Local Sports

Members of the Aldergrove Skate Club competed at the 2015 Skate Canada Regional Synchronized Skating Championships at George Preston Arena. (Langley Advance Times file)

Aldergrove Skate Club begins new season

Club managed to keep skating during the height of the pandemic

 

Dozens of fans took to the ice at George Preston arena in 2019 for the traditional post-game skate with the Langley Rivermen (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Five Langley teams and leagues benefit from latest grants announcement

Amateur Sport League Fund will provide a total of $11 million in one-time grants to 72 organizations

 

Former Chilliwack Giants volunteer treasurer Josh Cahoon pleaded guilty to fraud on June 29, 2021 for stealing $29,000 from the Chilliwack Giants youth football organization. (Facebook)

Fraser Valley youth football volunteer pleads guilty to fraud for stealing $29,000

Josh Cahoon stole from Chilliwack Giants while acting as treasurer

 

Langley-based Fraser Valley Ringette Association is one of six local sports groups to benefit from provincial grants announcement. (Langley Advance Times file)
Langley-based Fraser Valley Ringette Association is one of six local sports groups to benefit from provincial grants announcement. (Langley Advance Times file)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)

Okanagan tennis star sweeps into Round 2 at Wimbledon

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil scores straight sets win over Spanish opponent Tuesday, June 29, in London

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil has advanced into the second round of men’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships in London Tuesday, June 29, scoring a straight sets win over a Spanish opponent. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft)
Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

B.C. Lions call on Vernon standout in CFL draft

Canadian Football League club selects former VSS Panthers star Ben Hladik in third round of league draft

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
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)
Recorded on video, Reuben Dykstra of the Langley Gymnastics Foundation competed in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics competition at the Christy Fraser Memorial Gymnastics Invitational (Tattina Maxim/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s Christy Fraser Memorial gymnastics competition goes virtual

Unable to compete in person, athletes recorded their performances for judges

Recorded on video, Reuben Dykstra of the Langley Gymnastics Foundation competed in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics competition at the Christy Fraser Memorial Gymnastics Invitational (Tattina Maxim/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Dan Jansen VanDoorn, a Langley volleyball player and former TWU Spartan, was heading to Tokyo for with Team Canada. (Mark Janzen/Special to Black Press Media)

Langley volleyball player goes to Gatineau for National Excellence Program

Daniel Jansen Van Doorn was headed to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before COVID-19 postponed the games

Dan Jansen VanDoorn, a Langley volleyball player and former TWU Spartan, was heading to Tokyo for with Team Canada. (Mark Janzen/Special to Black Press Media)
Members of the Fort Langley-based D-Fyance dragonboat team (L to R) Ruth Bedell, Barb Maestri, Lorraine McKee and June Goin, dropped off Christmas gifts for seniors at the Langley Lodge on Friday, Dec. 11. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

A better Christmas for some Langley seniors, thanks to dragonboat team

D-Fyance, a group of competitors 70 and older, got together to buy gifts

Members of the Fort Langley-based D-Fyance dragonboat team (L to R) Ruth Bedell, Barb Maestri, Lorraine McKee and June Goin, dropped off Christmas gifts for seniors at the Langley Lodge on Friday, Dec. 11. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
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‘Modified’ games, limited competitive play return as B.C.’s local sports enter Phase 3

Phase 3 will see sports divided into four categories based on the number and intensity of contact

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Mike Hughston of the Langley Benders, part of the Langley Mixed Slo-Pitch league, moved to intercept a rolling ground ball during a damp slo-pitch tournament at McLeod Athletic Park in May 2014 (Langley Advance Times file photo)

Slo-pitch league resumes play

Township approves resumption, with restrictions, league president says

Mike Hughston of the Langley Benders, part of the Langley Mixed Slo-Pitch league, moved to intercept a rolling ground ball during a damp slo-pitch tournament at McLeod Athletic Park in May 2014 (Langley Advance Times file photo)
Walnut Grove’s Prabhasha Wickramarachchi won the Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award in July of 2020 (supplied)

A ‘passionate’ athlete and student is recognized

Winner of Langley’s Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award often asked how she finds time

Walnut Grove’s Prabhasha Wickramarachchi won the Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award in July of 2020 (supplied)
Giants hope to be back playing by early December

Giants hope to be back playing by early December

A Langley-based major hockey team hopes to be back on the ice competing before year end

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Giants hope to be back playing by early December
LOSC swimmers have been working out at the Al Anderson pool in Langley City since that pool reopened and the Walnut Grove and W.C. Blair pools in Langley Township, where they usually train, stayed closed. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley swim club unsure about Township pool reopening

‘At the mercy’ of staff, coach says

LOSC swimmers have been working out at the Al Anderson pool in Langley City since that pool reopened and the Walnut Grove and W.C. Blair pools in Langley Township, where they usually train, stayed closed. (Langley Advance Times file)
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B.C. pledges $1.5M to help local groups return to sport; no date for competitive play

Feds will also provide $3.4M in funding for youth sports

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Mike Hughston of the Langley Benders, part of the Langley Mixed Slo-Pitch league, moved to intercept a rolling ground ball during a damp slo-pitch tournament at McLeod Athletic Park in May 2014 (Langley Advance Times file photo)
Mike Hughston of the Langley Benders, part of the Langley Mixed Slo-Pitch league, moved to intercept a rolling ground ball during a damp slo-pitch tournament at McLeod Athletic Park in May 2014 (Langley Advance Times file photo)
Blaze player Holden Cumiskey scoops a ball during team practice at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley on Sunday, July 5. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley Blaze return to the playing field

Working out while maintaining a safe distance

Blaze player Holden Cumiskey scoops a ball during team practice at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley on Sunday, July 5. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Xtreme Cheer and Dance in Langley has resumed in-studio practices, behind carefully defined boundaries (Lisa Bosch/special to Langley Advance Times)
Xtreme Cheer and Dance in Langley has resumed in-studio practices, behind carefully defined boundaries (Lisa Bosch/special to Langley Advance Times)
There will be little joy on the field for young baseball players this year, with various Langley ball associations canceling their seasons and warning many players may have to wait until September to take the field, if current restrictions are eased. (Langley Advance Times file)

Young ball players idled as Langley youth leagues cancel season

Many players may not get a chance to return to the field until the fall, organizers warn

There will be little joy on the field for young baseball players this year, with various Langley ball associations canceling their seasons and warning many players may have to wait until September to take the field, if current restrictions are eased. (Langley Advance Times file)