Brad Thiessen had an outstanding season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Aldergrove goaltender was named to the AHL all-star team in January and then in April, won the Aldege 'Baz' Bastion Memorial Award, presented to the league's most outstanding goaltender.

2011: The year in sports — April

A look back at some of the top sports stories in April

  • Dec. 29, 2011 10:00 a.m.

• Brad Thiessen wins the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastion Memorial Award as the American Hockey League’s most outstanding goaltender. Thiessen was 34-7-1 with a 1.93 goals against average and a .922 save percentage for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 34 victories are a franchise record. In the summer, he re-signs with the Pittsburgh organization with a one-year two-way contract.

• Cam Abney signs an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Abney was a third round pick of the Oilers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

• Langley’s junior hockey club is sold to John and Roy Henderson and renamed the Langley Rivermen.

• The Langley Events Centre plays host to the B.C. provincial gymnastics championships (April 13). The Langley Gymnastics Foundation has 28 athletes reach the podium while Flip City Gymnastics Centre has 24 reach the podium.

Leading the way for LGF were Mikayla Sauer, who won gold in the P3 tyro 1999 all-around division, as well as gold on the vault, bars and floor exercises, and Alycia Delesalle (P4 novice) who captured top spot all-around to go along with her gold in the vault, bars, beam and floor routine.

In the men’s gymnastics level 1 competition, Austen Kuypers, Benjamin Strybos and Brendan Thomlinson all earned gold in the all-around.

Nathaniel Beier and Jaaron Muters won silver and Ethan Gaetz had bronze in the all-around competition.

In the level 3 (under 13) division, Brandon MacDonald was second all-around, thanks to a first on the rings and two silvers in the floor and horizontal bar routines.

Bryce Kuypers (level 3 13+), Victor Blaine (level 4 under 13) and Kevin Naismith (level 4 13+) each also won bronze in the all-around for their respective categories.

Kuypers won silver on the pommel and bronze on the floor, while Blaine was first on the vault and second on the pommel. Naismith took gold on parallel bars, and was third on floor, rings and vault.

Sumara Stroshein (P2 novice) was third all-around thanks to a second on the floor and a third on the bars, while Tanika Dolfo (P3 tyro) was also third all-around in her category. She also won bronze on the beam.

And in the national open category, Kaitie Geisler was tied for third all-around. She also won gold on the beam.

Geisler, Elan Fortin-Eglitis and Nikki Marion all qualified for the upcoming national championships.

Individual medal winners included:

National open — Kylie Macklin tied for third on the bars.

Pre-novice aspire — Savannah Faulkner gold on vault, bronze on floor; Chantal Frederick silver on bars, bronze on vault.

P5 open — Stephanie Bedry gold on beam; Chelsea Benedictson gold on floor.

P5 novice — Heather Owen silver on beam; Alannah McPherson gold on floor.

P3 open — Cassi Kover silver on floor.

P3 tyro 1999 — Lauryn Cheung bronze on vault, floor; Alexis Doyle silver on beam.

P3 argo — Jessie Nowotny gold on beam.

P2 argo — Lauren Van Harmelem silver on bars; Paula Urquidi bronze on floor.

Kevin Naismith, Chelsea Benedictson, Nikki Marion, Katie Geisler and Alannah McPherson are off to Grande Prairie this month for the Western Canadian championships, after qualifying at an earlier meet.


In addition to their individual honours, the Langley Gymnastics Foundation found some team success as well. The club won a gold, two silver and a bronze in various age categories.

Alycia Delesalle, Mackenzie Budy, Alyssa Kowbel, Carissa Chmelyk and Kristi Schroeder won gold in the level 4 category.

Kaitie Geisler, Nikki Marion, Elan Fortin-Eglitis, Kylie Macklin and Amy Macklin won silver in the national open category.

Makayla Sauer, Tanika Dolfo, Lauryn Cheung, Cassi Kover and Alaini Bamba also won silver in level 3. And in the pre-novice category, Abby Strand, Savannah Faulkner and Chantal Frederick won bronze.

• Megan Shane led Flip City Gymnastics with a first place finish in the all-around in the P5 tyro division at the B.C. provincial gymnastics championships over the weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

Shane was first on the bars and second in the vault, beam and floor exercises. She edged out one of her teammates, Madisen Whelband, who was third in the all-around. Whelband won gold on the vault and floor exercises and third on the bars. Amanda Neidig won gold in the beam.

The trio helped Flip City win the level 5 tyro title and they had earlier qualified for the Western Canadian championships later this month in Grande Prairie.

Deandra McNaught (P4 tyro) won bronze in the all-around, as well as gold on the beam and bronze on the floor.

Airlie Palichuk (P3 novice) won bronze on the floor and Chiara  Bertolini (P4 novice) silver on  the beam.

In the men’s gymnastics level 1 competition, Lucas Klopfstein and Jonathan Krisnawan both won gold.

And in level 2 (under 10) competition, Liam Paige won silver on the parallel bars and bronze on the vault, while Jason Klopfstein won gold on the pommel and bronze on the floor exercise.

Flip City also dominated at the trampoline and tumbling component of the provincial championships, winning four gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

Douglas Armstrong won gold in the double mini trampoline and silver in the trampoline for the youth division, while Connar Tomalty won gold in the open category in the double mini trampoline and in the open final for the trampoline.

Maya Crutch won gold in the tumbling mixed provincial 10 finals and bronze in the double mini trampoline and Sarah Kerr won silver in the provincial A finals for trampoline and bronze in the provincial B finals for tumbling.

In the double mini trampoline, Joey Humerstone (novice 11-14) and Lydia Ferguson (provincial B) both won bronze, and in trampoline, Brodie Rogulsky (provincial C) won silver.

Remi Neumeyer (novice 15+) and Rebecca Munroe (provincial C) both won bronze in the tumbling competition.

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