Spring sports ready to step forward

Baseball, slo-pitch and motocross organizations gear up for 2011 seasons

Ice is out at area arenas and skates and sticks are packed away, but that doesn’t mean an end to the sports calendar on the North Island.

It’s merely an invitation for spring athletics to step forward.

Baseball

Practices opened this week for teams in the North Vancouver Island Baseball League, which has set a tentative opening date of May 1. On that day, Port McNeill will host Port Hardy at Hyde Creek Ballpark for the first game on a 16-game schedule.

The season will continue through the annual playoff tournament July 20-24 at Hyde Creek.

The Sointula Recreation Association will once again host its annual invitational baseball tournament on May long weekend, beginning May 21. The tourney features both local teams and several who travel from down-Island, along with former locals who return for the homecoming event.

Motocross

The Tri-Port Motorbike and ATV club is gearing up for its third straight year hosting Vancouver Island Motocross spring series points racing at 7 Mile Track just south of the Highway 30 turnoff to Port Alice.

The first racing of the year at 7 Mile will take place May 21-22, and is a qualifier for the Canadian Amateur Motorsports Championships in Raymond, Alta., June 29-July 2.

“That’s gonna draw all the top names from all over to compete here,” club official Mark Ellis said.

Volunteer work parties have spent numerous hours preparing the track, making some alterations to the course and readying the starting line for installation of a roof which will be unique on Vancouver Island tracks.

The club, which formed prior to the 2009 season, has hosted riders from throughout the Island in both spring and fall series races, and Ellis said it plans to hold several rider clinics with visiting pros this summer. He would also like to see a North-South challenge set up involving Victoria-area riding clubs.

Practice rides are held each Wednesday, weather permitting, and weekend work parties are expected to continue leading up to race week.

To join the club, to volunteer or for other information, call Ellis at 250-956-9873.

Slo-pitch

Port McNeill Slo-pitch is putting out the call to teams, players and umpires interested in taking part in the 2011 season.

A new wrinkle is being added this year in the form of a “pickup roster” for players who  cannot commit to the full May-July season or who want to play only a few games.

For prospective umpires, training will be provided and umpires are paid on a per-game basis.

A registration session will be held Wednesday, Apr. 6 at Broughton Curling Club in Port McNeill. For more information, call Orma McDonald at 250-956-3345

In Port Hardy, the annual Icebreaker Classic Slo-Pitch tournament has been tentatively set for the weekend of May 6-8. To sign up a team for the tournament or to get additional information on joining Port Hardy Slo-Pitch this season call David Deans at 250-949-7221.

 

Just Posted

Frost backs Town of Port McNeill’s temporary legal cannabis sales ban

“I spoke with all the councillors and was kept up to date with what was going on.”

Seal attacks kayakers in the Broughton Archipelago

“It has to be one chance in a million of this happening.”

BC Ferries delays launch of Northern Sea Wolf route

For the second time, BC Ferries delays direct service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola

Historic Hornsby Crawler housing at hand

Construction for Hornsby Crawler structure approved by RDMW

Port McNeill Kids in Motion granted swimming funds from the town

Kids in Motion were granted $300 from the town to help cover costs for using the pool this summer.

BC Games: Day 1 comes to an end

Medals have already been handed out following one day of competition in the 2018 BC Summer Games

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

ZONE 6: Rugby star Maggie Banks carries family legacy to BC Games

Shawnigan Lake student and Coquitlam native following her parents to the national program

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Tara’s Tee Box: How to stop slicing the golf ball

“The simplest way to correct A SLICE is to understand how to swing in balance from start to finish.”

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Most Read