JOCK TALK: High school sports get underway in region

JOCK TALK: High school sports get underway in region

Your weekly round up of sports actions on the West Shore

West Shore hockey fans have a lot to cheer next week.

The Westshore Wolves stay in town despite playing a game on the road. The Wolves host the Comox Valley Glacier Kings Wednesday, Sept. 27, hitting The Q Centre ice at 7 p.m. The Wolves next head to Pearkes Arena to take on the Saanich Braves on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The Victoria Grizzlies return home Friday, Sept. 29, hosting the Vernon Vipers for a 7 p.m. face-off at The Q Centre. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Grizz host the Langley Rivermen at 7 p.m.

This week marks the end of the summer season for Western Speedway, which hosts the Hyrdoforce Excavating Championship Night Saturday, Sept. 23. During the evening’s events, champions will be crowned for Demo Cars/Trucks, Mini Figure 8s, Bombers and Claimers, but the night will also feature a total destruction event and fireworks to cap the 2017 season. Visit westernspeedway.net for tickets and more info.

The Westcastle United men’s soccer team returns to the pitch Saturday, Sept. 23, welcoming Bays United for an 8 p.m. game at Westhills Stadium. Women’s Division 1 soccer hits the field Saturday, Sept. 23 with Juan de Fuca FC facing Castaways FC at 6 p.m. at PISE.

While Westshore rugby’s senior teams have the weekend off, Westshore 3 kicks off against the UVic Saxons at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Juan de Fuca field.

While the Westshore Rebels on the road this weekend,

Varsity football brings Vancouver College to Goudy Field for a 4 p.m. game today (Sept. 22), against home team Belmont. The tilt will be followed by a second home appearance next Friday, Sept. 29, when Belmont welcomes South Delta, also at 4 p.m.

As this year’s high school sports season gets underway, West Shore cross country runners compete in the first race of the school year on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Lambrick Park. Racing begins at 3:45 p.m. with the junior boys division (4K), all girls at 4 p.m. (4K) and senior boys at 4:05 p.m. (6K).

In high school boys soccer, Thursday Sept. 28 has Royal Bay visiting Oak Bay at 3:30 p.m.

Finally, there’s still time for West Shore basketball fans to catch the Toronto Raptors’ intersquad game at the University of Victoria next week. Tickets for the Sept. 28 game sold out quickly, but standing room spots will be released at 5:30 p.m. on game night, at the CARSA Membership Services Counter. Ticket-holders are asked to access the event via the Game Day Entrance on Gabriola Road (closest entrance to the parkade and McKenzie Avenue), with doors opening at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the evening go to the Golf for Kids Charity Classic. Learn more at govikesgo.com/raptors.

Colin Gall writes Fridays about coming local sports events. Send your events to jocktalk@telus.net.

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