Despite playing just one season of football, West Vancouver's Simon Li has been signed by the Canada West power Calgary Dinos. (Photo property of West Vancouver Secondary athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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West Vancouver’s Simon Li: Just 15 months after tackling football and rugby, the Highlanders’ raw rookie answers the call of the Calgary Dinos

WEST VANCOUVER — Out of nowhere, he established his high school’s new gold standard for raw rookies. Now, West Vancouver Highlanders’ graduating senior  Simon Li is headed off to a university career as a diamond in the rough.

Silas Marchan (left) and the rest of Surrey's Holy Cross Crusaders carry honourable mention status into the 2019 B.C. high school football season in September. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ Big 5 Football: Breaking down the B.C. preseason rankings at AAA & AA by poll points, plus our honourable mention teams

LANGLEY — We have counted down Varsity Letters’ Big 5 preseason high school football rankings for the Triple- and Double-A tiers in a team-by-team fashion over the past few weeks. Today we break down each of the two tiers indicating total poll points and first-place votes garnered as part of our coaches poll.

Rising Grade 11 quarterback Alex Nyvlt is poised and ready to lead the Irish offence this coming season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Fighting Irish open at No. 1: Rival coaches let their voting do the talking as Vancouver College the clear choice as early Subway Bowl favourites

VANCOUVER — When Varsity Letters sent out its preseason ballots to determine just who would be installed as the No. 1 team heading into the 2019 B.C. Triple A high school football season, the collective voice was loud and clear.

Mt. Douglas Rams longtime head coach Mark Townsend (centre) and the rest of his coaching staff are excited about the new look and challenges that the 2019 Western Conference AAA season is sure to bring in the provincial capital. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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For No. 2-ranked Mt. Douglas, the blueprint is in place! Rams set to take first big steps in post-Gideone Kremler era

VICTORIA — The Gideone Kremler era may have ended at Mt. Douglas Secondary, but the good news for fans of Rams football, is that the Gideone Kremler model remains.

Lord Tweedsmuir rising senior quarterback Terrell Jones, pictured during the 2017 JV AAA final against Vancouver College in 2017 at B.C.Place, knows just how close the battle is going to be for B.C. high school's top-tiered supremacy in 2019. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Can the championship pedigree of Panthers’ rising class of seniors point the way? No. 3 Tweedy remains vital in Subway Bowl title hunt

SURREY — Football’s cosmic tumblers rarely fall into perfect unison. Take Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers as an example. Yes, the expectations are that talented rush end/tight end Malik Naherny will make his return to the team after a Grade 11 season spent rehabilitating from a torn ACL.

If New West's Greyson Planinsic (left) snuck up on teams last season, he won't this coming campaign as one of the key components of the Hyacks' 2019 offence. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
South Delta quarterback Ben McDonald is set to install a singular identity with his 2019 Sun Devils. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2019. All rights reserved)
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South Delta opens VL’s 2019 AAA football countdown at No. 5: QB Ben McDonald and gaggle of seniors give Sun Devils a true identity

After a week away, we’re back in the high school football huddle, this time looking ahead to September with our Varsity Letters’ Big 5 AAA preseason rankings. Triple A coaches from around the province case their votes, and thus we begin the countdown today at No. 5:

Varsity Letter's Big 5 B.C. Triple-A football rankings will be revealed next week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Oops! Our B.C. high school football AAA Big 5 rankings countdown delayed one week

LANGLEY — We’ve had to delay the start of our annual B.C. high school football Triple-A rankings countdown.Apologies to all of our loyal readers.Despite advertising Monday as our launch date, yours truly has overestimated his ability to produce the five daily team profiles required to count us down to our No. 1 team in the […]

A bigger, strong, faster Liam Reid (52) is one reason the defending champion Vernon Panthers top the Varsity letters' B.C. Double A preseason football coaches poll. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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On the prowl again, defending champion Vernon Panthers hold AA No. 1 ranking as they take on tough encore assignment

Welcome to the fifth instalment of our five-team countdown to No. 1!Today, Varsity Letters presents our look at the No. 1 team in the preseason B.C. Double A coaches poll.Beginning Monday, we will start the countdown of the Top 5 Triple A football teams.VERNON — The 2018-19 B.C. high school sports season isn’t even 100 […]

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 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.