Vernon head coach Sean Smith has reminded his Panthers that No. 1 rankings exist only on paper. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.com)
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AA’s team to beat! With talent galore, Vernon’s No. 1-ranked Panthers need to stay hungry in quest of elusive Subway Bowl B.C. title

Welcome to an upcoming season in which they are overwhelming favourites, a season in which their ability to remain mentally grounded will be every bit as critical as their ability to unleash their unquestioned cache of physical skills on the football field.

Hugh Boyd's Reace Mok used speed and elusiveness to rush for over 1,900 yards and 20 touchdowns over the final two seasons of his senior varsity career with the Trojans. (Photo by Mark Booth property of the Richmond News)
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Hugh Boyd’s Reace Mok: Simon Fraser’s incoming ‘make ’em miss’ running back brings a different kind of height to the fight

RICHMOND — Reace Mok is quick enough to dodge almost anything, yet bring up the compact nature of his physique and the contrast it has always created on the gridiron, and you discover how fast he can also use words to diffuse any concerned first impressions.

John Barsby head coach Rob Stevenson chats with his then-Grade 10 starting quarterback Cameron Wright during the 2016 Subway Bowl AA junior varsity final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Home sweet dome! Despite decorated history, No. 2 Barsby Bulldogs have not tread on B.C. Place turf since 2014

NANAIMO — When last we left the current decade’s most dominant B.C.-based AA senior varsity football program, at its home away from home, aka B.C. Place Stadium, its weather-worn but wise head coach was floating in his favourite place.

Surrey-Tamanawis grad Sukhjot Bains, after four years in the U.S., is returning to B.C. and will suit up for the Fraser Valley Cascades this coming season. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV athletics)
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A Cascade of influence! UFV hits a rainmaker as ex-Tamanawis star Sukhjot Bains bids adieu to D1 Wisc-Green Bay

ABBOTSFORD — The player B.C. high school coaches voted the No. 1 senior talent in the province following the 2013-14 season has led a nomadic existence the past four years within the delivery system of U.S. college basketball.

Ballenas Whalers' quarterback Ben Chomolok helped lead his team to the Subway Bowl AA junior varsity title game. This coming season he will run the show for the No. 3-ranked Whalers senior varsity. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Batten down the hatches! Parksville’s AA No. 3-ranked Ballenas Whalers ready to sail into title-contending waters

On Tuesday, we unveiled the G.W. Graham Grizzlies as our No. 4-ranked team in Varsity Letters’ preseason Big 5 Double A high school football rankings. Today, we get back to the countdown by making a stop on Vancouver Island at Parksville where we visit with the No. 3-ranked Ballenas Whalers.

Cooper Middleton (right, 72) and the rest of Chilliwack's G.W. Graham, Grizzlies got all they could handle in a Subway Bowl Final 4 loss to Julien Perri and the Windsor Dukes last November at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Lights from the Valley! Chilliwack’s No. 4-ranked G.W. Graham Grizzlies find ways to shine with young, re-tooled roster

On Monday, we started Varsity Letters’ preseason Big 5 Double A football rankings by introducing the No. 5-ranked Samuel Robertson Technical Titans of Maple Ridge.

Samuel Robertson's Kyle Halverson puts the stop on John Barsby's Blake Johnny during 2017 action in Nanaimo. Converging on the play for the Titans are Xavier St. Peter (left) and Cody Hogarth. (Photo courtesy Mitchel Crews, Samuel Robertson Technical athletics)
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Who are the SRT Titans? B.C. high school football’s preseason AA No. 5 for 2018! Today, we start the Big 5 countdown

Welcome to the unofficial start of the 2018 B.C. high school football season. Beginning today for the next two weeks, we here at Varsity Letters will count down, at the rate of one team per week day, the preseason Big 5 senior varsity football teams.

Langley Secondary's Georgia Ellenwood won the most gruelling competition in the women's track and field canon on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The former B.C. high school star and Wisconsin Badgers' senior is the new NCAA Div. 1 heptathlon champion. (Graphic by University of Wisconsin athletics)
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Georgia Ellenwood: Four-time B.C. high school heptathlon champ caps NCAA Div. 1 career with a golden weekend

When she left B.C. as the single most-dominant competitor in the history of the B.C. girls high school multi-event championships back 2013, Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood immediately set her focus on an even bigger prize.

Brentwood College's Sion Griffiths battled injury and some pretty tight scheduling this past weekend to win silver medals at both the B.C. high school rugby, and track and field championships. (Photos by Jeff Sargeant (left) and Howard Tsumura property of UBC athletics, VarsityLetters.ca)
Looking more refreshed than spent, George Elliott's Taryn O'Neill glides over the finish line well ahead of the pack to set a new record in the senior girls 1,500m at the B.C.high school championships last Friday in Langley. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Miles of smiles! On her way to Villanova, Lake Country’s Taryn O’Neill sets a new standard for B.C. girls middle distance running

LANGLEY — If you are a high school track fan with any degree of long-standing membership here in the province of B.C., you may have taken, over the course of the weekend past, a few moments to determine in your own mind just how significant the accomplishment’s of Taryn O’Neill really are in the grand […]