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.

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.

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.

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 […]

Jalen Philpot of the Seaquam Seahawks rushes for one of his four touchdowns on the day in a decisive win over Handsworth. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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11.10.17: Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report, Subway Bowl Rd. 1 Friday Night Lights edition

Welcome to the second season!  It’s Friday and time for the Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school football report, Subway Bowl Round-1 edition.

Ben Hladik may be a tue freshman at the tender age of 18, but he was picked the Canada West's Defensive Player of the Week this week for plays like this one, sacking reigning Hec Crighton award winner Noah Picton of the Regina Rams last week in Vancouver. (UBC photo by Richard Lam)
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Hints of greatness: Big Ben begins blue-and-gold career looking like a potential UBC all-timer

VANCOUVER — Ben Hladik is so attuned to everything he does as a football player, that even a discussion of his jersey number with the UBC Thunderbirds is important enough to provide a most thoughtful answer.