Trinity Western senior keeper Rachel Sydor enters her fifth-and-final Canada West season by ascending to a starter's role as the Spartans open Canada West play Friday at home to the Victoria Vikes. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of TWU athletics)
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Rachel Sydor: Four years a Spartan understudy, Trinity Western keeper rises to starting role on nation’s No. 4-ranked team

LANGLEY — Win five national titles over a span of 10 years, like the Trinity Western Spartans’ women’s soccer program did from 2004-13, and you’re not only able to recruit great players into the team, you’re able to create some of the most competitive positional battles imaginable.

The evolution of Simon Fraser Clan senior libero Jayme Bratsberg (centre) is reflected in the confident and rising tone of her voice. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics)
The New Westminster Hyacks' home opener, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mercer Stadium against North Vancouver's Carson Graham Eagles, doubles the Western Conference opener for the defending B.C. AAA Subway Bowl champions. (File photo by Alan Wardle property of New Westminster Hyacks football)
Handsworth Royals' star receiver and defensive back Keelan White made an impact despite a loss to Burlington-Nelson in a Labour Day clash on the North Shore. (File photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo)
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09.03.18 Labour Day bonus high school football edition: Despite White’s pick-6, Handsworth in tough

Alberta had its traditional CFL Labour Day Classic today. Over on the North Shore, a little Labour Day football was also being played. Here’s our holiday Monday bonus report, with an additional look at a late-reported game from Friday.

After UBC's RB-1 Ben Cummings went down with an injury, back-up Kory Nagata answered the call by scoring two touchdowns in the 'Birds season-opening 30-20 win over Manitoba. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
Offensive guard Scott Maki (79) hoists receiver Devin O'Hea after the former Argyle Pipers standout from North Vancouver made a highlight reel end zone catch from freshman quarterback Justin Seiber in the Clan's 54-7 win Saturday at home to the Willamette Bearcats. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of Simon Fraser athletics)
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TSUMURA: My Top 5 takeaways from a Simon Fraser Clan football victory that snaps an epic 33-game losing streak

BURNABY — No, the 1,265 fans in attendance did not rush the field and topple the goal posts Saturday afternoon at Terry Fox Field. Yet finally, there was joy in Mudville.

Terry Fox's Eric Polan was a nemesis against Concrete High on Friday. His Ravens won big and Polan finished with 12 tackles including four sacks. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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09.01.18 Saturday morning edition: Varsity Letter’s B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to the Saturday morning edition of Varsity Letters. Coaches were plagued with tough conditions to file reports Friday, all coming off 7 p.m. starts in Washington state with return trips pending. No mulligans next week, so we hope to be able to bring you the best picture possible this coming Friday night.

New Westminster opened defence of its 2017 AAA Subway Bowl title with a loss at Liberty (Wash.) High on Friday, getting its scores from quarterback Kinsale Philip (left) and Broxx Comia (right). (File photo by Alan Wardle courtesy New Westminster Hyacks)
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08.31.18 Friday Night Lights edition: Local teams head south in 2018’s first B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to 2018’s first edition of Varsity Letter’s B.C. High School Football Report. Week O’s annual limited opening Friday slate captures a select number of B.C. teams in non-conference action south of the line.

It's no stretch to say that the biggest game of new Simon Fraser running back Jason Nelson's career will be his first with the team as the Clan looks to snap a 33-game losing streak Saturday against visiting Willamette. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU athletics)
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SFU’s Jason ‘Mini-Marshawn’ Nelson embraces the challenge: “Life ain’t easy. It’s going to hit you in the face no matter what. I’m ready.”

BURNABY — Jason Nelson is adamant about wanting to carve out his own identity, but as the new guy getting ready to take his share of hand-offs in the offensive backfield of the Simon Fraser Clan, he admits that embracing a snappy nickname which pays homage to an NFL great is never a bad thing.