A field general on the football field, Michael Calvert exerts similar influence on South Delta's B.C. title-contending AAA Tier 1 rugby team which hopes to make a championship run beginning Wednesday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Michael Calvert: UBC’s touted QB recruit closes out high school career at South Delta by putting on his rugby shoes

ABBOTSFORD — When Michael Calvert took a second and thought about all the friendships and moments of brotherhood he had shared with the same group of friends since his early elementary school days in Tsawwassen, the answer was pretty simple.And that’s why, after he played the role of spectator back on April 10, watching his […]

The trademark of Marcus Davis? It's the breakaway speed of the UBC Thunderbirds' do-it-all. Now, after the adversity of two season-ending knee injuries, a CFL career beckons in Hamilton. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics)
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The football journey of Ti-Cats’ draftee Marcus Davis: Two ACL injuries later, there is no doubting the purpose of UBC’s Mr. All-Purpose

VANCOUVER — Marcus Davis has never lost his purpose, and it’s why he’s convinced that he can get back on a football field, this time in the CFL, and show that he is still every bit Mr. All-Purpose.

Holy Cross senior offensive tackle Nick Giffen (70) takes a ton of upside to the top of Burnaby Mountain next season as a freshman with the Simon Fraser Clan. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
Ready to make CFL impact, Simon Fraser's Justin Buren said Friday he's ready to start the grind with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (Photo by Dom Gagne property of SFU athletics)
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Justin Buren: Battle for wins sparks a fire in SFU’s indefatigable receiver whose next challenge is a CFL career in Hamilton

BURNABY — Justin Buren was feeling a lot of satisfaction on Friday morning for closing a chapter of his football career with every ounce of effort he could muster.Now, he’s ready to head off to Hamilton to try to start his next chapter with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.Buren, 22, was selected in the fifth round (37th […]

Nathan Shepherd reinvented himself over a three-year career at Kansas' Fort Hays State following one active season in 2012 for the SFU Clan. (Fort Hays State athletics photo via nfl.com)
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N.Y. Jets call his name! Ex-Simon Fraser tackle Nathan Shepherd becomes the first Clan player to earn NFL draft status

BURNABY — One of Nathan Shepherd’s bigger football moments at Simon Fraser University came in the midst of an unannounced storm atop Burnaby Mountain.

New Westminster fullback Lucas Sabau in the seconds after he scored the two-point convert that gave the Hyacks their first Subway Bowl B.C. senior varsity AAA championship title this past December. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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The Diesel: Hyacks’ heroic fullback Lucas Sabau brings the power package to Simon Fraser Clan football

NEW WESTMINSTER — Lucas Sabau admits that for a number of seasons, he struggled to find who he truly was on the football field.

Back in 2009, New West Hyacks assistant coach Ryan Leslie (left) poses with his infant son Liam, as does head coach Farhan Lalji and his baby son Lukas. (Hyacks football photo)
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Surgery leaves former Hyacks coach and UBC football player Ryan Leslie in a battle with paralysis

Ryan Leslie, a former UBC Thunderbirds football player and New Westminster Hyacks coach, underwent surgery last week to remove an infection near his spine.

Pitt Meadows' 6-foot-8 Giovanni Manu puts up his hands on defence against South Kam's 6-foot-11 centre Ripley Martin during B.C. AAA Final 4 clash, March 9 at Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Giovanni Manu: Pitt Meadows’ mammoth man-in-the-middle bids farewell to hoops as UBC football career awaits

PITT MEADOWS — On first glance, and for obvious reasons, 6-foot-8, 320-pound Giovanni Manu has a way of locking down your focus. Yet it’s what happens in the moments after he catches your eye that makes him an irresistible fan favourite.

Windsor Dukes' quarterback Ryan Baker sizzled on the turf of B.C. Place in December, leading Windsor to the Subway Bowl AA title. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Ten years after Billy Greene, UBC tabs another top B.C. quarterback prospect in Windsor’s Ryan Baker

VANCOUVER — The UBC Thunderbirds are bringing B.C. high school football’s touchdown maker to the Point Grey campus.And ‘Birds head coach Blake Nill is not holding back his optimism for the future of Windsor Dukes’ superstar senior Ryan Baker.“To me, Ryan Baker is as close to a can’t-miss prospect as you can have when you […]