High school b-ball back to centre court

From high school to UVic, it's a busy week for hoops

High school Division 1 Basketball returns with a busy week. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Oak Bay boys visit Belmont while St. Michaels University School hosts Claremont, both at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 4, SMUS hosts Spectrum at 7:30 p.m. before visiting Oak Bay Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Finally, Oak Bay hosts Lambrick on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m.

Oak Bay’s junior boys basketball also enjoys several games, visiting SMUS Tuesday, Feb. 2 for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off. On Thursday, Feb. 4, SMUS hosts Belmont at 4:15 p.m. and Oak Bay hosts Mount Doug at 4:15 p.m.

The AAA girls basketball teams have a slower week with just one game on the calendar. On Monday, Feb. 1, Oak Bay AAA hosts Stelly’s at 5:45 p.m. Come cheer on the home team!

Continuing with basketball, the University of Victoria’s men and women host the University of British Columbia on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30. Tonight, the women play at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the women hit the court at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m.

UVic men’s rugby returns to the turf Saturday, Jan. 30 when the Vikes welcome the Seattle Saracens to Wallace Field at 2:30 p.m.

Looking ahead in UVic events, Feb. 1 to 6 is UVic Alumni Week, with March 16 bringing the Graduating Athletes Reception and March 30 the Celebration of Champions and UVic Sports Hall of Fame.

Registration ends this Sunday, Jan. 31 for players from five to 18 who want to hit the floor with the Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey Association. Tonight (Friday, Jan. 29) Junior division players (1997 to 1999-born) can try the sport for free, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Eagle Ridge arena. For details, visit vmbh.ca or RSVP to om@vmbh.ca.

The Victoria men’s field hockey league has several games this week starting Sunday, Jan. 31. The Hawks play the Mutineers at 11 a.m., Rebels 2 play Rebels 1 at 12:30 p.m., and the Tigers play the Marauders at 2 p.m.

The Victoria Ladies Field Hockey League starts this week’s match-ups on Saturday, Jan. 30. Lynx 1 play the Mariners at 9:30 a.m., Lynx 2 play the Blue Jays at 11 a.m., the Renegades play the Demons at 12:30 p.m., the Stellers play the Lynx 3 at 2 p.m., and finally the Ravens play the Devils at 3:30 p.m.

Play continues Wednesday, Feb. 3, when the Cardinals take on Lynx 2 at 6:30 p.m. All games are played at UVic.

In Div. 1 Vancouver Island Soccer League action, the Bays United FC take on the Vancouver Island Wave at 6 p.m. at Finlayson Field this Saturday, Jan. 30. Come Friday, Feb. 5, the Bays play Nanaimo United FC at 8 p.m., with the location still to be announced at press time. Visit VISL.org for more information.

In Div. 1 women’s soccer, Castaways FC head over the Malahat to take on Nanaimo United at Elaine Hamilton field at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 while Bays United visit the Cowichan Cubs at Evans field for a noon game.

In Junior B hockey action, Victoria Cougars start their week tonight (Friday, Jan. 29) when they face the Saanich Braves at 6:30 p.m. at Pearkes Rec Centre. After a small break the Cougars return on Thursday, Feb. 4 when they go head-to-head against the Oceanside Generals at Archie Browning at 7 p.m.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 11 student at Mt. Doug Secondary. Email your sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.