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The Towhees senior boys basketball program has a rich history at Vanier Secondary. File photo

Courtenay basketball team combines size and skill

The GP Vanier senior boys basketball team is beginning the school’s 53rd…

The Towhees senior boys basketball program has a rich history at Vanier Secondary. File photo
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) can’t find a rebound in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) with Tucker Poolman (5) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) can’t find a rebound in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) with Tucker Poolman (5) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Five of the senior players on the Isfeld boys basketball team, from left: Karman Kandola, Temwa Mtawali, Leo Blake, Kye Kotapski-Tinga and Jasper Halvorson. Photo supplied

Courtenay basketball players eager to return to the court

High school basketball is about to resume regular season play. At Mark…

Five of the senior players on the Isfeld boys basketball team, from left: Karman Kandola, Temwa Mtawali, Leo Blake, Kye Kotapski-Tinga and Jasper Halvorson. Photo supplied
Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island rugby club takes steps toward reconciliation

Blessing ceremony at Cowichan’s Herd Road grounds includes Tzinquaw Dancers

Cowichan Piggies senior men’s head coach Andrew Wright, club president Angie Gudmundseth and VP Admin Mike Rea address club members during a blessing ceremony at the Cowichan Rugby Football Club grounds last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo

Canadian women’s rugby sevens team opens new World Series season in Dubai

Jack Hanratty has been tasked with steering the team through the end of the year

An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo
Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL adds 24 skaters, 8 goaltenders to online all-star ballot

Voting is open until Tuesday to determine which six skaters and four goalies make the game

Chilliwack’s Cameron Johnson is one of 24 BCHL skaters added to an online all-star ballot along with eight goaltenders. (Darren Francis photo)
Vanier hosted the senior boys 3A volleyball championships for the Island this weekend. Claremont (in red) coming out ahead of Oak Bay in the gold medal game. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Hosts from Courtenay ousted in round robin at Island volleyball championships

The host Vanier Towhees lost three competitive matches during round robin play…

  • Nov 24, 2021
Vanier hosted the senior boys 3A volleyball championships for the Island this weekend. Claremont (in red) coming out ahead of Oak Bay in the gold medal game. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky (right) checks Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur during NHL action in Montreal, March 2, 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Continuing to battle lung cancer, Habs great Lafleur also striving to raise awareness

Cancerous spot was discovered on Lafleur’s right lung in September 2019 during heart surgery

Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky (right) checks Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur during NHL action in Montreal, March 2, 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Willie Thomson is seen tying down the tarp along Sisu’s boom, putting the boat to bed for the winter. Photo by Barb Thomson

Boating with Barb: Winterizing your boat is a laborious, but necessary task

You’ve tied down the tarp, secured the lines, and pulled the plug…

Willie Thomson is seen tying down the tarp along Sisu’s boom, putting the boat to bed for the winter. Photo by Barb Thomson
Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)

BCHL coaches determine initial 18 skaters for three-on-three all-star tournament

Remaining all-stars will be determined through online fan voting

Chilliwack Chief Abram Wiebe is one of 18 BCHLers named to the All-Star three-on-three tournament following a poll of league coaches. (Darren Francis photo)
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Flooding fallout forces BCHL to postpone more games

Nine matches are being pushed back, but the junior A league has also added nine regional games

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Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat (12) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fleury stops 40 shots, outduels Demko as Blackhawks blank Canucks 1-0

Chicago goalie improves recent record against Vancouver to 13-0-2

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat (12) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings won twice on the weekend. File photo

Comox Valley Glacier Kings go two-for-two

The Comox Valley Glacier Kings followed a 2-1 shootout win Thursday in…

  • Nov 21, 2021
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings won twice on the weekend. File photo
The Little Kickers soccer program started Sunday, Nov. 21 at Woodcote Park in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photos

Couple starts pre-school soccer program in Courtenay

A Comox Valley couple has started a pre-school soccer program for youngsters…

The Little Kickers soccer program started Sunday, Nov. 21 at Woodcote Park in Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photos
Black Press reporter and NFL expert Erin Haluschak. (Peter McCully photo)

NFL report: Erin Haluschak breaks down what’s wrong with the Seattle Seahawks

Podcast: Discussion includes Russell Wilson’s future, predicted Super Bowl winner

Black Press reporter and NFL expert Erin Haluschak. (Peter McCully photo)
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7), quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) and Bryan Burnham, back left, celebrate before Whitehead’s touchdown was called back when he was ruled down at the one yard line during the first half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Friday, November 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7), quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) and Bryan Burnham, back left, celebrate before Whitehead’s touchdown was called back when he was ruled down at the one yard line during the first half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Friday, November 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (middle) celebrates with teammates Tyler Myers (left) and Elias Pettersson after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (middle) celebrates with teammates Tyler Myers (left) and Elias Pettersson after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
Canada’s Ghislaine Landry runs the ball during rugby sevens action against Spain at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry calls an end to stellar career

Canada rugby sevens captain Ghislaine Landry, the all-time leading scorer among women…

Canada’s Ghislaine Landry runs the ball during rugby sevens action against Spain at the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The Comox Valley United Soccer Club has about 1,200 registered players. File photo

Comox Valley United Soccer Club appeals for new playing surface

The Comox Valley United Soccer Club is appealing to the Comox Valley…

The Comox Valley United Soccer Club has about 1,200 registered players. File photo
Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

32 years later, Island racer clocks first Western Speedway win — at track’s finish

Mike Dash says he’ll be sad when the Western Speedway closes, where he’s been racing since 1989

Left from right, Isaiah, Mike and Lucas Dash with the trophies Mike won. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)