Vernon quarterback Zack Smith goes airborne in front of Langley's Ciaran Davies to score one of his three rushing TDs Saturday in the B.C. AA final at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA Final: Behind the magic of MVP quarterback Zack Smith, Vernon’s Panthers repeat in royal fashion

VANCOUVER — The No. 1-ranked, defending champion Vernon Panthers made their hold over the B.C. senior varsity Double-A football world dynastic-like on Saturday.Yet even behind a victory as comprehensive as its 43-14 Subway Bowl triumph over the No. 4 Langley Saints at B.C. Place Stadium, Panthers’ head coach Sean Smith admitted he was sweating the […]

The B.C. high school all-stars wait to take to the field for the first BCSSFA all-star game at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Football All-Star Game 2019: East wins low-scoring affair over West with TDs from Chomolok, Martens, Blake

It wasn’t a game filled with offensive fireworks, but the first B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association all-star game proved a fine farewell for many of the province’s top seniors Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium.In a low-scoring affair, the East scored the first three touchdowns of the game en route to a 20-6 win over the […]

While Mt. Douglas interception artist Marino Dujela (left) takes a well-deserved second-half breather, teammate Sahej Sidhu flashes four fingers and wonders if his teammate has one more pick left in his quiver during Saturday's Subway Bowl junior AAA championship game at BC Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl Junior AAA Final: Three interceptions later, Mt. Doug’s Marino Dujela the hero as Rams top Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers

VANCOUVER — Early in the first half of Saturday’s Subway Bowl B.C. junior varsity AAA championship final, Mt. Douglas Rams’ rangy linebacker Marino Dujela cursed his hands and wondered what he would have to do to make the first interception of his entire football career.A pass from Lord Tweedsmuir quarterback McCord Leeson was right there […]

Windsor receiver Adam Murray (right) bresajks past Ballenas' Rememberers Conway on his way to a first-half touchdown Saturday in the B.C. JV AA championship final at BC Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl Junior AA Final: ‘Ragamuffin’ Windsor keeps its poise, MVP Giragosian delivers Dukes past Ballenas Whalers

VANCOUVER — Despite being numbers-challenged at the best of times, it’s pretty hard to keep North Vancouver’s Windsor Dukes down for long.Behind the play of championship game MVP quarterback Alek Giragosian, the Dukes topped Parksville’s Ballenas Whalers 25-14 Saturday morning to win the Subway Bowl B.C. Junior Varsity Double-A championship at B.C. Place Stadium.,The win […]

As they prepare for post-game hand-shakes last Saturday night with St. Thomas More, the satisfaction on the faces of Vancouver College players (left to right) Ryan Hsiao, Marcus Teoli and Simon Smith is readily apparent. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA preview: With a defence producing epic red-light numbers, how do you beat the Vancouver College Fighting Irish?

VANCOUVER — News alert: The Vancouver College Fighting Irish have allowed a grand total of three touchdowns since September, and come this Sunday morning, the day after the Subway Bowl Triple-A championship game, the calendar turns to December.It’s impossible to know, over the entire history of B.C. high school football, if any other team has […]

Unloading down the field, Vernon Panthers quarterback Zack Smith has been a true dual-threat pivot as a senior. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA 2019 Preview: Langley coach Piche sees shades of ‘Le-Marvelous’ Durant in Vernon’s 2019 MVP quarterback Zack Smith

VANCOUVER — Ryk Piche was surprised at just how fast a decade could pass when, earlier this season, he got an invitation to the 10-year re-union celebration of the Centennial Centaurs team he helped coach to the 2009 Subway Bowl B.C. high school football Triple A championship title.For many including Piche, now the Langley Saints […]

New Westminster's Greyson Planinsic and a galaxy of B.C.'s best high school talent will take to the field Saturday under the dome for the first-ever BCSSFA all-star game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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ALL-STAR ROSTERS: Your first look at all the selections for Saturday’s inaugural B.C. High School Football All-Star game at B.C. Place

VANCOUVER — All-Star Weekend has finally reached the world of B.C. High School Football.As part of Saturday’s Subway Bowl championship final menu at B.C. Place Stadium, an all-star game will be staged at 2 p.m.The contest will feature talent selected from teams not playing in either the AA or AAA senior varsity finals, meaning there […]

New Lord Tweedsmuir starting quarterback Key'Shaun Dorsey chats with Panthers' offensive coordinator Nick Kawaza during the 2019 Subway Bowl AAA playoffs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA Preview: Lord Tweedsmuir sports reaches a rare realm as Panthers meet VC’s Fighting Irish in B.C. title clash

LANGLEY — Brien Gemmell has already thought about how he’s going to be spending some key moment this coming weekend.“Hopefully, I’ll be watching our (senior varsity football team) win at B.C. Place, and I’ll be live-streaming our (senior) girls (volleyball team) on my phone while they are doing the same at their B.C. championships,” the […]

Langley Saints offensive linemen Dayton Boytillier (left) and Dallas Pattenden congratulate running back Kai Thomas after one of his three rushing majors last Saturday in a Subway Bowl semifinal win over G.W. Graham. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl AA Finals Preview: Can the Saints’ march be slowed? Vernon defence will have to be at its best to slow Langley run game

LANGLEY — It’s the kind of highlight that in a film-room session just seems to jump off the screen and get your heart pumping.Last Saturday, in its Subway Bowl B.C. Double A semifinal clash against Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies, Langley running back Kai Thomas took a hand-off, made the first wave of tacklers miss, then […]

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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 […]