Trinity Western University Spartans rugby team beat the University of Washington 36-31 Saturday afternoon (Jan. 18). (Trinity Western University photo)

SPORTS BRIEFS: Spartans win over UW, Langley player named to national beach volleyball team

Local interest stories

Spartans down UW

Langley’s Ethan Bernardin scored three tries and Daniel Clement (Edmonton) dotted down the game-winning try just before the final whistle, as the Langley-based Trinity Western University Spartans rugby team beat the University of Washington 36-31 Saturday afternoon (Jan. 18).

Another Langley native, team captain Sam Wegert, and Keegan Marengo, who was playing in his first game as a Spartan, each added one try to the TWU cause. Marengo converted on three of the Spartans six tries.

The win sees the Spartans improve to 2-2 overall in what is their first season since the rugby program relaunched at TWU in 2019.

TWU Head Coach Andrew Evans called it a “roller coaster.”

The Huskies are very well-coached and they have some phenomenal athletes, who are world-class specimens,” Evans commented.

“It gave our defence a big challenge just to get them down. I was very pleased that we closed it out with a win.

TWU is back on the road next Saturday (Jan. 25) when they travel to play the University of Oregon at Riverfront Field at 1 p.m.

READ MORE: Rugby revival at Trinity Western begins with big wins by Langley-based team

Plantinga named to national beach volleyball team

Langley’s Mike Plantinga has been named to the 2020 national teams for the beach volleyball programs by Volleyball Canada.

He is on the Men’s B (Next Gen) Team.

Plantinga, with Aaron Nusbaum has been on the FIVB World tour since 2017.

The pair won a NORCECA continental tournament in 2018 in Mexico and finished ninth at a three-star FIVB World Tour tournament in China in 2018, and played for Canada at the 2019 Pan American Games.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Men’s and women’s volleyball teams earn victories for Langley

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WEATHER: Langley to see sunny weather before rain makes a comeback

Fog patches are expected to dissipate Tuesday morning

VIDEO: Giants win 10th straight on home ice in Langley

Family Day was about spending time with the fans and dazzling them with a 3-2 victory over Seattle

VIDEO: Planes and hockey games – Family Day around Langley

Museum of Flight held an annual gathering while the Vancouver Giants faced off against Seattle

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Woman charged after alleged fuel thefts, ramming of RCMP car in B.C. Interior

Suspect wanted for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and 100 Mile House

No dramatic shifts expected as B.C. government tables new budget today

Finance Minister Carole James has promised to stay the course when she tables the budget in the legislature

Surrey RCMP recover $80,000 worth of stolen bikes, weapons

Police found the property after executing two search warrants in Newton

AFN national chief calls for calm on Wet’suwet’en crisis, rail blockades

Hereditary chiefs in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation oppose the natural-gas pipeline

Federal, B.C. ministers seek meeting with Wet’suwet’en in hope of blockade solution

Coastal GasLink signed agreements with all 20 elected band councils along the pipeline route

Flight to evacuate Canadians from cruise ship ‘expected’ to depart Japan on Thursday

Canadians seeking to return to home by commercial means will be subject to the Quarantine Act

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Most Read