Notre Dame football coach George Oswald joins his players for a photo Oct. 22, 2021 on the simultaneous occasion of his 75th birthday and the opening of Notre Dame Secondary's first-ever on-campus turf football field. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Snapshot: Why this photo of Notre Dame Jugglers’ coach George Oswald, on his 75th birthday, freezes a perfect moment in time!

VANCOUVER — Over the course of my career as a chronicler and a story-teller, I have come to appreciate that sometimes we are met by those moments when seemingly disparate elements quite suddenly become so harmonious that all we need to do is collectively close our eyes, take a deep breath and smile.On Friday night, […]

Simon Fraser's Robert Meadors hauled in a 13-yard catch to account for his team's only touchdown Saturday in a 51-10 loss in Texas to the Lone Star Conference's Angelo State Rams. (Photo by Garrett James property of Simon Fraser athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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As Simon Fraser feels heat from Texas toughie Angelo State, coach Rigell says Lone Star Conference “…is the SEC of Div. 2 football”

If going on the road to play the traditional powers of the Texas-based Lone Star Conference represents the most challenging Div. 2 portion of Simon Fraser’s annual football schedule, then the locals faced one of the toughest teams on their 2021 schedule Saturday.Playing at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tex., SFU (1-5, 0-2) was […]

Argyle Pipers' Nick Golasovsky charges up field under wet conditions Saturday against the host West Vancouver Highlanders. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Football Report 10.23.21 edition: Our Saturday chronicles examine wins by Argyle, Holy Cross and Sardis!

LANGLEY — Welcome to Varsity Letters’ Saturday night B.C. High School Football Report.It’s an abbreviated schedule with three games.Thanks to photographer Blair Shier for venturing out into the elements to provide out readers with great realism from the action.AA COASTALARGYLE 15 at WEST VANCOUVER 7WEST VANCOUVER — Wise and sensible scheming kept the ball on […]

UBC receiver Trey Kellogg, carpeted at the edge of the goal line by Manitoba defensive halfback Jarrett Alcaraz, extends to break the plane and score one of his three touchdowns Saturday at the stadium. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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More drama, more lessons learned, more proof, following 26-24 upset of No. 4 Manitoba, that UBC Thunderbirds football is once again a program on the rise!

VANCOUVER — The UBC Thunderbirds looked so good off the opening kick-off Saturday at home to the Manitoba Bisons that it appeared like the young team’s continued resurgence was going to be high-pointed with a blow-out victory.Alas, along the way to what was nonetheless a milestone 26-24 win over the No. 4 nationally-ranked Bisons (3-1), […]

After the first game on its new turf field on campus at Notre Dame Secondary in Vancouver, Jugglers' players celebrate a win over the New Westminster Hyacks. (Wilson Wong photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 10.22.21 B.C. High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights early edition!

Welcome to another edition of the B.C. High School Football Report for Oct. 22.Please continue to check back on this posting throughout the evening for updates from games around our province.AAA WESTNEW WESTMINSTER 9 at NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 40VANCOUVER — It took what seems like forever, yet for the crowd on hand to christen […]

There are still tickets available to attend the Rich Goulet celebration of life on Nov. 7 in Pitt Meadows. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Rich Goulet Celebration: Still plenty of available tickets to honour late B.C. high school coaching great on Nov. 7 in Pitt Meadows!

PITT MEADOWS — If you are still interested in attending next month’s ‘Celebrating the Wonderful Life of Richard ‘Rich’ Goulet’ event, being held in honour of the late, great B.C. high school basketball coach, there is still plenty of room available.The Nov. 7 gathering for the Pitt Meadows Marauders and St. Thomas More Knights head […]

Fraser Valley point guard Maddy Gobeil and the rest of Abbotsford's Cascades learned a lot about their potential and process with a series of three preseason games against some of the best competition in Canada. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV Women’s Basketball 2021-22: Emerging Cascades keep bar set high following a revelatory three-game test against nation’s best teams!

ABBOTSFORD — Even in the best of times  it’s a difficult proposition to put together a preseason schedule and know precisely the level of competition you’re going to be facing.Factor in the uncertainties of COVID as well as the returning status of any number of opposition veterans forced to keep one eye on their academic […]

Already the leader in U SPORTS passing three weeks into his rookie campaign, the canvas is still blank and filled with potential for UBC Thunderbirds' quarterback Garrett Rooker. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC-Mantoba Football Notebook 10.21.21 edition: The skinny on rookie QB Rooker, the return of Gavin Cobb, ‘Birds rising WR Robert Lutman & much more!

VANCOUVER — Fans of UBC Thunderbirds football have delighted in the potentially season-changing fourth-quarter of last Saturday’s rally from 23-0 down to beat the Regina Rams on the road 31-30 in overtime and move to 1-2 on the season.Yet this week’s Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) visitor to Thunderbird Stadium, the No. 4-ranked Manitoba Bisons, showed […]

Olivia Willett has helped elevate the Simon Fraser women's cross-country team to the No. 1-ranking in the West Region heading into Saturday's GNAC championship races at St. Martin's University in Lacey Washington. (Photo property of WWU athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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As Simon Fraser cross-country hits the post-season trail in full stride at GNACs championships, forecast calls for mud with a chance of gold!

BURNABY — When the Simon Fraser’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams take to the trails Saturday morning for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship races at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash., one thing will be abundantly clear.Despite the atmospheric forecasts calling for rain, rain and more rain, an historic opportunity exists along the way […]

The Vernon Christian Royals and Abbotsford Christian Knights remain among B.C.'s top-ranked high school boys volleyball teams. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior boys volleyball rankings 10.20.21 edition: South Fraser schools dominate Triple-A’s top end while Eastern Valley schools rules Double-, Single-A polls!

VICTORIA — The weekly B.C. senior boys volleyball rankings welcomes four teams, each making its first appearance of the season in the provincial rankings in a rise from unranked status.In the AA Vancouver Sea-to-Sky zone, Vancouver’s Gladstone Gladiators debut at No. 11.In the AA Vancouver Island zone, the Salt Spring Island Scorpions check in at […]