth all around.
Averi Willis just missed the podium on bars, finishing fourth. She also was sixth on the floor, seventh on the vault and 12 th on beam to finish eighth all around.