UBC's All-Canadian safety Stavros Katsantonis played his usual hard-hitting game, here tackling Saskatchewan's Tyler Chow. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Football ‘Birds unravel late in Hardy Cup semi final loss, coach Nill knows UBC “…is going to be a totally different team next year”

VANCOUVER — When it comes to advancing to the Canada West’s Hardy Cup conference championship, it’s almost felt like the UBC Thunderbirds have been protected by some sort of invisible force field since head coach Blake Nill rolled into town back in 2015.And with just over a minute left in the conference semifinal Saturday, with […]

Eric 'The Irish Rifle' Zychlinski was near flawless Friday as he led Vancouver College past Notre Dame in the 62nd annual Archbishops' Trophy game at Burnaby Lakes. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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11.03.18 BCHSF bonus report! Irish eyes smiling, Ravens rolling, Isles new Pac champs, much-improved Mission, the Polars’ QB superstar

LANGLEY — Some late finishes, some tardy coaches, some e-gremlins. Put them all together and you’ve got a bonus Saturday morning edition of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.

Quenching a conference-best thirst, Surrey's Holy Cross Crusaders completed a last-to-first rise in the AA Western Conference with a win over the Windsor Dukes Friday, on the final weekend of the regular season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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FINAL EDITION: 11.02.18 Friday Night Lights B.C. High School Football Report, regular-season finale edition

LANGLEY — The Friday Night Lights shine for the final time in this 2018 B.C. high school football regular season. Subway Bowl’s one-month run beckons, but before we get there, it time to put the cap on a tremendous conference campaign.

NCAA coaches taking part in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase are not only excited about visiting the city, but about its prospects as a home base for the top level of collegiate and university competition. (Graphic courtesy Vancouver Showcase)
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Vancouver Showcase ’18: NCAA coaches Pitino, Hopkins, Fortier bullish on B.C.’s future as an NBA and NCAA Div. 1 region

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s roots in the mainstream basketball world at-large haven’t always been the deepest or the most tradition-laden. 

Notre Dame head coach Denis Kelly (right), pictured chatting with assistant and longtime former head coach George Oswald earlier this season, has stood on both sidelines of the Archbishops' Trophy game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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VC Irish vs. ND Jugglers: All the fun facts behind six-plus decades of the Archbishops’ Trophy game

VANCOUVER — It’s a game with enough reverence that you can almost hear the legendary voice of college football’s Keith Jackson providing its play-by-play.On Friday, a 7:30 p.m. kick-off will herald the 62nd playing of the annual Archbishops’ Trophy game at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex between the host Notre Dame Jugglers and the visiting […]

Aliya Coy has been a stalwart along the Spartans' back-line for both of her two seasons with the Spartans. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of TWU athletics)
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Canada West Final Four at TWU: After putting soccer first on her menu, Spartans’ Aliya Coy finds a new joy for the game

LANGLEY — There is an old saying about how we are all essentially defined by our own unique ingredients. Aliya Coy thought she had a pretty solid grasp of that concept when she graduated from Calgary’s Centennial High back in the spring of 2017.

Notre Dame's Will Clarke and South Delta's Ben McDonald put on the perhaps the most impressive offensive show on a B.C. high school football field since Mouat's Maleek Irons rushed for 491 yards in 2012. The duo combined for 758 yards of offence and 11 touchdowns in a game in which 102 points were scored. (Photos by Howard Tsumura (left) and Mark Booth respective property of VarsityLetters.ca and The Delta Optimist)
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Big Ben vs. Will the Thrill in true QB super-power clash! 11.01.18 Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Performances of the Week

How many ‘Great Performances’ is too many? If you’re a B.C. high school football fan, you can never get too much of a good thing. 

North Vancouver's Handsworth Royals take a B.C. AAAA No. 4 ranking into the Red Serge Invitational beginning Friday at Port Coquitlam's Riverside Secondary. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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B.C. girls high school volleyball: It’s Red Serge Week in PoCo! Plus full rankings and tourney finishes

LANGLEY — A gold-medal finish at its own invitational tournament keeps Victoria’s two-time B.C. champion Belmont Bulldogs atop the provincial Top 10 AAAA world according to the Top 10 polls released Thursday by the ranking committee of B.C. Girls High School Volleyball Association. 

Sixteen of the best B.C. senior boys basketball teams will converge on the LEC Dec. 6-8 for the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Complete draw for our senior boys 16-team, 32-game classic at the LEC

LANGLEY — If you were at the Langley Events Centre last March, you got a chance to witness just how ever-evolving and fluid the state of a high school basketball team really is.