UVic Vikes men’s basketball team returning to Isfeld

Comox Valley's own Ryan MacKinnon and the University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team are coming to Courtenay's Mark Isfeld Secondary School on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.





Comox Valley’s own Ryan MacKinnon and the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team are coming to Courtenay’s Mark Isfeld Secondary School on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

“The UVic men’s basketball team enjoyed their trip to Isfeld so much last year that they are returning agin this fall,” said Isfeld athletic director and basketball coach Colin Cunningham.

“Last year the team came and stayed at Mark Isfeld school, used the gymnasium and weight room, cooked their meals and slept in various classrooms to finish off their pre-season training camp.  They held practices which were open to the community to observe as well as an inter-squad game which was admission by donation,” Cunningham said.

“The team had meals together, went paintballing and basically used the trip to Courtenay as a team bonding experience. Members of the Isfeld basketball program Grades 8 through 12 are eagerly awaiting the Vikes visit,” said Cunningham.

And the team is just as eager to visit the Valley again.

“This is an excellent. an opportunity to bring Vikes basketball to the central Island,” said Vikes’ head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Vikes basketball will be as strong as basketball is on Vancouver Island. We want to take every opportunity we can to help develop and promote basketball in our surrounding communities.

“It seems fitting that we are in Courtenay again this year, as Ryan Mackinnon enters his fifth year. Ryan has been a great ambassador for basketball in the area and we are excited to return to the Comox Valley for our annual retreat.”

Many young athletes in the Valley participated in the summer “Mac Bros” basketball camp where he teams up with big brother Scotty (who played at the University of Lethbridge).  The basketball camp was also at Mark Isfeld Secondary at the end of July.

The Vikes are in Comox from Friday, Sept. 30 until Sunday, Oct. 2. Intersquad game time is Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.

“This is also a great opportunity for our team to get away and do some work both on and off the court,” Beaucamp added. “Off the court we will be focusing on team bonding and developing our team culture.”

The UVic Vikes hope a strong contingent of returning players and a great group of transfers and recruits will translate into a trip to Halifax for the CIS Final 8 National Championships in March.


Returning to the Vikes are star guard Mackinnon (Comox), Mike Berg (Victoria) and Pierce Anderson (Calgary). Recruits Vijay Dhillon (6-0 G Richmond-R.C. Palmer), Dominic Ohl (6-7 F Victoria-Claremont), Sean Patrick (6-4 F London-St. Thomas Aquinas) and Reiner Theil (6-5 W Vancouver-Vancouver College) are four of the top players in the province, with Dhillon and Theil leading their respective high school squads to the B.C. Provincial championship final last spring.

Humber College transfer guard Michael Acheampong (6-2 G Toronto) was the OCAA tournament MVP guiding his Hawks to the Ontario provincial college championship and he adds great outside shooting and speed, while former Windsor Lancers guard John Woldu (5-11 G London-Beal) adds depth at both ends of the floor along with valuable CIS experience. Guard Terrell Evans (6-4 G, Yakima College) and Ameet (Andy) Kaila (6-8, F, Vancouver, Douglas College) also provide excellent depth.


Isfeld Athletics would like to thank Ross McDonald (Isfeld coach and former Uvic Vike) for organizing the details for this trip.




Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society reaching families in the Comox Valley and beyond

COVID-19 restrictions forced a subdued first-anniversary celebration for the Vancouver Island Down… Continue reading

Cumberland photographer Sara Kemper recently took the top spot in a Canadian Geographic photography contest. Photo by Sara Kemper
Cumberland photographer takes top Canadian Geographic photo prize

Sara Kemper shows what home means to her in Comox Valley photo

Gord John stands during question period in Ottawa in Sept. 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTIAN DIOTTE, HOUSE OF COMMONS PHOTO SERVICES)
2020: A Year in Review with Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

NDP MP wants to ‘build back better’ in 2021

A concept plan for the Bevan Road industrial lands from 2020. Council recently approved variances to help move along the development. Image, Village of Cumberland
Cumberland approves variance for Bevan industrial lands

Change allows one site to be smaller than the minimum lot size

The Comox Valley RCMP have issued a warrant for Brittany Forrest. Photo supplied
Comox Valley RCMP issue arrest warrant for 29-year-old woman

The Comox Valley RCMP have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Brittany… Continue reading

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joe Biden arrives at U.S. Capitol for inauguration

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Updated: Ucluelet paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Inmates at Metchosin’s William Head Institution are being given COVID-19 vaccines as part of the first phase. Around 600 inmates will be vaccinated in the coming days. (Black Press Media file photo)
William Head prison inmates in receive first doses of COVID vaccine

Priority set for older inmates and those with underlying medical conditions

New Westminster TV production designer, Rick Whitfield, has designed an office in a box for British Columbians in need of a private workspace. (BC Box Office photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. man designs ‘box office’ solution for those working from home

‘A professionally designed workspace on your property, away from the distractions of home’

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

Most Read