The Cowichan Piggies senior men’s rugby team claimed the Times Cup as Island First Division champions in February. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Piggies lock up times Cup

Memorable moments in sports from 2018

Just a few of the highlights from the past year

It was another big year for sports in the Cowichan Valley.

There were plenty of memorable moments in 2018, and these are a few of them. We couldn’t include everything that happened, but here are some highlights.

Piggies lock up Times Cup

LMG Caps off record-setting Div. 1 season

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Colin Knight and Cowichan LMG set a club record for wins and points in a Div. 1 men’s soccer season as they won the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s regular-season title. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) LMG Caps off record-setting Div. 1 season

Somto Dimonachie and Brentwood College School’s senior boys basketball team repeated as provincial AA champions in March. (Greg Laychak/Black Press) A target all season, Brentwood pulls off repeat

The Cowichan 49ers players repeated as Tony Grover Cup champions with a 4-1 win over Gorge at Royal Athletic Park in March. (Kelly Wallace photo) 49ers repeat as Tony Grover Cup champs

In just their first season of existence, Cowichan United won the George Smith Cup in March as Vancouver Island U21 soccer champions. (Kelly Wallace photo) Cowichan United claimes George Smith Cup

Shawnigan Lake School won gold at the AAA girls rugby provincial championships in May. Cowichan Secondary placed fifth, and Brentwood College was seventh in the AA division. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School) Shawnigan girls win provincial AAA rugby championship

Shawnigan Lake School finished second in the AAAA boys rugby provincial championships in May, and Brentwood College School had the same finish in the AA tournament. (Arden Gill/Shawnigan Lake School) Provincial silver for two Valley schools

Just over a year after receiving a life-saving liver transplant Cobble Hill’s Natalie Williams displays her three gold medals from the Canadian Transplant Games in July. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Cobble Hill woman’s inspiring recovery

Duncan’s Lindsay Hodgins won provincial and national titles in horseshoes during the summer. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) National and B.C. horseshoes titles for Duncan’s Lindsay Hodgins

The junior B Cowichan Valley Thunder won the provincial championship over the Port Moody Thunder at the Q Centre in August. (Submitted) Cowichan Thunder win provincial gold

Duncan runner Hazura Sangha won gold medals in the 10km, 5km, 1500m, 800m and 400m at the 2018 BC 55+ Games in Kimberley and Cranbrook in September. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen) Ageless champion sweeps BC 55+ Games

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Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Taylor Webb emerges with the puck from a scrum along the boards during Saturday’s home game against the Saanich Predators. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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Several forwards hitting or nearing career highs just six games into season

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Vancouver police reactivated the search for Jordan Naterer Thursday Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of VPD.
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Environment Minister George Heyman, Premier John Horgan and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall announce that B.C. Hydro is proceeding with construction of the Site C dam, Dec. 11, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
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One of the squirrels who ended up having their tails amputated after getting them stuck together with tree sap. (Facebook/Wild ARC)
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Jordan Jay Ward is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for two counts of manslaughter

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The Nation’s guardian watchmen mapped sites for research and to protect them from human disturbances

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