NISS hosts hoop qualifier
PORT McNEILL—The North Island Secondary School senior boys basketball team, undefeated at home in its brief season of play, expects a bigger challenge this afternoon when it hosts Campbell River Christian School at 4 p.m.
The winner will qualify to advance to the Vancouver Island A championship tournament.
NISS has a 4-0 home record, having beaten North Island rival Port Hardy Secondary twice and adding a pair of wins over Gold River in late January.
Last week, the team traveled to a North Island A zone qualifying tournament in Duncan, but finished in a tie in the qualifying standings to set up today’s showdown for the Island tourney berth.
Hickes field expanded
PORT ALICE—High interest has prompted organizers to boost the field in next month’s Oscar Hickes Memorial Hockey Tournament from 16 teams to 18, and four more remain on a wait list.
The tourney will be played from Mar. 7-10 at Port Alice Arena, including the popular round-the-clock session Friday night into Saturday.
Finals begin Sunday, Mar. 10, at 9 a.m., with the A final set for 2:30 p.m.
Soccer sign-up opens
Getting an early jump on the 2013 spring season, youth soccer association officials in Port Hardy and Port McNeill have kicked off registration for youths from four to 18 years of age.
In Port Hardy, registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at the North Island Gazette office, at 7305 Market St.
In Port McNeill, forms can be picked up and dropped at Timberland Sports.
Parents are cautioned the deadline for registration in both communities is Feb. 28, which is earlier than in past years.
Late registration will carry an additional fee and spots may not be available on all teams after the deadline.
For more information, call Marc at 250-949-8928.