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Girls U12 soccer team takes the Cup




Whistler's Under 12 girls soccer team wrapped up its season on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the West Vancouver Wildcats, clinching the North Shore District Community Cup.

The Community Cup is a nine-on-nine player elimination tournament for teams in North and West Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky, with games getting underway in the fall and weekly matchups between teams.

"The girls played hard from the first whistle and it was clear early on that it was going to be tough to break down either defence," wrote coach Andrew Ellott. "The girls were disciplined and organized, using the full width of the field in midfield and defending well at the back. Always looking for opportunities to break on the counterattack."

Whistler scored at the 20-minute mark of the first 30-minute half, and play was back and forth through the second half. The intensity picked up in the last few minutes of the game with lapses on both sides of the field, but Whistler hung on to win the tournament.

The team was comprised of Eve von Rosen, Stephany Derynk, Rhegan Williamson, Stefanie Tomcheck, Arnica Wight, Nicola MacDonald, Shannon Isnardy, Daisy Andrew, Savanna Ellott and Caleigh Lamont. Coaches were Andrew Ellott and Mike Tomcheck.


Park Rider Session underway

The Park Rider Sessions presented by Telus are hosting a rail jump on Sunday, Dec. 12 on Whistler Mountain - the first of five Park Rider events planned for the season. Skiers and boarders of all ages are welcome to take part.

Early registration is available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations for $29 including HST, with the price going up to $35 if you register on event day. Last minute registration is available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in the Roundhouse Lodge, with a 10 a.m. rider meeting and a 10:30 a.m. start.

Because it's a jam format the riders can take as many runs as they can hike during the contest, after which point the judges will crown the winners in each category.

There are prizes available to the top skiers and riders and all participants are eligible to win prizes from event sponsors. The post-race party is at 4 p.m. at 18 Below, Blackcomb Base II.


Kokanee Valley Race Series returns next week

Thursday, Dec. 16 will mark the beginning of another local race season with the opening giant slalom of the eight-race Kokanee Valley Race Series.

You must be 19 or older to take part. Advance registration is available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations desks around the village for $29.