As a Grade 8, Notre Dame quarterback Aiden Domino led his team past Lord Tweedsmuir to win the Subway Bowl Quadra Cup B.C. title in a 2017 game staged at B.C. Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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The Domino Effect: Notre Dame’s Aiden Domino, who plays a rare double as a dual QB/DE brings a Joe Kapp mentality and physique to Jugglers’ Friday opener vs. Centennial!

VANCOUVER — Notre Dame Jugglers head football coach Denis Kelly always knew his starting quarterback was a big, strapping kid.Turns out, as the Jugglers prepare to open the 2021 season Friday night (7:30 p.m.) at Burnaby Lakes against Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs, that Aiden Domino is even bigger than previously advertised.Add to the fact that the […]

The 2017 G.W. Graham Grizzlies parlayed solid team defence into a long AA Subway Bowl run. Now, after nine years at that tier, the Grizz played their first game as a AAA team Friday and came away with a shutout win over the Robert Bateman Timberwolves. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 09.03.21: B.C. High School Football Report-Friday Night Lights edition… GW Graham defensive front dominates in win over Bateman’s T-Wolves

Welcome to the first 2021 Friday Night Lights edition of the Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.Week 0 brings just one game.ROBERT BATEMAN 0 at G.W. GRAHAM 35CHILLIWACK — The host G.W. Graham Grizzlies, set for new beginnings this season in the AAA ranks, opened the 2021 campaign at Exhibition Stadium with the kind […]

With the O'Hagan Field scoreboard behind him telling the story, Vancouver College running back Tommy Carvalho finds the end zone against North Vancouver's Carson Graham Eagles for the first scoring play of not only a new season of B.C. high school football, but the first since the pandemic halted play across our province in all sports in March of 2020. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 09.02.21 B.C. High School Football Report ‘Welcome Back’ edition: No. 1 Fighting Irish top Carson in return-to-play game!

VANCOUVER — In the long history of B.C. high school sports, you won’t find an institution which honours its history, heritage and longevity with more aplomb than Vancouver College.With all of that in mind, as provincial inter-school competition took its first official steps since the beginning of the Covid lockdown in March of 2020 with […]

SFU cornerback Jerrell Cunmmings, pictured during Tuesday's 2021 fall training camp practice at Fox Field, has developed into a game-changing talent within the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU Football opener 2021: Now that he’s turned a corner, Jerrell Cummings is ready to roar as the heart-and-soul leader in Simon Fraser’s defensive secondary!

BURNABY — Jerrell Cummings was all of 17 years of age when he suited up for his first Simon Fraser fall football camp.With the start of the 2021 season coming this Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at the FCS Div. 1 Idaho Vandals, it’s amazing when you consider how far, over the course of two adversity-filled […]

From a title in 2019 to a No. 1 ranking to start 2021, head coach Todd Bernett and Vancouver College maintain their spot atop the B.C. high school football world. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ Big 5 Triple A high school football rankings: ‘Look up, look wayyy up’ at No. 1 Vancouver College and No. 2 Mt. Douglas!

LANGLEY — Back in the late 1960s, at my home in a rural part of North Delta, I’d watch a kid’s show on the CBC called ‘The Friendly Giant’ in which the title character, made to look larger than life by a simple upwards camera pan, would ask his young viewers to ‘Look up… wayyyy […]

Vernon head coach Sean Smith has his AA team ranked No. 1 in Varsity Letters' Big 5 preseason coaches poll. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.com 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Our countdown to kick-off begins! Varsity Letter’s Big 5 B.C. High School Football preseason AA rankings have arrived!

In anticipation of a return to play on the high school football fields this fall, we’ve returned with the first of Varsity’s Letter’s own back-to-back preseason B.C. Big 5 rankings.Today, we will start with the AA ranks, with the AAA to follow in the coming days.Three games are scheduled in the Week 0 window Sept. […]

Former Simon Fraser and Vancouver College product Rysen John made a trio of catches Saturday as his New York Giants faced the New York Jets in the preseason opener for both teams. (File photo property of USA Today 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Rysen John’s NFL preseason debut: We go inside the three catches snared Saturday by Simon Fraser’s own New York Giant!

Rysen John’s journey to the NFL has begun its next act, and as part of the en masse opening to the 2021 exhibition season, all of that added up to his first critical reviews on U.S. national television.And for those catching the exploits of the former Simon Fraser University receiver, now doing his thing as […]

Designed by Kwantlen First Nations artist Brandon Gabriel and muralist Dean Lauzé, the new Thunderbirds team logo opens a new chapter of student-athlete life at Langley Secondary School. (Logo property Langley Secondary School 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A nickname that stands for inclusivity: Langley Thunderbirds strive to represent school’s own ‘diverse huddle’ heading into Sept. 10 opener vs. Mission!

There’s somewhere north of a few thousand new stories set to be written this coming September when, as prevailing hope and logic suggest, the heartbeat of the B.C. high school sports world rediscovers its healthy pulse following what will have been 18 straight months of silence.And wherever you may care to start, the high school […]

Connecting with players and a creating a connected culture between the program and its community was a founding principle of outgoing Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji. (Photo by Alan Wardle property of New Westminster Hyacks football 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Farhan Lalji: As the New West Hyacks’ football founder bids adieu, his charter words from 2003 continue to speak an essential & universal truth!

“One of the parents of a player came up to me and said, ‘You’ve basically given my son his life back because this has helped motivate him in so many other areas.’ I don’t take myself seriously enough to think that it’s because of me, but it is because of this whole package that we’ve […]

Terrell Jana of the Virginia Cavaliers brings a pair of sure hands to the CFL next season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Photo by Matt Riley property of University of Virginia media relations 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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CFL Draft 2021: A true purist’s receiver, STM grad Jana puts his hands to an ‘instrumental’ test as he prepares for rookie season with ‘Riders!

As a budding musician, Terrell Jana has discovered that striking a chord or two has not only helped relax his mind, but keep his hands dexterous and strong in his endless pursuit of catching the football.Taken on the whole, it’s just another example of the purist’s approach the Burnaby native and Virginia Cavaliers receiver will […]