Names and Games: Island rink sweeps up another B.C. senior title

Wes Craig’s Island rink is headed back to the Canadian senior men’s curling championship.

Craig’s foursome from Kerry Park and Nanaimo captured the B.C. senior men’s championship last weekend at the Vernon Curling Club. It’s the second straight year that Craig, third Steve Waatainen, second Keith Clarke and lead Craig Burton were victorious at the provincial finals.

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In Vernon, Craig finished first after the round robin, earning a bye to the final where the Island rink scored four in the second end en route to a 7-1 win over Steve Wright’s rink from Kelowna/Comox Valley.

Craig will now sport B.C. colours at the national championship March 16-22 in Portage la Prairie, Man.

At the 2019 Canadian finals in Chilliwack, Craig finished with a 5-5 record.

Victoria drivers have early success

Josh Reaume got his racing season off to a solid start last weekend in Las Vegas.

The West Shore resident took part in his first NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series event of the season — the Stratosphere 200 — and finished in 27th place after starting 28th behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. Veteran Kyle Busch was the winner.

Next up for Reaume, he heads to the East Coast and Atlanta Motor Speedway in three weeks’ time.

Elsewhere, Victoria driver Bill Okell got his racing season off to a successful start with two top-three finishes at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Driving his Huffaker Engineering MG Midget, Okell finished third on Saturday and second on Sunday in a pair of Sport Car Club of America Western Conference Majors Super Tour Series races.

Okell now heads over to Monterey and Laguna Seca Raceway for another Majors Super Tour race next month.

Shamrocks add Senior B team

The Victoria Shamrocks family of teams is growing.

The Senior A Shamrocks have purchased the Victoria Senior B Wolves lacrosse team and rebranded it as the Senior B Shamrocks for the 2020 season.

The two clubs will collaborate on lacrosse and business operations, and work together on promoting both clubs to the community.

The Shamrocks family now includes the Western Lacrosse Association team, the Junior A Shamrocks, Junior B Tier 1 Shamrocks and now the Senior B team, which plays in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association.

The Shamrocks also announced that longtime lacrosse executive Mike Petrie will join their board of directors and act as a liaison between the Senior A and new Senior B team.

Strathcona skiers impress at home

More than 100 cross-country skiers hit the trails on Mount Washington over the Family Day long weekend as the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club hosted the final two races of the Teck Coast Cup series.

Hollyburn Cross-Country Ski Club won the overall gold medal, with host Strathcona taking home the overall silver medal in the event which included a free technique interval start race on Saturday and a mass start team sprint relay on Sunday.

Spiller fastest at Hatley Castle

The Vancouver Island Race Series moved to Colwood last weekend for the Hatley Castle 8K, and it was Duncan’s Dusty Spiller first across the line with a winning time of 27:03.

Spiller was followed by Ian Searle with a time of 27:16 and Nicholas Lightbody in 27:20.

The fastest woman was Julia Tschanz in a time of 30:26.

Next up for the Island Race Series is the Port Alberni Paper Chase 15K on March 8.

For more information or to register, go to islandseries.org.

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