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Vancouver's Little Flower Academy Angels senior girls volleyball team moved into No. 1 spot in the AAA provincial rankings this week following a first-place finish at the UBC Mizuno Invitational. (Photo provided courtesy UBC athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls and boys high school volleyball rankings 09.21.22 edition: Kelowna Owls boys top Quad A poll, Vancouver’s LFA Angels soar to AAA No. 1 after UBC Invite victory!

Full senior varsity volleyball rankings have been released for B.C. senior boys and girls seasons by B.C. School Sports.BOYSTRIPLE A1 Kelowna Owls (TOK)2 R.A. McMath Wildcats (Richmond) (SF)3 Claremont Spartans (Victoria) (VI)4 Oak Bay Barbers (Victoria) (VI)5 Yale Lions (Abbotsford) (EV)6 Seaquam Seahawks (North Delta) (SF)7 Steveston-London Sharks (Richmond) (SF)8 Delta Pacers (SF)9 Reynolds Roadrunners […]

SFU Red Leafs' receiver Ethan Beselt (top, 4) celebrates with teammates Somto Anyadike (23) and Brandon Johnson Sept. 17 at Terry Fox Field. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Red Leafs Football Notebook 09.21.22: The return of senior receiver Ethan Beselt, the impact of junior corner Jerrell Cummings, and more as Simon Fraser heads to Texas off CWU loss!

BURNABY — Ethan Beselt had long since stopped counting the days since his last football game.All the unflappable Simon Fraser Red Leafs’ receiver knew was that it had been a long, long time.For the record, it was 1,037 days, which within the window of eligibility for an NCAA student-athlete is indeed nothing short of an […]

Simon Fraser safety Gideone Kremler will bring his No. 1 Red Leafs' jersey along with a singular focus into action Saturday as the locals open the 2022 season against visiting Central Washington. (Photo by Garrett James property of SFU athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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For Simon Fraser Red Leafs’ defensive back Gideone Kremler, finding his inner ‘safety’ comes after a pain-stamped journey to the top of Burnaby Mountain!

BURNABY — A framed photo sits on the dresser drawer of his room in the Burquitlam rental he shares with six other housemates, and for Simon Fraser sophomore safety Gideone Kremler, all it takes is a simple daily glance back at his 12-year-old self to understand — despite all of the pain and disappointment — […]

UBC Thunderbirds' linebacker Ryan Baker has his focus set on the U SPORTS' No. 2-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night in Saskatoon. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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From offence to defence, UBC’s Ryan Baker now the ‘tackle maker’ … Thunderbirds’ linebacker records 13 tackles in opening win! No. 9 ‘Birds at No. 2 Sask Huskies on Friday!

VANCOUVER — Ryan Baker came to UBC four years ago with a football resume seemingly as vast as the geographic dimensions of the school’s sprawling Point Grey campus.Now, five seasons into a gridiron career punctuated by not only the pandemic, but by a switch from one side of the ball to the other, the prowess […]

UBC quarterback Garrett Rooker is equally at home these days with both the Canadian and U.S. versions of the game. (Photo by Don Voaklander property of U of Alberta athletics 2021. All rights reserved)
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UBC Football 2022: The ‘Canadianization’ of ‘Birds Texas-born quarterback Garrett Rooker takes flight! Reigning CW Rookie of the Year leads Blue-&-Gold into Saturday opener vs. visiting Alberta!

VANCOUVER — If you’re a fan of B.C. football, I am sure you’ll agree that the summer of 2022 has been blessed by a thick coating of something best described as quarterback karma… the likes of which we have never seen.Of course, you can start with the previously unthinkable: Canadians Nathan Rourke and Michael O’Connor […]

Your author, presenting with pride, the MVP trophy at the 2015 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, to McMath Wildcats' Jessica Jones. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2015 All Rights Reserved)
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A message from Howard: After 40 years, I’ll bring a new writing direction to Varsity Letters for the 2022-23 high school and university sports season!

NORTH DELTA –  Heartfelt greetings to all of you, my loyal, longtime readers.It’s been five months since I decided to take a break from my writing life.As was the goal from the very start, my decision to take sabbatical after 40 years of daily practice — first from my typewriter, and of course later, in […]

Sure to be a pair of shining stars at TBI 2022 this December are Caden Karrion of B.C. Triple-A No. 1 St. Patrick's, and Kiera Pemberton of B.C. Quad-A No. 2 Walnut Grove. (Photos by Wilson Wong 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2022: The TBI has grown to 64 teams! Check out the new format as we unveil December’s boys and girls fields!

LANGLEY — The 2021-22 B.C. high school basketball season may be but a month in the rearview mirror, yet the journey to a new campaign’s tip-off is already well underway.While Varsity Letters is currently on an extended sabbatical, the one piece of news we did promise last month was unveiling the boys and girls entrants […]

It's time for a rest. Thanks for all your support of Varsity Letters and see you in September. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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It’s time for a rest: Varsity Letters will begin a six-month sabbatical with a planned September return!

NORTH DELTA — Hello to my loyal and cherished readers.I wanted to let you all know that for the first time in my career, I have decided to take an extended leave from writing.In simple terms, by the time I finish tapping out this story, I will begin a near-six month sabbatical to rest and […]

While he did most of his damage shooting the ball, Okanagan Mission's Wil Zylyk kept everybody honest with dribble-drive game during the B.C. senior boys Triple-A championships at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Howie’s High School Hoops Hamper 2021-22 finale: Random thoughts as the off-season beckons!

LANGLEY — Some random thoughts and remembrances as I pack the 2021-22 B.C. high school boys and girls basketball season into my over-stuffed memory banks and look ahead to the game’s off-season hibernation:BREAKINGTo those who pay attention to our early pre-season polls, I have taken great pride in not only producing the Quad-A poll the […]

Cole Bekkering of the Semiahmoo Thunderbirds is part of a class of rising Grade 11 and 12 players with the South Surrey program which lost in last weekend's championship final to Burnaby South. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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2022-23 B.C. Boys Top 10 pre-preseason hoops rankings! 4A Semiahmoo, 3A St. Patrick’s, 2A St. Thomas Aquinas, 1A Glenlyon Norfolk top the polls!

LANGLEY — Fans of B.C. boys high school basketball were treated to an absolute gem of a provincial tournament for four days last week at the Langley Events Centre.Stirring games in all four rounds, and the largest crowd to witness a B.C. final this century, and perhaps even a lot further back than that… we […]