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

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The work will continue for a while, with a goal of linking top and bottom by the end of the weekend.

Overall the upper two-thirds of the trail will be moderately difficult, getting more challenging near the bottom — the result of the rugged terrain in the area.

If you can help out, crews will be meeting one kilometre up the Microwave Tower Road near the reservoir, accessible from the Interpretive Forest Parking Lot. Bring food, water, good work gloves and tools if you have them.

Any time you have, whether it's a half-day or two full days, is appreciated and will help to make "It's Business Time," Duncan's working name for the trail, a reality.

Drop-in flag football for kids

Whistler and Sea to Sky have embraced youth football, sending teams to compete in the North Shore Football League for the past two years.

To drum up interest in the game, Sea to Sky Football is hosting "Friday Night Lights" drop-in flag football through the month of June, starting this Friday, June 8.

The fun is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Spring Creek Community School, and is for free to join. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 are welcome to come out.

The drop-in session will run four weeks, winding up on June 22.

No equipment is necessary, although field cleats can be helpful.

Brandon Semenuk tops Crankworx invite list

Going into Crankworx 2011, Whistler's Brandon Semenuk had won every major mountain bike slopestyle event in the world except for his home event during the Crankworx Whistler festival.

He came back from a crash in his first run to set the high score of the day, which stood all the way through the super finals and guaranteed him the win at Red Bull Joyride — as well as a $25,000 cheque and the overall Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour title.

This season, Semenuk is recovering from an injury and has yet to compete in any events, but he is expected to return to competition at some point this season. He also tops the invite list for this year's Red Bull Joyride competition.

The Whistler event is one of two diamond level FMB events this year.

As last year's winner, Semenuk earned an automatic invite, as did 2011 champion Cam McCaul. In fact, all athletes in the top three last year have automatic invites through 2014, while athletes ranked fourth through 10th last year are all invited back for 2012.

Other invites go to winners at gold-level FMB events, and to riders in the top 12 of the FMB rankings after July 7.