Fifth-year UVic Vike forward Jessica Renfrew has been a cornerstone for this young 2014-15 Vikes squad

Fifth-year UVic Vike forward Jessica Renfrew has been a cornerstone for this young 2014-15 Vikes squad

This week in Saanich Sports (Feb. 13-19): Last stand at Shields Court

UVic Vikes this weekend as the school’s basketball squads conclude an era of basketball on Ken and Kathy Shields Court in McKinnon Gym

By Devon Gall

Come show your support for the University of Victoria Vikes this weekend as the school’s basketball squads conclude regular season play with the final four regular season games to be played on Ken and Kathy Shields Court in McKinnon Gym.

The men’s and women’s teams are hoping for a strong finish to their seasons as the men enter their final weekend with a strong 14-7 record. Both the men and women play Trinity Western this weekend, with the women starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 followed by the men at 8 p.m. Saturday’s games start at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively.

It’s a big day for soccer fans Sunday, Feb. 15, when the Vikes men’s soccer team hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC for a pre-season exhibition match-up at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Whitecaps players will be available for autographs and a meet-and-greet with the public at the stadium from 12 to 12:30 p.m. with kick-off is at 2 p.m.

Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson – a former Whitecap and national team captain – is in his 27th season at UVic. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at tickets.uvic.ca until noon Feb. 13 or at Friday’s basketball games at McKinnon Gym: $15/adults, $10/ seniors and students and $7/youth, with children age 6 and younger free. Tickets at the gate $18/$13/$10). For soccer team group rates, contact Janine Prince at jlprince@uvic.ca

The Vikes men’s field hockey team has a Valentine’s Day match-up against the United Brother’s Field Hockey team, with the game starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the UVic field hockey turf, beside McKinnon Gym.

While the Camosun Chargers basketball teams are out of town this weekend, the volleyball teams will be ready to hit the court against the College of the Rockies. The Friday, Feb. 13 games start with the women’s game at 6 p.m. with the men to follow. The women will start the action again Saturday at 10 a.m. Catch both days’ games at PISE.

Starting the week in high school hoops, the Mount Douglas Rams visit the Spectrum   Thunder today (Friday, Feb. 13) for a 7:30 p.m. game. Saturday, Feb. 14 takes Rams to St. Michaels University school for a 3 p.m. tip-off. SMUS next hosts Oak Bay for a 7:30 p.m. game Monday, Feb. 16, while Tuesday showcases the final senior game as the Claremont girls hosts St. Andrew’s for a 5:45 p.m. start, before Wednesday’s AA boys South Island playoffs at SMUS.

The second round of the Island’s competitive midget hockey playoffs come to Pearkes Rec Centre this weekend for the Saanich Braves Midget AA squad. After going 4-0 in round-robin play to finish first on the South Island, they’re ready to host a strong Oceanside Generals Saturday. Head to the Gold Rink to cheer on the home team when the puck drops at 4 p.m.

Saanich Lacrosse Association is still taking registrations for their Spring 2015 box lacrosse season. Registration is open for all players born from 1999 to 2010 and no experience is necessary.  New this year, the association is supporting female box lacrosse, as well as traditional co-ed teams.

Find full registration details and evaluation schedules atsaanichlacrosse.com Players must be registered to attend evaluation sessions.

Coming up, Boulders Climbing Gym at Stelly’s High School hosts some of the world’s best climbers Friday, Feb. 20 to Sunday, Feb. 22. Up to 100 athletes will learn from some of the best at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Climbing Camp, where climbers will instruct those age 13 to adult in the art of climbing.

Classroom sessions and workshops take place Friday and Saturday morning, with prime public viewing opportunities during mock competitions on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Public admission by donation. For more details, visit sportclimbingbc.ca

– Devon Gall is an avid sports fan and athlete attending Grade 12 at Mount Douglas secondary. Reach him at jocktalk@telus.net.