Earlier this week, Yukon orienteer Brent Langbakk finished the sprint and middle-distance races in the first round of the 2006 World Cup of Orienteering in Estonia.
On Sunday, the sprint finals were held in the old town of Tartu, starting and finishing in the centre of the city square.
“I had a decent run in the sprint qualifier,” said Langbakk, a member of the national orienteering team, by e-mail from Estonia
“I made a couple of minor errors, but I was very pleased considering that it is very early in the season for me,” he said.
“The B final was not quite as good. I tripped and fell early on in the race. It wasn’t anything serious; a skinned knee and sprained wrist, but I had to limp and hobble for the next couple of controls. But it was so much fun to be running through the city with lots of people watching, the streets closed off and the announcers.”
On Monday and Tuesday, Langbakk ran the middle-distance races.
The Estonian terrain is quite flat with lots of marshes and subtle contour features with low visibility.
“This is tricky terrain,” he said. “I am still getting rid of the rust. The important thing for me is to keep improving technically and just keep building towards the big races I have later in the summer.
“The media attention, the high-calibre competition, the spectators and announcers are things North American orienteering doesn’t see, so it is great to be here before World Champs at the end of July in Denmark.”
The World Cup continues today with the long-distance finals before wrapping up on Saturday with the relay, Langbakk will be a part of Canada’s three-person team.
Whitehorse Minor Soccer
Kopper King 1
Nathan Wallace scored four times for Qualita while Stephen Dynes knocked in the fifth.
Sam Kumar replied for KK.
Nothing could stop the players in this game, not even a mattress fire in the woods nearby, which was reported to firefighters while the game went on.
MVPs were Carson Close for Qualita and John Borud for the KK.
Audette Construction 7
Audette’s Jeremy Nugent had the hat trick, Cody Rheaume scored twice and Cory Birckel and Sean Charbonneau each singled in a lopsided victory.
Nick Fabbro-Swizdaryk had both of Norline’s goals, and was named MVP. Audette’s MVP was Natalia Alviso.
MacKay LLP 2
Four Pepsi strikers found the net, Tony Nguyen, Michael Donohoe, Tyler Pumphrey, and Cody Morrison Reynolds, who scored a pair.
David Hemmings scored both of MacKay’s goals. Dayna Thompson was Pepsi’s MVP while Kyle Boehmer took the honours for MacKay.
Quarton & Sutherland 3
Dave’s Cleaning 3
Markus Liebau, David Ratcliff and Burt Stephens scored for Dave’s, while Michael Abbott, Jesse Latoski and Alden Smyth replied for Quarton & Sutherland.
MVPs were Lelainia Harvey for Q&S and Emily Fedoriak for Dave’s Cleaning.
Versatile Rentals 7
Adrian Hawkings and Ale Ademak both scored hat tricks for the Rentals, while Ben Kenvig added a single. Stephanie Bowie was named MVP.
Trevor Hanna scored intersport’s only goal, and Emily McDougal was named the player of the game.
Whitehorse Motors 1
William Thomson led ReMax to the win, scoring two goals. Kyle Risby added a single, and Avery Enzenauer was named top player.
Theron Sturko scored for Whitehorse Motors, and Lindsay Miegle was MVP.
Irving Collisions 6
New West Technologies 4
Irving’s scorers were in fine form on Tuesday, with Robin Smith netting a pair, and Ian Wintemute, Odette Rivard, Kyle Bowers, Jenna Blanchette adding singles. Terri Publicover took MVP honours.
New West’s scorers were Cameron Weeks, Brad Gustafson, Mac Potter and Stephen Harlow. Ashley Barnett was New West’s top player.
Great Northern Oil 6
Clearview Autoglass 4
Tanner Borsa was Great Northern’s well-oiled scoring machine, booting in four goals, while Chris Dick and Savannah Goodmand added singles. Rachel Thompson was MVP.
Adam Waddington, Linsey Eby, Josh Harlow, and Zack Marnow shared Clearview Autoglass’s scoring.
April Schultz took MVP honours.
M&A Yukon 5
Fire Trol Canada 2
Kendra Mahoney scored twice and was named MVP for M&A. Mike Bennett scored two as well, and Cole Morris added one.
Wynn White and Samantha Burgess each scored for Fire Trol, and Braden Pye was named MVP.
Arctic Respiratory Services 5
Hougens Sportslodge 3
Wyatt Gale’s four goals were enough to take the win from Sportslodge, but Dylan Reed added a goal and was named MVP.
Trenton Pumphrey, Braeden Paun-Burnett and Brendyn Gendron scored for Sportslodge. Katlin Mitchell was the MVP.
The Deli 6
EVF Fuelwood Enterprises 2
Craig Berube and Kanoa Jones both scored two for The Deli, and Jaylene Kelly added a single. One accidental goal rounded out the scoring.
MVP nods went David Grove for his passing ability and Kanoa Jones for becoming his team’s first player to score twice.
EVF played a great game without any subs and in the spirit of sportsmanship the Deli pulled a player when one opposing player was injured.
Scorers David Grove and Liam Webster were named EVF’s top players.
Alkan Air 4
Boston Pizza 0
Scorers for Alkan were Jared Steinback Noah Kitchen Alidas Jamnicky, and Sky Levesque, who was also named MVP.
Boston Pizza’s top player was Erik Hanson.
Coates Services Yukon Ltd. 5
Physio Plus 4
Kyle Jacobs was named Coates’ top player after scoring a pair of goals; Chris Torgerson also added a pair, and Brett Nichols added one. Bohdi Elias was named top player.
Zach Heynen scored twice for Physio Plus, and Peter Jacob and Josh Phelps-Van Bibber added singles. Robin Pollard took MVP honours.
Prime Meridian Physiotherapy 3
Fitzsimmons Driving School 2
Prime Meridian scorers were Brendan Irish, Mac Prawdzik and Etienne Geoffray. Cassidy Stadel was named top player.
Nylan Duncan scored two goals for Fitzsimmons, and the MVP was Lauren Leslie.
Tim Hortons 6
Surgical Precision 0
Samantha Wintemute served up a four-pack of goals for Tim Hortons, while Luka Van Randen and MVP Damien Terry added singles.
MVP for Surgical Precision was Hanna Wirth.
Gartner Lee 1
Norcope’s Marcus Deuling, Kailen Gingell, and Jarvis Scheffen all notched one goal in this low-scoring affair. Gingell was also named MVP.
Gartner Lee’s scorer was Madeline Cannings, while Alexander Hanson took MVP honours.
MVP’s from Tuesday’s matches:
Tailor Construction: Hayley Bekar and Miasha Albisser
Northern Denture Clinic: Isaac Allen and Kathlyn Horte
Aon Reed Stenhouse: Erin McAurthur, for fastest runner and Alex Soin for best shot.
Kilrich/Mic Mac Motors: Simon Cash and Laura Holmes
Squirt division (Tuesday)
Emco Corp. 15
Computec Embroidery 4
Olson Construction 25
Kal Tire 20
Peewee division (Tuesday)
Pacific Northwest Moving 12