Panorama Ridge Thunder made a lot of noise with a golden weekend at the 2013 B.C. Grade 8 Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament in Pitt Meadows.
The Fraser Valley champions lived up to their top ranking with an undefeated run to the gold medal against the top high school teams in their age group.
The Thunder downed Kelowna's Dr. Knox 41-21 in the opening round and then topped Windsor 53-26 in their next outing. After outlasting Kettle Valley 34-26 in Friday's semifinals, Panorama Ridge wrapped up their season in style with a 5037 thrashing of Seycove in the title game.
"The girls are so excited," said Thunder coach John Sowerby. "They worked for this every day for an hour and half for five months. I told them after the game that they did a lot of get here and winning it totally reinforces all the work. The smiles on the their faces are still there three days later and when I ask them how it feels to be provincial champions, they start screaming."
Savannah Dhaliwal scored 24 points in the final and was named the tournament MVP.
Arman Sahota was named to the first all-star team while Kuljit Johal got the nod for the second team.
BRUCE STRIKES GOLD
Former Fleetwood Park Dragons standout Kayla Bruce enjoyed a dream ending to her college volleyball career as the University of the Fraser Valley captured the CCAA national championship in Lloydminster, Alberta.
"It's so exciting," she said. "There's no better way to finish your final game of volleyball. That's the way most people want to finish and I got to do it."
The top-ranked Cascades dispatched Mount St. Vincent 3-1 in their opener and Quebec's Francis Xavier Garneau 3-1 in the semifinals before blowing away host Lakeland 3-0 in the national final.
Jenna Evans was named the tournament MVP Brittany Stewart and Bruce earned first-team all-star honours.
SEAHAWKS STILL SOARING
The Seaquam Seahawks senior girls curling team picked up their second provincial title in as many weeks with a win at the B.C. Juvenile Girls Championships in Prince George.
Led by Grade 8 skip Sarah Daniels, the Seahawks foursome - lead Megan Bourassa (Grade 11), second Heather Sinclair (Grade 11) and third: Megan Daniels (Grade 11) - needed a dramatic come-from-behind win in Saturday's championship final.
The Seaquam girls will now represent British Columbia at the 2013 Optimist Junior International Under-18 Curling Championships being held in Surrey and Langley March 27-31.
The Delta United Hurricanes were double winners when they knocked off the upstart Vancouver Olympics 2-1 in overtime in Vancouver Metro Soccer League Imperial Cup semifinal action Friday in Vancouver.
The win not only propelled the Hurricanes into the Imperial Cup final against Columbus on March 23, it also assured Delta of a return to the Provincial Cup tourney where they finished second one year ago.
"This is big for us," said Delta manager Billy Dhaliwal. "We've been in finals before, but it would be nice to add a championship title to the team's resumé. Making it to another final is a testament to how well our guys play in one-game playoffs and now we want to close it out with a cup title. It won't be easy - we're playing the premier champs in Columbus so it's going to be a huge test for us."
The Hurricanes and the Olympics battled to a scoreless draw through regulation, but Delta broke free with goals from Oscar Jiminez and Steve Millar in extra time.
Vancouver cut the gap to 2-1, but shortly afterward had a player sent off with red card, sealing the Olympics' fate.
In VMSL regular season premier action, Newton's Rovers CCBTU picked up their first win since November by beating the Richmond Hibernians 2-1.
Two fighters from Guildford's Akal Lions Boxing Club made a strong showing in the provincial Bronze Gloves tournament in Vernon last weekend.
In the 50-kilogram junior C weight class, 14-year-old Liam Tiu of Surrey captured the bronze gloves with a win over Ethan Gaskel.
In Senior novice competition, 15-year-old Rajan Thandi lost his 64-kg bout to Rome Tan.