As a Kelowna Owl in March of 2016, new UBC Thunderbird recruit Grant Shephard smooched with the tournament MVP trophy. (Richard Lam, UBC athletics)
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UBC gets Grant the Great! Kelowna’s Quad-A MVP Grant Shephard chooses ‘Birds

(This is a complete write-through of the earlier story Varsity Letters broke on UBC’s signing of former Kelowna Owls basketball star Grant Shephard. There’s more quotes from all concerned including Shephard’s former high school coach Harry Parmar, and additional reporting on the impact his arrival could have on the program)VANCOUVER — Even after an inglorious end to its 2016-17 U Sports […]

Simon Fraser's trio of incoming high school recruits for 2017-18 are, clockwise from top left: Sierra Schefer, Juliana Babic and Kendal Sands. (Photos: VK Basketball, courtesy Juliana Babic and SFU athletics, Howard Tsumura-Varsity Letters)
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Clan’s Sweet 16 hoops roster opens, gives Class of ’17 recruits faster NCAA futures

BURNABY — The Simon Clan women’s basketball team, which honoured just a pair of graduating players on its Seniors Night in late February, is going to be a lot younger team than originally anticipated this coming season.

Former Tamanawis Wildcats' star Sukhjot Bains begins his NCAA Div. 1 basketball career next season at Wisconsin-Green Bay. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Tammy’s Sukh Bains turns three-year hoops odyssey into NCAA Div. 1 future at Wisc-Green Bay

In his senior year of 2013-14, at Surrey’s Tamanawis Secondary, Sukhjot Bains was voted B.C.’s No. 1 senior boys basketball player.

SFU volleyball star Alison McKay (right) along with Clan wrestler Mallory Velte book-end outgoing wrestling coach Mike Jones on Tuesday in Coquitlam. (Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters photos)
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SFU’s Alison McKay: Why she best represents the ethos of Clan athletics

BURNABY — It’s why, on that one night a year when a university athletic program gathers its masses to celebrate its tradition and excellence, we sit transfixed in the moment.

Simon Fraser Clan football will have what head coach Kelly Bates calls 'a true home-field advantage' when the school's 1,800-seat stadium with covered grandstand is completed at Terry Fox Field. (Ron Hole, SFU athletics photo)
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SFU approves plans for covered, on-campus football stadium at Terry Fox Field

BURNABY — It’s actually going to happen.A covered athletic field house to stage football games at Simon Fraser University first reached the stage of artist renderings in the early 1990s.

Holy Cross' Keegan Konn (left) and Sam Bailey of Vancouver College are each a part of Simon Fraser's 2017-18 class of incoming men's basketball recruits. (Howard Tsumura photos for Varsity Letters)
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Holy Cross’ Konn, Bailey of VC’s Irish each choose SFU Clan to start collegiate careers

BURNABY — A pair of B.C.’s best graduating seniors, each adept at performing in an uptempo setting, have cast their futures with the Simon Fraser Clan men’s basketball program.