The last goal of Poonam Sandhu's UBC playing career won her team the 2014 U Sports national title. Her first shot as the program's head coach comes Saturday at home to Victoria. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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Poonam Sandhu: For UBC’s decorated field hockey vet and new head coach, nothing trumps Thunderbird tradition

VANCOUVER — Poonam Sandhu fashioned one of the most steeped national championship resumes in UBC sports history during her playing career in the midfield of the Thunderbirds’ women’s field hockey team.

Trinity Western senior keeper Rachel Sydor enters her fifth-and-final Canada West season by ascending to a starter's role as the Spartans open Canada West play Friday at home to the Victoria Vikes. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of TWU athletics)
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Rachel Sydor: Four years a Spartan understudy, Trinity Western keeper rises to starting role on nation’s No. 4-ranked team

LANGLEY — Win five national titles over a span of 10 years, like the Trinity Western Spartans’ women’s soccer program did from 2004-13, and you’re not only able to recruit great players into the team, you’re able to create some of the most competitive positional battles imaginable.

Trinity Western's fifth-year senior midfielder Joel Waterman (right) wants to help lead the Spartans back to the U Sports' national championship tournament. (Photo courtesy UBC Okanagan athletics)
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Joel Waterman: TWU’s tide is high and so are its hopes as Spartans’ soccer feeds off the presence and purpose its fifth-year leader

LANGLEY — It may be the simplest game of Xs and Os ever invented, yet the ability to consistently win in the ancient discipline of tic-tac-toe doesn’t come without a complex level of sureness and clarity, which in intangible terms, might be best described as having an instant presence.

Swimmer Ruishen Yu of Surrey's Fraser Heights Secondary begins his university sports career in the fall with the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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Destination: University! Varsity Letters’ 2018 BC Recruits List charts path of 986 student-athletes in 18 different sports

LANGLEY — We put a cap-and-gown finish to 2018’s B.C. Recruits List Week here at VarsityLetters by presenting our entire list today, with baseball, softball, rowing, field hockey, hockey, golf, lacrosse, rugby, swimming, tennis, fencing and wrestling. If you know of names we’ve missed, let us know! Full instructions are below and we will update throughout […]

A positional tweak this season has upped the volume of Phil Jalalpoor's offensive contribution to the UBC offence, and the Thunderbirds' German import has made it count. (Bob Frid photo/UBC athletics)
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UBC’s Phil Jalalpoor: How a basketball vagabond unpacked his bags and found a perfect fit in Thunderbird nation

VANCOUVER — You’d like to think that the basketball gods put a little check mark by his name back in the fall of 2009. Yes, they would have agreed, it was gutsy how this ninth-grade German kid, at the tender age of 14, left his safe European home on a solo flight to North America

UBC Thunderbirds senior Luka Zaharijevic shares a moment with both his father and school president Santa J. Ono (right). On Friday, Zaharijevic plays his final Canada West regular season game when the Birds host Victoria at War Gym. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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For UBC’s Luka Zaharijevic, the weight is over; ‘Birds big man pounds the paint, but not the scales

VANCOUVER — “It’s a secret,” Luka Zaharijevic smiles in response to an intrepid reporter’s question about his current weight. Cryptic? Yes.

Victor Radocaj of Richmond's R.A. McMath Wildcats was the youngest and the only B.C. player selected to Canada Basketball's Under-16/17 team this past summer. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Victor Radocaj: Still just 15, he carries uncommon wisdom on his basketball path from McMath to the world

LANGLEY — It’s one thing to be big, which Victor Radocaj most certainly is. It’s another to truly see the big picture. 

(Scott Stewart, TWU athletics)
TWU's head men's soccer coach Mike Shearon will speak to his philosophies at the Spartans' Complete Champion coaching symposium Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Scott Stewart, TWU athletics)
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Mike Shearon: TWU men’s soccer boss speaks on ‘Coaching out of love’ at Spartans’ Complete Champion symposium

LANGLEY — For those like Mike Shearon, who endure and make coaching their life’s work, there comes a time when the ideas collected and the perspectives gained are distilled into a focused credo otherwise known as a coaching philosophy. 

Delaney Aikens of Shawnigan Lake will play her collegiate rugby for the UBC Thunderbirds. (Varsity Letters photo by Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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2017 FINAL BC Recruits List baseball, hockey, athletics, field hockey, rowing, wrestling, LAX, golf

It has been so rewarding seeing all of the response and interest to the 11th annual B.C. Recruits List Week which wraps up today with our overall list! After spending its first decade in the pages of The Province newspaper, it has found a happy home here at Varsity Letters