Professional Sports

Fraser Valley Bandits forward Thomas Kennedy has been named U SPORTS Player of the Year for the 2022 season. (Fraser Valley Bandits/CEBL)

Fraser Valley Bandits forward Thomas Kennedy has been named U SPORTS Player of the Year

Kennedy was a breakout performer for Fraser Valley this season, averaging 14.5 points a game

  • Aug 10, 2022

 

Fraser Valley Bandits’ Shane Gibson goes up against a Guelph Nighthawks player in regular season action. On Thursday, the two teams will meet again in a do-or-die match to decide who makes the league quarter-finals.(Fraser Valley Bandits/Canadian Elite Basketball League)

A win-or-go-home game for Fraser Valley Bandits on Thursday

Winner of play-in round will go to quarter-finals, loser is done for season

  • Aug 3, 2022

 

Jabs Newby and Marek Klassen in action for Fraser Valley Bandits Saturday, July 30, at Langley Events Centre against Edmonton Stingers. Klassen led all players with 19 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter(Fraser Valley Bandits/CEBL)

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits finish regular season with a win

After downing Edmonton, the playoffs await

  • Jul 31, 2022

 

Maple Ridge’s Malcolm Williams looked relaxed and confident as he made back-to-back shots at the Fraser Valley Bandits Sunday, July 17 games to claim a double prize of a Flair Airlines trip the league championships, plus a year of free flights anywhere the airline flies. (CEBL)

VIDEO: Two shots win a year of free airline flights for Maple Ridge basketball fan

Malcolm Williams plans to start with a trip to Mexico

Maple Ridge’s Malcolm Williams looked relaxed and confident as he made back-to-back shots at the Fraser Valley Bandits Sunday, July 17 games to claim a double prize of a Flair Airlines trip the league championships, plus a year of free flights anywhere the airline flies. (CEBL)
Shane Gibson had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Fraser Valley Bandits ended a season-high three game losing streak with a 95-88 victory over the visiting Ottawa BlackJacks at Langley Events Centre on Sunday, July 17. (CEBL)

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits clinch playoff berth with win over Ottawa Blackjacks

Record now 10-7 on the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season

  • Jul 18, 2022
Shane Gibson had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Fraser Valley Bandits ended a season-high three game losing streak with a 95-88 victory over the visiting Ottawa BlackJacks at Langley Events Centre on Sunday, July 17. (CEBL)
Shane Gibson led Fraser Valley with 16 points as the Bandits fell 87-89 to the visiting Guelph Nighthawks Friday, July 15 at Langley Events Centre. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)

Nighthawks down Fraser Valley Bandits

Team now in third place

  • Jul 16, 2022
Shane Gibson led Fraser Valley with 16 points as the Bandits fell 87-89 to the visiting Guelph Nighthawks Friday, July 15 at Langley Events Centre. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)
Bandits James Karnik lay-up versus Ottawa on July 8. BlackJacks won 100-79. Spencer Colby/Canadian Elite Basketball League
Bandits James Karnik lay-up versus Ottawa on July 8. BlackJacks won 100-79. Spencer Colby/Canadian Elite Basketball League
James Karnik scored five points as the Fraser Valley Bandits road game against the Newfoundland Growlers got underway Tuesday, July 5. Bandits won 88-81. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits down Growlers

Three-game road trip starts with a win

  • Jul 6, 2022
James Karnik scored five points as the Fraser Valley Bandits road game against the Newfoundland Growlers got underway Tuesday, July 5. Bandits won 88-81. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)
Fraser Valley Bandits’ Murphy Burnatowski was surrounded by Niagara River Lions Sunday, June 3 at Langley Events Centre. River Lions won, 102-99. (Fraser Valley Bandits CEBL)

VIDEO: River Lions down Fraser Valley Bandits

‘Giving up 102 points is too much:’ coach of Langley-based team says

Fraser Valley Bandits’ Murphy Burnatowski was surrounded by Niagara River Lions Sunday, June 3 at Langley Events Centre. River Lions won, 102-99. (Fraser Valley Bandits CEBL)
Fraser Valley Bandits five-game winning streak came to an end Friday night, July 1, as the visiting Scarborough Shooting Stars knocked off the first-place Bandits 93-86 at Langley Events Centre. Shane Gibson scored 27 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists while Kyle Adnam added 12. Fraser Valley Bandits (CEBL)
Fraser Valley Bandits five-game winning streak came to an end Friday night, July 1, as the visiting Scarborough Shooting Stars knocked off the first-place Bandits 93-86 at Langley Events Centre. Shane Gibson scored 27 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists while Kyle Adnam added 12. Fraser Valley Bandits (CEBL)
League-leading Fraser Valley Bandits snuck away with a 94-92 win over the Newfoundland Growlers on home court to extend their winning streak to five games on Sunday, June 26 at Langley Events Centre. (CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)
League-leading Fraser Valley Bandits snuck away with a 94-92 win over the Newfoundland Growlers on home court to extend their winning streak to five games on Sunday, June 26 at Langley Events Centre. (CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fraser Valley Bandits won their third in a row, a close 90-85 road trip win over the Guelph Nighthawks on Tuesday night, June 21. (CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fraser Valley Bandits won their third in a row, a close 90-85 road trip win over the Guelph Nighthawks on Tuesday night, June 21. (CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Former Hamilton Honey Badger Thomas Kennedy had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds (career-high) off the bench for the Fraser Valley Bandits, and also scored the game winning free-throws as the Langley-based Bandits downed the Honey Badgers 71-70 Friday night, May 27. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Former Hamilton Honey Badger Thomas Kennedy had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds (career-high) off the bench for the Fraser Valley Bandits, and also scored the game winning free-throws as the Langley-based Bandits downed the Honey Badgers 71-70 Friday night, May 27. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sean Hayes completes a 560 kg (1,235 lb) lift, breaking the previous World Record of 550 kg (1,213 lb) set in 2020. Photo supplied

B.C. strongman sets new world deadlift record at Surrey competition

Sean Hayes lifts 1,235 pounds at the King/Queen of the Throne competition

Sean Hayes completes a 560 kg (1,235 lb) lift, breaking the previous World Record of 550 kg (1,213 lb) set in 2020. Photo supplied
Clayton Faulconer is an arm-wrestling pro who was born and raised in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Gift from God’: Fernie-born arm-wrestling pro makes comeback after life-altering injury

Clayton Faulconer suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident in Vancouver

Clayton Faulconer is an arm-wrestling pro who was born and raised in Fernie. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)