New Westminster running back Sammy Sidhu powers his way across the goal line in front of Mt. Douglas defensive back Connor Clarke as the Subway Bowl AAA quarterfinals opened at Mercer Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Super Sammy lifts Hyacks with grinder’s mentality, No. 1 New West tops No. 5 Mt. Douglas for Subway Final 4 berth

NEW WESTMINSTER —You’ve got to first be a grinder if you want to be a game-breaker. If you needed proof of what is surely a playoff football axiom, you saw it as the second half of the 2017 Subway Bowl quarterfinal clash between Victoria’s Mt. Douglas Rams and the host New Westminster Hyacks unfolded on Friday at […]

Seaquam Seahawks' defenders Antonio Pamintuan (left) and Isaiah Jay will have to be on their toes Saturday when they face the Terry Fox Ravens at BC Place Stadium in the Subway Bowl AAA quarterfinals. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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11.16.17: Varsity Letter’s Final rankings part of our All U Can Eat Subway Bowl quarterfinal weekend package

Apologies for this late posting of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football All U Can Eat Subway Bowl quarterfinal edition. Computer gremlins plagued us throughout the week.

Trinity Western Spartans' women's basketball coach Cheryl Jean-Paul has put a brick-and-mortar foundation in place for Trinity Western women's basketball. (Scott Stewart/TWU athletics)
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Cheryl Jean-Paul: TWU coach’s unwavering belief lifts Spartans into uncharted territory

LANGLEY — Even in more tumultuous times, her body language never wavered. The women’s basketball program at Trinity Western University has gone through some pretty tough times since Cheryl Jean-Paul took over the program in 2010

From an impressionable Grade 9 call-up to a dominant senior game breaker, Lord Tweedsmuir's Derek Best is a running back who wants to be the best. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Best’s Buy-In: A pivotal moment four seasons ago shaped the journey of Tweedsmuir RB Derek Best

SURREY — The best thing about benchmark moments is that while they so often begin in anonymity, they can, through their power of perspective, come to define the essence of the so-called big picture.

Capilano Blues' leftside Isabela Lima has made a miraculous recovery from partial paralysis to join her CCAA team on the court. (Tae Hoon Kim photo/Capilano University)
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Capilano U’s Incredible Isabela: Paralysis steals her smile, but grit helps Lima get her life back

NORTH VANCOUVER — If only this were a fairy tale, the kind where you could peek a few pages ahead to assure yourself of a happy ending.

Abbotsford's Marin Lenz (left) and Breanne Homeniuk of Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers are both back to take part in TBI 2017 at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The 2017 girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational at LEC, here’s the full draw!

LANGLEY — Last week we presented the boys draw, now it’s time to debut the girls draw for the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational 16-team tournament, set to run Dec. 14-16 at the Langley Events Centre.

Walnut Grove guard James Woods, the reigning BC boys AAAA tourney MVP, will be back at the LEC next month for the 2017 TBI. (Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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FULL DRAW! The 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational at LEC

LANGLEY — If you are a high school basketball purist and you enjoy, as much as I certainly do, watching all of the varied styles and personalities of this great game, then the 16-team 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational is sure to please.

Mt. Douglas offensive lineman Soren Hallschmid (left) and running back Ben Pierik each played big roles Saturday as the Rams moved into a quarter matchup with No. 1 New Westminster next Saturday. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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11.11.17: Varsity Letters’ Saturday Night B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to the Saturday night edition of Varsity Letter’s B.C. High School Football report. Three playoff games make up an abbreviated, but nonetheless important, first Saturday of Subway Bowl playoffs as the majority of matchups move into B.C. Place Stadium next week.

UBC's power trio of (left to right) Ben Cummings, Trivel Pinto and Alex Morrison, had plenty of celebratory moments in Saturday's 81st Hardy Cup clashing Calgary, but in the end, the 'Birds fell victim to the longest field goal in Canadian university sports history. (Richard Lam, UBC athletics)
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“It just rips your heart out” — UBC season ends on longest field goal in Canadian university history

It was a game whose conclusion would have defied the logic of a thousand seasoned bettors. It came on a field goal attempt the football gods, 999 times out of that 1,000, would have pushed wide or pulled up short based solely on its audacity.

How good does winning a B.C. high school AA field hockey championship feel? Collingwood's Steph Gillies (left) and Devon Litherland leave nothing to the imagination. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Collingwood calling! West Van’s Cavs awaken from halftime doldrums to top Crofton House for B.C. AA field hockey title

SURREY — Jaimie Chrystal wanted the third time to be the charm, yet she and her Collingwood Cavaliers’ teammates couldn’t deny the small matter of a 1-0 halftime deficit and a lack of team cohesion.That’s where the West Vancouver school stood at halftime of the B.C. high school senior girls Double A field hockey championship […]