Riverside's Carlo Muro, a true coach for all seasons, is retiring after a 47-year career. Said former Riverside principal Chris Kennedy: “Carlo is what is the very best of school sports.” (Photo by Mike Schoenhals special for Varsity Letters, property of Riverside Secondary athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Carlo Muro: “Oh hamburger, I gotta go!” After a near half-century as a teacher-coach, one of B.C.’s best takes retirement with no regrets

PORT COQUITLAM — Anthony Ciolfitto asked a simple question, yet the answer he received spoke volumes about one of the most enduring teacher-coaches in B.C. high school sports history.“It was maybe four years ago, and he and I were having a conversation about retirement,” the former principal at Riverside Secondary remembers of a casual chat […]

Rising fifth-year senior setter Zach Wikenheiser will transfer from Lethbridge College to Fraser Valley and close out his university career for a Cascades' team set to make its U Sports debut in 2020-21. (Photo property of Lethbridge College athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV men’s volleyball: Recruiting in a time of pandemic, Cascades come together sight-unseen for debut 2020-21 Canada West season

ABBOTSFORD — Recruited in the time of COVID-19 by a coach he’s never met, and headed off to a university campus he’s yet to even set foot on?On the basis of those two factors alone, you could correctly assume that Zach Wikenheiser has a lot of things on his mind as he prepares for a […]

The two sides of Jackson Corneil are (left) as an outside hitter for Fraser Valley Volleyball Club, and as a basketball forward with Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. (Photos by Dale Toews (left) and Howard Tsumura (right). All rights reserved)
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A Sunday Read: As Tweedy hoops star Jackson Corneil chooses volleyball career with TWU Spartans, we get a fresh take on the power of multi-sport athleticism

LANGLEY — You don’t build a university sports dynasty by diligently following the same footsteps as the rest of the pack.Instead, if you’re the men’s volleyball program at Langley’s Trinity Western University, you cultivate your own belief system of what matters most and you act accordingly, bringing student-athletes into your program whom others may not […]

The face of B.C. boys high school volleyball in 2019-20 is Roan McCarthy of Lake Country's George Elliot Coyotes, University coaches voted him Varsity Letters' boys Player of the Year. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Lake Country’s shining star! Roan McCarthy of the George Elliot Coyotes is the pick of the B.C.’s boys volleyball Class of 2019-20

LANGLEY — As he watched the captain of the Team B.C. Selects lead his province to a gold medal-finish at this past summer’s Canada Cup tournament, UBC Thunderbirds head coach Michael Hawkins saw more than just an enormous package of technical skill in Roan McCarthy, the student-athlete that Varsity Letters’ is proud to announce as […]

Langley Christian's Jonas Van Huizen placed a close second to overall winner Roan McCarthy. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 11th annual edition: Who are B.C. Top 15 senior boys Grade 12 volleyball players? Check out our 2019-20 Dream Team!

LANGLEY — Our second decade has begun.It was back in 2009 when we started compiling our annual lists of B.C.’s Super 15 Grade 12 girls and boys volleyball teams.Year 11 has arrived and the phenoms just continue to announce themselves as B.C. continues to remain a prime producer of both collegiate and national-team level talent.Today […]

The B.C. Double-A boys volleyball championship has returned to the MEI Eagles of Abbotsford. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Double A Volleyball Finals: After topping rival LCS Lightning, MEI’s Eagles soar to find golden and familiar perch

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The season has ended the way it began for the MEI Eagles: No. 1 in B.C.For the first five weeks of the 2A senior boys’ season, the Abbotsford school found itself at the top of the rankings. But in late October, the Eagles lost their perch, first to the […]

To the victor go the spoils! Surrey's Earl Marriott Mariners repeated as B.C. senior boys Triple A volleyball champions after spending all season at No. 1 in the rankings. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Triple-A volleyball finals: Once, twice, three times the champions! Mariners’ magical mojo carries EMS past Kelowna in title match

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — An epic three-year run for the Earl Marriott Mariners was capped with yet another championship.The core of the senior boys’ volleyball team won the junior provincial title (with a perfect season) in 2017 and claimed the senior title last year.And on Saturday night, the Mariners added yet another trophy […]

The Kelowna Owls show their elation after rallying past Victoria's Claremont Spartans for a four-set win in one of two semifinals contested Friday at the B.C. senior boys AAA volleyball championships. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys AAA Volleyball – Will Earl Marriott complete golden three-year run, or will Kelowna end 66-year title drought? Answer comes Saturday!

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — All that is standing in the way of the Kelowna Owls’ first AAA provincial volleyball championship in 66 years is an Earl Marriott Mariners program on a dominant three-year run.In 2017, Surrey’s Mariners were 38-0 and captured the junior boys provincial title.After graduating to the senior ranks, the core […]

MEI Eagles' Jonathan Letkemann delivers a kill Friday against Josh Apperloo and the Langley Christian Lightning on Friday in the semifinals of the B.C. senior boys AA volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys AA volleyball finals are all set: Super-powers MEI and Langley Christian book berths after impressive Friday Final Four wins

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The two preeminent AA boys volleyball programs in B.C. are set for a Saturday night showdown with the gold medal on the line.Since the turn of the century, the MEI Eagles and Langley Christian Lightning have combined to capture 13 provincial titles and a total of 27 medals over […]

Prince George's College Heights Cougars battled hard but failed to reach the semifinals in the Double A draw Thursday at the B.C. senior boys volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Volleyball Championships: Pre-tourney seeds prove iron-clad as Friday brings AA Final Four, AAA Elite 8 rounds at LEC

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — It’s down to the Final Four in the 2A tier while eight teams remain in the hunt for the 3A title as teams wrapped up the first two days of competition here at the 2019 B.C. Secondary School Senior Boys Volleyball Provincial Championships.TRIPLE AAll eight top seeds advanced to […]