Five of the top five finishers in the 2014 B.C. high school senior girls 800-metre final would end up running at Simon Fraser. They are Miryam Bassett (far left), Alana Mussatto (second left), Jasmine Gill (second right) and Sophie Dodd (kneeling). Also pictured: former-Grade 11 Addy Townsend (centre). (Photo courtesy Vid Wadhwani)
Feature University Track and Field

Howie’s Big 5 weekend takeaways: SFU’s Addy and Vlad, UBC’s diamond days

The spring season in university sports circles is now in full flight.Here’s our look at five takeaways from the weekend.TALENT GALOREAs I study the continued success of Simon Fraser women’s middle distance running, I’m reminded of a story I wrote in June of 2014, in the aftermath of that season’s Subway B.C. high school track […]

SFU Clan athletic director Theresa Hanson had reason to smile this week as the latest NCAA D2 Learfield Directors' Cup standings were released. (Ron Hole/SFU athletics)
Feature University

SFU making its NCAA mark: Clan sit sixth overall in a field of 306 Div. 2 schools

BURNABY — When Theresa Hanson assumed the role of athletic director at Simon Fraser University in the fall of 2015, she set a pretty lofty goal for Clan athletics and its place within the 300-plus schools competing at the NCAA Div. 2 level.

Spartans leave their legacy with title repeat. (Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics)
Feature University Men's Volleyball

Trinity Western Spartans leave their ‘legacy’ with title repeat

By Aaron Martin – Special to VarsityLetters.caUSPORTS GOLD MEDAL GAME – TWU 3 ALBERTA 1EDMONTON, AB – Don’t call them a dynasty.On Sunday evening, the no. 1-ranked Trinity Western Spartans claimed their second consecutive U Sports Men’s Volleyball National Championship, upending the host no.7-ranked Alberta Golden Bears in a high-flying 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 27-29, 25-23) win in […]

UBC claims national title in 3-1 win over Alberta. (Rich Lam/UBC Thunderbirds)
Feature University Women's Volleyball

UBC volleyball The Golden Girls (again): “Now, we’re all of a sudden on top…”

By Aaron Martin – Special to VarsityLetters.caUSPORTS GOLD MEDAL GAME – UBC 3, ALBERTA 1TORONTO, ON – A role player in the team’s national title run back in her freshman season in 2013, fifth-year outside hitter Danielle Brisebois took center stage in the national finals on Sunday afternoon, leading the no. 3-ranked UBC Thunderbirds women’s volleyball team […]

Thunderbirds medal in back-to-back years, picking up bronze. (Ian MacAlpine/U SPORTS)
Feature University Hockey

Thunderbirds medal in back-to-back years, picking up bronze

By Aaron Martin – Special to VarsityLetters.caNAPANEE, ON – Coming into the 2017 U Sports Women’s Hockey National Championships as the top seed before falling 1-0 to the McGill Martlets in yesterday’s semifinals, some onlookers posted that the UBC Thunderbirds would be hard-pressed to get up for the Bronze Medal game.

New Westminster's Douglas College Royals open play at the CCAA nationals Thursday in Edmonton. (Douglas College athletics photo)
Feature University Women's Basketball

Quarter-century later, coach Beauchamp leads Douglas Royals back to CCAA nationals

NEW WESTMINSTER — Steve Beauchamp has been coaching basketball for so long now and made it such an ingrained part of his life that sooner or later, he was going to run into a season like this one.With the symbolism as rife as the crackling pages a family scrapbook, Beauchamp has not only returned to […]

SFU's Ozi Nwabuko ended her rookie season battling Cal Baptist in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA D2 women's basketball championships in Anchorage on Monday. (Kenneth Hickey photo)
Feature University Women's Basketball

SFU basketball: Weary Clan fall to Lancers, terrific season comes to an end in Sweet 16

There’s a song whose lyrics are all about being anchored down in Anchorage, Alaska, and on Monday night, the road-weary Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team could certainly relate.