Sport shorts: Chargers volleyball awards; Chargers in hoops playoffs; Vikes at Canada West track meet, and more

2012 CIS rookie of the year and 600-metre champion Rachel Francois leads the UVic Vikes track team into the Canada West championships

Chargers bounce into playoffs

A little luck was all the extra help the Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team needed to secure a playoff spot, and they got it.

The Chargers kept their playoff dreams alive on Saturday with a 99-47 drubbing of the Columbia Bible College Bearcats at the Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence. Third-year wing Elyse Matthews (Stelly’s) led the Chargers with 20 points.

The Chargers were in danger of missing the playoffs, however, having lost to the Kwantlen Eagles 61-47 on Friday. But the Chargers held on to the final playoff spot when Quest defeated Langara on Saturday.

The Chargers men’s team squeaked into the playoffs in a similar style. Wing Drake Downer led the men team with 19 points and eight rebounds as they qualfied for provincials with a 92-65 win over the Bearcats on Saturday.

Camosun hosts the men’s and women’s 2013 PacWest playoffs at PISE, Feb. 28 to March 2.

Chargers awards winners

Six Camosun Chargers volleyball players were recognized as PacWest all-stars this week.

Andrew Inglis and Alex Sadowski were named as men’s first team all-stars. Ryan Marcellus, Lochlan Polson and Natalie Delarge made the women’s all rookie team. Hilary Graham was named to the women’s second all-star team.

Vikes track at Canada West meet

2012 CIS rookie of the year and 600-metre champion Rachel Francois leads the UVic Vikes women’s track team into the Canada West championships this weekend, Feb. 22 to 24.

Both the Vikes men’s and women’s teams are poised to win the 4x800m relay.

Adam Gaudes and Thomas Riva are also ranked No. 1 in their respective events, the 600m and 1000m, and hope to win gold.

The meet is at the University of Regina.

Judokas throw for gold at Pacific tournament

Seven members of the Victoria Judo Club competed at the Pacific International Judo tournament in Richmond last weekend, with four picking up medals.

Tristan Alexander, 14, won gold, despite being the youngest in the U18 over-90 kgs division. Josh van Meur won silver in the U21 and men’s open at sub-81 kgs. George Lukas won silver in the U21 sub-66 kgs category. Jackson Minnick won bronze in the U15 sub-50kg category.

BCHL Showcase to return to Chilliwack Chiefs for 2013

The B.C. Hockey League’s inaugural showcase at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre last September won dozens of players scholarships in the NCAA.

It made the league much more accessible to scouts from smaller NCAA schools, particularly Div. 3 programs, which can’t afford to have traveling recruiters year round.

Several Victoria Grizzlies benefitted from the event, as many are headed to the NCAA next year.

Next year’s Showcase is set for Sept. 6 to 8, with each team playing two regular season games.

The Grizzlies are home to the Cowichan Capitals Friday (Feb. 22), 7:15 p.m. at Bear Mountain Arena. Saturday the Grizz visit Cowichan.

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