Fifteen members of the Whitehorse Glacier Bears swim club travelled to Haines, Alaska, on the weekend to compete in the 2007 Winter Games North Meet.
Also attending were swimmers from Haines, Juneau and Petersburg.
The Whitehorse contingent, made up mainly of younger swimmers, had outstanding results.
Leading the way was Craig Berube, who set five club records, including one in the 50-metre backstroke that had stood since 1996.
Berube came away with one first, seven-second, and four third-place finishes, and took an amazing 46 seconds off his best time in the 500-yard free.
Kirsten Berube achieved AAA times in the 200-breast and 400 IM and had all personal best times en route to eight firsts, two seconds, a third and a fourth place in her events.
Felix Bouchard also placed well, finishing first in five events, as well as collecting six seconds and a third.
Geoffroi Bourcier had nearly all personal best times and came away with five firsts, four seconds and two thirds in his age group.
Both Bourcier brothers achieved AA times in the 200 IM, qualifying them for the Lower Mainland Regional AA Championships to be held in Vancouver in February.
Erin McArthur, swimming in the girls eight and under category, placed first in four events, second in five and had one third, in setting personal bests in all but one event.
Connor Oliver-Beebe placed first in the 200-, 500- and 1,650-yard free events, lopping two minutes off his best time in the longest event.
Newcomer Edouard Bourcier set nearly all personal bests, as did Haley Braga, Taylor Campbell, Julia Fedoriak, Jessica Harach, Erin Oliver-Beebe, Haley Wirachowsky and Megan Wirachowsky.
Fedoriak bettered her time in the 200-yard free by more than half a minute, a feat duplicated by Kate McArthur in the same event.
Coach Marek Poplawski was very impressed with the improvement shown by these swimmers since the beginning of the season.
Poplawski travels to Vancouver with Alexandra Gabor and Bronwyn Pasloski this coming weekend as they compete in the Pacific Coast All Star meet in Richmond, BC.
They will be competing as members of Team BC against all-star teams from Washington, Oregon and California.
Yukon men’s curling
The Yukon Men’s Curling playdowns are underway at the Whitehorse Curling Club this weekend.
Team Kalles from Watson Lake, along with Teams Scoffin, Fraser, and Puddister of Whitehorse are vying for the two spots to represent the Yukon at the Yukon/NWT territorial playdowns taking place in February.
The winner of the territorial playdowns will earn a trip to the Tim Horton’s Brier in March. The draw times for this weekend’s competition are:
Thursday: 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Head to the Whitehorse Curling Club, located at the Mt. Mac Recreation Complex, to take-in some pressure-packed curling action.
Sports Lodge 11
Dave’s Cleaning 10
Sports Lodge’s MVP Joel Stacey led the winners in this high scoring match, with four goals, Samantha Macklon netted three, Grant McWatters had two and Anya Zimmerman and Josh Hanrath added singles.
Dave’s Cleaning’s Jim Semaschuk netted five goals, and Aron Holway had a hat trick, and took the MVP nod. Cody Reynolds scored as well.
Shaske & Zeiner 11
Qualita Cleaners 5
Marcus Liebau and David Hemmings both scored hat tricks as S&Z put the boots to Qualita. Paul Profeit and Jessica Williams netted two each. Natalia Jimenez added one and Jessica Williams took MVP honours.
Qualita’s Scott Longman, Cory Birckel, Dylan Cole, Thorin Loeks and Esther Worthington and MVP was John Borad.
The teams would like to wish Devon Armstrong a speedy recovery as well as Jeremy Johnson.
Quarton & Sutherland 13
Audette Construction 1
Q&S trounced Audette, with Savanna Marks scoring the hat trick, MVP Tanner Coyne, Sarah Allison and David Ratcliff all netted pairs, and Michael Irish, Jonothan Quarton, Kyah Parent and Amy Andison scored as well.
Dakota Couch scored for Audette and took MVP honours.
Pine Plumbing 10
Electrical Shop 4
Cody Reaume and Michael Donohoe led the plumbers with three goals each, Mauricio Ruiz scored two and MVP Josh Scheffen and Jaime Whitty added singles.
Michael Abbott netted a pair for the Electrical Shop, and Brett Hill and Nick Gillen scored as well. Emily Fedoriak was named MVP.
Wintemute Electric 6
Bumper to Bumper 4
Dahria Beatty’s hat trick led Wintemute to victory, while Josh Hanson, Ian Wintemute and Helen Hedstrom-Longford scored as well. Xavier Binette was Wintemute’s top player.
Brett Ens scored four times for the Bumpers, while Kieran Small scored three and MVP Thomas Mostyn netted one.
Coldwell Banker 7
Snap On Tools 4
Kurtis Hills and Tyson Baxter scored two each for the Bankers, and Terri Publicover, Ella Parker and Lindsay Webster scored as well. Will Parker was named MVP.
Snap On’s scorers were Dylan Sands, who netted two, and Jeremy Mann, and Caleb Smith. MVP was Flurin Witschi
Alpine Bakery 6
Yukon Outfitters Association 2
For Alpine Bakery, Rob Borud scored a bunch and Simon Paish scored one, while the MVP was Brittany Banks. For Yukon Outfitters Association, Mac Potter and Nicole Bendera scored one each. MVP was Jamie Pope.
Bank of Montreal 4
Kal Tire 3
Bank scorers were Max Melvin-McNutt, with a pair, and Mary Bennett and Kiera Hunston with singles. Jade Reed was named player of the game.
Jack Lanigan netted two for the tire team, and Garet Heynen had one. Adam Torgerson took MVP honours.
Assante Financial 9
Whitehorse Star 4
Mike Wintemute scored six goals for Assante, Sameen Bhullar added a pair and Ryan Chippett netted one. Dustin Titus was named player of the game.
Trenton Pumphrey netted four for the Star, and Jenny Pierce scored a pair. Jonathan Kolton scored one and Austin Stadel was named MVP.
Sale Salvage 5
Rafter A Ranch 3
Peter Joe Jensen and Trygg Jensen scored twice for Sale and MVP Logan Frasher added one himself while setting up lots. Riley Andrew, Ashton Schaber and Tyson Schaber contributed for Rafter A. Their MVP was Brittany Milner.
Brouwer Claims Canada 7
Medicine Chest Pharmacy 1
Chris Torgerson’s hat trick led Brouwer as they gave the Chest a good pounding. Austin Bourque netted two and Matthew Butler and Sam Wintemute added singles. Nikita White took MVP honours.
Chest’s Zarek Jones had its only goal and the MVP was Ryan McDonald.
Coates Services 5
Mobile Maintenance 2
Rylie Smoler scored three for Coates, and Kole Smeeton and Braedon Klassen scored singles. Hannah Milner took MVP.
Mobile scorers were Alex Hansen and Graydon McDonnell, and Jacob Fitzsimmons took the MVP nod.
Yukon News 5
MVP Elisha Leenders scored three goals for the News, and Ryan Hindson and Liam Adel added goals as well.
Oranje’s Courtney Brown took MVP for the team.
Boston Pizza 5
Plantation Flowers and Gifts 1
Goal scorers for Boston Pizza were Joe Parker, with three goals and Jonas Leas with two. Reece Johnson was named MVP.
Dylan Cozens scored for Plantation, and Malorie Hansen took the MVP.
Murraya Dental 4
Underhill Geomatics 4
Murraya’s Gordon Huebschwerlen netted a pair, and Brahm Hyde and Jayden Demchuk added singles. Jayden also assisted with the other three goals and was named the MVP for his team.
Brandon Barrett scored four goals for Underhill Geomatics and the MVP was Brendon Blanchard-Pinkess.
Over-35 league (Sunday)
Pine Plumbing 4
Mo Sahid scored twice, and Rob Bousquet and Darren Stadel each scored once for Pine Plumbing. Terry Markley and Ian Robinson scored one each for Assante.
Yukon Brew 8
Philip Jackson and Chris Donohoe led the Yukon Brewing team with three goals each. Bob Lewis and Chris Stacey each scored once. Simon Pulido put in both goals for Pepsi.
Klondike Copier 7
Jeff Ford put in four goals as Klondike Copier defeated Quest, Mehrdad Tirgar scored two, and Geoff Zaparinuk scored one. David Black scored twice for Quest, and Ante Tokic, Patrick Jackson and Mike Pare each scored once.
Whitehorse Oldtimers Hockey
Yukon Inn 5
Medicine Chest 2
Greg Bull, Dave Pearson, Mike Blower, Bernie Adilman and Dave White scored powerfully nice goals. Medicine Chest’s Grant Lyon and Scott Lowery scored for Bruce Williams recorded two assists.
Performance Centre Turbos 5
AON Flames 5
Blaine Demchuk scored a pair for the Turbos, and Shelby Workman, Glen Heinbigner, Ken Vickerman and Gord Kuchler scored as well.
The Flames’ Brian Boorse netted a pair, and Craig Steinbach, Bill Bohmer and Gerald Haase.
Whitehorse Minor Hockey
Pizza Hut 2
MVP Wal-Mart Ben MccLelland
MVP Pizza Hut Brandon Rondeau