Mariners in a minuteNov

Soccer The men’s soccer team captured a silver medal at the CCAA National Championship earlier this month. The Mariners defeated second-seeded Holland College 3–0 and PacWest Provincial Champions Douglas College 2–1 to advance to the final game against Humber College. VIU fell to Humber in a heartbreaking 2–2 game that was decided by a 7–6 … Continued

Mariners “slide under the radar” into Nationals

It would be exaggerating to say those following the PacWest men’s soccer scene pegged the Mariners to qualify for National Championships this year. VIU lost five starting players in the offseason, including All-Canadian’s Jared Stephens and Chris Arnett, former rookie-of-the-year Kevin Brown, and veteran defender Brad Archibald. Odds did not favour the Mariners returning to … Continued

GSP defends title in UFC 154

It has been one year, six months, and 15 days since Georges St. Pierre (GSP) last stepped into the octagon for a UFC bout—and on Nov. 17 the stakes couldn’t be higher for the undisputed Welterweight Champion of the world. St. Pierre will fight Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit in the main event of UFC … Continued

Around the rink

The Nanaimo Clippers are proud to be hosting the 2013 Western Canada Cup (WCC) next Spring. Much like the now-retired Abbott Cup, the WCC is the Junior A championship for all of Western Canada. The Clippers automatically get a seat in the tournament as the host team, but the boys are determined to make their … Continued

Victories over Camosun in Island Rivalry

The Mariners basketball teams hosted Camosun College in the annual Island Rivalry games Nov. 2. Both squads defeated the Chargers: the men in a close 83–73 match and the women with a little more ease, 58–45. In the women’s game, Heather McCarthy led the way with 16 points, while Shayna Worthington tallied 15 points and … Continued

Silver lining of NHL lockout

The National Hockey League labour dispute reaches its two-month milestone this week, and even if the league and its Players Association come to terms quickly, the damage has already been done. The perennial Winter Classic outdoor game was cancelled, with the league forfeiting a $100 thousand stadium deposit in the process. All games scheduled through … Continued

Studio offers free yoga workshop

Ever wondered what would possess someone to enter a dimly-lit studio, contort their bodies into all ranges of strange positions, and then top it all off with a short cat nap on their back? For some this may sound rather pleasant, for others a little odd. If you find yourself in the “pleasant” or perhaps … Continued

Iaido classes offered in Nanaimo

Peter Gunstone, head instructor at Todo Kai Dojo, has been honing his swordsmanship for thirty years, and now he aims to pass his knowledge onto others. Gunstone is a practitioner of the Japanese martial art known as iaido. Unlike kendo, and many other martial arts, iaido does not incorporate real combat. Iaido is about overcoming … Continued

Does Canada really call the CFL “our league?”

This year, the Canadian Football League celebrates its 100th Grey Cup season, marking the centennial of one of the world’s oldest sporting championships. The trophy itself has survived a devastating fire, been stolen and held for ransom, and broken on four occasions by over-excited victors. It witnessed a player nearly drown during the 1950 Mud … Continued

Lofty goals for men’s volleyball

The Mariners are back on the court for a fresh season of men’s volleyball at VIU. Coming off a silver-medal performance at Provincials last season, head coach Abe Avender has set high expectations for the M’s: book a ticket to the National Championships. “I’ll be significantly let down if we don’t finish in the top … Continued

Mariners in a minute

Soccer  The men’s soccer team finished the regular season with a pair of draws in away matches. Mateo Kostering tallied the Mariner’s only goal in the Oct. 20 game against UBC-Okanagan, off a great cross from AJ Kambere. VIU nearly hung on for the win, but surrendered a late goal in extra time for the … Continued

Around the rink

After coming out of the Thanksgiving weekend without a win, the Nanaimo Buccaneers were ecstatic to get four points from their home-and-home weekend with the Campbell River Storm. The Buccaneers had a 5–2 win on Oct. 11 and followed up with their second win in as many with 6–1 victory. The Buc’s home game began … Continued

Hornet women reload in redemption season

The Nanaimo Hornets, women’s Div. 1 rugby team, has begun their development league season and are looking for new players to fill the squad, said team manager Emily Rock. Players interested in joining are asked to attend a free practice at May Bennett Park on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 6 p.m. Women … Continued

Tough season for baseball’s wealthiest

It appears the New York Yankees watched the baseball flick Brewster’s Millions one too many times heading into the Major League Baseball post-season, adapting its tagline as a mission statement: “You don’t have to be crazy to blow 30 million dollars in 30 days. But it helps.” In fact, the Yankees managed the feat in … Continued

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