Cross country skiing
Cross Country Canada has announced the Canadian line-up for the upcoming Canmore World Cup races and Yukon’s Graham Nishikawa is on the list.
Nishikawa will race in three of the four races scheduled for Canmore, Alberta: two sprint races (one classic and one free technique) plus a 15-kilometre free technique distance race.
Nishikawa was recently ranked 5th in the country in sprints and 10th in distance events. The World Cup provides him with the opportunity to move further up the rankings as the skiing elite of the country jockey for position as they work towards the 2010 Olympics.
These will be the first World Cup races to be held in Canada since 2005.
Headlining the Canadian contingent will be former Olympic medalists Chandra Crawford and Sara Renner on the women’s side, and Devon Kershaw on the men’s side. Kershaw turned in impressive World Cup results last season.
Nishikawa won’t be the only Yukoner at the races. Alain Masson will be among the crew members providing technical support to the Canadian team for four days of racing.
Sunday junior league results:
Vandelay Super-Geeks 24
Moving Haulers 12
Kelly Panchyshyn and Will Parker led the Super-Geeks with straight sets victories over Alexis Hougen and Logan Harris, respectively, while Graden McDonnell beat the Haulers’ Josh Muir in four sets. Geek Login Godin needed five sets to beat Kai Knorr.
Stephen Grundmanis swept Braden Brickner for the Haulers’ only win of the night.
Honda Hustlers 20
Canada Flooring Crushers 10
Nicholas Dobush led Honda with a three-set win over Skyler Bryant, while Anna-Lee Jacobsen beat Tia Oster in four sets.
The Crushers’ Alex Kastelein needed four sets to beat Brogan Bell.
Sophia Flather had a default win for Honda, and Benjamin Grundmanis recorded a default win for Canada Flooring.
Assante Financial 6
Brower Claims Canada 2
Peter Jo Jensen led Assante with four goals, while Trygg Jensen netted a pair. Patrick Scott was named player of the game. Brett Nichol scored two goals for Brower, and Elijah Ens took the MVP nod.
Better Bodies 5
Jacob’s Industries 0
Landon Worsfold led the Better Bodies crew with two goals, MVP Tristan Walsh, Noah Kitchen and Tia Oster added a goal each.
Physio Plus 4
The Deli 3
Physio Plus edged by The Dei with two goals from Ross McBee, and singles from Liam Evans and MVP Peter Jacob.
Ryley Johnson, Joshua Larouche and Dalia Jordan scored for The Deli, and Samantha Wintemute took the MVP honours.
Austring Fendrick 4
Tim Hortons 1
Nicola Lazeo- Fairman, Aidan Uiterwaal, Noah Von Flotow and David Grove scored for the Austring side in this total team effort, and Alex Bouvier took the MVP nod.
Nicholas Dobush scored the lone Tim Hortons goal, and Louis Kedziora was named MVP.
Brendon Gendron scored a hat trick for Sportslife, and Lestate Billy was named player of the game.
Zack Heynan singled and Cody Sims took the MVP for Kaltire.
Standings as of January 14: (win-loss-tie, points)
1st Boston Pizza/Yukon Rad,
2nd Whitehorse Mustangs,
3rd Yukon Appliance, 10-11-2, 22
4th Roadhouse, 8-10-5, 21
5th Air North, 8-13-1, 17
6th Cinderwood, 6-11-5, 17
7th Terra Firma Muckers,
1st ORC Tree Services, 18-4-0, 36
2nd Narrow Gauge, 13-6-1, 27
3rd Sports North, 6-10-5, 17
4th Kluane Drillers, 8-11-1, 17
5th U-Brew Bruins, 6-12-2, 14
6th Envirolube Oilers, 5-14-2, 12
7th Yukon Inn Boiler Room,