SPORTS HITS: Vikes basketball and academics, youth rugby

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Vikes on the road against Golden Bears, Pandas

The UVic Vikes men’s basketball team let an 11-point lead slip away in the third quarter of their match at UVic’s McKinnon Gym on Saturday, but hung on to win 77-63 over the Trinity Western Spartans.

The Vikes men are now 5-1 in the Canada West conference. They retook a comfortable 19-point lead late in the game with three-pointers from Brandon Dunlop, Brin Taylor and Terrell Evans.

Michael Acheampong led the scoring for UVic with 17 points on Saturday and 20 points in the Vikes’ 71-61 loss to the Spartans on Friday.

The Vikes women’s basketball team outclassed the Spartans in both of their meetings, 72-59 on Saturday and 73-61 on Friday. Debbie Yeboah led the Vikes in scoring in both games with 23 and 25 points.

The Vikes men’s and women’s teams are away today (Nov. 23) and tomorrow against the Alberta Golden Bears/Pandas and Saskatchewan Huskies.

All games are broadcast live on canadawest.tv.

Vikes soccer goalie named academic of the year

Fourth-year women’s soccer player Olivia deGoede of the UVic Vikes is the 2012 Provost Award winner. DeGoede leads 58 student-athletes named to the  Vikes’ annual honour roll.

A Victoria native, DeGoede is a goalkeeper with the Vikes women’s soccer program which won bronze at the CIS national championship on Nov. 11. The biology major had an 8.90 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.

Each of the 58 students achieved an 80 per cent average or higher in the classroom.

Vikes, Bays meet in playoff towards Island’s Barnard Cup

One week after a massive come-from-behind victory over the Castaway Wanderers, the UVic Vikes face an even stiffer test.

On Saturday the Vikes host the James Bay Athletic Association in a Vancouver Island Rugby Union match that goes towards the storied Barnard Cup Island championship.

Kick off is 2:45 p.m. at Wallace Field.

Last week James Bay had a bye while the Vikes, down 12-6 at half, came back to top the Castaway Wanderers 23-17.

Young Velox ruggers fall to Cowichan in Island final

The Velox Rugby Club’s under-19 men’s side showed promise this season, bettering local rivals James Bay and Castaway Wanderers to make the Island U19 final.

But on Sunday (Nov. 18) Velox lost in the Island final to Cowichan, 38-5. Castaway Wanderers beat James Bay 31-28 in the consolation final.

Castaway Wanderers dominated at the boys U17 level, defeating Nanaimo 53-7 in that final.

Trio of junior Rams footballers headed to Texas

Junior Rams running back Manny Lopez, defensive lineman Byron MacKinnon and offensive lineman Jesse Woollard, have been selected to 15-and-under Team Canada for the U.S. Army All-American games, held in San Antonio in January.

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