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Sports Briefs: Pemberton fifth, Whistler seventh in B.C.



Both Pemberton and Whistler secondary schools qualified teams for the high school provincial girls' championships, which took place last weekend in Kelowna.

Both competed in the A division for small high schools in terms of enrolment.

Whistler came into the tournament ranked sixth out of 16 teams, while Pemberton was eighth.

In Pool A, Pemberton finished second overall. They lost 4-2 to Glenlyon-Norfolk, but chalked up wins against Similkameen (3-1) and JV Humphries (5-0). However, Glenlyon-Norfolk, a soccer academy, was perfect and advanced to the finals to battle it out for first through fourth place, while Pemberton was left to battle it out for fifth through eighth.

In Pool C, Whistler also placed second. They lost to Immaculata 5-0, but chalked up wins over Fort St. James (4-3) and Cedar Community School (3-2).

Pemberton went on to beat Langley Christian 3-2 and Osoyoos 4-0 to finish with a 5-1 record, fifth overall.

Whistler lost its semi-final game against Osoyoos 4-1 and then tied Langley 3-3 to take seventh overall.

It was not the first time that the teams have qualified for provincials, but both teams placed higher than ever before.

Squamish 5 Peaks this weekend

The annual 5 Peaks trail running series is making a stop in Squamish this season, with a run in Alice Lake Provincial Park this Saturday, June 9.

A huge crowd is expected with over 400 runners taking part in 5 Peaks races around the Lower Mainland and Whistler.

The online registration closes today (Thursday, June 7) at 3 p.m. at Day of race registration and package pickup is available for a $5 surcharge starting a 9 a.m. at Alice Lake Provincial Park. The cost is $50 per person.

There will be a Children's Challenge 1km run at 9:30 a.m., followed by the start of the 6.9km Sport race and 11km Enduro race at 10 a.m.

The Sport course features about 140 metres of elevation gain, or just over 400 feet. The Enduro course has over 350 metres of climbing, or close to 1,300 feet.

Trail workers needed this weekend

The work to complete Duncan Mackenzie's trail will continue this weekend, June 9 and 10, and volunteers are appreciated — no experience needed.

Whistler ski patroller and trail builder Duncan Mackenzie started the trail a few years ago, and friends have continued the work in his honour after he was killed in an avalanche this past winter — and because it's going to be a great trail when it's complete.

Our last article on the trail exaggerated how much was complete, with people confusing Mackenzie's trail with another new descent in the same area. Mackenzie completed a large section of trail up top, minus a few bridges. The middle section was roughed in, while the more technical bottom section is reasonably finished.