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Ski lifts open at Whistler Mountain

Two British Columbia ski resorts will open Saturday. Whistler Mountain, located about five hours north of Seattle, is opening five days...

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Two British Columbia ski resorts will open Saturday.

Whistler Mountain, located about five hours north of Seattle, is opening five days earlier than expected, with daily operations from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Skiers and snowboarders can start from Whistler Village Gondola or Creekside Gondola. Emerald Express, Big Red Express and the Franz chairlifts provide access to 1,800 vertical feet of terrain.

Six ski runs will be open: Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz, Papoose, Orange Peel and Pony Trail.

Sun Peaks Resort will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


• The 12th-ranked Puget Sound volleyball team bowed out in the NCAA quarterfinals with a 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-10 loss Thursday to No. 1 Calvin in Holland, Mich. Jackie Harvey and Marissa Florant each had 10 kills to lead the Loggers (22-6). The Loggers were making the third trip in school history to the Division III tournament. "I was very proud of our team," said coach Mark Massey. "We competed strongly with one of best teams in the nation for two sets."

• Kayla Erickson of Western Washington had 19 kills, offsetting the double-double performances of Seattle Pacific's Cailin Fellows and Shelby Swanson, as the 15th-ranked Vikings secured a four-game victory (25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18) and clinched the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title Thursday night. The Vikings (22-3, 15-2 GNAC) earned the conference's automatic berth in the Division II West Regionals.

• Central Washington (20-7, 13-4 GNAC) netted its fifth consecutive win with a 25-13, 26-24, 25-17 decision over Alaska Fairbanks.

• Eastern Washington (5-25, 5-14 Big Sky) knocked off league-leading Idaho State 25-16, 24-26, 25-17, 25-13.

• Seattle University (9-19, 4-14 WAC) finished its season with a 3-0 loss (25-14, 27-25, 25-19) at the University of Denver.


• Lakeside's Kaylee Best, a guard, was among five players to sign Thursday with the Seattle University women's basketball team for the 2013-14 season. Joining Best are Wilma Afunugo, Tatiana Howard, Claire Metoyer and Alexis Montgomery.

• The Seattle U men's team has a commitment from 6-foot-9 power forward Shore Adenekan of London for next season.

Ivana Kmetovska, a 6-2 forward out of Skopje, Macedonia, signed a letter of intent to join the Washington State women's team.

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