MARIO BARTEL/BLACK PRESS Victoria Jr. Mariners baserunner Brett Irvine beats a pick-off attempt at first base in B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League play versus the Vancouver Cannons at Queen's Park Stadium earlier this season.

Island Insider: Around Victoria this week (June 28)

Mariners baseball grads headed to college in 2013; Vic cyclists surprise at national championships; Shamrocks updates WLA, Jr. A and Int.

Mariners baseball grads headed to college in 2013

Four Victoria Mariners of the B.C. Premier Baseball league have landed scholarship deals to play college baseball in the U.S. for September.

Brendan Somers is headed to El Paso Junior College in Texas, David Warren is headed to Colby Junior College in Kansas, MacKenzie Catto will play at UBC and Drayson Lum will play in Marshalltown Junior College in Iowa.

“We are proud of the level of play our senior boys are showing and it’s paying off with scholarships to various colleges and universities across North America,” said M’s manager Mike Chewpoy in the team’s release.

“All four players have had an excellent season with us and they will have no problem adapting to their new environment. We wish them all the best.”

Lum will be joining former Victoria Mariner players Daryl Blaskovich and Ty Russel in Iowa. Right-handed pitcher, Catto will compete in the four year NAIA Division at UBC.

The Victoria Premier Mariners are currently ranked second in the BCPBL.

A group of Victoria Eagles are also heading to college. Story to come.

Vic cyclists surprise at national championships

Curtis Dearden, 29, won the  Canadian Road Cycling time trial championship last week completing the 39-kilometre race in 48 minutes and 24 seconds.

The mechanic at Russ Hay’s Bike Shop in Victoria races part time for the Russ Hay’s Accent Inns Team with a primary focus on his time trial racing.

Oak Bay’s Adam deVos finished 10th.

There was another Victoria surprise in the women’s time trial championship, with 23-year-old Anika Todd taking silver.

Tripleshot Racing Club rider  and UVic grad covered the 27 km distance in 40:40.

The championships ran in St. Georges, Que., Thursday and Friday.

Anika also finished seventh in the elite road cycling championship on Friday. Victoria based pro Rob Britton was fourth in the men’s road cycling championship.

Shamrocks set to host Lakers on July 3

The Maple Ridge Burrards upended the Victoria Shamrocks for the second time this season, winning 10-9 in Maple Ridge on Sunday.

The Shamrocks (7-3) retain first in the Western Lacrosse Association ahead of the second place Burrards (6-4), thanks to the Shamrocks’ 13-6 defeat of the Coquitlam Adanacs (4-6) on Friday (June 21) at Bear Mountain Arena.

Rookie Mitch Jones led the Rocks with two goals and two assists against the Burrards on Sunday. Corey Small and Scott Ranger each scored a hat trick in Friday’s win over the Ads.

Small is second in WLA scoring with 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points. Maple Ridge’s Curtis Dickson is first with 38 goals and 32 assists for 70 points.

Next up for the Shamrocks is a home game Wednesday, July 3 versus the Burnaby Lakers.

 

Junior Shamrocks split in Langley, Delta

The Victoria Jr. A Shamrocks split its road trip weekend with a 17-16 win over the Delta Islanders on Saturday and 19-14 loss to the Langley Thunder on Sunday.

Czech import Dominik Pesek and Chris Wardle scored in overtime to push the Shamrocks past Delta on Saturday. Devon Casey picked up a whopping eight assists and two goals for 10 points in the win on Saturday, with Jesse King also notching seven helpers.

Brody Eastwood’s four goals and four assists went for naught in a losing cause on Sunday.

The Jr. Shamrocks are home Saturday, June 29, 5 p.m. to the Langley Thunder at Bear Mountain Arena.

 

Baby Rocks double Islanders, Ads

The Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks beat the Delta Islanders 12-10 on Sunday, in Delta, and defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs 11-9 at Bear Mountain Arena on Saturday.

Nate Wade, Connor Leies and Cole Pickup each scored twice for Victoria with Ryan Taylor, Graham Winship, McLean Chicquen and Jordan Green adding one each on Saturday

The Int. A Rocks (10-2) are second in the B.C. Intermediate A Lacrosse League behind the Richmond Road Runners (11-1).

 

Former Vikes track star on triathlon podium

Calgary’s Ellen Pennock, a former UVic Vikes cross country and track sensation, ran to second place at the Edmonton World Cup sprint triathlon on Sunday.

Joining Pennock on the podium was Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland, 24, who wins her first international in three years with bronze.

Canada’s Amelie Kretz, only 20 years old, won the women’s race and made it a sweep for Canada.

All three finished within 17 seconds of each other.

The sprint is shorter than the regular Olympic distance event, with a 750-metre swim,  20-kilometre bike and five km run, making for an up-tempo race.

Olympian Kyle Jones took silver, the only Canadian male on the podium.

 

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