Beacon Hill/Oak Bay’s Little League welcomes ball players with registration for the coming season opening this weekend, Jan. 30 and 31 at the park clubhouse, 1700 Fairfield Rd. Little League serves male and female baseball players age three through 13 (T-ball to Majors) and female softball players age five through 18.
The Challenger league, for mentally and physically challenged youth who want to experience the full benefits of Little League, is available at Saanich’s Hampton and Lakehill associations. Registration will continue next weekend, Feb. 6 and 7. Visit www.beaconhilllittleleague.org for more details.
Also in Oak Bay baseball, Carnarvon’s B.C. Minor Baseball association has also opened registration for the coming spring softball and baseball season at its community parks. For more information visit carnarvon baseball.com.
On the minor hockey ice, the Victoria Ice Hawks’ senior team, Midget T2, embarks on its quest for the provincials starting this weekend with the lower Island playoffs, hosting Juan de Fuca Saturday at Oak Bay Rec Centre at 3:15 p.m. The team visits Peninsula at Panorama Rec Centre Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The University of Victoria campus will be busy this weekend. The Vikes men’s and women’s basketball teams get things going Friday when UVic takes on Lethbridge at McKinnon Gym, with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m. The teams meet again Saturday, with the women at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m.
UVic’s men’s rugby team hits the Wallace Field pitch versus James Bay at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, while the men’s and women’s rowing teams host the day-long Monster Erg/Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship in McKinnon Gym Sunday.
Also in local rugby action, the Castaway Wanderers welcome the Seattle Saracens in an exhibition match at Windsor Park this Saturday, with the first division match kicking off at 12:45 p.m., followed by the premier match at 2:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available.
It’s a lighter week on the high school hardwood as students contend with exam week. Oak Bay’s senior boys visit St. Michaels Tuesday, Feb. 3 for a 7:30 p.m. start, while Glenlyon Norfolk School girls host St. Margaret’s at 4:15 p.m. and the boys host St. Michaels at 5:45 p.m. Oak Bay High’s junior boys travel to Lambrick Park Thursday, Feb. 5, while the senior girls host Stelly’s at 5:45 p.m. The school’s strong senior boys team will be looking for a win when it hosts a tough Claremont squad at 7:30 p.m. The senior boys will also host Lambrick Park the next day, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Grade 12 student Devon Gall is an avid sports fan, athlete and former Carnarvon baseball player.