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 […]

With both teams still in a state of shock Dec. 2 at B.C. Place Stadium, New Westminster's Severio Asaba shakes hands with the Terry Fox Ravens. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Varsity Letters’ 2017 Story of the Year: Severio Asaba and the New Westminster Hyacks

NEW WESTMINSTER — Deep down inside, he always knew that he was reaching for something. If Severio Asaba could best describe what that was, he might call it his wildest dreams, the kind of stuff so precious that it will never fall into just any old pair of waiting hands.

Windsor Dukes' quarterback Ryan Baker goes for a run down the B.C. Place turf Saturday against Abbotsford, flanked by teammate Sean Werbowski. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Dukes’ special team puts exclamation point on Windsor’s special season, AA finals win over Abby competes perfect season

VANCOUVER — The truest comment of the entire B.C. high school football season was all about how the Windsor Dukes were perhaps the best executing team in the entire canon of B.C. AA history. On Saturday, in the 2017 Subway Bowl final at B.C. Place, the team from North Vancouver left little to dispute in its […]

Vernon Panthers' quarterback Zack Smith threw for one touchdown and rushed for three others in the school's first-ever B.C. high school football title at any tier. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Historic day for Vernon Panthers : Dues-paying program ends drought with Subway Bowl’s first-ever up-country JV title

VANCOUVER — The Vernon Panthers have officially become B.C. high school football’s home away from the home power-base of the Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Notre Dame's Anthony Amenta rushed for four touchdowns to lead Notre Dame past Lord Tweedsmuir in Saturday's Quadra Cup Grade 8 Subway Bowl B.C. final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Back-to-back Jugglers! Notre Dame Grade 8s win Quadra Cup title back-to-back for first time since mid-80s glory days

VANCOUVER — At the entry-level of B.C. high school football, the Notre Dame Jugglers are beginning to build a bit of a dynasty.

Friends and opposing Subway Bowl starting quarterbacks? You bet! New Westminster's Kinsale Philip (left) and Jevaun Jacobsen of Terry Fox celebrate their shared gridiron brotherhood. (Varsity Letters photos by Howard Tsumura)
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Jevaun and Kinsale: Subway Bowl’s two opposing quarterback linked by friendship, respect for the game they love

VANCOUVER — Last week, before each went to battle, they took the time to send the other an inspirational text. It’s risky business to predict outcomes, especially at this time of the season.