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Mike Daniels scored the winning goal and set up another in Cowichan Axis’s McGavin Cup quarter-final win over Saltspring United last Sunday. (Todd Blumel photo)

Cowichan soccer teams set for semifinal showdown

Axis and Oak win quarter-final matches, will meet up this Sunday at 5 p.m.

Mike Daniels scored the winning goal and set up another in Cowichan Axis’s McGavin Cup quarter-final win over Saltspring United last Sunday. (Todd Blumel photo)
Kerry Park minor hockey players Quinton and Nathan MacDonald pose with TSN World Junior Championship broadcasters James Duthie, Cheryl Pounder and Bob McKenzie at Rogers Place in Edmonton following Canada’s gold-medal win over Finland. (Submitted by Jackie MacDonald)

‘The greatest feeling’ as Kerry Park hockey players witness Canadian gold

McTavish’s game-saving play stands out for MacDonald brothers

Kerry Park minor hockey players Quinton and Nathan MacDonald pose with TSN World Junior Championship broadcasters James Duthie, Cheryl Pounder and Bob McKenzie at Rogers Place in Edmonton following Canada’s gold-medal win over Finland. (Submitted by Jackie MacDonald)
A runner makes his way from home to first during a game at the Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s Closson Classic a wild success once again

Wheatsheaf wins fastball division, Chiefs win ortho

A runner makes his way from home to first during a game at the Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic earlier this month. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Salish Storm Hockey Association is bringing free ice and ball hockey for Indigenous youth to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted by the Salish Storm Hockey Association)

Salish Storm brings free hockey to Indigenous youth in Cowichan Valley

Programs begin at the Cowichan Community Centre on Sept. 12

The Salish Storm Hockey Association is bringing free ice and ball hockey for Indigenous youth to the Cowichan Valley. (Submitted by the Salish Storm Hockey Association)
Veteran winger Sukhraj Narwal drives into the offensive zone during the Lake Cowichan Kraken’s exhibition game against the Oceanside Generals on Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Valley’s jr. B teams start preseason hockey

Lake Cowichan Kraken and Kerry Park Islanders jump into action

Veteran winger Sukhraj Narwal drives into the offensive zone during the Lake Cowichan Kraken’s exhibition game against the Oceanside Generals on Tuesday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Cowichan Rats finished second in the province and fifth in the Glen Moose Memorial Tournament in Port Coquitlam last weekend. Back row from left: Owen Venier (door), Darian Claxton, Hunter Hieta, captain Dylan Dewarle, Brayden Zunti, Lucas Jackson, Ryan Brabander, Pete Vanden Dungen, Gordon Robb, Clayton Vickers, Spencer Rooke, Steven Robertson. Front row from left: Tyson Black, Mathieu Jung, Dustin Parker, Landon Underwood, Shayne Alexander, Kevin Rothbauer. (Gina Jung photo)

Cowichan Rats place 2nd in B.C., 5th at Glen Moose Tournament

Shorthanded squad runs up against some stacked teams from across the province

The Cowichan Rats finished second in the province and fifth in the Glen Moose Memorial Tournament in Port Coquitlam last weekend. Back row from left: Owen Venier (door), Darian Claxton, Hunter Hieta, captain Dylan Dewarle, Brayden Zunti, Lucas Jackson, Ryan Brabander, Pete Vanden Dungen, Gordon Robb, Clayton Vickers, Spencer Rooke, Steven Robertson. Front row from left: Tyson Black, Mathieu Jung, Dustin Parker, Landon Underwood, Shayne Alexander, Kevin Rothbauer. (Gina Jung photo)
Connor Hengstler stands with his mom and coach, Julia Hengstler, at the Legion National Track and Field Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec. (Submitted by Julia Hengstler)

Cowichan athletes at their best at Legion Nationals

Wedmann-Kent and Hengstler set PBs in high jump and shot put

Connor Hengstler stands with his mom and coach, Julia Hengstler, at the Legion National Track and Field Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec. (Submitted by Julia Hengstler)
Colin Knight captained Cowichan LMG (now Cowichan Axis FC) to the Jackson Cup semifinals in 2021-22. (Citizen file)

2 Cowichan teams start soccer season with McGavin Cup matches this Sunday

Div. 3 Oak FC plays at 2 p.m., Div. 1 Axis FC plays at 5 p.m.

Colin Knight captained Cowichan LMG (now Cowichan Axis FC) to the Jackson Cup semifinals in 2021-22. (Citizen file)
New Cowichan Capitals operations manager Kristen Siermachesky captained the Syracuse women’s hockey team to its first conference title in 2021 and a year later was named ACC rowing’s newcomer of the year at UNC. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Hockey and rowing star joins Cowichan Capitals front office

Kristen Siermachesky will serve as operations manager

New Cowichan Capitals operations manager Kristen Siermachesky captained the Syracuse women’s hockey team to its first conference title in 2021 and a year later was named ACC rowing’s newcomer of the year at UNC. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)
New Cowichan Valley Capitals assistant coach Jamie Jackson, centre, celebrates winning the Pacific regional U18 championship with the Vancouver North East Chiefs this spring. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)

Cowichan Capitals name Jamie Jackson assistant coach

Jackson brings lengthy resume, including 2022 U18 Pacific region championship

New Cowichan Valley Capitals assistant coach Jamie Jackson, centre, celebrates winning the Pacific regional U18 championship with the Vancouver North East Chiefs this spring. (Submitted by the Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Cowichan Piggies junior players Iain Anderton-Teasdale and Jaxson Jones won gold with the BC Bears in the U16 and U18 divisions, respectively, at the Western Canadian Rugby Championships. (Becky Teasdale photo)

Cowichan players help BC Bears to gold sweep at Western Canadian Rugby Championships

Bears finish first in boys and girls U16 and U18 divisions

Cowichan Piggies junior players Iain Anderton-Teasdale and Jaxson Jones won gold with the BC Bears in the U16 and U18 divisions, respectively, at the Western Canadian Rugby Championships. (Becky Teasdale photo)
Duncan product and national team member Sara Goodman signs autographs for young fans during a field hockey camp at the Cowichan Sportsplex earlier this summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Mixed results for Cowichan Valley athletes at Commonwealth Games

Breen suffers concussion early in rugby sevens tournament

Duncan product and national team member Sara Goodman signs autographs for young fans during a field hockey camp at the Cowichan Sportsplex earlier this summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Jamie Roberts beats the throw to second base during the second game of the Mid-Island Brewers’ SIBL semifinal doubleheader against the Layritz Monarchs at Evans Park last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Extra-innings walkoff helps propel Mid-Island Brewers back to SIBL final

Brew Crew sweeps Monarchs, on verge of championship repeat

Jamie Roberts beats the throw to second base during the second game of the Mid-Island Brewers’ SIBL semifinal doubleheader against the Layritz Monarchs at Evans Park last Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Chiefs get the throw to first just in time to retire a hopeful Panthers runner during a round-robin game at the 2021 Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic. (Citizen file)

Closson Classic returns to Cowichan’s Glenora Park this weekend

Fundraising tournament will feature beer garden, silent auction

The Chiefs get the throw to first just in time to retire a hopeful Panthers runner during a round-robin game at the 2021 Gord Closson Oldtimers Fall Classic. (Citizen file)
A Mill Bay family “lost everything” in a fire on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Family escapes, but house a “total loss” after fire in Mill Bay

1 dog died in blaze, but other pets managed to get out

A Mill Bay family “lost everything” in a fire on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
BC Summer Games gold medallist Loryn Roberts. (Submitted by Nick Zuback)

Cowichan wrestlers battle to team gold at Summer Games

4 individual medals added to dual meet title

BC Summer Games gold medallist Loryn Roberts. (Submitted by Nick Zuback)
June Student of the Month Isaac Burdge accepts his certificate from then-Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry, flanked by then-Lake Cowichan School principal Jamie Doyle and Student of the Month program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
June Student of the Month Isaac Burdge accepts his certificate from then-Duncan Rotary Club president Gregg Perry, flanked by then-Lake Cowichan School principal Jamie Doyle and Student of the Month program coordinator Kim Barnard. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Pickleball players compete in the 2022 Cowichan Lake Pickleball Open Tournament. (Kathryn Swan photo)

Pickleball tournament returns to Lake Cowichan courts

Lots of support from community and businesses make event a success

Pickleball players compete in the 2022 Cowichan Lake Pickleball Open Tournament. (Kathryn Swan photo)
BC Summer Games silver medallists Ella Hudon, Sofia Atkins and Ava Ference. (Submitted by Shannon Atkins)

Shawnigan players and coaches help Zone 6 to rugby silver

Final was a ‘feat of physicality and passion’

BC Summer Games silver medallists Ella Hudon, Sofia Atkins and Ava Ference. (Submitted by Shannon Atkins)
Addison Urqhuart and Nate Akhurst display the gold medals they won with the Vancouver Island-Central Coast team at the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan lacrosse players win Summer Games gold

Youngest players on Island team pulled their weight as team went undefeated

Addison Urqhuart and Nate Akhurst display the gold medals they won with the Vancouver Island-Central Coast team at the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)