SPORTS BRIEFS: Kwantlen second in province

Three top four finishes lifted the Kwantlen Eagles to a silver medal in the team standings at the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) badminton championships in North Vancouver last weekend.

Gurdeep Basran of Langley capped off her rookie year with a bronze medal in women’s singles, narrowly missing a berth to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) badminton nationals.

The Eagles’ mixed doubles team of Leah Rihela and Simon Wu, both of Surrey, also fell just short of qualifying for the nationals. The pair was in a three-way tie for second place, but after a tiebreaker was applied, they placed fourth.

The women’s doubles team of Asami Sugisaki and Tuyen Pham also placed fourth.

The silver medal for the Eagles team secured a second place finish in the overall BCCAA badminton standings.  

“Finishing the 2007-08 season in second place is a huge accomplishment for the team,” said Kwantlen head coach Dave Cruthers. “The BCCAA badminton circuit is one of the strongest in the country, so in order to accomplish our goal, we knew we had to be competitive this year. I am really proud of the players who worked hard throughout the season and contributed to the teams’ performance. It’s been a great year.”

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Yamamoto wins Shoot Out


Kandyce Yamamoto bowled for an average of 196 over six games to place first at the British Columbia Shoot Out at the Xcalibur Bowling Centre. The Surrey resident had a total of 1,178 at the Youth Bowling Tour event, and had a high game of 225.

Breanne Lowe, also of Surrey, placed third with a total pinfall of 1,145 and an average of 191. Her high was 203.

Curtis Whitley of Surrey placed first in the handicap division. He bowled a total of eight games with a total pinfall of 1,221 for an average of 153. Brianna McDonald placed third in the handicap division with a pinfall of 1,065 for an average of 159.

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Third in the west

Louisa Chan of Team Sungod swim team reached the podium at the Western Canadian National Championships in Victoria.

At an event featuring 550 athletes, many who will attend the Summer Olympic Games Trials in April, Chan placed third in the C final of the 200m butterfly event. She finished in a time of 2:22.31, more than two seconds faster than her previous best time in the event.

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Surrey champions

Outscoring the opposition 124-51 over three games, the Panorama Ridge Thunder won the Surrey Grade 8 girls high school basketball championship last week at Semiahmoo Secondary School.

The Thunder, which won all eight league games by an average score of 41-14, defeated the Semiahmoo Totems 40-27 in the semifinal round before clinching the championship with a 47-24 victory over the Elgin Park Orcas.

Panorama Ridge earned the number one seed in the Fraser Valley playoffs, and hosted the Chilliwack Storm in a sudden-death playoff game yesterday. With a win, they would advance to the eight-team Fraser Valley tournament today (Friday) and tomorrow in Maple Ridge.

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