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Pettit tops Powder Magazine awards


Although he's still just 17 years old, Whistler's Sean Pettit was the recipient of one of the top nods at the 2010 Powder Video Awards, which took place during the X-Games in Aspen last weekend.

Pettit was a runner-up in the Best Line category for In Deep by Matchstick Productions, then won the Best Male Skier award for the same segment.

Other local skiers were also recognized. Sometimes local Mark Abma won for Best Natural Air for his segment in In Deep and was nominated for Best Male. Local Dana Flahr also received a nomination for Best Natural Air.

Ian McIntosh was a runner-up for Best Line for Session by Teton Gravity Research. McIntosh was also nominated for Best Point Of View.


Home second in freeskiing championships

The Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships took place at Red Mountain in Rossland last weekend, drawing skiers from as far away as Europe, South America and New Zealand.

Whistler's Jacobina Milne Home placed second in the women's category behind Rossland local Leah Evans. Chelsea Sullivan was fourth.

On the men's side the top Whistler skier was Ryan Bougie in fifth place while Ryan Sullivan placed ninth.

Whistler's Zoya Lynch won the Women's 16 to 18 age category.


D'Hont wins again at classic Twoonies

The last twoonie race before the Olympics takes place tonight, Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Riverside campground and RV park. It's a free technique race with options of climbing Hydro Hill or Old Mill Road at the start, and once again headlamps are required.

The sponsors are the Riverside Junction Café and the Cross-Country Connection, with registration getting underway at 5:30 p.m. at the Café. The cost is $2 for members and $5 for non-members trying their first Whistler Nordics Twoonie Race.

The actual competition starts at 6:15 p.m.

The series will pick up again with two races in March, on the 4 th and 11 th .

The last event, on Jan. 28, was a classic race in the rain. Thomsen D'Hont burned through two laps of the 4 km course in 24:23, almost two minutes faster than Antoine Arcand's time of 26:20. Dave Burch was third in 29:09.

Jennifer Tabbernor led the female racers with her two lap time of 31:45, with youth racer Katie Madden of the Whistler Nordics Devo Team stepping up into the women's category to place second in 36:37. Maribeth Callahan was third in 40:59.

Racers also had the option of doing one lap. Devo team skier Nicki Murdoch was the fastest woman in 15:38, while Duncan Munro was first for the men in 17:11.


Wolf Pack eke out a win

After losing some of their top scorers to trades and promotions - including Mike Mackie-Kwist to the Junior A Burnaby Express - the Wolf Pack are still playing hard even with an 11 point deficit in the standings and just six games remaining on their schedule.

At the start of January they were within five points of a playoff spot, but the Wolf Pack quickly saw their fortunes fade. They posted three wins in eight games over the past month, including two wins over the Ice Hawks and a huge upset over the North Delta Devils on Jan. 30.

There are just two home games remaining for Sea to Sky hockey fans to show their support for the Junior B franchise, a home stand against the division leading Richmond Sockeyes - also the 2009 national champions - on Saturday, Feb. 6, followed by the visiting Ice Hawks on Feb 13. Both games are at 7:15 p.m. at Brennan Park Arena.

The Wolf Pack are one of the few teams to beat the Sockeyes this season as the Sockeyes cruise into the playoffs with a record of 32 wins, seven losses and five overtime losses.

The Ice Hawks were the Wolf Pack's division rivals this year. While the Wolf Pack has won most of their matchups the Ice Hawks had better luck against other teams in the conference and will likely finish the season in fourth place out of five teams. Only the top four move on to the playoffs, with the conference winner going on to play the top team from the other conference in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.