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The University of Victoria women’s rugby team has earned a semifinal berth at nationals for the first time in program history after defeating the University of Guelph on Wednesday (Nov. 10). (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Historic win earns Vikes women’s rugby first-ever semifinal berth at nationals

The Unversity of Victoria beat the Guelph Gryphons 21-10 on Wednesday

The University of Victoria women’s rugby team has earned a semifinal berth at nationals for the first time in program history after defeating the University of Guelph on Wednesday (Nov. 10). (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
A member of the University of Victoria women's rugby team secures a line-out. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
A member of the University of Victoria women's rugby team secures a line-out. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Coach Charles Parkinson is the only PACWEST conference coach to bring their team four consecutive wins. (File photo courtesy of Kevin Light)

Renowned volleyball coach Charles Parkinson to step back from Camosun Chargers

After departing in the new year, Parkinson said he’ll be looking at behind the scenes roles

Coach Charles Parkinson is the only PACWEST conference coach to bring their team four consecutive wins. (File photo courtesy of Kevin Light)
Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)

Peninsula Panthers pounce for two victories over the weekend

Wins against Victoria Cougars and Kerry Park Islander push Panthers up the standings

Peninsula Panther Grant Gilbertson is battling for the puck against Kiernan Strange of the Victoria Cougars during Friday’s 4-1 victory against the visitors. Gilbertson also helped his team Saturday night as he scored the tying goal against the Kerry Park Islanders en route to a 5-4 victory on the road. (Courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)
Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach during a game against the Kamloops Blazers on Oct. 29. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals blanked by Kamloops Blazers 6-0

Langford’s Dylan Garand expected to start for Team Canada during World Junior Championships

  • Nov 8, 2021
Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach during a game against the Kamloops Blazers on Oct. 29. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Cowichan Secondary’s Annika Renz gets the ball past an Oak Bay player during Monday’s Island AAA field hockey final at the Cowichan Sportsplex. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Secondary falls to Oak Bay in Island field hockey final

Two goals late in the second quarter make the difference

Cowichan Secondary’s Annika Renz gets the ball past an Oak Bay player during Monday’s Island AAA field hockey final at the Cowichan Sportsplex. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Keane, left, of Ireland, and Rob Friend celebrate Keane’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during second half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday April 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

World-class soccer pair relish chance to grow the game as Pacific FC co-owners

Former Canadian internationals Rob Friend and Josh Simpson co-own Langford-based club

Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Keane, left, of Ireland, and Rob Friend celebrate Keane’s goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps during second half MLS soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday April 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)

Panthers GM promises better effort Friday after Peninsula loses to expansion Bombers

Junior B hockey team erases four-goal deficit but comes up short; hosts Victoria this week

Peninsula’s Riley Braun carries the puck during Friday’s 5-4 home loss to the Port Alberni Bombers during Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Christian J. Stewart)
The home crowd was left disappointed on Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Pacific FC loses last home game of regular season, first place at risk

The team faces Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday

The home crowd was left disappointed on Saturday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Emily Hyman (left) and Samantha Desrosiers are members of Victoria Women’s Basketball League, which aims to create a safe and fun space for women to continue pursuing the sport when they’re no longer in grade school or university. (Kevin Light Photography)

Victoria Women’s Basketball League creates inclusive space for players

All-ages recreational 3x3 league plays in PISE gym at Camosun Interurban on Sunday evenings

Emily Hyman (left) and Samantha Desrosiers are members of Victoria Women’s Basketball League, which aims to create a safe and fun space for women to continue pursuing the sport when they’re no longer in grade school or university. (Kevin Light Photography)
Participants compete in the 2014 Cyclocross events at Bear Mountain in Langford. (Photo by Kevin Light)

Langford’s Bear Mountain set to host national cyclocross event

Former national champions and up-and-coming stars will be riding Nov. 26 to 28

Participants compete in the 2014 Cyclocross events at Bear Mountain in Langford. (Photo by Kevin Light)
Canada’s Brittany Waters carries the ball during the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris. Waters, now retired from playing and the head coach of the UVic Vikes women for seven seasons, will join Canada’s women’s sevens program as an assistant coach following the completion of the university season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Remy de la Mauviniere)

Vikes women’s rugby coach to don Canada colours again, this time as assistant coach

UVic’s Brittany Waters enjoyed Hall of Fame playing career with national program

Canada’s Brittany Waters carries the ball during the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris. Waters, now retired from playing and the head coach of the UVic Vikes women for seven seasons, will join Canada’s women’s sevens program as an assistant coach following the completion of the university season. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Remy de la Mauviniere)
Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his car in his Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke racer hits speed of 468 km/h on salt flats

Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his car in his Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)
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BCHL all-star festivities to include Top Prospects Game

All-star events will be held Jan. 14 in Penticton, with NHL and college scouts in attendance

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Victoria Royals’ Anthony Wilson, #21, breaking on Prince George Cougar goaltender Taylor Gauthier during the second period. (Christopher Kelsall photo)

Injured Victoria Royals limp to 4-1 loss against Prince George Cougars

10 regulars out of the lineup Saturday night

  • Oct 25, 2021
Victoria Royals’ Anthony Wilson, #21, breaking on Prince George Cougar goaltender Taylor Gauthier during the second period. (Christopher Kelsall photo)
Members of the Sardis Drumline on the ice at an empty Abbotsford Centre prior to Friday night’s American Hockey League game. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Sardis Drumline gets season-long gig at Vancouver Canucks games

Small groups from Sardis secondary school will perform at 41 National Hockey League matches

Members of the Sardis Drumline on the ice at an empty Abbotsford Centre prior to Friday night’s American Hockey League game. (submitted photo)
Victoria Royals Keanu Derungs celebrating his goal to open the scoring at 1:12 of the second period. (Christopher Kelsall/Special to Victoria News)

Prince George Cougars hammer the Victoria Royals 5-1

Royals fall after injecting inexperienced youth into the depleted line-up

Victoria Royals Keanu Derungs celebrating his goal to open the scoring at 1:12 of the second period. (Christopher Kelsall/Special to Victoria News)
Georgia Devonshire is a talented rugby player selected in a Canada-wide search for potential Olympic candidates. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)

Saanich rugby player makes top 100 in Canada-wide search for Olympic talent

UVic student selected through RBC training ground designed to find Canada’s best athletes

Georgia Devonshire is a talented rugby player selected in a Canada-wide search for potential Olympic candidates. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)
Vikes soccer alums Trinity Kettyls (left) and Mackenzie Riggs (right) run in 2020’s Vikes Kick Cancer event in honour of the latter of whom, who was diagnosed with brain cancer the same year. (University of Victoria Varsity Athletics)

UVic Vikes take to second run for brain cancer research in honour of diagnosed alum

Goal is to raise a total of $100,000 for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Vikes soccer alums Trinity Kettyls (left) and Mackenzie Riggs (right) run in 2020’s Vikes Kick Cancer event in honour of the latter of whom, who was diagnosed with brain cancer the same year. (University of Victoria Varsity Athletics)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)

The greatest award: How officiating hockey changed Greater Victoria man’s life

Shayne Heinekey the recipient of Hockey Canada’s most improved official award for B.C.

  • Oct 22, 2021
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)