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Langford Lightning U17A Girls won their first ever national softball championship in Montreal between Aug. 17 and 21. Back row: Chad Bryden, Joni Frei, Kamryn Allin, Makena Aune, Dale Aune, Brynn Fortier, Peyton Bryden, Kaliyah St. Amand, Mason Barclay, Jenna Lehman, Rob Guenter, Ruby Anderson, Rob Haslam. Front Row: Marin Jorgenson, Kaela Gillis, Emma Pepin, Courtney Haslam. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Bryden)

Langford U17 girls team crowned Canada’s softball queens

Langford Lightning win national championship, which took place in Montreal between Aug. 17 and 21

Langford Lightning U17A Girls won their first ever national softball championship in Montreal between Aug. 17 and 21. Back row: Chad Bryden, Joni Frei, Kamryn Allin, Makena Aune, Dale Aune, Brynn Fortier, Peyton Bryden, Kaliyah St. Amand, Mason Barclay, Jenna Lehman, Rob Guenter, Ruby Anderson, Rob Haslam. Front Row: Marin Jorgenson, Kaela Gillis, Emma Pepin, Courtney Haslam. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Bryden)
NEW CUTLINE Victoria Grizzlies will take on the Cowichan Capitals in an exhibition game at SEAPARC Arena on Monday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. The two teams are shown here in action from an exhibition game at SEAPARC in 2018.(Sooke News Mirror files)

Victoria Grizzlies goalie Kurtis Chapman stops a shot during an exhibition game against the Cowichan Capitals at the SEAPARC Arena in Sooke on Saturday. The Grizzlies lost the game 2-1. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)

Victoria Grizzlies set to roar in Sooke

Junior A hockey club takes on Cowichan Capitals on Sept. 5 at SEAPARC

NEW CUTLINE Victoria Grizzlies will take on the Cowichan Capitals in an exhibition game at SEAPARC Arena on Monday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. The two teams are shown here in action from an exhibition game at SEAPARC in 2018.(Sooke News Mirror files)

Victoria Grizzlies goalie Kurtis Chapman stops a shot during an exhibition game against the Cowichan Capitals at the SEAPARC Arena in Sooke on Saturday. The Grizzlies lost the game 2-1. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Cedar Hill Golf Course has been selected to host a pilot project aimed at making golf more inclusive and diverse while teaching youth life skills. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cedar Hill Golf Course has been selected to host a pilot project aimed at making golf more inclusive and diverse while teaching youth life skills. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)

Sooke horseshoe club takes pitch to B.C. championship

Two-day event held in Veron over Labour Day weekend

The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association members competing at the provincial championship include Steve Bishop, Barry Devocht, Kate Potvin, Gail Bishop, Phil Overhill, Ron Dumont, Joy Devocht, John Launder, Steve Holden, Shelley Evans and Dennis Umpleby. Missing from the photo is Ken Bradley. (Contributed - Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association)
Pacific FC’s Marco Bustos jumps for the ball against C.S. Herediano in Costa Rica in the second leg of their round of 16 CONCACAF League tie on Aug. 23. (Courtesy of CONCACAF/STRAFFON IMAGES/JHON DURAN)

Pacific FC knocked out of CONCACAF League in Costa Rica

PFC lost on penalties after a last-minute equalizer

Pacific FC’s Marco Bustos jumps for the ball against C.S. Herediano in Costa Rica in the second leg of their round of 16 CONCACAF League tie on Aug. 23. (Courtesy of CONCACAF/STRAFFON IMAGES/JHON DURAN)
Jordan Brown was playing for Electric City FC in League1 Ontario. (Courtesy of Pacific Football Club)

Pacific FC signs striker Jordan Brown

The former Arsenal, West Ham and Cavalry FC man joins from Electric City FC in League1 Ontario

Jordan Brown was playing for Electric City FC in League1 Ontario. (Courtesy of Pacific Football Club)
Josh Heard hurdles a challenge from a C.S. Herediano defender during their CONCACAF round of 16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC suffers tough loss in first-leg of CONCACAF tie

PFC looked the better team but lost 1-0 to C.S. Herediano from Costa Rica

Josh Heard hurdles a challenge from a C.S. Herediano defender during their CONCACAF round of 16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

B.C. wakeboarding provincials ride over Sproat Lake

The Alberni Valley played host to the 2022 wakeboard and wakeskate provincials

Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Victoria Shamrocks players salute the crowd at The Q Centre in Colwood on Sunday after being eliminated from the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals with a 15-10 loss in game 6 to the Langley Thunder. (Victoria Shamrocks/Twitter)

Victoria Shamrocks look to next season after weekend losses in WLA semifinal

Shamrocks drop 15-10 decision to Langley at The Q Centre in Colwood on Sunday

Victoria Shamrocks players salute the crowd at The Q Centre in Colwood on Sunday after being eliminated from the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals with a 15-10 loss in game 6 to the Langley Thunder. (Victoria Shamrocks/Twitter)
Pacific FC’s Manny Aparicio fires a freekick into the wall against Atletico Ottawa on Aug. 13 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Langford-based Pacific FC stands firm against Ottawa with 1-0 win

Early goal from Josh Heard seals victory for the home team following transfer of star player

Pacific FC’s Manny Aparicio fires a freekick into the wall against Atletico Ottawa on Aug. 13 at Starlight Stadium in Langford. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Track cyclists of varying ages and ability levels will be riding the Westshore velodrome Aug. 19 to 21, during the B.C. Provincial Track Championships. (Photo courtesy Greater Victoria Velodrome Association)

Speed, strategy on display at upcoming track cycling provincials in Colwood

West Shore velodrome hosting B.C. championships Aug. 19 to 21

Track cyclists of varying ages and ability levels will be riding the Westshore velodrome Aug. 19 to 21, during the B.C. Provincial Track Championships. (Photo courtesy Greater Victoria Velodrome Association)
A trio of dragon boats cross the finish line overlooked by the legislature building Saturday during the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A trio of dragon boats cross the finish line overlooked by the legislature building Saturday during the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Svee women’s softball team represented the Victoria Saanich Women’s Softball Association at the women’s Intermediate A provincial championships in Richmond. (Courtesy of Rachelle Little)

Saanich softball team takes silver at provincials

Svee women’s team won four straight to make it to the finals

The Svee women’s softball team represented the Victoria Saanich Women’s Softball Association at the women’s Intermediate A provincial championships in Richmond. (Courtesy of Rachelle Little)
Victoria’s Daniel Damian, far left, and Colette Reimer, third from right, were part of B.C.’s gold medal-winning triathlon relay team Friday (Aug. 12) at the Canada Summer Games in Welland, Ont. (Ellen Pennick/Team BC)

Victoria triathlete Colette Reimer makes it triple gold at Canada Summer Games

21-year-old rising star joins fellow Victorian Daniel Damian on winning relay team

Victoria’s Daniel Damian, far left, and Colette Reimer, third from right, were part of B.C.’s gold medal-winning triathlon relay team Friday (Aug. 12) at the Canada Summer Games in Welland, Ont. (Ellen Pennick/Team BC)
Victoria’s Dylan Garand got the win between the pipes for Team Canada against Slovakia on Aug. 12 at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)

Victoria goalie Dylan Garand wins first start for Team Canada at World Juniors

New York Rangers prospect made 22 stops in 11-1 thumping of Slovakia

Victoria’s Dylan Garand got the win between the pipes for Team Canada against Slovakia on Aug. 12 at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)
The Victoria Shamrocks host the Langley Thunder in game 6 of the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals Sunday and are calling on fans to fill The Q Centre. (Courtesy of Ryan Molag/Langley Events Centre)
The Victoria Shamrocks host the Langley Thunder in game 6 of the Western Lacrosse Association semifinals Sunday and are calling on fans to fill The Q Centre. (Courtesy of Ryan Molag/Langley Events Centre)
Members of the 15U AA Carnarvon/Gordon Head South Island Royals baseball team celebrate their win at the provincial championships last month in Richmond. The squad heads to Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian Championships, Aug. 19 to 21. (Photo courtesy Darrel Richardson)

Combined Oak Bay/Saanich squad captures B.C. provincial baseball crown

South Island Royals 15U AA team to compete at Western Canadian Championships

Members of the 15U AA Carnarvon/Gordon Head South Island Royals baseball team celebrate their win at the provincial championships last month in Richmond. The squad heads to Saskatchewan for the Western Canadian Championships, Aug. 19 to 21. (Photo courtesy Darrel Richardson)
The Victoria HarbourCats first season back after two pandemic-cancelled campaigns ended with a loss to the Bellingham Bells on Aug. 10. (Courtesy of the Victoria HarbourCats)

Victoria HarbourCats season comes to a close after first-round playoff exit

Local team faced the North Division-best Bellingham Bells in WCL quarters

The Victoria HarbourCats first season back after two pandemic-cancelled campaigns ended with a loss to the Bellingham Bells on Aug. 10. (Courtesy of the Victoria HarbourCats)
The Trevor Purdy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes place on Aug. 20, with proceeds supporting a bursary and local youth basketball programs. (File - Pixabay.com)

Basketball tournament celebrates player’s legacy in Sooke

3-on-3 competition supports bursary and youth basketball programs

The Trevor Purdy 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament takes place on Aug. 20, with proceeds supporting a bursary and local youth basketball programs. (File - Pixabay.com)
Alejandro Diaz hurdles a challenge from York United’s Diyaeddine Abzi during the Pacific FC versus York United match at Starlight Stadium on May 20. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Adios Wero: Langford-based Pacific FC sells record goalscorer Diaz to Norwegian team

Alejandro Diaz heading to Europe after record-breaking goal scoring exploits

Alejandro Diaz hurdles a challenge from York United’s Diyaeddine Abzi during the Pacific FC versus York United match at Starlight Stadium on May 20. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
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