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.

Born to jump, Claremont's Rebecca Dutchak has a ceiling as high as any incoming university freshman in the nation. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Natural: Still raw and untested, Claremont’s UBC-bound Rebecca Dutchak looks ready to jump off the charts

Rebecca Dutchak always suspected she had been given the gift of jump, but it wasn’t until she took a leap of faith that she discovered her grace over gravity.

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.

Elphinstone's Elan Kimpton-Cuellar is headed for a university basketball career at Thompson Rivers this coming U Sports season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’s B.C. Recruits List: There is still plenty of time to make our 2019 list the most comprehensive ever!

NORTH DELTA — Just in case you missed our plea last month, we’re back asking for your help once again. If you have already submitted to our annual B.C. Recruits List, have no fear and please trust that we have your submission.

Walnut Grove's girls and boys 4x400m relay teams each won gold to close out the 2019 B.C. high school track and field championships on Saturday, giving the school its fist-ever overall team title. They are (left to right) Veronica Robertson, David Midgley, Samantha Matthewman, Cam Calbick, Holly Harrison, Richard Midgley, Prab Wichramaarachchi, Evan Wright, Jordan Jacobs. (Photo by Gary Lutes property of WGSS athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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With coaching guru Ken Taylor imploring them to ‘Bring Home the Bacon,’ Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators win first-ever B.C. track & field team title

LANGLEY — Gary Lutes was getting ready to step behind the wheel of the team bus at Langley’s Walnut Grove Secondary School on Thursday morning.Ahead, for Lutes and the rest of the Gators’ traveling party of coaches and athletes, was the near-four-hour drive to Kelowna for the start later that day of the 2019 Subway […]

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:

Collingwood Cavaliers' seniors Tyler Preston (left) and Graeme Neill-Klein each lost their Grade 11 seasons to shoulder surgery, but finished their senior seasons as leaders on a B.C. championship-winning team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Rubbing shoulders with adversity helps Collingwood’s rugby brothers Neill-Klein and Preston fashion a dream ending

ABBOTSFORD — You can never mask elation, yet to see it emerge from the deepest of places in a moment of celebration is to better understand why the best things in life are worth fighting for.

Earl Marriott Mariners players celebrate the program's first-ever B.C. boys high school rugby title Saturday afternoon in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Mariners find their rugby treasure! With the speedy McMullins carrying the torch, Marriott tops Bateman for Triple A Tier-1 gold

ABBOTSFORD — They celebrated a program first knowing full well that their future is bright.With a starting XV boasting 14 Grade 11 players along with its graduating senior captain Erik Niehbur, Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are a juggernaut waiting to happen in 2020.But forget about all of that. How about what they did Saturday?“It was […]

Sir Charles Tupper's George Miller (second left)tries to contain his emotion as he is surrounded by his Tigers' teammates after scoring a dramatic late try to insure the school's first rugby victory since the mid-1960s. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Tupper Tigers bring B.C. rugby title back to East Vancouver! First banner since mid-1960s earned after victory over Byrne Creek

ABBOTSFORD — There is a faded banner hanging at East Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary signifying a B.C. high school rugby championships from the mid-1960’s.