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Netminder Braden Holt stopped 35 shots when his Victoria Royals beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 on Jan. 30, but none were finer than when the Montana product stretched across the open net with only his paddle to rob a sure goal off the stick of Kamloops’ Fraser Minten. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals/WHL)

Outstretched-paddle robbery by Royals goaltender helps Victoria fend off Kamloops

Capital city remains locked with Kelowna in standings after weekend split

Starlight Stadium has been the home of Pacific FC since 2018. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Pacific FC to open CPL season against expansion team Vancouver FC

First game will kick off at 7 p.m. on April 14 at Starlight Stadium

Wednesday night game at Langley Events Centre showcased top NHL draft talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Molag/Langley Events Centre)

Team White defeats Team Red 4-2 at 2023 kubota CHL/NHL top prospects game

Connor Bedard finished with six shots on goal

  • Jan 26, 2023
The Victoria Royals, donning special Lunar New Year jersey, beat the Kelowna Rockets on Jan. 14. The team has now won four of their last five games. (Courtesy of Victoria Royals)

Playoff spot in reach after Victoria Royals stay hot with weekend sweep

Local team beat Kelowna twice, could leapfrog them in Western Conference standings on Jan. 18

The Victoria Royals, donning special Lunar New Year jersey, beat the Kelowna Rockets on Jan. 14. The team has now won four of their last five games. (Courtesy of Victoria Royals)
The Victoria Royals will wear Lunar New Year jerseys while hosting the Kelowna Rockets Saturday (Jan. 14). (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals celebrating Lunar New Year with one-of-a-kind jerseys

The jerseys feature symbols and iconography of Chinese culture

The Victoria Royals will wear Lunar New Year jerseys while hosting the Kelowna Rockets Saturday (Jan. 14). (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Kunle Dada-Luke scored Pacific FC’s opening goal against York United, but PFC lost 3-1 on the day at Starlight Stadium on Sept. 3. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Fan-favourite KDL back for PFC’s 22/23 CPL season

The speedster has signed a one-year contract, with a team option for 2024

Kunle Dada-Luke scored Pacific FC’s opening goal against York United, but PFC lost 3-1 on the day at Starlight Stadium on Sept. 3. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
Edward Milne Community School hosts the inaugural Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 tournament on Jan. 13 and 14. (Submitted photo)

Sooke hosts inaugural junior boys’ basketball tournament

Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 set for this weekend at EMCS

Edward Milne Community School hosts the inaugural Junior Wolverine Classic 2023 tournament on Jan. 13 and 14. (Submitted photo)
Victoria captain Gannon Laroque made his season debut and added two assists as the Royals beat the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals open 2023 with two wins in three high-scoring contests

Debut of captain Gannon Laroque propels Royals against Kelowna

Victoria captain Gannon Laroque made his season debut and added two assists as the Royals beat the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson speaks outside Langford City Hall on Jan. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

BC Lions could play in Langford down the line

Similar one-off games have been held in Halifax last year

Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson speaks outside Langford City Hall on Jan. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Greater Victoria’s Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – has earned a spot on team Canada for the Junior Roller Derby World Cup in France this July after just five years playing for Victoria’s Rotten Apples. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘I just started yelling’: Victoria teen makes national roller derby team

Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – will compete in the world cup in France this summer

Greater Victoria’s Naomi Morrell – a.k.a Scream Soda – has earned a spot on team Canada for the Junior Roller Derby World Cup in France this July after just five years playing for Victoria’s Rotten Apples. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Marco Bustos takes on water during Pacific FC’s playoff game against Atletico Ottawa at Starlight Stadium in Langford on Sunday (Oct. 16). (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Bustos, Irving wave goodbye to Pacific FC

Bustos is joined by Gianni dos Santos and Callum Irving out the exit door

Marco Bustos takes on water during Pacific FC’s playoff game against Atletico Ottawa at Starlight Stadium in Langford on Sunday (Oct. 16). (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)
The Victoria Royals forward Riley Gannon is pictured. Victoria lost two of three games against the Vancouver Giants in the final week of 2022. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals set to begin 2023 on heels of December momentum

The team got more wins last month than rest of season

The Victoria Royals forward Riley Gannon is pictured. Victoria lost two of three games against the Vancouver Giants in the final week of 2022. (Courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
The Victoria Royal’s newly acquired netminder Braden Holt, 19, played a key role in the team’s victory over the Vancouver Giants, stopping all 35 shots against him in his debut game Wednesday. He is expected to be the starting goaltender in Victoria tonight. (Courtesy of Victoria Royals/Twitter)

Victoria Royals trade netminder Logan Cunningham for 2025 draft pick

Newly acquired goalie Braden Holt expected to start in Friday rematch

The Victoria Royal’s newly acquired netminder Braden Holt, 19, played a key role in the team’s victory over the Vancouver Giants, stopping all 35 shots against him in his debut game Wednesday. He is expected to be the starting goaltender in Victoria tonight. (Courtesy of Victoria Royals/Twitter)
Pictured is the original 1903 Scottish curling contingent which toured Canada during the first Strathcona Cup Tour. On Jan. 15, 2023, a Scottish contingent will come to Victoria to play a test match at the Victoria Curling Club. (Courtesy of Andy Jarzebiak)

Scottish curlers coming to Victoria to continue 120-year tradition

The Strathcona Cup Tour is returning to Canada in January, with one stop in Victoria

Pictured is the original 1903 Scottish curling contingent which toured Canada during the first Strathcona Cup Tour. On Jan. 15, 2023, a Scottish contingent will come to Victoria to play a test match at the Victoria Curling Club. (Courtesy of Andy Jarzebiak)
Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)
Wolverines defeated Kwalikum Secondary School 66-34 to earn a spot in the finals for the Ladysmith Junior Boys Tournament. (Contributed - Trevor Bligh)
Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay lacrosse alumni come home for the holidays

The academy held its first-ever alumni scrimmage and social Wednesday (Dec. 14)

Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Eric Lajeunesse won the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship in his first-year at University of British Columbia. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Pacific FC drafts two young defenders

Eric Lajeunesse and Brandon Torresan both spent time with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy

Eric Lajeunesse won the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship in his first-year at University of British Columbia. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame saves all artifacts for future location

The museum lost its home when the Western Speedway closed in September

The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Oak Bay Bays go head-to-head against the Kelowna Owls in the championship final at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational at Langley Events Centre on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)

Oak Bay Bays crowned kings of the court at Tsumura Basketball Invitational

Team undefeated en route to capturing title at Langley Events Centre

The Oak Bay Bays go head-to-head against the Kelowna Owls in the championship final at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational at Langley Events Centre on Saturday (Dec. 10). (Garrett James/Langley Events Centre)
Starlight Stadium has been the home of Pacific FC since 2018, and has been the site of some pretty important moments for the team, like this Aug. 26, 2021 match where they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Langford: A city for sports and recreation

Langford has built itself as a sporting capital, with national and local teams calling it home

Starlight Stadium has been the home of Pacific FC since 2018, and has been the site of some pretty important moments for the team, like this Aug. 26, 2021 match where they took down the Vancouver Whitecaps. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
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