Jake Lane of Kwalikum Secondary School chips to the ninth green during the AA Island High School Golf Championships at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach last spring. Lane opened the 2017 season with a victory in the Husky Open in Washington last week. — NEWS file photo

Jake Lane of Kwalikum Secondary School chips to the ninth green during the AA Island High School Golf Championships at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach last spring. Lane opened the 2017 season with a victory in the Husky Open in Washington last week. — NEWS file photo

Student athletes spring into action

Soccer, rugby, track & field teams hit the ground running

Spring break has wrapped up for local school students, which means spring action is upon them.

Multiple spring sports began last week for baseball players when the Parksville Royals of the B.C. Premier Baseball League travelled to Victoria and swept a pair of games in a pre-season tournament.

Around the same time, Kwalikum Secondary School golfer Jake Lane, the reigning provincial AA champion, appeared in mid-season form when he won the Husky Open tournament in Washington.

The play came home this week, when the newly created Ballenas Secondary School girls rugby team hosted its first game in at least seven years Wednesday afternoon and played to a 17-17 draw with Cowichan Valley.

On Thursday, March 30, Ballenas and Kwalikum were set to hook up in a crosstown girls soccer duel at Ballenas beginning at 3:45 p.m.. The Whalers are back with a senior team after having to shelve the program due to low turnout a year ago.

The provincial champion KSS golf team also will host its home opener in the coming week, with an April 7 tournament at Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course.

The following day, the Royals kick off the home portion of their BCPBL baseball schedule with a doubleheader beginning at 12:15 p.m. at Springwood Park in Parksville.

— NEWS Staff