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Oak Bay High swimmer McKechnie Bishop-Nicol gets off the block during provincials in Richmond on Nov. 18 and 19. (Courtesy Oak Bay High)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay High swim team defines its own success

Small Oak Bay High team tackles provincials with cheer

Lauren Rust, stops for photos with dad Chris (left) and mom Julie (right) while signing her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball for the 2023-2024 season. (Courtesy Lauren Rust)

Oak Bay teen commits to basketball with University of Pittsburgh

Dreams built on school courts at St. Patrick’s, Monterey middle, SMUS come true

Quebec-native Pierre Lamothe joins Pacific FC from Halifax Wanderers. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Pacific FC sign Halifax Wanderers midfielder Pierre Lamothe

Lamothe scored the winner against PFC when they played the Wanderers in August

Quebec-native Pierre Lamothe joins Pacific FC from Halifax Wanderers. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)

Highly-touted Connor Bedard delivers for Regina in win over Victoria Royals

Bedard scores hat trick as Pats take 9-5 win in the capital city

The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)
From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)

JDF Skating Club enjoying success on and off the ice as sport returns to normal

The club has earned competitive victories and has nearly returned to pre-pandemic membership

From left: Avery Lister, Madison Simoneau, Ariana Robertson, Julie Forslund, Jamie Page with the Juan de Fuca Skating Club. The club has been enjoying plenty of success this fall season, both in terms of competition and in terms of recovery from two years without regular events. (Courtesy of Mary Jane Howland Photography)
A woman watches on at a viewing party held at Wicket Hall for the men’s World Cup match between Canada and Belgium on Nov. 23. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Victoria fans watch Canada lose first men’s World Cup match in decades

Pacific FC hosted sold-out viewing parties at two bars in downtown Victoria

A woman watches on at a viewing party held at Wicket Hall for the men’s World Cup match between Canada and Belgium on Nov. 23. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The group leading the search for a new location for the former Western Speedway has identified another potential location. (Black Press Media file photo)

Search moving in right direction for new Western Speedway location

A new, promising location has been identified, but talks remain in their early stages

The group leading the search for a new location for the former Western Speedway has identified another potential location. (Black Press Media file photo)
Registration is open for the Oak Bay Half Marathon set for May 28, 2023. (Oak Bay Half Marathon/Facebook)

Time to start training, registration open for Oak Bay Half Marathon

Spring 2023 event raises funds for Santas Anonymous, Easter Seals B.C. and Yukon

Registration is open for the Oak Bay Half Marathon set for May 28, 2023. (Oak Bay Half Marathon/Facebook)
Fans packed into the stadium for the game, over 4,600, to witness Pacific FC play against C.S. Herediano during their CONCACAF round-of-16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Pacific FC hosting World Cup watch parties

Events at the Wicket Hall on Nov. 23 for Belgium and Bard & Banker on Nov. 27 for the Croatia game

Fans packed into the stadium for the game, over 4,600, to witness Pacific FC play against C.S. Herediano during their CONCACAF round-of-16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Amer Didic (left) celebrates a goal while his teammates jump on his shoulders during their game against Forge FC on April 10. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford’s Pacific FC re-sign star centre-backs

Amer Didic and Thomas Meilleur-Giguere will be wearing purple for the upcoming season

Amer Didic (left) celebrates a goal while his teammates jump on his shoulders during their game against Forge FC on April 10. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Pacific FC midfielder Jamar Dixon shares some pointers with Journey Middle School students Morgan Jefferis, Mikhail Ellis and River Tse-Browell following the championship game between the Grade 7s and Grade 8s. Several Pacific FC players took part in the school visit on Friday, June 24, refereeing the game, mingling with students and signing autographs for many who were thrilled by the opportunity to meet the players. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

Pacific FC captain plans for next steps

Jamar Dixon said he hopes to raise the standard and help young players stay in Canada

Pacific FC midfielder Jamar Dixon shares some pointers with Journey Middle School students Morgan Jefferis, Mikhail Ellis and River Tse-Browell following the championship game between the Grade 7s and Grade 8s. Several Pacific FC players took part in the school visit on Friday, June 24, refereeing the game, mingling with students and signing autographs for many who were thrilled by the opportunity to meet the players. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Easton Ongaro is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the Canadian Premier League’s history, with 25 goals in 55 appearances during his time at FC Edmonton. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Langford-based Pacific FC poaches lanky goal poacher

Easton Ongaro scored 25 goals in 55 games with FC Edmonton over a 3-year span

Easton Ongaro is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the Canadian Premier League’s history, with 25 goals in 55 appearances during his time at FC Edmonton. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
Oak Bay High’s senior girls field hockey team are silver medalists after a nail-biter of a final that came down to a sudden-death shootout. (Courtesy Oak Bay High)
Oak Bay High’s senior girls field hockey team are silver medalists after a nail-biter of a final that came down to a sudden-death shootout. (Courtesy Oak Bay High)
The Victoria Royals dropped both of their games against the conference-leading Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 11 and 12. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Conference-leading Winterhawks take down Victoria Royals

Royals sit last in the WHL’s Western Conference

The Victoria Royals dropped both of their games against the conference-leading Portland Winterhawks on Nov. 11 and 12. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Fans packed into the stadium, over 4,600, to witness Pacific FC play against C.S. Herediano during their CONCACAF round of 16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pacific FC off-season: player and salary changes for next season

Big names on their way out, club freezes season ticket prices

Fans packed into the stadium, over 4,600, to witness Pacific FC play against C.S. Herediano during their CONCACAF round of 16 tie at Starlight Stadium on Aug. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canada’s Sophie De Goede prepares to take a shot at goal during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. De Goede is up for World Rugby’s Women’s 15s Player of the Year award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga

Victoria-born captain of Canadian women’s rugby team up for international award

Sophie de Goede up against three others for Player of the Year award

Canada’s Sophie De Goede prepares to take a shot at goal during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. De Goede is up for World Rugby’s Women’s 15s Player of the Year award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga
Lynne Beecroft said she focused on connecting with the players one-on-one to get her message across during her coaching days. (Courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Full circle fairytale for UVic’s field hockey legend

Lynne Beecroft never imagined herself coaching. 39 years later, she’s won 15 nationals

Lynne Beecroft said she focused on connecting with the players one-on-one to get her message across during her coaching days. (Courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Oak Bay High swimmer Lauren Threlfall competes in freestyle at the Island competition in Nanaimo. (Courtesy Oak Bay High)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay swim team sends relays to provincial competition

12 young athletes compete at Richmond swim meet Nov. 18 and 19

Oak Bay High swimmer Lauren Threlfall competes in freestyle at the Island competition in Nanaimo. (Courtesy Oak Bay High)
Alphonso Franco is the new manager of the men’s national cricket team. (Courtesy of Marie Zirk)

Victoria resident Alphonso Franco takes over management of national cricket team

The owner of the Victoria Patriots will take Canada’s national cricket team to compete in Malaysia

Alphonso Franco is the new manager of the men’s national cricket team. (Courtesy of Marie Zirk)