With teammates Abby Hettinga and Cali Cencig in support, Kelowna Owls' Ryenn Schutz rises for a block during the Best of the West girls and boys volleyball tournament staged at Kelowna Secondary this past weekend. Owls teams won both championship finals and the boys, who topped Langley Chrisitan for gold, can be seen in the midst of their match as well. (Photo property of KSS athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A golden moment times two as Kelowna Owls girls & boy volleyball win simultaneous, side-by-side double gold at own Best of the West invitational!

KELOWNA — In case you were looking for signs of school spirit coming out of COVID’s lost 2020-21 season, the fans inside the gym as Kelowna Secondary School this past weekend, although limited by health protocols, gave every indication that it’s clearly alive and well.The Best of the West senior boys and girls volleyball tournament, […]

Abbotsford Christian, No. 1-ranked in the Single-A poll, will be one of many talented teams taking part in this weekend's Best of the West invitational in Kelowna. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior boys volleyball rankings 10.14.21 edition: As Best of the West weekend dawns, the Owls, Huskies, Lightning and Knights set for blue-chip action!

VICTORIA — The weekly B.C. senior boys volleyball rankings have remained rather static over the past two weeks, but all of that could change based on the results of play this weekend (Oct. 15-16) at Kelowna’s Best of the West invitational.The Best of the West event will feature 32 of the best boys and girls […]

Oak Bay senior boys volleyball coach Allan Carmichael and his Barbers sit at No. 9 in the recent AAA boys volleyball rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys volleyball rankings Week 2 10.06.21 edition: Owls, Eagles, Knights hold court at No. 1, biggest climbs taken by McMath, Duchess Park!

VICTORIA — Last week’s initial set of rankings at all three tiers of B.C. boys senior varsity volleyball, coming off a cancelled 2020 season, held remarkably true over the past seven days.Top threes at all three tiers remained static with Kelowna, MEI and Abbotsford Christian set to spend another week defending their No. 1 status […]

Fresh off a championship title at the UBC Thunderbirds Invitational this past weekend on the Point Grey campus, the Kelowna Owls open at No. 1 in the first AAA rankings of the 2021 season. (Photo property of Kelowna Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Volleyball Rankings 2021: Kelowna Owls, fresh off UBC Invite title open at AAA No. 1, MEI Eagles and Abby Christian also open the re-start at No. 1

LANGLEY — The B.C. senior boys volleyball season,already underway underway the past three weeks, on Tuesday issued its first set of provincial rankings for the 2021 season, one which will be capped Dec. 1-4 when Kelowna and Okanagan Mission secondary schools play host to the provincial championships.The Kelowna Owls, who open 2021 at No. 1 […]

MEI's Hunter Arulpragasam was the fastest rising talent in B.C. boys high school volleyball. Check out where the Eagles' senior finished in our annual coaches poll of the province's best boys senior talent. (Photos by Paul Yates and Jon Hayduk property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 12th annual edition: Who are B.C.’s Top 15 Grade 12 boys volleyball players? Check out our 2020-21 Dream Team!

It’s Year No. 12 for the Varsity Letters’ B.C. boys Super 15 senior boys volleyball player rankings.Once again, our sincere thanks go out to the head coaches of four B.C. men’s Canada West volleyball programs who cast their votes from a pool of this province’s top graduating Grade 12 talent.COVID-19’s appearance on the scene could […]

The skywalker from Vernon! Liam Remple of the Vernon Christian Royals is a leaper with a very high ceiling. The unanimous choice as Varsity Letters 2020-21 B.C. Boys Volleyball Player of the Year is headed to Trinity Western next season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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He makes time stand still! Vernon Christian’s Liam Remple, B.C. boys volleyball 2020-21 Player of the Year, brings gift of flight to TWU Spartans

Liam Remple has inhaled the rare air of his sport enough times to have gained a critical appreciation of how sweet the view can be almost 12 feet off the ground.“It’s pretty crazy up there, I’m not going to lie” laughed Remple, the high-flying 6-foot-7 Vernon Christian volleyball star during a phone interview earlier this […]

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 […]