Holy Cross quarterback Andrew Hunt threw three TD passes Saturday in an upset win over No. 2 John Barsby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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10.14.18 edition Varsity Letters’ Saturday B.C. high school football report: Surrey’s Crusaders, Mariners each victorious

LANGLEY — It was a  light Saturday of action in the B.C. high school football ranks, but both games were key in terms of the battles in AAA’s Pacific and AA’s Western conference races.

North Delta native Brittney Zacharuk has becoming a leading force in her fourth season with Abbotsford's Fraser Valley Cascades. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV athletics)
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UFV’s Brittney Zacharuk: Cascades’ captain combines nails and glue as catalyst for Canada West consistency

ABBOTSFORD — Toughness and togetherness are a pair of attributes celebrated within the culture of one of the youngest U Sports women’s soccer teams in the nation.

With his offensive line clearing the way, Holy Cross senior quarterback Andrew Hunt tucks the ball and soldiers forward. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Do The Right Thing: Simple creed helps carry Surrey’s Holy Cross on an inspiring, new football crusade

SURREY — The post-game victory speech Conrad Deugau delivered to his Holy Cross Crusaders’ senior varsity football team a couple of Saturdays ago, was short, sweet and to the point.

Vancouver College receiver Owen Ker (4) celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Eric Zychlinksi late in the second quarter Saturday at Seaquam. Sharing his air is Irish teammate and tight end Connor Louis. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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)
Burnaby South fans may well get a chance to enjoy another of these rare moments as the Rebels will enter the 2018-19 season as the clear B.C. Quad A title favourite. (Photo by Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
Pinetree's Solomon Anim (left) and the rest of Coquitlam's Timberwolves fell to Michael Risi and the Holy Cross Crusaders in the Fraser Valley's sudden-elimination seventh-place game Feb. 25 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Holy Cross: Not your average No. 14 seed, Surrey’s preseason No. 1 Crusaders prep for North Van’s No. 3 Handsworth Royals

LANGLEY — If you determined your viewing schedule for the opening day of the 2018 B.C. senior boys AAAA basketball championships by seed number, then you might just gloss over the 3:30 p.m. game being played at the Langley Events Centre’s showcase Arena Bowl.

While Mouat's Harvir Garcha (right) gives chase to Tamanawis' Miguel Tomley on Sunday night in Langley, a capacity LEC crowd looks on from the centre court stands. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Mighty Miguel drops 49, leads Tammy to epic overtime win over Mouat as big, bad Fraser Valley firms up its B.C.-bound field

LANGLEY — While it would take an exhaustive case study to call it the greatest top-tiered Fraser Valley senior boys high school basketball championship game ever, the 2,000-plus in attendance Sunday evening at the Langley Events Centre would all tell you that it needs to be in the running.

Gurlal Mann and the rest of the defending B.C. Triple A champion Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Abbotsford are making a late run among the provincial elite. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.14.18 Valentine’s Day edition: B.C. boys Big 10 high school rankings for all four tiers, plus their preseason ranks

LANGLEY — The countdown from Valentine’s Day to tip off at the 2018 B.C. boys high school basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre hit precisely 21 days at 8:30 this morning. Can you wait?

Nicole Vander Helm is enjoying a happy homecoming with the Simon Fraser Clan, having found a place where she can play her total game. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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From Santa Clara to Simon Fraser: How a true north return helped Nicole Vander Helm re-discover her basketball joy

BURNABY — Nicole Vander Helm admits to have taken a pretty circuitous path in order to re-discover her version of basketball happiness.