Abbotsford running back Samwel Uko ran with emotion Saturday as his team rallied past Vernon to reach next week's Subway Bowl AA final. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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All’s well with Samwel! Abby’s football force cries tears of joy after comeback win over Vernon earns title-tilt berth

VANCOUVER — His teammates picked him up and tried to drag him to the postgame celebration on the turf at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday. But Samwel Uko, overcome by the moment, twice fell back to his knees.

Brandon Robbins of Victoria's Spectrum Thunder rushed for a late touchdown Saturday at BC Place, but it wasn't enough to stop Vancouver's Eric Hamber Griffins from winning the Subway Bowl Tier 2 provincial title. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hey, ho Hamber! Griffins top Spectrum, become Vancouver’s first public school in 25 years to win senior varsity football title

VANCOUVER — It took a while, but when the Eric Hamber Griffins finally got around to winning a provincial football title, they did it with ridiculous historical flair.

The Hyacks who have toiled in the trenches this season have played a huge role in the team's success. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS SPECIAL: No. 1 Hyacks hunker down for Saturday Final 4 battle with Sun Devils

NEW WESTMINSTER — If the New Westminster Hyacks have shown anything this season, it’s that they have the depth, the belief and all of the pieces to play football their way. That said, the No. 1 Hyacks are not over-thinking anything, especially if it means getting into a game of chess with their opponents in Saturday’s […]

The STM Knights defence puts the heat on Notre Dame Jugglers' quarterback Will Clarke last Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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STM vs. Terry Fox: Steele-eyed and ready, just how good has the Knights’ Kully-inspired defence been?

BURNABY — Ask Sam Steele to describe the defence of his St. Thomas More Knights and the response of the Grade 11 tackling machine is akin to taking an arm and wiping all the schematic X’s and O’s off a pre-game chalkboard.

Vernon Panthers' dynamic Grade 11 duo of quarterback Thomas Hyett (left) and running back Charles Lemay come to B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday to face the Abbotsford Panthers in the Subway AA provincial semifinals. (Photo -- Katherine Peters, Vernon Secondary athletics)
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Churnin’ Vernon: Okanagan Panthers knows fast feet on defence a key to slow Abby Panthers’ Samwel Uko

Building the Vernon Panthers into a powerhouse provincial AA football program has happened, in large part, through the synergistic efforts and outreach of its longtime head coach. Yet Sean Smith is the first to admit that geography has been a hurdle not as easily overcome in his program’s quest to bring a B.C. senior varsity Subway […]

SFU's Tia Tsang led a barrage of Clan three-point shooters on Wednesday, knocking down 6-of-8 shots from downtown in a non-conference win at the West Gym. (SFU photo by Dom Gagne)
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Clan ladies cash in with ‘The Rainmaker’, three-point barrage sets new GNAC single-game record

BURNABY — Welcome to the Cult of Three.It’s long been one of the most identifiable parts of their game, but on Wednesday the three-point hoop defined the DNA of the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team.When redshirt freshman guard Jessica Jones drained a trey with 2:54 remaining to put the Clan ahead 85-46 against San […]

Langley Fundamental's Jacob Sol is the picture of elation after scoring his second goal of the match Wednesday in the Titans' BC AA title-clinching win over Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags at Burnaby Lakes. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Fantastic Fundamentals! First-half barrage carries Langley Fundamental’s Titans to B.C. AA soccer crown

BURNABY — It’s hard to nurse a case of the jitters for very long when a substitute makes his way onto the pitch in the biggest game of the season and promptly scores a goal to open the floodgates.

G.W. Graham's Von Richardson (left) and Windsor's Ryan Baker are a pair of leading men squaring off Saturday under the dome at BC Place. (Bob Fugger, Varsity Letters photos)
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Ryan vs. Von, or Von vs. Ryan? Just call Saturday’s Subway semi-final Von Ryan’s Express and don’t forget the popcorn

VANCOUVER — Ryan Baker and Von Richardson. Or should that be Von Richardson and Ryan Baker? Hey, wasn’t there a 1965 war movie once titled Von Ryan’s Express. OK, so it was Van Ryan’s Express. Details, details.

Simon Fraser Clan freshmen guards Kendal Sands (left) and Jessica Jones have each seen their roles increased in advance of the 2017-18 GNAC opener in Anchorage. (Dom Gagne photos/SFU athletics)
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Hoop script gets last-minute re-write at SFU, rookie talent Jones, Sands much more than Clan extras

BURNABY — Looking for the clearest way to illustrate just how young and how numbers-challenged the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team is this season? How about the fact that when it came time for head coach Bruce Langford to pair each of his younger players with a so-called mentor player, one of the duos consisted […]