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Varsity Letters PODCAST 11.27.19: Hoops Hall of Famer Howard Kelsey, SFU football’s Rysen John stop by to chat with host Howard Tsumura

LANGLEY — Varsity Letters-The Podcast is celebrating basketball and football as the calendar gets set to take us into December. Joining us first is Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Howard Kelsey, who brings us up to date on the Greater Victoria Invitational NCAA women’s basketball tournament, as well as all the big news on […]

Vancouver College star running back Daesaun Johnson (2, front) shakes hands with St Thomas More's Vincent Catania after rushing for three scores and helping lift the Fighting Irish into next week's Subway Bowl AAA final against Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA Final Four: Playing at another level, VC’s Fighting Irish look unstoppable in win over STM Knights

VANCOUVER — Vancouver College’s Daesaun Johnson rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and an Irish defence which has been near impenetrable the past two months simply lived up to form, seemingly impervious to the rising stakes and elevated atmosphere that come with the semifinal round of the Subway Bowl Triple-A playoffs.

Lord Tweedsmuir receiver Terrell Jones looks to split the Notre Dame defence during Saturday's Subway Bowl AAA semifinal at BC Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA Final Four: Tweedsmuir’s Panthers snap 14-year B.C. title game drought with win over Notre Dame Jugglers

VANCOUVER — Not too soon after they launched their football program at Lord Tweedsmuir back in 2004, Surrey’s Panthers made a heady ascent to the following season’s Subway Bowl B.C. Double-A championship final.The result may have been a 33-8 loss to the powerhouse Windsor Dukes of North Vancouver all those years ago, but the expansion […]

G.W. Graham's Jaiden Claassen (left) and Langley's Kai Thomas not only carried the heavy offensive load for their teams Saturday, they also met each other face-to-face on defence. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four: Fourth-quarter rally not too steep for Langley as Saints top GWG Grizzlies to march into first-ever B.C. final

VANCOUVER — It was a game between two running teams that started out like the script predicted.But both the No. 4 Langley Saints and Chilliwack’s No. 3 G.W. Graham Grizzlies caught scent of a different path to the end zone over the second half of its Subway Bowl AA semifinals and in the end it […]

B.C. High School AA MVP Zack Smith did it all. both on offence and defence as his Vernon Panthers faced the Ballenas Whalers in the Subway Bowl 2019 AA semfinals at BC Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four: MVP Zack Smith a game-changer on offence & defence as No. 1 Vernon tops No. 2 Ballenas

VANCOUVER — It’s a tribute to the heart and the immense capabilities of Parksville’s No. 2 Ballenas Whalers that the No. 1-ranked, defending B.C. champion Vernon Panthers finally looked to have been solved over much of the opening half of a Subway Bowl AA semifinal played Saturday afternoon at B.C. Place Stadium.Play after play, series […]

St. Thomas More's Matthew Custodio (right) tries to gain separation from the Vancouver College defence in Saturday's 2019 B.C. Grade 8 football championship at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl Grade 8 final: Knights’ MVP Custodio carries STM to record 14th Quadra Cup title

VANCOUVER — The St. Thomas More Knights spent almost all of Saturday’s Subway Bowl Grade 8 championship final showing how consistently adept they were at breaking big scoring plays at the most opportune moments.Burnaby’s Knights had opened the contest by scoring its first three touchdowns from 51, 87 and 62 yards, and two of those […]

Notre Dame running back Vincenzo Nardulli's rise to prominence this season has helped the Jugglers find their way to Saturday's Subway Bowl semifinals as an unranked team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 Triple A Final Four Football Preview: No. 5 Lord Tweedsmuir vs. Notre Dame

VANCOUVER — They have not faced each other since the 2012 season, so you can’t say there is any kind of traditional rivalry set to write its next chapter when Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers and East Vancouver’s unranked Notre Dame Jugglers take to the field in gridiron battle Saturday (5 p.m.) in a Subway Bowl […]

As teammate Dayton Boytillier lays on a key block in front of fellow linemen Declan da Luz (64), Nolan MacLeod (71) and Zach Rohan (65), Langley Saints' running back Kai Thomas finds a hole for a big gain last week at the dome against Clarence Fulton. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AA Final Four Football Preview: No. 3 G.W. Graham vs. No. 4 Langley

VANCOUVER — When Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies rallied to beat the undefeated Langley Saints 20-19 under the lights at its own Exhibition Stadium back on Oct. 18, all you knew was that this was a battle between two teams so good that their paths were sure to cross before season’s end.Well, that intersection takes place […]

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The Varsity Letters PODCAST 11.20.19 edition: Vernon football’s Sean Smith, UFV women’s hoop coach Al Tuchscherer & the LEC’s Gary Ahuja

LANGLEY — The Varsity Letters’ podcast is back, and ready to not only chat about football and basketball, but about the home for so many of our province’s top high school invitational and championship tournaments. First, in the spirit of this Saturday’s Subway Bowl Final Four weekend at B.C. Place Stadium, Vernon Panthers’ head coach […]