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)
Winning Collingwood players (left to right) Adam Lewis, Cam Bruk (13), Sebastian Hutton and Jack Allen joined led the Cavs' mass group hug after the West Vancouver school beat Brentwood College to win the 2018 B.C. AA Tier 1 rugby crown at Abbotsford's Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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For Collingwood, speed thrills! Cavaliers find bounty of offence to top Brentwood College and win first B.C. title since 2013

VANCOUVER — If Ethan Lucke had picked another sport to make his specialty, you could quite easily picture him suiting up in any number of different roles.

The emotions of victory in the B.C. Quad-A rugby title game were almost too much for the Oak Bay Barbarians to handle Friday night at Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Oak Bay coach Atkinson: “I’m almost speechless…” Barbs first public school in a decade to win B.C.’s top-tiered rugby crown!

LANGLEY — When you spend your entire high school rugby career growing up in the shadow of Goliath, finally getting a chance to step out into a spotlight of your own can be a little blinding.