Jock Talk: Oak Bay High hoop stars hit the hardwood Tuesday

Events and activities around the region for Oak Bay sports fans

Senior boys Div. 1 and 2 basketball returns to the court Tuesday, Dec. 13 for the last day of league games before the Gary Taylor Classic, opening at Oak Bay High Dec. 15.

Oak Bay heads to Belmont at 7:30 p.m.  while St. Michaels University School visits Claremont, also at 7:30 p.m. On the girls’ side, the Div. 1 SMUS girls host Pacific Christian School at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 13.

On the soccer pitch, Div. 1 men’s VISL play has Bays United hosting the Saanich Fusion FC at Oak Bay High school at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, Dec. 9).

In Div. 1 women’s soccer, Bays United FC hosts the Lakehill Reds Sunday, Dec. 11 at Oak Bay High School. Kick-off is at 4:15 p.m.

Continuing a 17-year tradition, the UVic Vikes men’s and women’s cross country teams raise money for their programs through their annual Christmas Tree Sale, continuing at Centennial Stadium to Dec. 23 from 10 to 6 p.m. The Vikes chip trees Jan. 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit: www.govikesgo.com.

At the ice rink, the Victoria Cougars have a busy week heading into winter break. The Cougs hit the road tonight (Friday, Dec. 9) facing Peninsula Panthers at Panorama arena at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 11 they host the Campbell River Storm at 3:30 p.m. at Archie Browning Arena before hitting the road to the West Shore Wednesday, Dec. 14, facing the Wolves at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre.

Thursday, Dec. 15, returns the Cougars home to host the Kerry Park Islanders at 7 p.m. at Archie Browning.

Midget Tier 1 hockey has the local Braves welcoming Nanaimo Saturday, Dec. 10 in a battle for first place, beginning  at 4 p.m. at Pearkes arena.

In Junior A hockey, the Victoria Grizzlies kick off their week at home against Wenatchee Saturday, Dec. 10. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Q Centre.

The Grizz continue at home Sunday, Dec. 11 when they host the Nanaimo Clippers for a 2 p.m. matinee game at the Q, before heading to the Alberni Valley later in the week to face the Bulldogs.

The Victoria Royals return to Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre to host the Portland Winterhawks in a doubleheader Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Wednesday, Dec. 14. Both games will be played at 7:05 p.m. They finish up before winter break on Saturday, Dec. 17, hosting the Vancouver Giants at 7:05 p.m. at Save-on-Foods Centre.

Keep the hockey going into the spring with Greater Victoria Minor Ball Hockey, now accepting player registration, as well as applications for head and assistant coaches in all divisions for the 2017 season. Visit www.vmbh.ca. Coaching applications will be accepted until Jan 15.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and Grade 12 student at Mt. Doug Secondary. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net