As a Grade 8, Notre Dame quarterback Aiden Domino led his team past Lord Tweedsmuir to win the Subway Bowl Quadra Cup B.C. title in a 2017 game staged at B.C. Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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The Domino Effect: Notre Dame’s Aiden Domino, who plays a rare double as a dual QB/DE brings a Joe Kapp mentality and physique to Jugglers’ Friday opener vs. Centennial!

VANCOUVER — Notre Dame Jugglers head football coach Denis Kelly always knew his starting quarterback was a big, strapping kid.Turns out, as the Jugglers prepare to open the 2021 season Friday night (7:30 p.m.) at Burnaby Lakes against Coquitlam’s Centennial Centaurs, that Aiden Domino is even bigger than previously advertised.Add to the fact that the […]

From a title in 2019 to a No. 1 ranking to start 2021, head coach Todd Bernett and Vancouver College maintain their spot atop the B.C. high school football world. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ Big 5 Triple A high school football rankings: ‘Look up, look wayyy up’ at No. 1 Vancouver College and No. 2 Mt. Douglas!

LANGLEY — Back in the late 1960s, at my home in a rural part of North Delta, I’d watch a kid’s show on the CBC called ‘The Friendly Giant’ in which the title character, made to look larger than life by a simple upwards camera pan, would ask his young viewers to ‘Look up… wayyyy […]

First a topic of conversation in the 1960s, Notre Dame Regional Secondary's new on-campus turf football fields with seating for 730 expected to be a reality by April. (Graphic property of Notre Dame Regional Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved).
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Notre Dame’s new Juggler Field all-turf field complex set for April completion: With 700-plus seats, on-campus football looks hopefully to a fall reality!

Amidst what has been a nightmare of a high school sports season in B.C., a football Field of Dreams with the figurative spirit to go the distance, looks to have finally come to fruition at its East Vancouver campus.Notre Dame Regional Secondary, home to a Jugglers’ senior varsity football program which is the most decorated […]

The only breaks Notre Dame Jugglers’ senior defensive back Antonio Cusati has experienced thus far in his senior varsity football career are a pair of broken tailbones. The unflappable Cusati continues to set the bar high as an honour roll student at the East Vancouver school, with aspirations of playing university football next season. (Photo by Sandra Crema property of Notre Dame Secondary Athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Who’s the kid on the corner? Hard luck shrouds Notre Dame Jugglers’ senior DB Antonio Cusati in anonymity, yet he is one to watch

BURNABY — Antonio Cusati is the cornerback who has been there and back.And if you’re wondering right about now just why his football journey is best described without longitudes, latitudes and the usual wash of statistics that best define a high school career, it’s because hard luck has made the Notre Dame Jugglers’ senior a […]

Last season, Notre Dame's Vincenzo Nardulli (10) played his primary role at linebacker. This season, after rushing for 16 touchdowns as a senior, he's added RB-1 to that resume. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019: From stuntman to leading man, the stunning re-invention of Notre Dame Jugglers’ running back Vincenzo Nardulli

VANCOUVER — If the fullback is football’s version of the stuntman, then the tailback is its leading man.Notre Dame’s Vincenzo Nardulli is never going to back down from the kind of blocking assignments which became his offensive bread-and-butter the past few seasons with East Vancouver’s Jugglers.Yet as the 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior prepares for the final […]

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.