High school hoops heats up following the Christmas break

The annual Victoria Police Tournament will fill St. Michaels’ gyms with senior boys basketball action Jan. 15 to 17

Oak Bay’s sports scene is ramping up again after the Christmas break.

It’s a busy week on the senior school hardwood. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Oak Bay visits Mount Douglas for a double-header beginning with the girls at 5:45 p.m. followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

St. Michaels University School’s senior girls tip off at Lambrick Park at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday while SMUS’ boys welcome the Belmont Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Oak Bay’s Glenlyon Norfolk School visits Saanich’s St. Andrews’ where the senior girls take the court at 5:45 p.m. and the boys follow at 7:30 p.m.

The annual Victoria Police Tournament will fill St. Michaels’ gyms with senior boys basketball action Jan. 15 to 17, where Oak Bay will take on teams from SMUS, Lambrick Park, Claremont and Spectrum, in addition to Shawnigan, David Thompson and West Vancouver. Tip-off is at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

The University of Victoria Vikes follow this weekend’s road trip to Winnipeg with the men’s and women’s teams playing host to the Prairie squads Jan. 16 and 17. Both games take place at UVic’s McKinnon Gym. The women get under way at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday while the men play at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Camosun College Chargers men’s and women’s basketball squads host Vancouver Island College Friday, Jan. 9 at PISE. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m. while the men tip off at 8 p.m. Watch for the Chargers’ volleyball teams returning to the court next Friday, Jan. 16, with Camosun hosting the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades. Games go at 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.

The Vancouver Island Ladies Field Hockey Association has a host of games in stock this week. Five games are on tap locally Saturday, Jan. 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. when the Pirates host Lynx 3. The Devils and Demons follow at 11 a.m., the Cardinals and Lynx 2 at 12:30 p.m., the Renegades and Ravens at 2 p.m. and the Blue Jays and Sailors at 3:30 p.m. Two local games Sunday, Jan. 11 pit Lynx 3 against the Demons at 9 a.m., while the Devils and the Pirates take to the pitch at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Patriots host the Flickers.

Three match-ups are also on the men’s calendar, with the Hawks taking on the Rebels at 10:30 a.m., the Marauders hosting Oak Bay at noon and the Mutineers hosting the Tigers at 1:30 p.m. All games are at the UVic turf.

Looking ahead to Canada’s national summer sport, Victoria Esquimalt Lacrosse registration is open to Oak Bay players looking to participate in the 2015 box lacrosse season. See www.velacrosse.com for details. The association’s annual Back to the Box sessions will begin Jan. 31 – stay tuned for details.

Watch also for your Greater Victoria Baseball Association parks opening their registration soon for the 2015 season.

Grade 12 student Devon Gall is an avid sports fan, athlete and former Carnarvon baseball player. Send your sports events news to jocktalk@telus.net.