In their glory, Abbotsford Panthers ' team captains (left to right) Ken McIntee, Paul Gill, Lance McDonald and Lance Iten hoist the spoils of victory on a chilly night at old Empire Stadium back in 1984. (Photo provided through the permission of Paul Gill)
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Abby’s original football heroes: Some 35 years later, Panthers celebrate their biggest victory with a B.C. title rematch against Notre Dame

ABBOTSFORD — Paul Gill has never forgotten the feeling he got from winning his final high school football game.Now, 35 years later, the Abbotsford Panthers’ 14-4 victory over the Notre Dame Jugglers in the 1984 B.C. championship game is being recognized for the pioneering bar it set in the city you might just call the […]

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PODCAST — The VL Pod is back, celebrating a big anniversary for Abby Panthers football, and a new cross-country season for the SFU Clan

Varsity Letters — The Podcast is back with episode No. 2 in our re-launch. This week, we open our show with a high school football theme, celebrating Saturday’s 35th anniversary of the Abbotsford Panthers’ 1984 B.C. championship win over the Notre Dame Jugglers. Paul Gill, Denis Kelly and Jalem Catlin are all a part of […]

Former Holy Cross star basketball player Jonathan Kongbo gave football a late try, and now goes from the Tennessee Volunteers to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (Photo by Andrew Ferguson property of Tennessee athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Eight B.C. high school football alums picked in 2019 CFL Draft! Coaches agree player development is on the rise

LANGLEY — B.C. high school football’s best night ever at the CFL draft? No one can be sure, yet what is certain is that the eight players chosen from some of this province’s top programs is the most in over a decade.

Notre Dame Jugglers' senior quarterback Will Clarke is poised for a breakout 2018 campaign. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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A Will To Trust: Faith in the process puts Notre Dame quarterback Will Clarke in a place where his gifts can prosper

VANCOUVER — Take a listen to Seattle sports radio these days, and the ongoing dissection and analysis of what most ails the 0-2 Seahawks seems to be a 24/7 concern.

New Westminster Hyacks (left to right) Kinsale Philip, Arjun Bal, Anthony Dillman and Finn Stark are part of BC's No. 1-ranked Triple A high school football team. (Alan Wardle/NWSS Athletics)
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Hyacks prepped to embrace new No. 1 status the right way, New West now top dog as Notre Dame comes calling

NEW WESTMINSTER — When the Hyacks huddled with head coach Farhan Lalji last Saturday in North Delta following their 28-13 win over the host Seaquam Seahawks, it didn’t take long before a certain topic was introduced within the post-game conversation.

The Carson Graham Eagles get a huge test of their resiliency as AAA conference play hits its stride around our province. (Photo courtesy Blair Shier)
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Varsity Letters’ Big 5 weekend preview: Our picks for B.C. high school football’s top games

Welcome back to Varsity Letters’ Big 5 weekend preview. Today, we look at the top games being played Friday and Saturday in the world of B.C. high school football. It’s taken a few weeks, but now we’re right into the thick of AAA conference games.

Denis Kelly, pictured in his days at WJ Mouat, begins a new chapter Friday as the head coach of East Van's Notre Dame Jugglers. (Ron Hole photo)
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Denis Kelly: He embraces past, celebrates future in first season as Notre Dame Jugglers head coach

VANCOUVER — Denis Kelly has embraced so many of the innovations which have changed the face of football since the mid-1980s.Yet as the career of one of B.C.s most enduring head coaches enters yet another new chapter, it’s also correct to say that his belated return to an old-school East Vancouver gridiron hamlet comes awash […]