Doing what comes naturally, SFU's Brad Lyons (right) swoops in for a tackle last season against Central Washington. (Ron Hole/SFU athletics)
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SFU’s Brad Lyons travels long road to the shortest path, now life’s a rush for the Clan defensive end

BURNABY — As a pass rusher, Brad Lyons has always looked for the shortest and the quickest path into the opposition backfield.Yet it wasn’t until he finally settled on the school that is the shortest and quickest path from his high school days in Port Coquitlam that the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Lyons finally found the place […]

Simon Fraser's Adam Jones has helped re-define the most sought-after traits in Clan soccer recruits. (Ron Hole, SFU athletics)
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Why Adam Jones has helped revolutionize the recruiting process for SFU men’s soccer

BURNABY — In mid-November of last year, on the heels of the program’s fifth GNAC championship title and yet another run to the NCAA playoffs, the Simon Fraser men’s soccer program received one of the biggest individual honours in its sport.

UBC's Brianna Cairns navigates a steeple at the 2017 Western Washington University Ralph Vernacchia Track and Field Meet at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. (Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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Always making a splash, UBC’s Brianna Cairns tracks a career in marine biology

VANCOUVER — This is the story of a girl who has never been afraid to get her feet wet.In fact if you listen for the sound of a splash, you know that Brianna Cairns can’t be too far away.That’s the most apparent commonality when you’re talking about a UBC student-athlete who has followed the seemingly […]

Handsworth's Tate Williams (left) and Charlie McMillan of Carson Graham are a pair of Grade 11 quarterbacks set to battle for the Buchanan Bowl on Saturday in North Vancouver. (Photos by Blair Shier/www.blair.photo)
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Buchanan Bowl ’17: Grade 11 QB’s McMillan & Williams makes Eagles v. Royals a classic

NORTH VANCOUVER — Brian Brady saw the promise and set the timeline in his head as far back as the fall of 2014.That’s when the head coach of the senior varsity at Carson Graham Secondary first ID’d the Grade 8 quarterbacks starting for both the Eagles and their crosstown rivals, the Handsworth Royals.Brady figured right […]

New Westminster's Sebastien Reid scored three touchdowns Friday in the Hyacks win over Mission. (Alan Wardle, Hyacks Football)
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Varsity Letters exclusive: Top 10 B.C. high school performances of the week!

Varsity Letters begins its weekly Top 10 Performances of the Week in BC High School Football today!Uniquely, it comes in the aftermath of South Delta’s 85-70 loss Friday in Bellingham to Squalicum High.That means there can’t help but be a distinct Sun Devils flavour to our initial proceedings.Michael Calvert (South Delta) — In what may […]

Handsworth Royals' running back Joey Sadain goes for a romp in open field Friday against Richmond's Hugh Boyd Trojans. (Photo - Blair Shier/www.blair.photo)
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09.10.17: Varsity Letters Sunday weekend-wrap high school football special

Computer issues back at the home base prevented our timely  publication of our Saturday edition of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.Included are games from Saturday’s limited schedule, as well as late-filed Friday games and Friday game which have been updated with additional information.

Pure freshman linebacker Elliot Graham of the UBC Thunderbirds puts the pressure on Manitoba QB Theo Deezar Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. (Bob Frid/UBC athletics)
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Tsumura: My Top 4 takeaways from UBC football’s 32-18 victory over Manitoba

VANCOUVER — How do you flush the feeling of last week’s season-opening 36-20 loss at Regina?If you’re the UBC Thunderbirds (1-1), you usher in the home portion of the 2017 Canada West season Saturday with a decisive 32-18 win over the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) at Thunderbird Stadium.Here’s my four biggest takeaways from Saturday’s win:

South Delta quarterback Michael Calvert passed for 654 yards and seven touchdowns Friday in an 85-70 loss at Squalicum. (Photo courtesy Gord Goble, The Delta Optimist)
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09.09.17: Varsity Letters’ BC High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights FINAL edition

(APOLOGIES TO MY LOYAL READERS, AS WELL AS COACHES AND PLAYERS. COMPUTER ISSUES HAVE FLARED UP. I HOPE TO HAVE THINGS FIXED AND BE ABLE TO PRESENT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND IN BC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT SOME POINT ON SUNDAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE)Welcome to Week 1 of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High […]