With solid play in all three phases of play, Hyacks' head coach Farhan Lalji was satisfied with the performance of his team in the provincial capital on Friday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 09.20.19 B.C. High School Football Report — Friday Night Lights early edition

Welcome to the early edition of Varsity Letter’s Friday Night Lights B.C. high school football report.Please continue to check back on this posting over the course of the evening as we bring you up-to-date on all of the action from a busy Week 3 Friday from around the province.TRIPLE AEASTERN CONFERENCENO. 2 LORD TWEEDSMUIR 27 […]

Fraser Valley's Taylor Claggett is headed into her senior season with the Cascades relishing the experiences of her team's recent trip to India (left, with teammate Amanda Thompson). (Photos property UFV athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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A Passage To India: The travels of UFV senior Taylor Claggett yield new perspectives as Cascades star preps for a torch-passing season

ABBOTSFORD — So many time-honoured adages centre around the fact that greatness remains elusive without first taking a willing step outside of your comfort zone.Taylor Claggett wants to lead her team to the top of the Canadian university basketball mountain this coming spring, so maybe it was fitting that she stepped outside of hers earlier […]

Vancouver's St. Patrick's Celtics, celebrating a point during last week's UBC Mizuno Invitational at War Memorial Gymnasium, open the new season at AA No. 4. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls high school volleyball: It’s Top 10 time again as we check with our first set of rankings at all four tiers!

Welcome to a new season of B.C. senior girls high school volleyball.Here are the first set of Top 10 rankings for all four tiers!QUAD A1 Kelowna Owls2 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey)3 Handsworth Royals (North Vancouver)4 Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey)5 Lord Byng Grey Ghosts (Vancouver)6 Claremont Spartans (Victoria)7 Earl Marriott Mariners (Surrey)8 Oak Bay Breakers (Victoria)9 Elgin […]

The late West Vancouver Highlanders' senior girls volleyball head coach Mike MacNeil was an inspiration to so many, including current Simon Fraser Clan volleyball star Betsie de Beer (second from right). (Photo by Jo-Anne McKee property of West Vancouver Secondary athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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SFU’s Betsie de Beer: Clan volleyball star’s homage to her late high school coach Mike MacNeil reminds us all of the power of mentorship

BURNABY — Betsie de Beer doesn’t try to hide the fact that she is playing her final season of collegiate volleyball with a heavy heart.At the same time, however, Simon Fraser’s talented 6-foot-1 outside hitter and health sciences major can’t exactly offer a scientific explanation as to why of late, that heart of hers has […]

Washington State head coach Mike Leach is flanked by Carson Graham Eagles head coach Brian Brady (right) and assistant Pooya Dourandish. (Photo property of Carson Graham athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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A pilgrimage to Pullman: Carson Graham Eagles seek Air Raid offence knowledge from Washington State Cougars’ guru Mike Leach

NORTH VANCOUVER — It’s one thing to learn from a book.It’s yet another thing completely when your teacher, or in this instance your coach, decides that the best classroom experience he can give you is to make you an audience to the real thing. Two Saturdays mornings ago, following a Friday Night Lights game in Seattle, […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST welcomes a football coaching trio: SFU’s Thomas Ford, UBC’s Taylor Nill, Langley’s Ryk Piche

Welcome back to Varsity Letters — The Podcast! You’ll find an embedded player below to listen to this week’s episode! As mid-September hits, footballs are in the air everywhere, including the respective home bases of our three gridiron guests this week. Off theta, Simon Fraser head coach Thomas Ford takes us from fall camp through […]

The Kelowna Owls, including Anya Pemberton (16) and Sophie LaChapelle (7) defeated North Vancouver's Handsworth Royals in the championship final of the UBC Mizuno invitational held last week on the Point Grey campus in Vancouver. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls High School Volleyball: Quad-A champion Kelowna Owls pick up where they left off, capturing UBC Mizuno Invitational title

VANCOUVER — Even though they are the defending B.C. champions at the province’s highest tier and expected to open at No. 1 atop the first Quad-A Top 10 poll of the season, the Kelowna Owls senior girls volleyball team has still got its own script to write this season.“Our prime objective last weekend was to […]

Head coach Todd Bernett and the Vancouver College Fighting Irish remain atop the Varsity Letters' Big 5 Triple A rankings heading into their Saturday clash at No. 5 South Delta. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letter’s 09.09.19 Big 5 B.C. high school football rankings: VC and Vernon hold top spots

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2019 B.C. high school football season.The latest rankings:TRIPLE A1 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (2-0, 0-0) (LW-1)LW — Def. St. Thomas More by forfeit.TW — Saturday at South Delta.2 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (1-0, 0-0) (2)LW — Won 21-0 at Blaine (Wash.).TW — Friday at Terry Fox (Percy Perry Stadium). 3 […]

It was a tough 2019 season home opener for head coach Navin Chand and the Seaquam Seahawks. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ Super Saturday 09.14.19 B.C. High School Football Report!

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ Saturday edition of the B.C. High School Football Report. We’ve got reports from Saturday’s four games, as well as additional information from Friday’s Vancouver College-St. Thomas More game.SATURDAY12 p.m. — SOUTH DELTA 27 at SEAQUAM 0NORTH DELTA — Ben McDonald has been every bit the maestro in leading the Sun Devils […]

UBC running back Sharique Khan gets a test of his equilibrium courtesy of the Calgary defence on Saturday at Thunderbird Stadium. (Photo by Chuck Russell property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Football gods frown on UBC: Dinos drub winless ‘Birds as 2019 Homecoming game goes awry in second half

VANCOUVER — In the Canada West football world, there is only one magic pill… one way to turn a down-trodden season around in one afternoon.Beat the Calgary Dinos.For most of the first half Saturday, the UBC Thunderbirds (0-3) looked like they had Houdini on their side.A blocked punt and ensuing touchdown by the UBC special […]