For a mythical mug, The Howie is still pretty heavy. (Graphic property of Dan Murphy 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Howies: Our mythical, season-ending awards celebrate the author’s Top 25 moments of the 2018-19 season

LANGLEY — The idea to hand out a mythical set of season-ending awards called The Howies was first hatched in this corner way back in the winter of 2005.Back then, during my days at The Province, it was my way of honouring the top men’s and women’s university basketball talent playing at B.C.’s then-CIS schools.The […]

Calvin Westbrook, head coach of Haida Gwaii's Gudangaay Tlaatis’gaa Nay senior boys basketball team cheers on his charges at last March's B.C. championships at the LEC. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Calvin Westbrook: How the record-setting G.P. Vanier & TWU guard found his coaching paradise amidst the remote splendour of Haida Gwaii

LANGLEY — It had been a long while since Calvin Westbrook had anything to do with a B.C. senior boys provincial basketball championship tournament. In fact you’d have to go back 13 years to find the last time.

Killarney racewalker Daniel Soliven takes his purposeful stride to the UBC Thunderbirds track and field program next season. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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THE COMPLETE LIST: Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2019! Where 1,038 athletes in 19 sports are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — We know there are still many more names and post-secondary destinations going unanswered once again, yet in our never-ending quest to bring you the most complete list of post secondary-bound B.C. high school student-athletes, we’re happy to report that the annual B.C. Recruits List has reached a milestone.

Liam McChesney of the Charles Hays Rainmakers is headed to NCAA Div. 1 Utah State. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 88 boys basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Even over an offseason in which the majority of local university programs are not brining in big classes, there almost 100 names to note provincially in the world of high school-to-post-secondary men’s basketball. All told, that adds up to 182 names between our boys and girls lists, among the most we’ve ever had.

Riverside's Tessa Burton (left) is part of deep recruiting class headed to Kelowna to bolster the fortunes of the UBC Okanagan Heat. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 99 girls basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — B.C.’s graduating class of girls high school stars will deliver their talent all over the continent this fall, touching all three NCAA divisions, as well as U Sports, CCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions. Here’s your guide to who’s going where. If we’ve missed someone, let us know at howardtsumura@gmail.com and we’ll make the additions. And […]

Flanked by teammates Josh Hamulas (left) and Austin Swedish, Lord Tweedsmuir senior guard Patrick Jonas met the crowd at December's TBI 2018 with a brave smile. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2019. All rights reserve
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Patrick Jonas: Despite his wounded knee, Tweedsmuir senior set a new ‘bench’ mark for leadership during championship season

LANGLEY — Patrick Jonas was such a bad shooter that his teammates called him Brick Squad. He was only in the eighth grade at the time, a stage at which the cloth we’re actually cut from is still unwoven.

Lord Tweedsmuir's Kojo Odoom (right, 23), B.C. Triple A football's Defensive Player of the Year, will land in London, Ont., this coming season to begin his U Sports career with the Western Mustangs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2019: Where 104 high school football prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — Months in the making, we’re thrilled to present Varsity letters’ 13th annual B.C. Recruits List, our annual look at who’s going where as it pertains to B.C.’s high school-to-university student-atheltes.

Walnut Grove's Jordan Jacobs, coming off a championship season for her Langley-based school, starts a new chapter with the SFU Clan track team this coming 2019-20 season. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Our last call for names! Varsity Letters’ 2019 B.C. Recruits List set for publication early next week

LANGLEY — Just taking a second to put our heads up for air.Yes, we’ve been quiet here on the site over the last few days at Varsity Letters, but we’ve been as busy as ever as we continue to wind down the 2018-19 season.The largest share of our efforts have been directed at compiling the […]

Today, Varsity Letters celebrates the B.C. senior girls cross-country champion Sentinel Spartans, plus the recently-completed 2018-19 season's 72 other B.C. high school senior varsity team champions! (Photo property of Sentinel athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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A Sunday Photo Album: We celebrate all 73 B.C. high school senior varsity team champions from 2018-19

LANGLEY — Welcome to a Varsity Letters first! As part of our season-ending tribute to the student-athletes and coaches who make the B.C. high school sports world such a special fraternity, we started out with a simple idea: Publishing the photographs of every senior varsity team to win a B.C. high school championship over the course […]

Meadowridge Gryphons' athletic director Scott Spurgeon is flanked by Tim Tan (left) and Matthew Angoh, two student-athletes who brought a B.C. School Sports blue banner championship to the Maple Ridge school. (Photo property of Meadowridge athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Every picture tells a story: A season full of championship team photos comes Sunday! But first, here’s how tiny Meadowridge won theirs!

Every picture tells a story.There’s no better way to begin our official wind-up to the 2018-19 B.C. high school sports season than to lead with that time-honoured phrase.