Local boxer wins bronze

Sarah Pucek of the City Boxing club in Cloverdale brought a bronze medal home from the national championships in Richmond last weekend.

The Fort Langley native lost a decision in the semifinal round against Genevieve Lachance of Quebec, who has twice won Canadian titles at 138 and 132 pounds.

Pucek was leading the fight after each of the first two rounds.

“Sarah went after Lachance at the bell and pounded her with a combination and some outstanding body head combinations,” said Dave Allison, a coach/manager at City Boxing. “She started to fade in the third and Lachance unleashed a barrage that run up her score.

“Sarah fought her first fight less than two years ago and now has a bronze medal at the Canadian nationals.”

Berger signed by Cardinals

North Delta native Mitch Berger is back in the NFL.

The 35-year-old punter signed with the Arizona Cardinals last week, and suited up in their 27-21 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.

Berger was signed after the Cardinals released punter Matt Barr, and punted five times for an average of 40.2 yards.

A graduate of North Delta Secondary School, where he was kicker and quarterback with the Huskies, Berger turned pro with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994, playing five games. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1996 and spent six seasons there, before moving on to the St. Louis Rams (2002) and the New Orleans Saints (2003-05).

He pulled an abductor muscle just before the 2006 season, an injury which required surgery. He was not resigned by the Saints in the offseason.

Voros goal sinks Canucks

Aaron Voros is making a case to stick with the Minnesota Wild for the remainder of the National Hockey League (NHL) season.

The Surrey native was called up from the Wild’s American Hockey League team in Houston early last month, and played his first NHL game Nov. 11 against the Colorado Rockies.

He netted his first NHL goal five days later in Vancouver against the Canucks. The 6’3” 205-pound left winger tallied against the Canucks again Sunday afternoon in Minnesota, a goal which was the winner in a 2-1 Wild victory.

Voros now has four goals on the season, and is eighth on the team in goal scoring despite playing just 11 of Minnesota’s 26 games.

Chan wins gold in Richmond

Four members of Team Sungod won medals at the 23rd annual Richmond Fast Swim Invitational meet last weekend.

More than 300 athletes on teams from B.C. and Alberta participated, and the North Delta group was led by Imelda Chan. The 14 year-old won the gold medal in the 200m butterfly event with a personal best time of 2:38.56, qualifying for both the B.C. winter and summer provincial championships. Chan was also fifth in the 100m butterfly event.

Louisa Chan, 17, earned silver in the women’s 200 individual medley in a time of 2:27.24, and added a bronze medal in the 200 butterfly in 2:26.82. She also won a silver in the mystery 200m individual medley, an event where the athletes draw the order of the four strokes.

“Louisa’s order of breast-free-back-fly favored her strong butterfly experience,” said Team Sungod head coach Michelle Wilson. “She was able to pull ahead of all but one of the finalist field.”

Kevin Ge, 14, won medals in a pair of breast stroke events, taking the silver in the 50m event and bronze in the 100m race. Nicky Hou, 14, won bronze in the 50m breast stroke.

Other Team Sungod swimmers placing in the top five included Alex Lindsay, 15, (fifth, 100m back stroke); Stephen Riggs, 14 (fourth, 50m and 100m back stroke); and Yihan Wu, 13 (fifth, 400m freestyle).

Cash prizes for local bowlers

Ray Galang of Surrey and Berlin Aberin of Richmond teamed up to place first at the Swiss Doubles event at the Xcalibur Bowling Centre in Surrey.

The pair won $1,200 with their first place finish. Brandon Riley of Xcalibur and Lane Feltis of Richmond placed third and won $800, while earning $600 with a fourth place finish were Richard Giesbrecht of Surrey and Jason Treblecock of Abbotsford.

Al Plett of Surrey and Mark Innes of Xcalibur placed fifth and took home $500.

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