This Week in Saanich Sports (Jan. 16-22)

Spectrum Thunder senior girls and boys basketball teams play Mount Douglas Rams at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20

By Devon Gall

It’s another busy week in Lower Island high school basketball action, with the Spectrum senior girls and  boys playing a double-header at Mount Douglas Secondary School at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

St. Margaret’s welcomes the Esquimalt Dockers girls at 5:45 p.m. and the Claremont Spartans hosts Oak Bay’s senior girls and boys Jan. 20 (5:45 and 7:30 p.m. starts).

The Spartans boys travel to Spectrum to play the Thunder on Jan. 23 and the Lambrick Park boys visit Belmont (2 p.m.). Amid a flurry of junior games, Thursday, Jan. 22 also brings Claremont’s AAA girls to Spectrum for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off and the Mt. Doug boys to Belmont for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Saanich Braves Junior B boys are amid a five game-week, unfortunately for supporters, only one game will be at home at Pearkes Rec Centre Friday, Jan. 23 when the Braves host the Kerry Park Islanders at 6:30 p.m.

For those eager to road trip with their Braves, the squad visits the West Shore Wolves Wednesday, Jan. 21 and the Nanaimo Buccaneers Thursday, Jan. 22.

Did you know? Pearkes Rec. Centre, home to Saanich Minor Hockey as well as the Junior Braves, has been nominated for the Kraft Hockeyville arena upgrade contest. The winning arena receives $100,000 in upgrades: www.khv2015.ca/en/nominations/

The Vancouver Island Premier League returns to action this weekend when a handful of boys and girls U18 soccer teams hit the turf.

Coming up: Local swimmers will make a splash at Saanich Commonwealth Pool next weekend for the Vancouver Island Regional Short Course Swim Championships, Friday, Jan 23 to Sunday, Jan 25.

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