The Province's 2017 Head of the Class debits today. (Richard Lam, PNG photos)
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Proud to present my picks for The Province’s 2017 Head of the Class

VANCOUVER — Yes, it was hard to leave The Province after 26 years this past January. It was easy, however, to say ‘Yes’ when asked by my old employer to continue steering and guiding what I feel has become the benchmark in terms of high school sports journalism in our country.

Terry Fox speed merchant Jaden Severy is expected to be an impact player this fall with the defending Triple A Subway Bowl champion Ravens. (Photo courtesy Terry Fox Secondary athletics
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Terry Fox Ravens: Varsity Letters’ No. 1 in 2017 preseason AAA football ranks

PORT COQUITLAM — When we last left the Terry Fox Ravens, back in early December at B.C. Place Stadium, the PoCo crew was recovering a stripped fumble from within a mass of Notre Dame Jugglers players, setting the stage for a walk-off field goal and one of the most dramatic B.C. championship titles in Subway […]

The Mt. Douglas Rams will likely not have starting quarterback Gideone Kremler under centre when the 2017 season kicks off in September. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Mt. Douglas Rams: Varsity Letters’ No. 4 in 2017 high school football preseason AAA ranks

Welcome back to the countdown! Last we introduced Varsity Letters’ Big 5 Triple A preseason countdown by starting off with the No. 5 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers of Surrey.

Lord Tweedsmuir's rising Grade 11 running back Braeden Hutchinson one of a number of talented members of the BC AAA JV champs top bolster the No. 5 Panthers roster in September. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Lord Tweedy Panthers: Varsity Letters’ No. 5 in 2017 high school football preseason AAA ranks

(We’re starting our countdown to the 2017 B.C. high school football season a little earlier than usual. Once a week, for the next five weeks, Varsity Letters will count down our Pre-Preseason Big 5 AAA teams. This week, we begin with No. 5, Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers)

North Vancouver's Carson Graham Eagles topped Vancouver's Lord Byng Grey Ghosts in Lower Mainland Triple A quarterfinal play on Thursday at Seycove. (Photo -- Blair Shier for www.blair.photo)
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05.14.17 edition: Varsity Letters’ B.C High School Rugby Report

Welcome to another edition of Varsity Letter’s B.C. High School Rugby Report. This week we cover playoff action from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

Uyi Ologhola and the No. 1-ranked Quad A Holy Cross Crusaders will headline the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Dec. 7-9 at the Langley Events Centre. (Wilson Wong for VarsityLetters.ca)
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Tsumura Basketball boys 2017 invitational to feature cream of next season’s 4A/3A crop

NORTH DELTA — Only 212 more days!The 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational doesn’t tip off its three-day run at the Langley Events Centre until Dec. 7.But that doesn’t mean we can’t unveil the 16-team field now.

Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags continued their winning ways in an offensive showdown against Richmond's RA McMath as Stadium Series 2017 hit Round 2 on Friday in Victoria. (Photo courtesy Kyle Slavin/SMUS athletics)
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05.07.17 Stadium Series edition: Varsity Letters B.C. High School Rugby Report

Welcome to Varsity Letter’s weekly B.C. High School Rugby Report.Please check back throughout the day for updates as coaches have been encouraged to send their game reports to varsitylettersbc@gmail.com or howardtsumura@gmail.com

Fraser Valley Cascades' second-year wrestling standout Brad Hildenbrandt (left) is UFV's first-ever U Sports gold-medal winner in any sport. (Dan Kinvig/UFV athletics)
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Cascades’ Olympian-mentored Hildenbrandt wins UFV’s first-ever U Sports gold

ABBOTSFORD — Brad Hildenbrandt has always had the natural gift of sheer physical mass, something that comes in handy when you’re a collegiate wrestler doing your thing in the heavyweight division.

Lord Tweedsmuir's Maryn Budiman (right) hits the deck to battle for a loose ball with Panorama Ridge's Savannah Dhaliwal on Friday at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Tweedy Panthers top Thunder in Surrey derby, Sidhu carries team into B.C. title tilt

LANGLEY — Maryn Budiman and the rest of the seniors with Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers have one more game remaining in their high school basketball careers.