More than 280 skiers from Yukon, Alaska, and even a fairly large Quebec contingent converged on Log Cabin, BC, Saturday for the annual Buckwheat Ski Classic.
Founder Buckwheat Donahue was back as chief of race after finishing his Heartbeat Trail Walk, Bike and Paddle across North America last year.
Here are the top finishers
1st Adam Verrier, Anchorage, 3:02:12
2nd Dominic Bradford, Whitehorse,
3rd Marcus Waterreus, Whitehorse,
1st Sara Nielsen, Whitehorse, 3:38:44
2nd Merry Ellefson, Douglas, 3:49:31
3rd Tina Sutherland, Whitehorse,
1st Mark Strabel, Palmer, 1:33:23
2nd Dan Fremgen, Auke Bay, 1:42:33
3rd Scott Gilbert, Whitehorse,
1st Sarah M. Murray, Whitehorse,
2nd Christine Marchand,
3rd Lene Nielsen, Whitehorse,
1st Fabian Brook, Whitehorse, 39:29
2nd Knute Johnsgaard, Whitehorse,
3rd Peter Oszadszky, BC, 48:38
1st Daria Beatty, Whitehorse, 40:26
2nd Kendra Murray, Whitehorse,
3rd Wendy Nixon, Whitehorse, 50:37
Mens 5-kilometre snowshoe
1st Jim Hart, Skagway, 54:11
2nd William A. Sell, Skagway, 1:19:32
Womens 5-kilometre snowshoe
1st Becky A. Caasand, Whitehorse,
Under-11 boys 5-kilometre
1st Aaron Fahey, Quebec, 26:40
2nd Caelan McLean, Whitehorse,
3rd Ian Hogeboom-Burr, Whitehorse, 36:41
Under-11 girls 5-kilometre
1st Natalie Hynes, Whitehorse, 35:44
2nd Zoe Painter, 36:04
3rd Hannah Shier, Whitehorse, 37:37
11-12 girls 5-kilometre
1st Maia Moresdi, Quebec, 24:21
2nd Madison MacKenzie, Quebec,
3rd Celeste Landon, Quebec, 28:23
11-12 boys 5-kilometre
1st Liam Smedley, Quebec, 27:32
2nd Paul Place, Quebec, 29:32
3rd Marc-Andre Lafontaine, Quebec,
Firth Rangers 3
Yukon Inn 2
Firth’s scorers were Bob Allison, Joel Witten and Tom Amson.
Grant Redfern and Lester Balsillie scored for the Yukon Inn.
AON Flames 3
Edgewater Hotel 0
Steve McGrath netted a pair of goals for the Flames, and Kevin Neufeld added the third. Evan Grant recorded the shutout.
Whitehorse Recreational Hockey League
Kluane Drillers 9
Narrow Gauge 4
Andrew Zinck led the Drillers with four goals and an assist, and Alan O’Dell netted two as well. Mark Daniels, Matt Gamble and Tyler Murray added singles.
Alex Vatour and Phillip Harry scored two each for Narrow Gauge.
Regular season standings
as of Monday:
1st Whitehorse Mustangs,
2nd Boston Pizza/ Yukon Rad,
3rd Air North, 17-12-4, 38
4th Yukon Appliance, 15-14-3, 33
5th Cinderwood, 14-16-3, 31
6th Southern Tutchone, 8-25-1, 17
1st Kluane Drillers, 23-4-6, 52
2nd Environmental Dynamics,
3rd Narrow Gauge, 16-14-4, 36
4th Alwarid & Associates,
5th Sports North, 13-15-5, 31
6th Game7 Sports, 11-17-5, 27
7th Envirolube/Alkan Air, 4-25-3, 11
Scoring leaders (goals-assists, points)
1st Derek Johnstone, Boston Pizza,
2nd Joe Martin, Yukon Appliance,
3rd Mike Young, Boston Pizza,
4th Ryan Kinney, Air North,
5th Mark King, Cinderwood,
1st Doug Roberts, Kluane Drillers,
2nd Tyler Murray, Kluane Drillers,
3rd Adrien Bergman, Narrow Gauge,
4th Jordan Johnston, Game7 Sports,
5th Mike Fraser, Alwarid & Associates, 37-33, 70
Over-35 league (Saturday)
Yukon Brewing 1
Assante won the game with Terry Markley’s hat trick and a Geoff Woodhouse single. Chris Stacey scored for Yukon Brewing.
Pine Plumbing 8
Klondike Copier 3
Mo Sahid scored thrice for the Plumbers, while Adil Kalik and German Garcia netted two each. Franz Paukner added a single.
Klondike Copier had two goals from John MacPhail and one from Gord deBruyn.
Patrick Jackson, Augutso Nunez and David Black each scored once for Quest. Simon Pulido scored both Pepsi goals.
Yukon Brewing Copper
This weekend is the last chance to run your hounds on the Copper Haul Twister.
The Sportees Race Day goes Saturday, March 31st, register at 8:45 a.m. at Icy Waters Ltd., km 4.2 Fish Lake Road.
The 19-kilometre Twister has a two- to five-dog limit for sleds, and two to three dogs for skijorers; the five-kilometre kids race is two to four dogs for sleds, one to two dogs for skis; and five-kilometre one pet/non-sled dog with any equipment.
There are lots of prizes from Sportees, and the Yukon Brewing League final placing prizes and Twister League trophy will be awarded.
Bring firewood and something for the post-race potluck. For more information, surf to www.copperhaultwister.blogspot.com
The Yukon Snowboard Championships are held this weekend at Mt. Sima in Whitehorse.
The competition is open to all athletes ages 10 and up.
Slope Style competition – Saturday, March 31st, 1 p.m.
Half Pipe Jam – Sunday, April 1st, 1 p.m.
Registration is at Mt. Sima at 10 a.m. both days. Helmets are mandatory and all participants under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. There will be multiple age categories with prizes and medals awarded for all events and categories.
Prior to the events, both Saturday and Sunday, Yukon snowboard coaches and CWG team riders will be holding clinics to teach freestyle riding skills beginning at 10 a.m.
All event details are available at www.snowboardyukon.com.