G.W. Graham Grizzlies' rising Grade 11 quarterback Grayson Frick will key one of the province's deepest and most talented receiving cores this fall in Chilliwack. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Ready to see the fur fly? Buchwitz, Frick and rest of GW Graham’s rising JVs give No. 2 AA Grizz a real gridiron growl

CHILLIWACK — The era of the Grizzlies has seemingly arrived. While the NBA variety has been extinct in these part for the past near-20 seasons, the high school football species prowling in the eastern-most expanses of the Fraser Valley is just now starting to hit its championship-hopeful stride.

Outside linebacker Landon Wilson (centre, 42) is one of a much-improved class of John Barsby Bulldogs set to enter their senior season this September. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Barsby’s rising class of senior talent has come a long ways, but next step the biggest for Nanaimo’s No.3-ranked AA Bulldogs

NANAIMO — Rob Stevenson has a huge place in his heart for the rising seniors which will populate the roster of this coming season’s John Barsby Bulldogs senior varsity football team.

St. George's Dillon Hamilton (with ball), pictured here during the 2018 New Zealand Shield final against Carson Graham, scored a try as part of his team's LM semifinal win over Handsworth last week. The Saints and Eagles clash again for the Mainland bragging rights on Thursday at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Rugby Report 05.20.19: Get ready for St. George’s vs. Carson Graham, Collingwood vs. Rockridge in New Zealand Shield title tests

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ weekly B.C. boys high school rugby report. Conference semifinals dominated the landscape as Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland teams geared up for title tilts Wednesday and Thursday.

Yale's Brayden Stewart feeds the dangerous Lions' attack which was able to feast on the South Delta defence in Thursday's Fraser Valley Triple A Tier 1 semifinal played at the Abbotsford school. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Yale’s pace wins race against No. 1 Sun Devils, pushes Abby’s Lions into FV AAA rugby title tilt against old foe Earl Marriott

ABBOTSFORD — Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are about as expert a source as you’re apt to find on preparing for the Yale Lions within the high-stakes atmosphere of a B.C. high school rugby post-season.

Kiara Buono (right) of the Centennial Centaurs helped her team to the Fraser Valley Triple A championship title on Thursday following a 2-0 win over Surrey's Panorama Ridge Thunder. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial tops Panorama for FV AAA soccer title, heads to B.C.’s at 15-0-2! Argyle, Nanaimo Dist., McMath also claim zone titles

SURREY — Raegan Mackenzie’s well-placed blast off an indirect free kick 25 minutes in wound up holding as the winner, lifting defending B.C. AAA champion Centennial Centaurs to a 2-1 win over Surrey’s Panorama Ridge Thunder in Fraser Valley’s top-tiered title game Thursday afternoon at Cloverdale Athletic Park.

Ballenas tacklers including (left to right) Adrian Friesen, Gage Geiger and Demar Hohnstein all return to the senior ranks of Parksville's Ballenas Whalers this season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All rights reserved.)
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After plenty of heartbreak the hard way, Ballenas’ No. 4-ranked AA Whalers ready to make some waves

On Thursday, we introduced Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Timberwolves as the No. 5 team as we opened our annual pre-season countdown of 2019’s top B.C. Double A high school football teams. Today, we swing over to Vancouver Island for No. 4. The countdown resumes Monday, and will be followed by our B.C. Triple A Big 5.

Robert Bateman's rising senior linebacker/fullback Jack Weinkauf (right) celebrates with SFU-bound teammate Sam Davenport during the Wolves' decisive Subway Bowl AA semifinal win over Holy Cross last November at B.C. Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Robert Bateman looks to its rising senior Phoenix! Wolves come in at AA No. 5 as countdown to B.C. high school football 2019 begins

High school football season may still be over three months away. Yet how far can it really be when Varsity Letters starts its annual countdown of B.C.’s best teams?

Centennial's Meghan Harder (centre) kept her head in the game, helping lead the defending B.C. AAA champion Centaurs past host South Delta in a Fraser Valley semifinal clash at Winskill Park in Tsawwassen. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Encore, encore? Constant refinement the key as defending B.C. AAA champ Centennial preps for FV title match

TSAWWASSEN — As accomplished as they are as B.C.’s reigning top-tiered girls high school soccer champions, Coquitlam’s dynamic Centennial Centaurs aren’t above having their collective re-set button pushed in preparation for what they hope is a long and healthy run to a repeat title.At their best, like they were upon hitting full attack mode Monday […]

Collingwood's Sebastian Hutton goes airborne in his team's Hatch Shield win last week against the Rockridge Ravens in North Vancouver. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters BC Rugby Report 05.13.19 edition: Saints, Sun Devils and Cavs highlight three tiers of impressive victories

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ B.C. boys high school rugby report.Here’s a look at match reports from the past week:QUAD APREMIER LEAGUENo. 2 ST. GEORGE’S 34 at No. 4 OAK BAY 24VICTORIA — If you’re the visiting Saints, it wasn’t a bad way to move from the regular season to the playoffs.St. George’s, in much the […]

The words say it all. Former Yale basketball star Bradley Braich is shooting for new goals these days, including ending all of the stigmas surrounding mental illness. (Photo by Luke Ouellette property of Bigger Than Basketball 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Why Bradley Braich counts his blessings and still celebrates the game through ‘Bigger Than Basketball’

ABBOTSFORD — It hasn’t even been 15 months since Bradley Braich delivered one of the most profoundly impactful messages I’ve received in almost 40 years as a reporter.Despite being just 17 years of age at the time, the direct message he sent me via Twitter was so heartfelt, a part of it which read: “Hey […]