Sports Briefs: March 22

Brief sports stories from around the Prince Rupert area

Climb for charity

Registration for the sixth annual Mt. Hays Quickclimb is now open. The event — which will run a full month earlier this year on Aug. 12 — is a timed ascent to the top of Mt. Hays .

Besides being a great workout amidst a breathtaking wilderness experience, all money also goes toward the Kaien Island Trail Enhancement and Recreation Society to help create an accessible, interconnected trail network.

Progress has already been made on that part. In February, the City of Prince Rupert signed an agreement to lease the trail to the society to restore Rushbrook Trail.

Lindsay Smith won the 2016 event, despite a downpour of rain, with a time of 41:41.

To register, go to or show up on the morning of the event to add your name.

Spring sports set to begin

As the calendar closes in on April, spring sports get ready to kick off.

Prince Rupert Youth Soccer Association (PRYSA) will kick off its season on April 3. The house league will have teams from U5 to U19, some co-ed, some strictly boys or girls.

The first games will take place in early May. More info can be found at

Prince Rupert Minor Softball will also start soon, ushering in its second year of minor softball in Prince Rupert.

Divisions range from T-ball (U8) to Midget (U18). The final registration will be held on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Raven Room at the civic centre. You can still register online at until April 1. The cost is $50 for U8-U10 and $100 for U12-U18.

Peewees tune up for provs

Although the Peewee Rep Seawolves are at the provincial championships right now, the team played a final tune-up tournament in Williams Lake from March 10-12.

It wasn’t exactly the results they wanted, but the team was playing in  the higher-level Tier 2 tourney, whereas they normally play Tier 4.

The Seawolves tied Quesnel 6-6, lost 8-3 to Williams Lake, lost 10-3 to Prince George and fell 14-2 to Salmon Arm.

“Despite the losses, it was a good experience to get higher tier action for the team before provincials start,” said Glen Irvin, manager for the Seawolves.

Provincials began last Sunday.