Lots of shots got lots of clicks

The Nanaimo News Bulletin’s most-read sports stories of 2015 included lacrosse, football, basketball, boxing and roller derby.

The senior B Timbermen’s 105 shots on goal in a lacrosse game in June was the News Bulletin’s most-read sports article of 2015.

An unusual occurrence at the lacrosse box led to the News Bulletin’s most-read sports story of 2015.

The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen amassed a remarkable 105 shots on goal in a 17-7 victory over the North Shore Indians in June, and the ensuing article, Lacrosse team fires 105 shots on goal, was the most-clicked sports article on the News Bulletin’s website this year.

The V.I. Raiders’ first game of the season in July was a good result for the good guys, and it led to the year’s second-most-read sports article, V.I. Raiders upset Rams in opener.

Next was a report during the Junior All-Native Tournament in Nanaimo in March, Native Sons keep winning at tourney, which detailed the Snuneymuxw team’s success in the first few brackets. The Sons would go on to win the title.

Boxers getting ready to rumble, from May, was next on the list, featuring an interview with boxing promoter Terry Strawson in the lead-up to the Rumble at the Rink card at Frank Crane Arena.

Rounding out the top five was more lacrosse news, Sr. B Timbermen chase Presidents’ Cup, an article previewing the team’s participation at nationals.

Finalists chosen for sport awards, as in the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards, was next, back in January.

Then came the Raiders, making their second appearance in the top 10 in July with V.I. Raiders will try to rise again, the Bulletin’s season preview.

More football was eighth on the list, as the article Barsby obliterates Moscrop 77-0 to start playoffs in November showed the game doesn’t have to be close to keep fans interested.

Ninth was Derby dudes, a feature in November about two men’s roller derby players, Dan Zimmer and Kris Bennett, who qualified for Team Canada.

The final article to crack the top 10 was The fight goes on, a feature from May on boxer Gordy Racette.


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