The junior A Nanaimo Timbermen had two selections in the top 10 at this year’s B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League midget draft and selected Jack Bowie, middle left, and Levi Verch. Photos submitted

Junior A Timbermen add two top-10 draft picks

Nanaimo’s B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League club chooses nine players in midget draft

The junior A Nanaimo Timbermen strengthened their foundations with the addition of nine draft picks.

The city’s B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League club is happy with how it made out at the midget draft earlier this month. The team added nine prospects and was able to address some areas of the floor it had targeted, said Dave Bremner, coach and general manager.

“We probably had one of our best draft classes we’ve ever had…” he said. “You try to do your homework and try and get the best possible players at the positions you need.”

Nanaimo’s top pick was Jackson Bowie, out of Peninsula minor lacrosse, who was taken in the second round, ninth overall.

“He’s a very talented, rugged, in-your-face, gritty, left-handed offensive player that’s going to score a lot of goals in this league,” Bremner said. “And just a great kid.”

The junior A Timbermen had a series of choices bunched together and took Levi Verch 10th overall, Patrick Wong 12th and Riley Arsenault 13th. Verch, from Saanich, is described as a solid back-end guy with great size and good speed; Wong is a speedy right-handed transition defender from Saanich; and Arsenault, also from Saanich, is a big, strong offensive stud.

Nanaimo’s other choices were Riley Mace from Saanich, Jaden Bourne from Richmond, Wade Mason and Kalum Lachance from Cowichan and Nik Lepessis from Saanich.

Bremner said with some spots still to fill on the junior A team, there are potentially one or two draft picks that could be ready to make an impact at the next level.

“It’s so hard to tell how these kids are going to develop in the junior league coming out of midget,” the GM said. “They are all so talented [and] they are all playing lacrosse all year round.”

He said he will be continuing to try to add talent between now and training camp; there is a free agent camp coming up Feb. 24 and more information is available by e-mailing

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fisheries and oceans minister spends Earth Day in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Jonathan Wilkinson in riding to support candidate Michelle Corfield

Earth Day in Nanaimo celebrates the Earth and its inhabitants

Plant a tree, pet a wolf, and see grand opening of Georgia Greenway at Nanaimo Earth Day festival

Climate action can’t be a partisan issue, say Greens

Green Party of Canada celebrated Earth Day early in Nanaimo

Editorial: Climate change is a good reason to cast a vote

Different choices around climate action and inaction will be on the ballot in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Humboldt memorial hockey tournament will make its return in Nanaimo

Fundraising tournament set for Nanaimo North Town Centre parking lot on May 5

Climate action can’t be a partisan issue, say Greens

Green Party of Canada celebrated Earth Day early in Nanaimo

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Anti-immigration party is on the ballot in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Opposing candidate says National Citizens Alliance’s participation ‘highly problematic’

Clippers optimistic as they put finishing touches on cup-hosting bid

Nanaimo’s junior A hockey club hopes to host RBC Cup nationals in 2020-21

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Most Read