Collingwood's Tyler Preston (left, stripes) scored his second try of the match as the defending B.C. champion Cavaliers topped Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags on Thursday in North Vancouver. (Photo by Mark Liu property of Collingwood athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Mark Liu property of Collingwood athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.20.19 Varsity Letters B.C. high school rugby early-weekend edition: AA’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash, plus Tweedy & Rockridge dramatic winners

Welcome to Varsity Letters holiday weekend edition of the B.C. Boys High School Rugby Report. We’re publishing ahead of the now-regular Monday posting day due to the nature of the holiday long weekend.

The Shawnigan Lake Stags topped Victoria's Oak Bay Barbarians in a rematch of last season's B.C. Quad A title match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.15.19 Varsity Letters’ B.C. Boys Rugby Report: Stags top Barbs in B.C. Quad-A title rematch, Carson beats EMS to top Premier League table

LANGLEY — Monday’s Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school rugby report leads off with a re-match of last season’s B.C. Quad-A title final game.

Byrne Creek hooker Jeevan Deol (left) is one of almost 100 first-year high school rugby players at Burnaby's Byrne Creek Community School this season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Why coach Moreno Stefanon & Byrne Creek’s new rugby program has meshed with Bulldog nation’s global student body

BURNABY — It was a scene which gave you a sense of the surreal, but when you dream big and don’t let the details get in the way of trying, it’s the kind of stuff which always seems to find a way to become reality.

Leading the defensive wave for Charles Tupper on Thursday in its VSSAA league match against Point Grey was Kiya Vivier-Miller (left). He was joined by (front row left to right), Mitchell Morgan, Ahmad Suliman and Josh Soquila. Brining up the rear were (l to r) Aiden Vagay and Mohammad Suliman. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Handsworth's Eric Dikka, a rugby newcomer, was impressive in the Royals' Stadium Series shutout winnower Abbotsford's W.J. Mouat Hawks. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Rugby Report 04.07.19 edition: Our ‘Stadium Series’ match reports include Carson Graham’s stunning rally over Oak Bay

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ B.C.high school rugby report. Today, the focus sits squarely on the opening week of the Stadium Series. Here’s a look at a number of the opening weekend’s games:

St. George's players Matteo Mitchell (left) and Grant Madu (right) congratulate teammate Thomas Kirkwood after he scored the game's opening try vs. Shawnigan Lake during Stadium Series action Friday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Stadium Series 2019 ‘Battle Royale’ edition: Palmer’s extra-time try lifts St. George’s Saints to dramatic comeback victory over Shawnigan Lake’s Stags

BURNABY — When last we left one of the best rivalries in all of B.C. high school sports, the contrast between that old cliche of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat was about as pronounced as you will find.

Notice the nose? Oak Bay's John Truly Boehme, pictured scoring the final try of the Barbarians AAAA B.C. championship season, did what he had to do to help his team to an historic win last month in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Oak Bay’s John Truly Boehme: His story behind the photo!

I took thousands of photographs, both on fields and inside gymnasiums, over the course of the 2017-18 B.C.high school and university sports season. And while my personal favourites all, to some degree, attempt to convey a sense of emotion, the one that stands out most for me does so for a variety of reasons. 

Brentwood College's Sion Griffiths battled injury and some pretty tight scheduling this past weekend to win silver medals at both the B.C. high school rugby, and track and field championships. (Photos by Jeff Sargeant (left) and Howard Tsumura property of UBC athletics, VarsityLetters.ca)