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Phil DiBattista, left, president of the Peninsula Warriors Lacrosse Association, and Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor welcome a $2-million grant toward a new facility for lacrosse and other sports in the community. (Courtesy of District of Central Saanich)

Central Saanich scores $2 million grant for new lacrosse facility

Other sports will also be able to use municipal facility in Centennial Park

Phil DiBattista, left, president of the Peninsula Warriors Lacrosse Association, and Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor welcome a $2-million grant toward a new facility for lacrosse and other sports in the community. (Courtesy of District of Central Saanich)
The Victoria Royals dropped its final game of the 2021/2022 season 4-2 to the Spokane Chiefs on April 16. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals miss playoffs after dropping must-win final game

Spokane beat the local club 4-2 on April 16 to end the Royals’ up-and-down season

The Victoria Royals dropped its final game of the 2021/2022 season 4-2 to the Spokane Chiefs on April 16. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)

11-year-old Langford bowler keeps family dynasty alive with provincial win

Cally Bull to compete for Team B.C. at national tenpin championships in May

11-year-old Cally Bull has been crowned provincial bantam girls singles bowling provincial champion and will be heading to the nationals in Winnipeg next month. (Photo Courtesy of Dan Bull)
Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)

Langford woman achieves personal, team success in first college hockey season

Zosia Adamek helped Liberty University clinch ACHA Div. 1 national title

Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)
Camosun Chargers women’s basketball player Tamiya Ness and men’s volleyball player Graham Basi were co-winners of the President’s Cup at the annual Chargers Athletics awards night on April 7. (Photo by Erich Eichhorn/courtesy Camosun College)

Camosun Chargers student-athletes honoured with annual awards

Reynolds alum volleyballer Graham Basi shares President’s Award with hoop star Tamiya Ness

Camosun Chargers women’s basketball player Tamiya Ness and men’s volleyball player Graham Basi were co-winners of the President’s Cup at the annual Chargers Athletics awards night on April 7. (Photo by Erich Eichhorn/courtesy Camosun College)
Taking down the bleachers board by board is Andy Cottyn, who built the wooden structure at Western Speedway. (Photo submitted)

Western Speedway fueled lifelong dream of Langford track legend Andy Cottyn

‘I have experiences that money can’t buy,’ Cottyn would have done it all again in a heartbeat

Taking down the bleachers board by board is Andy Cottyn, who built the wooden structure at Western Speedway. (Photo submitted)
Pacific FC players celebrate a goal during their game against Forge FC on April 10 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. The match marked the first time the players wore the new alternate jersey designed by Maynard Johnny Jr. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Pacific FC sells out of Indigenous-designed jersey worn for opener in Langford

Soccer club sold the first batch of 258 jerseys within hours of their release

Pacific FC players celebrate a goal during their game against Forge FC on April 10 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. The match marked the first time the players wore the new alternate jersey designed by Maynard Johnny Jr. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Victoria runner Aiden Longcroft-Harris crosses the finish line on Lochside Drive in Sidney during Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5K. He was first in his category, men age 20 to 24, and second overall among the field of 455 runners. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Runners brave wind, cold for Bazan Bay 5K near Sidney

455 hardy souls compete in final event of season in Vancouver Island Race Series

Victoria runner Aiden Longcroft-Harris crosses the finish line on Lochside Drive in Sidney during Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5K. He was first in his category, men age 20 to 24, and second overall among the field of 455 runners. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
(From left) Peninsula Panthers linemates Riley and Payton Braun and Logan Speirs await their next shift during the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial junior B hockey championships tournament in Delta. The Panthers wound up fourth overall. (Peninsula Panthers/Twitter)

Peninsula Panthers fourth at Cyclone Taylor Cup, suffer three narrow losses

Island junior B champions’ owner/GM praises his players’ attitudes

(From left) Peninsula Panthers linemates Riley and Payton Braun and Logan Speirs await their next shift during the Cyclone Taylor Cup provincial junior B hockey championships tournament in Delta. The Panthers wound up fourth overall. (Peninsula Panthers/Twitter)
The Victoria Royals (in blue) suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss Friday, giving up the winning goal in the dying seconds of a back-and-forth game against the Blazers in Kamloops. The Royals can still make the playoffs by winning both games this weekend at home against Spokane. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals play do-or-die home games against Spokane this weekend

Playoff hopes on the line as Royals look to overtake Chiefs and Prince George

The Victoria Royals (in blue) suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss Friday, giving up the winning goal in the dying seconds of a back-and-forth game against the Blazers in Kamloops. The Royals can still make the playoffs by winning both games this weekend at home against Spokane. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)

Taekwondo kicks back into Sooke

Mijo Taekwondo partners with SEAPARC

Michelle Carpenter, owner of Mijo Taekwondo, is excited about the opportunity to hold live classes at Seaparc Leisure Centre. (Photo - Mijo Taekwondo)
Lorne Carnes, a member at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in downtown Victoria, delivers a bowl at the club. Open houses at the 11 clubs around Greater Victoria are being hosted on various weekends throughout April, welcoming newcomers. (Black Press Media file photo)

Flexibility of play, fun offered at Greater Victoria lawn bowling greens

Upcoming open houses around region designed to introduce newcomers to sport

Lorne Carnes, a member at the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club in downtown Victoria, delivers a bowl at the club. Open houses at the 11 clubs around Greater Victoria are being hosted on various weekends throughout April, welcoming newcomers. (Black Press Media file photo)
UVic president Kevin Hall, left, and Vikes women’s soccer co-captain Trinity Kettyls, winner of the Presidents Cup, awarded to the university’s most outstanding student-athlete for the year. The presentation was part of the annual Vikes athletics awards ceremony held April 5. (APShutter.com/courtesy of UVic)

Vikes women’s soccer star Trinity Kettyls awarded UVic’s top student-athlete award

Vikes co-captain awarded President’s Cup during annual athletic awards ceremony

UVic president Kevin Hall, left, and Vikes women’s soccer co-captain Trinity Kettyls, winner of the Presidents Cup, awarded to the university’s most outstanding student-athlete for the year. The presentation was part of the annual Vikes athletics awards ceremony held April 5. (APShutter.com/courtesy of UVic)
Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Cole Schwebius handles the puck Friday night during Game 5 of the first round of BCHL playoffs against the Langley Rivermen. (Garrett James BCHL/Twitter)

Victoria Grizzlies knocked out of playoffs by Langley Rivermen

The Grizzlies fell 5-3 Friday in Langley, sending the Rivermen to face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Cole Schwebius handles the puck Friday night during Game 5 of the first round of BCHL playoffs against the Langley Rivermen. (Garrett James BCHL/Twitter)
Helen Edwards and Jim Swanson, Victoria HarbourCats managing partner, at the Edwards Family Training Centre in Victoria on April 7. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Helen Edwards and Jim Swanson, Victoria HarbourCats managing partner, at the Edwards Family Training Centre in Victoria on April 7. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Victoria Grizzlies right winger Matthew Wood bears down on Powell River Kings defenceman Dylan Finlay during regular season play at The Q Centre. Wood finished the regular season as the BCHL’s leading scorer and point-earner despite it being his rookie season. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)

Victoria Grizzlies rookie Matthew Wood tops league in goals and points

The 17-year-old from Nanaimo earned 45 goals and 85 points in 46 regular-season games

Victoria Grizzlies right winger Matthew Wood bears down on Powell River Kings defenceman Dylan Finlay during regular season play at The Q Centre. Wood finished the regular season as the BCHL’s leading scorer and point-earner despite it being his rookie season. (Victoria Grizzlies/Twitter)
Lambrick Park's Carter Brown in the final game of the senior boys basketball provincials – a narrow loss to the Westsyde Whundas from Kamloops. (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)

Seniors Classic all-star games assemble Island’s best in Saanich this weekend

Grade 12 girls’ and boys’ games go Saturday at Spectrum, Rising Stars event Friday

Lambrick Park's Carter Brown in the final game of the senior boys basketball provincials – a narrow loss to the Westsyde Whundas from Kamloops. (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)
Larry Stefanek will leave his job as teacher and athletic director at Ballenas Secondary to become the head coach of the University of Victoria men’s soccer program. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville teacher becomes new head coach of UVic men’s soccer program

Ballenas educator Larry Stefanek succeeds longtime coach Bruce Wilson

Larry Stefanek will leave his job as teacher and athletic director at Ballenas Secondary to become the head coach of the University of Victoria men’s soccer program. (PQB News file photo)
Vaughn Taylor, right, placed fourth in the 600-metre race at the 2022 U Sports Track and Field Championships in New Brunswick last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Barrett/U Sports)

UVic Vikes track runners, men’s basketball cap seasons at nationals

Runners miss podium but crack top-10s; hoopsters place sixth after opening loss

Vaughn Taylor, right, placed fourth in the 600-metre race at the 2022 U Sports Track and Field Championships in New Brunswick last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Barrett/U Sports)
The Victoria Royals were shutout 5-0 by the Rockets in Kelowna on April 2. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
The Victoria Royals were shutout 5-0 by the Rockets in Kelowna on April 2. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
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