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Sooke Celtic tops in VISL

Division 3 men’s team hasn’t lost yet in young season

Royal Victoria Yacht Club sailors Jessica Hirschbold (crew) and her sailing partner Grace Poole (skipper) with hardware earned at the Canadian Youth Olympic Training Sailing Regatta in Kingston. (Courtesy Jill Fitz Hirschbold)

Oak Bay sailors harness fragile August wind, soar to national title

Consistency pays off for Greater Victoria Yacht Club youth team

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BCHL experiments with coach’s challenge, video review during preseason

The junior A league wants video review in place in time for its BCHL Showcase event in Chilliwack

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Golden Tide head coach Curtis Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Golden Tide)

FRIDAY BASEBALL: Victoria Golden Tide playing inaugural home game

Tide taking on Thompson Rivers Wolfpack at Wilson’s Group Stadium at 6 p.m.

Golden Tide head coach Curtis Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Golden Tide)
Canada’s Connor Braid (6) runs the ball against Fiji during World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms
Canada’s Connor Braid (6) runs the ball against Fiji during World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms
The Victoria Royals begin their WHL exhibition schedule this weekend in Kelowna, and host the Prince George Cougars on Sept. 25 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Kevin Light/Courtesy Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals final roster to be released any day now

Western Hockey League team saw 43 players vie for spots during main camp

The Victoria Royals begin their WHL exhibition schedule this weekend in Kelowna, and host the Prince George Cougars on Sept. 25 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Kevin Light/Courtesy Victoria Royals)
Peninsula defenceman Matthew Seale finds himself sandwiched between Victoria Cougars players during the Panthers 4-1 loss Friday in North Saanich. The Cougars won the teams’ season opener 9-3 the night before in Esquimalt. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Victoria Cougars dampen Panthers’ lofty expectation for VIJHL season start

Cougars post 9-3, 4-1 wins over the Panthers in opening junior B hockey weekend

Peninsula defenceman Matthew Seale finds himself sandwiched between Victoria Cougars players during the Panthers 4-1 loss Friday in North Saanich. The Cougars won the teams’ season opener 9-3 the night before in Esquimalt. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Panthers GM expects big things for Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season

Peninsula and Victoria Cougars play home-and-home Sept. 9-10

Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League cancels season opener in Colwood due to COVID-19 cases

Westshore Wolves were scheduled to host expansion team Lake Cowichan Kraken

An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)
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Border closure forcing BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild to open season on road

With Canadian teams unable to visit the United States, the Wild have no choice but to come north

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Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

US bounces shot at the podium for Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau

The Americans beat Canada 63-48 in Tuesday’s women’s wheelchair basketball quarterfinals

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
Sports Car Club of America U.S. Majors Tour second-place finisher Jerry Olsen, left, joins H Production class race winner Bill Okell on the podium at High Plains Raceway near Denver on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy Bill Okell/Colorado Region SCCA)

Saanich sports car driver qualifies for Indy, and then some during Denver races

Bill Okell chalks up a first and a second, needing only to complete 50 per cent of laps

Sports Car Club of America U.S. Majors Tour second-place finisher Jerry Olsen, left, joins H Production class race winner Bill Okell on the podium at High Plains Raceway near Denver on Aug. 22. (Photo courtesy Bill Okell/Colorado Region SCCA)
Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau dazzles in Tokyo tip-off games

Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball off to 2-0 start

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)

WSANEC School Board to receive a new soccer pitch from Pacific FC

A new relationship between the board and football club will include sporting clinics for youth

LAU, WELNEW Tribal School, the site of the WSANEC School Board’s new community soccer pitch. (Google Maps)
Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Pacific FC shine in Langford with historic win over Vancouver Whitecaps

They now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals

Pacific FC shined in a historic win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in Langford on Aug. 26. They’ll now advance to the Canadian Championship quarterfinals. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Steve Bishop, Barry DeVocht, Ken Bradley, John Launder, Phil Overhill, Joe Danyleyko, Buddy Dydra, Erick Wickheim, Chantal Wilson, Joy DeVocht, Elaine McMath and Gail Bishop will represent the Sooke in the two-day B.C. Horseshoe Pitching provincial championships. (Kevin :aird - Sooke News Mirror)

12 Sooke horseshoe pitchers head to B.C. championships in Abbotsford

It’s the biggest team Sooke has ever sent to the competition

Steve Bishop, Barry DeVocht, Ken Bradley, John Launder, Phil Overhill, Joe Danyleyko, Buddy Dydra, Erick Wickheim, Chantal Wilson, Joy DeVocht, Elaine McMath and Gail Bishop will represent the Sooke in the two-day B.C. Horseshoe Pitching provincial championships. (Kevin :aird - Sooke News Mirror)
Aubrey Oldham exits his boat to finish the final race of Rowing Canada Aviron’s national rowing beach sprint championship. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria beach hosts national rowing beach sprint competition

Competitors from Hamilton, Orillia, ON, and Nova Scotia will go on to represent Canada in Portugal

Aubrey Oldham exits his boat to finish the final race of Rowing Canada Aviron’s national rowing beach sprint championship. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C.’s best rally on the red-clay at junior tennis tournament in Langford

The Bear Mountain-hosted tournament for U12, U14 players runs from Aug. 18 to 22

U14 champ Owen Nguyen, right, and finalist Eric Wang at the Bear Mountain 5 Star junior championship on Aug. 20. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Saanich triathlete leaves Saturday for Tokyo Paralympics

Jessica Tuomela will tackle 750-metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5k run

Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)