University of the Fraser Valley basketball players Sarah Wierks, Jasper Moedt and Kevon Parchment have been named to the Canada West conference all-star teams.
Heading the list is Wierks, who became the first Cascades women’s basketball player to earn a first team all-star nod since UFV joined Canada West in 2006.
The 6’2” fifth-year centre from Chilliwack put together a sparkling campaign, leading the conference in scoring at 19.2 points per game while also authoring the greatest rebounding season in Canada West history. She set single-season conference records for total rebounds (307) and rebounding average (15.4), and tied the record for double-doubles with 18 in 20 games. She also established single-game marks for offensive rebounds (12), defensive rebounds (20) and total rebounds (31).
Wierks led the nation in rebounding by a huge margin (she finished 4.1 boards per game ahead of her closest competitor) and was fourth in the CIS in scoring.
“She’s had an unbelievable year,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said of Wierks, who finishes her career second on the conference’s all-time rebounding list with 1,049 boards. “She did things that nobody in our program has ever done, and not a lot of people in the history of Canada West have ever done. She’s left a huge mark on Canada West, and she leaves our program as one of the all-time greats.”
Moedt, a 6’7” fifth-year centre with the UFV men’s basketball team, is a member of the conference’s second all-star team for the second straight season.
A graduate of Abbotsford’s Yale Secondary, Moedt led Canada West and was second in the nation in rebounding at 10.7 per game. He also averaged 11.6 points per contest, third-best on the Cascades, and registered nine double-doubles. Over his five-year career, Moedt’s 27 double-doubles are seventh-most in conference history.
“To have Jasper finish off with an all-star is a great accomplishment for him,” UFV head coach Adam Friesen said. “He’s come a long way during his career, and he really prides himself on rebounding. So the fact he was finally able to win the rebounding title I know means a lot to him.”
Parchment was named a third team all-star, marking the first career Canada West all-star nod for the 6’3” fourth-year guard from Toronto.
Parchment paced the Cascades with 14.7 points per game, and was second on the squad in both rebounding (6.2) and assists (3.0). He also tied for first in the nation in steals (51), which is indicative of his key role in UFV’s excellent defence. The Cascades ranked second in the conference this season in points allowed per game at 69.7.
“We can’t win without him on the floor,” Friesen said of Parchment. “He defends the other team’s best player, he rebounds at a high level, and he led the country in the steals. And we’re not even talking about his offensive game and what he gives us at that end of the floor.”
- The Cascades men’s basketball team hosts a playoff series at home this weekend. The Calgary Dinos are their opponent in the Canada West quarter-finals, and the best-of-three series runs Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m., if necessary) at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre.