Sports Year in Review

Cowichan LMG’s Dan Cato battles for the ball early in the first half of the Jackson Cup final at Victoria’s Royal Athletic Park in April. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
In just their first year of existence, the Cowichan 49ers won the Tony Grover Cup in April as the Island’s top Over 35 men’s soccer team. Cowichan LMG also reached their Island final for the seventh time in eight years, but lost the Jackson Cup to Nanaimo United in extra time. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan Christian School basketball coach Michelle Nederlof was named the BC School Sports Female Coach of the Year for 2016-17. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Shawnigan Lake School’s Michael Mehl (left) won his third consecutive Canadian U19 squash championship in April, beating teammate Ryan Picken in the national final match. (Submitted)
Shawnigan Lake School beat Cowichan Secondary in the bronze-medal match at the provincial girls AAA rugby championships in Abbotsford in May. Brentwood College finished eighth in the AA tournament. (Submitted)
Brentwood executes a successful lineout during its milestone win over Collingwood in the AA Tier I semifinals in June. (Rick MacDonald photography)
BC Soccer honoured the Cowichan Valley’s Brian Johnston (left) as Youth Coach of the Year in June, while Cowichan LMG coach Glen Martin received an Award of Merit. (Submitted)
After topping the Cowichan Women’s Football League standings at the end of the regular season, the Crew beat the Blue Steel Brew in the playoff final. The two teams (pictured above) met again in the final of Sun Bowl XXXII in June, with the Crew winning again to complete the Triple Crown. (Submitted)
After winning the Lower Island Soccer Association U18 league, the Coastal Cup and the Vancouver Island Championship, the U17 Cowichan Chaos wrapped up an excellent season with the silver medal at the provincial B Cup tournament in Surrey in July. (Submitted)
The peewee B Cowichan Valley Thunder won the provincial box lacrosse championship in July, beating Island rivals Juan de Fuca 9-3 in the tournament final. (Submitted)
The bantam A2 Cowichan Thunder brought home silver medals from the provincial box lacrosse championships in Parksville in July. (Submitted)
Alexa Dow displays her two gold medals from the BC Athletics Junior Development Championships in July. (Submitted)
Cowichan Bay’s Desirae Ridenour won B.C.’s first gold medal at the 2017 Canada Games in August, kick-starting a record-setting run for the provincial team. Ridenour ended the Games with three gold medals in triathlon, while her cousin, Alex Ridenour, won gold and silver in rowing. Youbou swimmer Mikyla Carlow and Mill Bay golfer Tristan Mandur each finished with one silver and one bronze. Also representing the Cowichan Valley in Winnipeg were thrower Jesse Brockway and road cyclist Alex Amiri, both of whom had top-10 finishes. (Submitted)
Duncan’s Denise Roy and Shawnigan Lake’s Rhys Tudor-Jones represented Canada in rugby sevens at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July. Roy helped Canada to silver in the women’s competition, while Tudor-Jones and the Canadian men placed fourth. (Citizen file)
Tristan Mandur shows the ball after holing out from 170 for an eagle at the Canada Summer Games on his way to bronze in the individual golf competition and silver in the team event in July. (Canada Summer Games photo)
The Kerry Park Islanders beat the Victoria Cougars in a regular-season game at the Cougars’ own arena in September for the first time since October 2011. In December, the Isles beat the Cougars 4-3 for their first regular-season win over Victoria at Kerry Park Arena since January 2011. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Ten-year-old middle distance runner Alexa Dow won gold medals in the 1000m and 600m at the BC Athletics Junior Development Championships in Surrey during the summer, setting a new provincial record in the 1000m. In October, she won her second straight provincial title at the B.C. Cross Country Championships in Abbotsford and her second straight title in the BC Athletics Lower Mainland Cross Country Series. (Submitted)
Archer Shona Shadlock (née Armand), CFL player Gerry Hornett (represented by sister Brenda Garrett), pro hockey player Matt Ellison (represented by wife Kaleena Ellison), golfer and soccer coach Glen Martin, and hockey coach Jack Rochon were inducted into the North Cowichan/Duncan Sports Wall of Fame in November. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Cowichan Secondary School Thunderbirds won the Vancouver Island AAA field hockey championship, then beat Island rivals Mount Douglas in the bronze-medal game at provincials. (submitted)
Finn Shea, pictured here in a home game earlier this fall, provided all of the junior bantam Bulldogs’ touchdowns at the provincial championships in November. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The North Island U16 girls rugby team, made up largely of Cowichan players, hoisted the provincial championship trophy at UBC in December. (Submitted)
The Cowichan Piggies won their third straight Island title by beating Castaway Wanderers in December. (Submitted)
Shown here with his son, Ryley, Steve Cummings bowled a rare 450-point fivepin game at Duncan Lanes in December, the second such game of his life, and almost certainly the first ever at Duncan Lanes. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Already three-time Island champions, the Cowichan Piggies beat Capilano 36-27 to win the U16 boys rugby provincial title in December. (Submitted)
Manitoba won gold in both the female and male tournaments as the Cowichan Valley hosted the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in May. Duncan’s own Ty Brant (above) skated for Team BC in the male tournament. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Queen of Angels wrestler Talon Hird (above, centre) won his second straight provincial championship as the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club claimed eight top-six finishes at the provincial championships in Salmon Arm in March. (submitted)
The Duncan Curling Club hosted its biggest event ever when the B.C. Scotties women’s championship came to town in January. Former club member Sarah Wark (above) was in the field, representing Chilliwack, but the winner was Maria Mallett of the Golden Ears Curling Club in Maple Ridge. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
After being ranked first in the province for most of the season, Brentwood College’s senior boys basketball made it stand up by beating St. Michaels University School 54-44 in the B.C. final in March. (submitted)
Shawnigan Lake School won its eighth provincial senior boys rugby championship in the last nine years, beating St. George’s in the AAAA final in June, while the Shawnigan junior boys also won their B.C. title. Brentwood College placed second in AA, and Cowichan Secondary finished 16th in AAA. (Submitted)
After going undefeated in the regular season and rolling to the Island championship, the junior bantam Cowichan Bulldogs narrowly missed out on the provincial title thanks to a bizarre “sudden death shootout” format for the B.C. championship game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

BY KEVIN ROTHBAUER

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