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A come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Victoria Royals gave the Vancouver Giants their second win in a row Tuesday night, March 30, 2021, in Kamloops (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants make it two in a row

Come-from-behind win by Langley-based team over Victoria

A come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Victoria Royals gave the Vancouver Giants their second win in a row Tuesday night, March 30, 2021, in Kamloops (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Giants played against the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday, shortly before several members of the Kelowna team tested positive. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Giants played against the Kelowna Rockets on Sunday, shortly before several members of the Kelowna team tested positive. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)

Province provides relief funding for amateur sport

The government is directing $15 million to teams/leagues impacted by the COVID pandemic

The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)
The Pacific Junior Hockey League has decided to cancel the rest of the 2020-‘21 season, a move the Aldergrove Kodiaks coach called ‘unfortunate’ (Jody Harris file photo)

PJHL decision to cancel season called ‘unfortunate’ by Aldergrove Kodiaks coach

Team was in first place in its cohort when the announcement was made

The Pacific Junior Hockey League has decided to cancel the rest of the 2020-‘21 season, a move the Aldergrove Kodiaks coach called ‘unfortunate’ (Jody Harris file photo)
Mazden Leslie scored twice in his WHL debut as the Langley-based Vancouver Giants downed Kelowna 6-0 in WHL action on Sunday, March 28, 2021 (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants bounce back with 6-0 win over Kelowna

Mazden Leslie scored twice in his WHL debut with Langley-based team

Mazden Leslie scored twice in his WHL debut as the Langley-based Vancouver Giants downed Kelowna 6-0 in WHL action on Sunday, March 28, 2021 (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
In a Friday, March 26, 2021 season opener game in Kamloops, against the Blazers, the Vancouver Giants fell 7-3. (Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants drop season opener to Blazers

After losing 7-3 to Kamloops, the Langley-based G-Men take on Kelowna this Sunday

  • Mar 27, 2021
In a Friday, March 26, 2021 season opener game in Kamloops, against the Blazers, the Vancouver Giants fell 7-3. (Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)
The Leadership Team of the Vancouver Giants for this season will be captain Alex Kannok Leiper (centre) and assistant captains Tristan Nielsen (left) and Eric Florchuk. (Dan O’Connor/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Langley-based Giants let Kannok Leipert keep the ‘C’

Forwards Tristan Nielsen and Eric Florchuk were names assistant captains

  • Mar 26, 2021
The Leadership Team of the Vancouver Giants for this season will be captain Alex Kannok Leiper (centre) and assistant captains Tristan Nielsen (left) and Eric Florchuk. (Dan O’Connor/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Langley Cheer Athletics Gym Coach Axel Obame put athletes through their paces online in April of 2020. Practices are now allowed in person, but competitions are still virtual. (Sam Farrell/special to Langley Advance Times)

A change of direction for a Langley cheer fundraising committee

Langley Cheer and Athletics fundraising committee pivots to help outside groups

Langley Cheer Athletics Gym Coach Axel Obame put athletes through their paces online in April of 2020. Practices are now allowed in person, but competitions are still virtual. (Sam Farrell/special to Langley Advance Times)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool was allegedly in a bar fight earlier this month in California and video shows him apparently kicking someone in the head. (Air Jordan website)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool allegedly involved in bar fight

Footage of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver kicking man in head earlier this month surfaces online

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool was allegedly in a bar fight earlier this month in California and video shows him apparently kicking someone in the head. (Air Jordan website)
Aldergrove’s Joel Waterman has been named to the roster of the national men’s team (Trinity Western University file)

Aldergrove’s Waterman makes national soccer team roster

Team Canada will play in FIFA qualifier against Bermuda in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 25

Aldergrove’s Joel Waterman has been named to the roster of the national men’s team (Trinity Western University file)
LOSC swimmer Alex Velicico, 13, won three gold, one silver and one bronze at the province-wide virtual divisional competition. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Multiple medals for Langley Olympians Swim Club at virtual meet

They were among 767 swimmers from 38 teams who competed in three Swim B.C. divisional championships

LOSC swimmer Alex Velicico, 13, won three gold, one silver and one bronze at the province-wide virtual divisional competition. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
It’s time to let kids play ball again, and to allow their parents to attend their games, Murrayville resident Brent Larsen argued in a petition to the provincial health officer (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley parent launches petition to ease COVID-19 restrictions on kids’ sports

‘Canadian parents, living in a free country, should be able to watch their children play’

It’s time to let kids play ball again, and to allow their parents to attend their games, Murrayville resident Brent Larsen argued in a petition to the provincial health officer (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Recently returned goaltender Trent Miner has been named to the roster of the Vancouver Giants for the WHL ‘hub’ series that gets underway on Friday, March 26 (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants release roster for ‘hub’ series

Eight rookies on the list released by Langley-based team

Recently returned goaltender Trent Miner has been named to the roster of the Vancouver Giants for the WHL ‘hub’ series that gets underway on Friday, March 26 (Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)
Father and son, Ian and Ethan, toss discs at Aldergrove’s Raptors Knoll course. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)

PHOTOS: Father and son fling frisbees on Friday

Aldergrove’s Raptors Knoll disc golf course is open to the public at 1111 272nd street

Father and son, Ian and Ethan, toss discs at Aldergrove’s Raptors Knoll course. (Ryan Uytdewilligen/Aldergrove Star)
BCHL

BCHL will have three teams playing in Burnaby during shortened season

The league announced five pod locations as the junior A league prepares to play in early April

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Langley’s Katie MacEwen, seen here in action with the SFU soccer team, has just added top academic honours to her list of accomplishments (Paul Yates/SFU/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley soccer star Katie MacEwen adds academic award to list of accomplishments

As an SFU student, MacEwen is one of six players recognized by Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Langley’s Katie MacEwen, seen here in action with the SFU soccer team, has just added top academic honours to her list of accomplishments (Paul Yates/SFU/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley’s Aislinn Konig has been invited to try out for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. On Tuesday, March 16, the pro team announced she would be attending their training camp. Konig won the nickname ‘Ace’ when she helped Brookswood Bobcats win three consecutive B.C. 3A senior girls provincial titles, earning most valuable player honours each time (file)

VIDEO: Langley’s Konig gets the call to try out for WNBA

‘Ace’ was invited to professional team’s training camp after leading Swiss team to an 18-0 record

Langley’s Aislinn Konig has been invited to try out for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. On Tuesday, March 16, the pro team announced she would be attending their training camp. Konig won the nickname ‘Ace’ when she helped Brookswood Bobcats win three consecutive B.C. 3A senior girls provincial titles, earning most valuable player honours each time (file)
Aidan Erickson (foreground) and other LOSC members work out at the Walnut Grove pool in Langley on March 2, 2021. Parents say Township fees have added as much as $160 a month in costs per child. (Sevi Parr/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Added fees for Langley Olympians Swim Club will continue, Township says

Charges called ‘most fair and equitable approach versus having the general taxpayer pay for them’

Aidan Erickson (foreground) and other LOSC members work out at the Walnut Grove pool in Langley on March 2, 2021. Parents say Township fees have added as much as $160 a month in costs per child. (Sevi Parr/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley Mustangs high jumper Aiden Grout tied the Fraser Valley record with an outstanding jump of 2.06 meters on his way to taking gold at the Fraser Valley High School Track Championships held at MacLeod Athletic Park in Langley in 2019 (Photo courtesy Vid Wadhwani)

Former Langley Mustangs high jumper is just few centimetres away from world championships

“Near future is bright’ for Maple Ridge’s Aiden Grout, coach says

Langley Mustangs high jumper Aiden Grout tied the Fraser Valley record with an outstanding jump of 2.06 meters on his way to taking gold at the Fraser Valley High School Track Championships held at MacLeod Athletic Park in Langley in 2019 (Photo courtesy Vid Wadhwani)
Tyler Tardi and Dezeray Hawes will begin their quest for the 2021 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship on Thursday, March 18 in Calgary. (file)

Langley’s Tyler Tardi and Dezeray Hawes to compete in 2021 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship

‘Team Hawt’ gets berth after doubles team Katie Cottrill and Shawn Cottrill declined

Tyler Tardi and Dezeray Hawes will begin their quest for the 2021 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship on Thursday, March 18 in Calgary. (file)