Spartans drop home-opener against visiting cascades


Fraser Valley exacted a measure of revenge as the Cascades earned a series split with Trinity Western after beating the Spartans 93-79 Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.


After TWU (2-2) nabbed an overtime win at UFV (2-2) on Friday night, the Cascades returned the favour, knocking off the Spartans in their home-opener.


UFV had six players hit double-digits in points, led by Manny Dulay, who had 18 points and seven rebounds.


With the Cascades leading by five points following the third quarter, the visitors quickly established a 10-point edge, 76-66, less than three minutes into the fourth quarter and TWU was never closer than six points the rest of the way.


The Spartans were led by Vartan Tanielian (Surrey, B.C.), who had 21 points to go with seven boards. Patrick Vandervelden (Abbotsford, B.C.) had 15 points and Peter Spangehl (Surrey) had a team-high eight rebounds.


Anthony Gilchrist added 17 points for UFV while Vijay Dhillon had 15, Andrew Morris had 12 and both Navjot Bains and Denver Sparks-Guest each had 10. Sparks-Guest also had a team-high eight rebounds.


TWU shot 36.6 per cent from the field while the Cascades shot 41.7 per cent.


“It would have been nice if we had the energy and focus that we needed for the full game,” said Spartans coach Aaron Muhic. “At times, it was good, but I know that we can rebound and defend better. Our guys worked hard but working hard with a purpose is better than working hard with no purpose. We knew they were going to be a wounded bear and I thought we competed but we didn’t compete well enough to win. We’re a young team and getting guys to have good games back-to-back is something we have to work on.”


The Spartans opened a 26-19 first quarter lead, but that soon disappeared, with UFV outscoring TWU 23-15 in the second quarter to take a 42-41 advantage into halftime.


In the third quarter, the Cascades extended their lead to as much as 13 points, 58-45, before the Spartans responded, getting back to within five points, 69-64 going to the final frame.


“The third quarter is something we need to focus on,” Muhic said. “We didn’t have a good third quarter last night or tonight. We just need to learn from this and grow and that’s what we’re going to do.”


In the fourth quarter, UFV pulled away. The Cascades opened an 83-71 lead and despite TWU closing to within six points, 83-77, the visitors held off the Spartans for a 14-point win.


TWU now travels to play UNBC Nov. 18-19. The Cascades have next week off before hosting UNBC Nov. 25-26.

Game Notes: UFV had a 52-42 edge in rebounds…the Cascades had a 27-18 advantage in points off the bench

Spartans win fourth straight conference title, finish third overall

Trinity Western’s women’s cross country team won its fourth straight Canada West championship and finished third overall at the U Sports national championship Saturday on the Plains of Abraham.

The Spartans put two athletes in the top five overall as Lisa Brooking (Orillia, Ont.) was fourth and Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) was fifth. Brooking crossed the line in 21:23.8 over the six kilometre race, while Yee finished in 21:30.0.


TWU’s women’s team has now finished in the top three in each of the last three years, after finishing second in U Sports in the previous two years.

After the Spartans leading duo, TWU’s Meg Harradine (Langley) capped her university cross country career with a 27th place finish overall in 22:59.0, while Mirelle Martens (Grande Prairie, Alta.), who finished 29th in 23:00.2, and Joanna Williams (Campbell River, B.C.), who was 38th in 23:13.2, rounded out the team’s top five.


Mikaela Smart (Maple Ridge, B.C.) was 47th overall in 23:34.9 and Hannah Ryan (Seven Sisters Falls, Man.) was 52nd in 23:48.2.


With their results, Brooking and Yee are both U Sports First Team All-Canadians and Canada West First Team All-Stars. Harradine, Martens and Williams are Canada West Second Team All-Stars.


Coach Mark Bomba was named the Canada West Coach of the Year.



4th – Lisa Brooking – 21:23.8

5th – Regan Yee – 21:30.0

27th – Meg Harradine – 22:59.0

29th – Mirelle Martens – 23:00.2

38th – Joanna Williams – 23:13.2

47th – Mikaela Smart – 23:34.9

52nd – Hannah Ryan – 23:48.2



  1. Guelph, 70 points
  2. Queen’s, 77
  3. Trinity Western, 103
  4. Western, 142
  5. Toronto, 184
  6. Alberta, 222
  7. McGill, 223
  8. McMaster, 238
  9. Victoria, 246
  10. Dalhousie, 248
  11. Calgary, 263
  12. Manitoba, 353
  13. Laurentian, 356
  14. Montreal, 356
  15. Laval, 381
  16. Sherbrooke, 422
  17. Saskatchewan, 443
  18. StFX, 448
  19. MacEwan, 473
  20. Waterloo, 540
  21. Wilfrid Laurier, 544
  22. UQTR, 662


Spartans win first ever canada west title, finish second in u sports


Trinity Western’s men’s cross country team made program history at the U Sports national championships as the team won its first ever Canada West championship while, even more impressively, finishing second overall Saturday on the Plains of Abraham.


Led by Declan White (South Surrey, B.C.), who finished second in 30:56.0 over 10 kilometres, the Spartans put its leading five runners all inside the top 42 amongst U Sports athletes. In what was a remarkable team performance from TWU, the Spartans saw its five best finishers all cross the line within 1:22.2.


The Canada West championship ends a six-year run by Victoria as the conference title-holders and sees the men’s team join the Spartans women’s team atop the conference. TWU’s women’s team captured its fourth consecutive Canada West banner on Saturday.


Following White was Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) who finished eighth overall in 31:15.9, while Caleb DeJong (Winnipeg), who was 17th overall in 31:34.4, Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) who was 19th in 31:36.4 and James Lam (Langley), who was 42nd in 32:18.3, rounded out TWU’s top five. Tyler DeJong (Langley) was 81st in 33:31.1 and Adam Marshall (Langley) was 97th in 34:15.4.


“For our guys, every single one of them ran out of their minds,” said Spartans coach Mark Bomba. “Considering we were missing Levi (Neufeld, Winnipeg), who picked up an injury late in the season, this was not expected. We thought we’d have a shot at the Canada West championship if we ran well, but finishing second in the country, I don’t have words for what they did. Obviously all those guys ran well, but for James Lam to run the way he did, I couldn’t be prouder. For them to come together and do exactly what they needed to do and in some cases more, is a testament to their perseverance.” 


With his result, White is the Canada West Male Athlete of the Year and also a U Sports First Team All-Canadian. Meanwhile, De Schiffart is a U Sports Second Team All-Canadian. White and De Schiffart, along with Caleb DeJong are all Canada West First Team All-Stars, while Colyn is a Canada West Second Team All-Star.


The only team to beat the Spartans on the day was Laval, who entered the race as the top-ranked team, the heavy favourites and the home side.


Last year, TWU finished second in Canada West and sixth overall.



2nd – Declan White – 30:56.0

8th – Joel De Schiffart – 31:15.9

17th – Caleb DeJong – 31:34.4

19th – Nick Colyn – 31:36.4

42nd – James Lam – 32:18.3

81st – Tyler DeJong – 33:31.1

97th – Adam Marshall – 34:15.4



1. Laval, 43 points

2. Trinity Western, 88

3. Western, 96

4. McMaster, 138

5. Windsor, 145

6. Victoria, 145

7. Calgary, 160

8. Queen’s, 185

9. Guelph, 222

10. StFX, 234

11. Toronto, 293

12. Manitoba, 310

13. Dalhousie, 402

14. Ottawa, 416

15. Waterloo, 425

16. Sherbrooke, 430

17. Wilfrid Laurier, 517

18. Montreal, 543

19. UQTR, 551

20. Concordia, 606

21. MacEwan, 613



Athlete of the year: Yves Sikubwabo, Laval

Rookie of the year: Muhumed Sirage, Western

Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Gabriel Ghiglione, McMaster

Coach of the year: Félix-Antoine Lapointe, Laval


1. Yves Sikubwabo, Laval, 30:51.0

2. Declan White, Trinity Western, 30:56.0

3. Connor Darlington, McMaster, 30:57.9

4. Kevin Tree, Lakehead, 31:01.1

5. Antoine Thibeault, Laval, 31:06.7

6. Alexandre Ricard, Laval, 31:10.7

7. Corey Bellemore, Windsor, 31:12.0


8. Joel De Schiffart, Trinity Western, 31:15.9

9. Jack Sheffar, Western, 31:18.6

10. Jeff Tweedle, McMaster, 31:18.7

11. Christopher Balestrini, Western, 31:21.3

12. Ben Carson, Western, 31:21.3

13. Adam Strueby, Regina, 31:22.0

14. Roman Justinen, Calgary, 31:23.5



CW Finish / Points / U Sports Overall Finish


1. Trinity Western / 86 / 2nd

2. Victoria / 141 / 6th

3. Calgary / 156 / 7th

4. Manitoba / 299 / 12th

5. MacEwan / 598 / 21st


CW Finish / University / Time / U Sports Overall Finish

1. Declan White / Trinity Western University / 30:56.0 / 2nd

2. Joel De Schiffart / Trinity Western University / 31:15.9 / 8th

3. Adam Strueby / University of Regina / 31:22.0 / 13th

4. Roman Justinen / University of Calgary / 31:23.5 / 14th

5. Shoayb Bascal / University of Victoria / 31:26.8 / 15th

6. Forrest Simpson / University of Victoria / 31:28.0 / 16th

7. Caleb DeJong / Trinity Western University / 31:34.4 / 19th



8. Nick Colyn / Trinity Western University / 31:36.4 / 21st

9. Kieran McDonald / University of Alberta / 31:36.9 / 22nd

10. Ryan Grieco / University of Calgary / 31:42.3 / 25th

11. Ben Weir / University of Victoria / 31:55.0 / 33rd

12. Cole Peterson / University of Victoria / 32:02.0 / 35th

13. Samuël Poher / University of Calgary / 32:05.8 / 38th

14. Daniel Heschuk / University of Manitoba / 32:08.9 / 39th

Spartans bounce back to win home-opener over Fraser valley

Led by Jessie Brown (Langley), who had 19 points, the Trinity Western women’s basketball team bounced back from a Friday night loss to Fraser Valley to win 65-51 in the Spartans home-opener Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.


The Spartans raced out to a 14-point lead, 24-10, after the first quarter, and were in control the rest of the way.

Playing staunch defence from start to finish, TWU held UFV to just 19 points through the first half and only 28 through three quarters.


With Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) tallying 14 points and five rebounds and Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) putting up 12 points and five boards, the Spartans put together an impressive performance to improve to 3-1 on the season.


UFV’s Taylor Claggett led the Cascades (2-2) with 18 points, while Shayna Litman had 13 points and Sara Simovic added 10. Kayli Sartori, who entered the game averaging 18.7 points per game, was held to just seven points.


“We showed ourselves better today,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “I thought we represented ourselves better for a 40-minute game. I thought we really lost our tempo yesterday and we know that to have success, we have to play with tempo. I challenged some of our key performers and reinforced that we can’t have gaps where they collectively don’t make things happen on offence. I thought they responded very well.


“I thought we had some really key plays early in the game. Everyone who came onto the floor was ready to maintain the same tempo and the same energy. They fought hard. They stood their ground. They didn’t get distracted by everything else that was going on and I’m just really proud of them. And I’m not proud of them just because of the score. I’m proud of them because it was a complete team effort from start to finish. I think anytime we are able to do that, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win the game.”


After holding the Cascades to 10 points in the first quarter, TWU was even better defensively in the second quarter, limiting UFV to nine points and holding a 37-19 lead at the break.


The third quarter saw the teams settle into a defensive battle as TWU outscored the Cascades 12-9.


With the Spartans up by 21 going to the fourth quarter, TWU held off the Cascades en route to a 14-point win.


Game Notes: The last time TWU beat UFV was Jan. 28, 2012, when the Spartans won 71-59 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre…the game marked the first time UFV had played the Spartans at the LEC in a regular season game since 2013-14…Brown led TWU in scoring on both nights against the Cascades, finishing with 32 points over the weekend series.