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  • Vikes Men Stumble With Loss to UBC Thunderbirds

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN), With Files from Ali Lee (UVic)

    January 29, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The University of Victoria Vikes dropped their third game in a row and fifth of their last six, as they were defeated 79-51 by the UBC Thunderbirds in CIS Canada West men's basketball action Friday night at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria.

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  • Karstein Buzzer Beater Gives Vikes Win Over UBC

    Story and Photos by a Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    January 29, 2016, Victoria BC (ISN) - Nicole Karstein scored off her own rebound at the buzzer to give the University of Victoria Vikes a 72-71 win over the UBC Thunderbirds in Canada West Women's Basketball action Friday evening at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria.

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  • Vikes Mens's Hoops Shut Door On Bison In Overtime

    Story and Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

    January 8th, 2016   Victoria, BC (ISN) – It took extra time to do it but the Vike’s men’s basketball team (6-3) lead early on the play of 6’9” Washington State import Grant Sitton, and rallied in overtime to defeat the Manitoba Bison (6-3) 85-77 in front of a packed CARSA gymnasium of 1025 fans Friday night in game one action of the two-game, weekend series.


  • Vikes Wear Off Christmas Rust With Exhibition Against SFU

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    December 29, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team began the post-Christmas portion of their schedule with an exhibition scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan at UVic's Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).

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  • Christmas Invitational Basketball Tourney Crowns Champions

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    December 12, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - It was a busy day of high school hoops on Saturday as the 2015 Victoria Christmas Invitational High School Girls Basketball Tournament crowned their champions. Langley's Walnut Grove Gators (Junior), Victoria's Pacific Christian Pacers (Senior Gold) and Coquitlam's Riverside Rapids (Senior Purple) all went home with gold medals following a busy triple-header at the CARSA Gym at the University of Victoria.

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  • UBC Stuns UVic in Shootout for CIS Women's Field Hockey Gold

    By Ali Lee (UVic), Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    November 8, 2015, VICTORIA (CIS) – It was a sad ending to a remarkable season for the University of Victoria Vikes women's field hockey team who had the CIS championship within their grasps for 69 minutes. A last second penalty UBC corner goal for the second-straight game sent a 2-2 tie to shootouts where the Thunderbirds took it 3-1 in nine shooters. This is the 10th national silver medal for Victoria.


  • Vikes Start Strong at CIS National Field Hockey Championships

    By Ali Lee (UVic) with Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    November 5, 2015, VICTORIA (CIS) – The University of Victoria Vikes women's field hockey team had their home turf tip in their favour as they blasted the Toronto Varsity Blues 4-1 Thursday night in their opening game of the CIS-FHC championship hosted in Victoria. Three goals from fourth-year midfielder Kathleen Leahy was enough to seal the victory for the Canada West champions, while Toronto suffer just their second overall loss this season.


  • Guelph Tops UBC in CIS Women's Field Hockey Opener

    Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    November 5, 2015, VICTORIA (CIS) – The Guelph Gryphons dropped the four-time defending national champions UBC Thunderbirds 2-1 Friday afternoon in the round-robin opener of the 2015 CIS-FHC women's field hockey championship hosted by the University of Victoria. A goal in each half lifted the OUA runners-up over their Canada West counterparts.

    UBC's Meghan Hayden (14) moves away from pressure from Guelph's Moon Weijens (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    Fourth-seeded Guelph tallied early, scoring off a tip from second-year forward Olivia Lane in the sixth minute, while Moon Weijens buried a second-half penalty corner goal for the game winner at the 60-minute mark. Gryphons netminder Morgan Kelley earned the win.

    UBC's Emily Prystupa (left) and Guelph's Ciara Condon (right) chase for a loose ball (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    Third-ranked UBC tied the game in the second half with a goal from freshman Niki Best in the 44th minute. Canada West MVP and 2015 CIS first-team all-Canadian Hannah Haughn drove the offence for the T-Birds alongside teammate and midfielder Sarah Keglowitsch. Third-year Sophie Jones anchored the back line and was named UBC's player of the game.

    Guelph goaltender Morgan Kelley (right) makes a big pad save on a shot from UBC's Hannah Haughn (13) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    The Gryphons got off to a good start putting the young T-Birds under immense pressure right off the push back. The T-Birds surrendered a 15-metre outlet pass deep in their right corner and Guelph pounced on the chance. A hard ball was fired across and beat a flurry of UBC defenders leaving Lane open at the far post to deflect the ball in for a 1-0 Guelph lead.

    Guelph's Jessica Donaldson (left) tries to knock the ball away from UBC's Hanna Haughn (right) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    UBC, which boasts just three players in their fourth or fifth season, took the next 10 minutes to settle in. Guelph continued to test the UBC back line of Sarah Lowes, Sophie Jones, Amy Jones and Katrina Davis. The attacking dynamics of Ciara Condon, Allison Chute and Lane gave the T-Birds back line fits.

    UBC's Hannah Haughn looks to avoid pressure from a Guelph defender (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    The Thunderbirds' first chance came in the 16th minute with a shot by Alyssa Nonis but Kelley made a great save to protect the Gryphons' lead. Both teams generated two penalty corners but were unable to capitalize on set pieces leaving the game 1-0 for Guelph at the break.

    Guelph Captain Erin Houle leads the charge downfield during second half action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    In the second half, UBC started to find their strides as an impressive break out from their defensive 23-m line through Haughn sprung a lethal Thunderbirds attack. Haughn fought through traffic to find Keglowitsch on the right side. A quick give-and-go over distance allowed Haughn to next spring teammate Nonis, who patiently slid the ball across the circle to the waiting stick of Best. The first-year T-Bird deflected the ball low in to the corner past Kelley to tie the game.

    Guelph player of the game Moon Weijens (right) tries to run around the check of UBC's Sarah Keglowitsch (left) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    Guelph showed their offensive strengths to retaliate back after defending a Haughn-generated penalty corner to earn back-to-back set pieces of their own. The Gryphons were unsuccessful on their first attempt as Lane's far-post deflection hit the outside of the net but it didn't take long for Guelph to be rewarded.

    In the 60th minute, the Gryphons pulled short side to Weijens who, with all kinds of time, swept the ball hard and near side of UBC keeper Rowan Harris for the 2-1 advantage.

    UBC's Cailean Meredith (left) and Guelph's Crysta Stubbs (right) go after a loose ball Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart - ISN)

    UBC pushed hard for another tying goal but, unable to capitalize on their second-half set pieces, had to settle for the loss to open their campaign towards their fifth-straight national title, which would add to their own CIS record.

    Both teams face their conference rivals on Friday on the second of three days of round-robin action. UBC plays Victoria at 4 p.m. Pacific Time and Guelph takes on Toronto at 6:30 p.m.

    Following today's match, Jones and Guelph's Weijens were named player of the game and were presented their CIS gifts from Canadian women's national team head coach Ian Rutledge.

    GUE: 1-1: 2
    UBC 0-1: 1

    First half
    GUE Olivia Lane (1), 7th minute

    Second half
    UBC Nicole Best (1), 44th
    GUE Moon Weijens (1), 60th

    GUE: Morgan Kelley (W, 70:00, 1 GA, 1-0)
    UBC: Rowan Harris (L, 70:00, 2 GA, 0-1)

    Players of the game
    GUE: Moon Weijens (Zelhem, Netherlands)
    UBC: Sophie Jones (West Vanvouver, B.C.)


    1. Victoria (Canada West champions: 7-0-1 regular season / no playoffs in CW)
    2. Toronto (OUA champions: 11-1-0 regular season / 2-0 conference playoffs)
    3. UBC (Canada West runners-up: 4-3-1 regular season / no playoffs in CW)
    4. Guelph (OUA silver medallists: 11-1-0 regular season / 1-1 conference playoffs)

    STANDINGS, SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times Pacific Time)

    Round-robin standings

    1. Guelph 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
    2. Victoria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2. Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    4. UBC 1 0 1 0 1 2 0

    NOTE: 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.

    Thursday, Nov. 5
    16:00 Game 1: Guelph 2, UBC 1
    18:30 Game 2: Toronto vs. Victoria (CIS-SIC.tv)

    Friday, Nov. 6
    16:00 Game 3: UBC vs. Victoria (CIS-SIC.tv)
    18:30 Game 4: Guelph vs. Toronto (CIS-SIC.tv)

    Saturday, Nov. 7
    12:30 Game 5: Guelph vs. Victoria (CIS-SIC.tv)
    15:00 Game 6: UBC vs. Toronto (CIS-SIC.tv)

    Sunday, Nov. 8
    12:30 Bronze medal (CIS-SIC.tv)
    15:00 Championship final (CIS-SIC.tv)

  • Late Turnovers Costly in Vikes Exhibition Loss to Ryerson

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN), with files from Jamie Umbach (UVic)

    October 25, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The University of Victoria Vikes held an eight point lead with less than five minutes to play, but ended up on the short-end of an 86-81 score, falling to the Ryerson Rams in CIS Women's basketball exhibition play Sunday afternoon at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) in Victoria.


  • Carleton Puts Damper on Vikes Opening Celebration at CARSA

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    October 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - Brand new shiny, $77-million complex? Check. First class opponent for opening game in said complex? Check. Electric atmosphere and sold out crowd of cheering students and alumni? Check. First win for the University of Victoria Vikes of the 2015-2015 basketball season? Sadly, for the 2,183 fans in attendance, not so much.

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  • Huskies Open Guy Vetrie Tournamnent With Win Over Cascades

    Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

    October 2, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) - The Univerity of Saskatchewan Huskies started the 2015-2016 CIS basketball season on the right foot with a 91-82 win over the Fraser Valley Cascades Friday night in the opening game of the 2015 Guy Vetrie Memorial Basketball Tournament that is being held at The University of Victoria.

    Saskatchewan's Jauquin Bennet-Bore (right) drives on Fraser Valley's Nate Brown (left) looking for two of his 28 points Friday in the Huskies 91-82 win over the Cascades (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

    The game marked the first ever basketball game played in UVic's brand new, $77-million Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), a facility that now ranks as one of the nicest basketball venues in the land.

    Fraser Valley's Navjot Bains (8) looks for a way to the hoop while being guarded closely by Saskatchewan's Shane Osayande (14)(Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

    In Friday's opener, the Cascades and the Huskies treated the crowd to a close and evenly played first quarter that saw the Huskies lead for all of it, but hold just a 19-17 lead at the break.

    Fraser Valley's Kevon Parchment would score 19 points to lead the Cascades in their losing efforts against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

    They would extend that lead to eight, 47-39 at the half, but the Cascades would regroup and the two teams again played even-up basketball in the third and fourth quarters, with the Huskies outscoring the Cascades by just one in the half 44-43, to close out the 91-82 win.

    Saskatchewan's Jauquin Bennet-Bore (4) goes up for 2 of his 28 points Friday against Fraser Valley defender Navjot Bains (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

    Saskatchewan's Juaquin Bennet-Bore led all scorers with 28 points, while teammate Evan Ostertag chipped in 18. For Fraser Valley, Kevon Parchment, with 19 and Nate Brown, with 18, led the way, while Vijay Dhillon had 14, including three baskets from the three-point line.

    Fraser Valley's Mark Johnson (1) goes up for two against Saskatchewan's Evan Ostertag (2) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

    The teams continue at the Vetrie Memorial with the Huskies meeting the UVic Vikes at 7:00 pm on Saturday and the defending CIS Champion Carleton Ravens at Noon on Sunday. The Cascades will see Carleton at 3:00 pm on Saturday and UVic at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

  • UVic men’s ice hockey team had an exciting weekend

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    (ISN) - The UVic men’s ice hockey team had an exciting weekend. On Friday night they

    played against the SFU clan and came away with a huge 8-3 victory. On Saturday the

    Vikes travelled to Langley to play against the Trinity Western Spartans but fell just

    short of a win with a score of 6-5.

  • Vikes women's finished their weekend with a decisive 6-0 victory

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    By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

    VICTORIA – The No. 6-ranked University of Victoria Vikes women's team finished their weekend with a decisive 6-0 victory over Thompson Rivers WolfPack, pushing their undefeated regular season record to 7-0-1 record, while the WolfPack drop to 0-8-0 in their inaugural season at the CIS level.

  • Championship breakfast pushes seven-year total over $2.8 million

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    Sept 30,2014(ISN) - VICTORIA, B.C. – On Tuesday morning the Annual Vikes Championship Breakfast announced over $475,000 raised in 2014 for University of Victoria Vikes student-athletic scholarships. Nearly 600 people packed McKinnon Gymnasium to show their support and to hear former Vikes rower and three-time Olympian Darcy Marquardt's keynote address.

  • Second-half strikes help Vikes complete Timberwolves sweep

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    Sept 29,2014(ISN) - PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Two second-half goals helped the University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team come from behind to win game two against the UNBC Timberwolves on Sept. 28 in Prince George, B.C. The Vikes downed the Timberwolves 2-1, advancing to 5-1 in regular season play, while the Timberwolves fall to 1-7. Gorman and Cameron Stokes scored less than five minutes apart to give the Vikes their six-point weekend.

  • Greig scores second-straight double as Vikes sweep


    Sept 29,2014(ISN)- PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Two goals and one assist from fourth-year striker Emma Greig lifted the University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team up 6-1 over the UNBC Timberwolves on Sept. 28 in Prince George, B.C. It was the second-straight night that Greig got on the board twice as the VIkes improve to 5-0-1 in the Canada West, while the Timberwolves fall to 0-6-2.

  • Spartans Bolstered Lineup Goes Up Against The Vikes

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    Sept 25,2014(ISN) - LANGLEY, British Columbia – After an historic season last year in which the Trinity Western men's hockey team earned a spot in the BCIHL championship series for the first time ever, the Spartans enter the 2014-15 campaign aiming to take the next step and, with a few key additions, are gearing up for a run at the league title.

  • Vikes look to get on target with Timberwolves double header

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    Sept24,2014(ISN) - VICTORIA— Following a successful Okanagan tour that saw the Vikes collect two wins over Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan, the University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team hits the road again, traveling to Prince George, B.C. for a double header against the UNBC Timberwolves, Sept. 27 and 28. The Vikes will be looking to improve their shooting accuracy after tallying only once in each of the past two games.

  • Up island tradition continues for Vikes basketball

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    Sept 23,2014(ISN) - VICTORIA – This will be the fifth-straight season that the University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team head up island for their important pre-season retreat. The team will practice and stay at Mark Isfeld Secondary community in Courtenay, B.C. this weekend and their inter-squad game on Sept. 26 will be another highlight for the up island basketball community.

  • Vikes sweep Okanagan weekend with win over WolfPack

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    Sept 20,2014(ISN) - VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team finished their weekend sweep with another 1-0 win, this time over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops on Sept. 20. The Vikes continue their undefeated record and now sit at 3-0-1, while the WolfPack are now winless at 0-4.

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