Whistler Valley Snowboard Club’s Tongko takes first overall at season-opening contest

Also in sports briefs: senior boys basketball midway through season, ski racers podium at Lake Louise

Whistler Valley Snowboard Club riders battled against 43 athletes from B.C. and Alberta, aged 11 to 21, to come out on top during the first Ride On Provincial Series Slopestyle contest of the year, with Adrian Tongko taking first overall on both Jan. 13 and jan. 14.

Whistler’s Truth Smith, 13, also earned strong scores, finishing fifth overall on Saturday and 12th overall on Sunday. He also claimed first in the U15 age category both days. Noah Eccles followed with a pair of seventh-place results in both Saturday and Sunday’s overall standings.

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On Saturday, Brendan Keuling finished 15th, Dashiell Kiebe-McCulloch followed in 16th while Caleb Chomlack landed in 22nd in the overall. The Whistler Valley athletes followed that up on Sunday with Chomlack in 17th, Keuling in 19th and Kiebe-McCulloch 23rd.

“We spent the first part of the season training in the Blackcomb park to get ready for the busy contest schedule ahead, and all the boys have been working really hard,” said coach Sam Weston. “Going into Big White each athlete had a game plan of the run they wanted to execute. The Whistler Valley boys were able to put their best efforts forward, and accomplished the goals they had set for themselves. This should give them a lot of confidence going into the next provincial contest at Mount Seymour in February.”

Senior boys basketball 4-4

The Whistler Secondary School senior boys basketball team is hoping to ramp up the momentum as they head into the second half of their season.After kicking off the season with an at-home exhibition tournament win in December, the boys are currently sitting with a four-and-four win-loss record following a 60-44 win over Sutherland Secondary last Wednesday (Jan. 17).  

However, head coach Scott Riley said that record does not reflect the effort that the players are putting in, or the huge strides in player development and teamwork that effort has resulted in.

“With a majority of the team being seniors in Grade 12, the team has matured and are able to play at a higher intensity,” Riley explained. “Our team goal is still to make the provincials and we believe that we have the team dynamics to make it to the show.”

The Storm has eight more games scheduled between now and Feb. 20. The boys will aim for a winning streak as they face off against Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove on Tuesday.

Whistler skiers podium at Lake Louise FIS events

The BC Alpine Ski team was well represented by a handful of Whistler Mountain Ski Club alumni at the Lake Louise Ski Club’s annual FIS races last week (Jan. 18 to 21).

Ella Renzoni had four consistent races, beginning with a fifth-place finish in Thursday’s opening Giant Slalom. She followed that up with a sixth-place result in the next day’s GS, fourth in Saturday’s slalom before ending the weekend with another fifth-place performance in Sunday’s race.

On the men’s side, Myles Kowalczyk landed on the podium with his silver medal win in the opening GS. Alexander Valentin followed in fourth. Both racers posted strong results on Friday as well, with Valentin taking the bronze and Kowalczyk in seventh. Valentin earned fifth in Saturday’s slalom event, followed by a sixth-place result in Sunday’s race. Sunday also saw Kowalczyk earn his second silver medal of the weekend, while fellow WMSC Konstantin Petkovic came ninth.

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