Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Daily Wrap Report - Tuesday, February 24

Figure Skating:  Today was competition day for Novice Ladies. Rachel Pettitt skated a great short program for a total of 38.89 points. She is second after the short program by a very small margin from the first place finisher from Quebec at 38.97. It was a practice day for Mikayla and Michael. Tomorrow is the final competition day for Mikayla and Michael. Mikayla will be skating her long program starting at 5:35 PM and Michael skates at 12:50 PM.

Hockey – Men’s: The hockey team had a great game against NWT. They won 8-2 in a well-played game. They will practice tomorrow at 11:15 and plan to watch Judo and anything else they can catch. They are enjoying their time in Prince George.

Curling: We played against BC this morning and against PEI this afternoon. Both games were losses but our girls got on the score board and managed to steal points as well. The fan support was terrific! Thank you to everybody who came out. We have some down time with a bye tomorrow morning and are back out on the ice at 4:00 against Saskatchewan.

Judo: Quiet day for Judo today. Light practice in the morning then weigh-in at 6:00 PM. We are super excited because Jacob made weight! We had a coaches meeting and then the draws. First up for us tomorrow is Newfoundland. Tournament starts at 1:00 at UNBC tomorrow.

Table Tennis: This morning and early afternoon, the table tennis team competed in male, female, and mixed doubles. There were some strong plays by the Yukon teams, but the girls and the mixed teams did not pull off a win. With one match left in the day, Arcel and Thomas got the first win for team Yukon in the men’s doubles against Nunavut! For the rest of the afternoon, the team relaxed in their rooms and did some shopping at the mall. Tomorrow morning, the doubles teams will cross over and compete in new pools, followed by the beginning of singles competitions in the afternoon.

Squash: Day 2 in the team event saw our girls play top seeded Ontario. As expected, Ontario dominated and didn’t relinquish a game. The Ontario girls were great sports and didn’t simply pummel our girls. Rather, they rallied with our girls and were very nice, both on and off the courts. Although victory eluded the girls on the court, they seem to be doing very well, particularly Ava Cairns, in pin negotiations. The boys played Newfoundland. Our encounter started off with a win from our number three player Eshan Idrees. Unfortunately, that was where the winning streak ended. This was the first encounter we’ve played on one of the glass courts which provide an amazing spectator experience. Tomorrow, the girls will play Nova Scotia at 9:00 then Manitoba at 2:00. The boys will play PEI at 4:30.

Synchro: Today Catherine competed in the figure and solo events. She had a great solo performance and received awesome marks for artistic impression. Solo finals are Saturday; we’ll be practicing hard and cheering on other Team Yukon athletes until then.

Snowboard: The snowboarders had another day at Purden riding groomed trails. They are very happy to be on Tabor Mountain tomorrow for training in Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross. Their competition begins Friday. Equally exciting is the fact that the case of the missing black box has been solved. Norm’s wax kit was found by Tanya Hope, mission staff for Hockey, as it has been moving its way around the Kin Arena since it got off the Cargo truck here in Prince George on Saturday. Trev T had spent countless hours scouring that facility and yet the box remained elusive. Everyone involved in the Games had been alerted to be on the lookout because of the importance of this piece of equipment’s role in the snowboard team’s prep. They are all happy to be hitting the park tomorrow with tuned boards. Thank you Tanya and Trev!

Cross-Country Skiing: In the 1.4 km classic sprint female, we had two athletes trying to land on the podium. Annah Hanthorn finished in fourth place and Kendra Murray finished in sixth. Hannah Deuling, Natalie Hynes, and Adrienne Hynes did not make it past the quarterfinals. In the 1.5 km classic sprint male, Knute Johnsgaard just missed another medal with a fourth place finish. Carlan McLean did not qualify and Simon Cash, Marcus Deuling, and Mac Prawdzik did not make it past the quarterfinals.