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Nanaimo United Div. 1 coach Kevin Lindo, left, and players Geoff Hackett and Daragh Fitzgerald celebrate the team’s Jackson Cup win this past Saturday in Langford. (Nanaimo United FC photo)

Nanaimo United play in a pandemic, win Jackson Cup championship

Div. 1 men defeat Lakehill 2-1 to cap off soccer season after a six-month shutdown

Nanaimo United Div. 1 coach Kevin Lindo, left, and players Geoff Hackett and Daragh Fitzgerald celebrate the team’s Jackson Cup win this past Saturday in Langford. (Nanaimo United FC photo)
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League is set to begin its 50th consecutive season on Oct. 1 pending final approval from local health authorities and viaSport. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

VIJHL season could start Oct. 1, says league president

League awaiting final approval from local health authorities and viaSport

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League is set to begin its 50th consecutive season on Oct. 1 pending final approval from local health authorities and viaSport. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool making NFL debut on Monday Night Football

Abby Senior grad suiting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to take on New York Giants in Big Apple

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)
The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is working to finalize a start date for the upcoming Island Junior B hockey season. In this file photo, the Campbell River Storm celebrate their ninth win in a row during regular season Junior B action at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River, B.C. on Jan. 3, 2020. The Storm beat the Generals 1-0. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

VIJHL finalizing cohort groups and schedules for upcoming season

Start date is still unknown, but should be announced in the coming weeks, says league

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) is working to finalize a start date for the upcoming Island Junior B hockey season. In this file photo, the Campbell River Storm celebrate their ninth win in a row during regular season Junior B action at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River, B.C. on Jan. 3, 2020. The Storm beat the Generals 1-0. File photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
A tree bridge at the mountain bike skills park area at Nanaimo’s Steve Smith Bike Park. (City of Nanaimo photo)

Mountain bike skills area adds new challenges at Beban bike park

City of Nanaimo announced new features now open at Steve Smith Bike Park

A tree bridge at the mountain bike skills park area at Nanaimo’s Steve Smith Bike Park. (City of Nanaimo photo)
Tali Campbell, the Nanaimo Clippers’ general manager, is moving on from the team this fall. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo Clippers looking for new GM as Campbell moving on

BCHL team expected to hire new general manager or head of business operations this month

Tali Campbell, the Nanaimo Clippers’ general manager, is moving on from the team this fall. (Photo submitted)
Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay gets her ball out of a sand trap during action at the B.C. Golf senior women’s championships at the Campbell River Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 26. (Marissa Tiel/Campbell River Mirror)
Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay gets her ball out of a sand trap during action at the B.C. Golf senior women’s championships at the Campbell River Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 26. (Marissa Tiel/Campbell River Mirror)
Nanaimo NightOwls manager Greg Frady speaks via Zoom from his home in Florida at a coaching announcement this week. (Nanaimo NightOwls/Zoom image)

Nanaimo NightOwls baseball team announces first manager

Greg Frady signed to five-year contract to coach West Coast League franchise

Nanaimo NightOwls manager Greg Frady speaks via Zoom from his home in Florida at a coaching announcement this week. (Nanaimo NightOwls/Zoom image)
Nanaimo Clippers goalie Jordan Naylor will be back between the pipes during the coming 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season. (News Bulletin file photo)

Scouting report promising for Nanaimo Clippers with training camp around the corner

BCHL scouts Island Division champs as league anticipates 2020-21 season

Nanaimo Clippers goalie Jordan Naylor will be back between the pipes during the coming 2020-21 B.C. Hockey League season. (News Bulletin file photo)
V.I. Raiders player Maren Bradbrooke returns a kickoff during a B.C. Football Conference game against the Langley Rams last season at Caledonia Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

V.I. Raiders’ junior football season gets cancelled

CJFL says it will focus on a return-to-play plan for 2021

V.I. Raiders player Maren Bradbrooke returns a kickoff during a B.C. Football Conference game against the Langley Rams last season at Caledonia Park. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Nanaimo Clippers play the Penticton Vees during BCHL action last season at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers look for billet families for hockey season

B.C. Hockey League team’s training camp to get underway in early September

The Nanaimo Clippers play the Penticton Vees during BCHL action last season at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich gets back to defend his team’s crease during a BCHL game this past February at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers to start training in September for first league games in December

B.C. Hockey League announces Dec. 1 start date for 2020-21 season

Nanaimo Clippers forward Kyler Kovich gets back to defend his team’s crease during a BCHL game this past February at Frank Crane Arena. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo NightOwls will play ball under the lights next season

West Coast League baseball club unveils its team name

Nanaimo baseball player Josh Laukkanen, who played in the West Coast League last summer, models the Nanaimo NightOwls’ new home uniform, as Ney-te the NightOwl also gets in the picture. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
New LED lighting will illuminate play at Serauxmen Stadium. The $1.1-million lighting system is part of a multi-phase improvement plan for the facility. (Doug Wortley/Arrowsmith Media photo)

Lights shine on Nanaimo’s Serauxmen Stadium

$1.1-million lighting project will extend baseball season, says City of Nanaimo

New LED lighting will illuminate play at Serauxmen Stadium. The $1.1-million lighting system is part of a multi-phase improvement plan for the facility. (Doug Wortley/Arrowsmith Media photo)
A skatepark project at Huxley Community Park on Gabriola Island received a $567,000 government grant. (Photo courtesy New Line Skateparks Inc.)

Gabriola skatepark project gets $567,000 infrastructure grant

Federal and provincial governments providing money for Huxley Park amenities

A skatepark project at Huxley Community Park on Gabriola Island received a $567,000 government grant. (Photo courtesy New Line Skateparks Inc.)
Skateboarder Eric Timmins is among the first users Thursday at the new skatepark at Harewood Centennial Park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s newest skatepark now open for use in Harewood

Harewood Centennial Park amenity opens on schedule

Skateboarder Eric Timmins is among the first users Thursday at the new skatepark at Harewood Centennial Park. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An online fundraiser has been created to try to garner enough money to replace the carpet at the Nanaimo Boxing Club with three-quarter-inch-thick rubber mats, which will be easier to clean. (GoFundMe photo)

Nanaimo Boxing Club needs new floor for COVID-19 times

GoFundMe started to raise money for rubber mats at Willgress Road facility

An online fundraiser has been created to try to garner enough money to replace the carpet at the Nanaimo Boxing Club with three-quarter-inch-thick rubber mats, which will be easier to clean. (GoFundMe photo)
The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)

VIU’s sports teams won’t play league games this fall

PacWest cancels 2020 conference play, hopes basketball and volleyball can return in January 2021

The VIU Mariners women’s soccer team competes in the national final last fall. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of fall national championships and today, June 19, the Pacific Western Athletic Association announced that it will not hold league games in 2020. (CCAA photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky tries out the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Carl Ollech is the new owner of the Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey team. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Buccaneers have a new owner

Carl Ollech, an owner of Duncan Iron Works, buys junior B hockey club

Carl Ollech is the new owner of the Nanaimo Buccaneers junior B hockey team. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)