Ice Hawks play host to Cowichan

Oak Bay High School’s junior boys and girls basketball teams are in action Monday, Dec. 15, hosting Mt. Douglas

The Victoria Ice Hawks’ top Midget team stands at 4-2-1 in league play and will look to put space between themselves, Cowichan Valley and Peninsula this weekend in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association’s Island League. The Ice Hawks face Cowichan at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena.

Oak Bay High School’s junior boys and girls basketball teams are in action Monday, Dec. 15, hosting Mt. Douglas, then again Wednesday, Dec. 17 when the boys hit the hardwood against Belmont Secondary School at 4:15 p.m., followed by the girls at 5:45 p.m. versus Parklands.

The Vancouver Island Field Hockey Association has a busy weekend of play at the University of Victoria field before the holidays, with six local women’s games on the calendar Saturday, followed by one women’s match-up and three men’s games Sunday. See www.vilfha.ca for teams and start times.

The registration deadline is Dec. 21 for the 35th annual New Year’s tennis tournament for girls, boys, women and men age eight to 80. From Dec. 26 to 28 (juniors) and Jan. 5 to 18 (adults), singles, doubles and mixed teams of all levels will take to the court at the Oak Bay Rec Centre’s Tennis Bubble. Online registration is available through Tennis BC or Tennis Canada.

The University of Victoria made plenty of sports headlines this week.

The UVic Vikes are well represented on the three lists of national team players announced last week by Field Hockey Canada. Three former Vikes were named to the senior women’s national team, two current Vikes were named to the senior development squad, and four Vikes earned a spot on a junior development squad.

In the pool, four more Vikes swimmers qualified for the  for CIS championships at last weekend’s Christmas Cracker Invitational at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Vikes rookie Rosie Moulton, senior Craig Dagnall and third years Richard Bourgeois and Aidan Thirkell join first year Ryan Howe as new CIS qualifiers this weekend for the CIS championships scheduled for Feb. 19 to 21.

The Vikes also announced the endowment of the Joey Weisbrodt Memorial Basketball award in remembrance of coach Joseph Weisbrodt, who passed away 10 years ago, and issued a call for nominations for the UVic Sports Hall of Fame Hall in all categories – athlete, team, coach, builder or administrator. Awards are presented each spring at the Celebration of Champions banquet.

With a six-game win streak at press-time and a solid lead at the top of the South Island Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, the Victoria Cougars Junior B squad will look to use this week’s three games to regain top spot overall from Campbell River.

The Cougars visit the struggling Peninsula Panthers Friday at Panorama Rec Centre. The puck drops at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Archie Browning Centre for what’s sure to be a challenging tilt against the Campbell River Storm, two points ahead of the Cougars at press time.

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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.