Soccer registration deadline looms

Sports briefs include the push the vote Willie Mitchell SportBC's 47th Athlete of the Year.

Youth soccer officials in Port McNeill remind families interested in participating in the 2013 spring season that the registration is fast approaching.

In Port Hardy, registration forms may be picked up and dropped off at the North Island Gazette office, at 7305 Market St. through Feb. 28. A late registration fee will be applied after that date, and spots on teams may not be guaranteed.

In Port McNeill, forms can be picked up and dropped at Timberland Sports, also through Feb. 28.

Coaches, managers, referees and volunteers of all stripes are still welcome to step up to play a role in the coming youth soccer season, for players from four to 18 years of age.

For more information or to volunteer, call Marc at 250-949-8928.

 

 

 

Give Willie a boost

Port McNeill’s Willie Mitchell is a finalist in SportBC’s 47th Athlete of the Year Awards competition and is running neck-and-neck with women’s soccer standout Christine Sinclair for the top spot in online voting.

Mitchell made headlines last summer by helping the Los Angeles Kings to the NHL championship and then bringing the Stanley Cup home for visits to Port McNeill, Alert Bay and Telegraph Cove.

As of Tuesday this week, Mitchell had 46 per cent of the online votes, trailing only Sinclair (49 per cent). Four other finalists were well back, at one or two per cent each.

To vote for Mitchell, visit www.sportbc.com and click on the large Athlete of the Year Awards banner near the top of the page.