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The St. Andrew’s Sabres boys soccer team captured the provincial A high school championship with a 2-1 shootout win over Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Photo courtesy of Mark Cristante)

Saanich’s St. Andrew’s Sabres crowned B.C. ‘A’ soccer champions

Senior boys team shifts their focus to Colonist Cup playoffs this week

The St. Andrew’s Sabres boys soccer team captured the provincial A high school championship with a 2-1 shootout win over Glenlyon Norfolk School. (Photo courtesy of Mark Cristante)
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, deflects the puck hit by Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, deflects the puck hit by Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Canada is 2-1 during their fall tour, beating the USA twice but losing to England. They finish their fall schedule against Wales. (Travis P/USA Rugby)

Canada’s women’s rugby team loses 51-12 to England

England, ranked first in the world, are likely World Cup rivals for Canada, ranked third

Canada is 2-1 during their fall tour, beating the USA twice but losing to England. They finish their fall schedule against Wales. (Travis P/USA Rugby)
University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

UVic women’s rugby stalwart makes positive debut for Canada, eyes World Cup

Renee Gonzalez says atmosphere around the national program is positive

University of Victoria Vikes player Renee Gonzalez, left, here in action for Canada against the U.S. during HSBC Canada Sevens play in Vancouver in September, made her debut for national 15s side recently. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Ruby Broadbent, who attends Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich and won the BC High School Senior Girls Cross Country Provincial Championships, now plans to run in the 2021 Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held Nov. 27 in Ottawa. She is also an accomplished soccer player. (Courtesy of Colleen McNamee)

North Saanich student runs away from competition to win provincial cross-country championship

Ruby Broadbent of Parkland Secondary School is also an accomplished soccer player

Ruby Broadbent, who attends Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich and won the BC High School Senior Girls Cross Country Provincial Championships, now plans to run in the 2021 Canadian Cross Country Championships to be held Nov. 27 in Ottawa. She is also an accomplished soccer player. (Courtesy of Colleen McNamee)
Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)

Goaltending backstops Peninsula Panthers to fifth straight win

VIJHL team is hitting on ‘all cylinders’ as it prepares for Victoria Cougars, Westshore Wolves

Goalie Ashton Lukan stopped 37 out of 38 shots Friday night as the Peninsula Panthers beat the Kerry Park Islanders 5-1 for their fifth straight victory with Lukan being the winning goalie during four of those games. (Courtesy of Christian J Stewart Photography)
Vegas Golden Knights centre Brett Howden (21) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Vegas Golden Knights centre Brett Howden (21) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Vegas Golden Knights centre Brett Howden (21) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
Vegas Golden Knights centre Brett Howden (21) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
The UVic women’s field hockey team hold up their championship banner after winning their third straight U Sports national title. (Seyran Mammakov photo)

UVic women win third straight national field hockey championship

Vikes women’s rugby team falls to University of Ottawa 17-14 in quarterfinal

The UVic women’s field hockey team hold up their championship banner after winning their third straight U Sports national title. (Seyran Mammakov photo)
Team Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) and Costa Rica’s Ricardo Jose Blanco Mora (2) vie for the ball during first half World Cup qualifier soccer action in Edmonton on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Team Canada’s Alphonso Davies (19) and Costa Rica’s Ricardo Jose Blanco Mora (2) vie for the ball during first half World Cup qualifier soccer action in Edmonton on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
B.C. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly, right, hits the ground after Calgary Stampeders’ Shawn Lemon forced him to fumble the ball leading to a turnover during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly, right, hits the ground after Calgary Stampeders’ Shawn Lemon forced him to fumble the ball leading to a turnover during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, November 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Defense powers offense for Mt. Douglas Rams in playoff opener win over W.J. Mouat

The home team beat the Abbotsford visitors 42-13 on Friday in Langford

The Mt. Douglas Rams won their playoff opener in Langford on Nov. 12. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Abbotsford Canucks equipment manager Ramandeep ‘Chico’ Dhanjal (right) is the special guest on episode five of the Abbotsford Farm Podcast. (Abbotsford Canucks photo)

PODCAST: Abbotsford Canucks equipment manager Ramandeep ‘Chico’ Dhanjal shares his hockey journey

Episode five of the Abbotsford Farm Podcast showcases Canucks equipment manager Chico Dhanjal

Abbotsford Canucks equipment manager Ramandeep ‘Chico’ Dhanjal (right) is the special guest on episode five of the Abbotsford Farm Podcast. (Abbotsford Canucks photo)
National field hockey player Nora Struchtrup of Oak Bay heads to South Africa to compete in the Junior World Cup. (Courtesy Nora Struchtrup)

Greater Victoria grads stickhandle to Junior World Cup in South Africa

UVic Vikes field hockey players compete for Junior World Cup in December

National field hockey player Nora Struchtrup of Oak Bay heads to South Africa to compete in the Junior World Cup. (Courtesy Nora Struchtrup)
The Victoria HarbourCats are looking forward to returning to regular season play in 2022 after COVID-19 cancelled two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)

Victoria HarbourCats release 2022 schedule after COVID-19 spikes two seasons

The team will play its first game back at Wilson’s Group Stadium on May 31, 2022

The Victoria HarbourCats are looking forward to returning to regular season play in 2022 after COVID-19 cancelled two seasons. (Photo courtesy of Christian J. Stewart)
The University of Victoria’s field hockey team poses with their third-straight Canada West championship banner. The Vikes will go for the three-peat at nationals from Nov. 12 to 14. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)

Vikes field hockey team shooting for program’s first national championship three-peat

Victoria faces the Toronto Varsity Blues in a best-of-three series for the U Sports title

The University of Victoria’s field hockey team poses with their third-straight Canada West championship banner. The Vikes will go for the three-peat at nationals from Nov. 12 to 14. (Photo courtesy of the University of Victoria)
Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach during a game Oct. 29. (Courtesy Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals games postponed after opposing players contract COVID-19

Two positive cases on Spokane Chiefs roster delaying Nov. 12, 13 games

Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach during a game Oct. 29. (Courtesy Victoria Royals)
Fifteen of the 20 inaugural inductees into the Spectrum Community School Sports Hall of Fame gather for a group photo. The initial group attended either Spectrum or its predecessor, Mount View. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Wallace)

Spectrum shines spotlight on Saanich school’s history of athletic excellence

20 former students of Mount View, Spectrum Community School inducted into new hall of fame

Fifteen of the 20 inaugural inductees into the Spectrum Community School Sports Hall of Fame gather for a group photo. The initial group attended either Spectrum or its predecessor, Mount View. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Wallace)
Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat, centre, jostles for position with Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar, right, as goaltender Darcy Kuemper watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rantanen has 3 points, MacKinnon-less Avs rout Vancouver Canucks 7-1

Colorado superstar expected to miss three weeks with injury

Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat, centre, jostles for position with Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar, right, as goaltender Darcy Kuemper watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Hamilton Tiger Cats wide receiver Tim White (12) and B.C. Lions linebacker Jordan Williams (21) dive for a loose ball during second half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on Friday, November 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Lions’ linebacker Williams sets single-season record for tackles by Canadian rookie

The six-foot, 232-pound Jordan Williams has registered 81 defensive tackles in 12 games this season

Hamilton Tiger Cats wide receiver Tim White (12) and B.C. Lions linebacker Jordan Williams (21) dive for a loose ball during second half CFL football game action in Hamilton, Ont. on Friday, November 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Canada’s Rob Friend is shown in action during a friendly against Peru in Toronto on September 4, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canadian Premier League announces expansion franchise in Vancouver

Franchise awarded to SixFive Sports and Entertainment LP, which owns Greater Victoria’s Pacific FC

Canada’s Rob Friend is shown in action during a friendly against Peru in Toronto on September 4, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young