Sports shorts: Magic start to new year

The Maple Ridge Magic U-13 Metro Youth Basketball team has been just that so far this new year, compiling a 2-1 record in January to put them in second place in the Metro League.

The Magic opened their 2011 campaign with a 42-25 win over the South Surrey Broncos. Ty Rowell led all scorers with 11 points, while Noah Nickel scored eight points and added three assists.

Trenton Stone-Vanderkooi scored five points and pulled down four rebounds. Brandon Williams also had a strong defensive game pulling down four rebounds, as did Michael Dressler, who continued to play strong defense and chipped in four points. Gabriel Laza was the game’s leading rebounder pulling down six boards.

This past weekend, the Magic defeated AthELITE 44-33 for their second win of the year.

Nickel led the Magic’s offence with 13 points and picked up six rebounds. Cole Bogdanovich scored nine, while Rowell chipped in eight. Laza was strong on defence, grabbing five rebounds.

Set Injates had a good shooting game going 3-for-5 and pulling down four rebounds. The Magic came up just short in their back-to-back game losing 33-27 to the North Langley Wildcats.

Bogdanovich led all scorers with 14 points, while Rowell added eight points and Kyle Claggett had a strong game in the post grabbing five rebounds and scoring four points.

Barracudas take on the best in the west

The Meadow Ridge Barracudas female midget 1 hockey team travelled to San Jose, California last weekend to take on the some of the best female hockey teams from across the Western States and Canada.

After finishing first in their round robin pool, the Barracudas made it all the way to semi-finals, where they were knocked out by the eventual division champions.

Throughout the tourney, the Barracudas got excellent goal tending from Sabrina Mathias and Samantha Shaw.  Forwards Madeline Cockrill, Sarah Fox, Emily Jude, Payge Pena, Brooke Taylor, Jessica Thompson, and Kimberley White provided plenty of offence, while the team’s defense corps of Kirsten Langston, Megan Theisen, Melanie Tourangeau, and Sydney Langston, did a good job of shutting down opposing forwards.