Ryan Brown, serving during the recent UBC Invitational, is one of Earl Marriott's band of volleyball brothers. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Earl Marriott boys volleyball: No. 1-ranked, defending AAA champion Mariners small in numbers, but huge in old-school heart

SURREY — If you were around the B.C. high school sports scene before the turn over the century, you saw perhaps the tail-end of what coaches these days lovingly refer to as “the old school way.”The times were certainly more innocent than they are today in terms of training, practicing and playing opportunities.Coaches like Dale […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST returns to talk BCHS rugby at the World Cup, big high school football wins and the start of a new hoops season!

LANGLEY — Varsity Letters — The Podcast returns for another week, this time touching on football, basketball and rugby. Off the top, we visit with Canadian Under-20 men’s rugby coach Adam Roberts, the longtime head coach at Surrey’s Earl Marriott Secondary. Roberts and host Howard Tsumura talk about the inherent pride that comes with taking […]

Surrey's Earl Marriott Mariners open the season at No. 1 in the first B.C. senior boys Triple A Top 10 rankings.The defending B.C. champion Mariners will play Friday and Saturday at the UBC Invitational. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Top 10 Volleyball Rankings: AAA No. 1 Earl Marriott & AA No. 1 MEI each on stage this weekend at 32-team UBC Invitational

LANGLEY — The Earl Marriott Mariners, who open the new B.C. Triple A senior boys campaign as the preseason No. 1 team, would love to see history repeat itself.Last season, Surrey’s Mariners topped the Van Tech Talismen 3-0 in the B.C. AAA final at the Langley Events Centre.A victory this season would not only give […]

With solid play in all three phases of play, Hyacks' head coach Farhan Lalji was satisfied with the performance of his team in the provincial capital on Friday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ 09.20.19 Friday Night Lights B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to the final edition of Varsity Letter’s Friday Night Lights B.C. high school football report. We’ve got the lowdown from all 14 games played today around our province.Be sure to visit us often throughout the weekend. We’ll have Saturday’s package as well right here at VarsityLetters.caTRIPLE AEASTERN CONFERENCENO. 2 LORD TWEEDSMUIR 27 at TERRY FOX 0COQUITLAM — Three players went over […]

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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 […]

Yale's Brayden Stewart feeds the dangerous Lions' attack which was able to feast on the South Delta defence in Thursday's Fraser Valley Triple A Tier 1 semifinal played at the Abbotsford school. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Yale’s pace wins race against No. 1 Sun Devils, pushes Abby’s Lions into FV AAA rugby title tilt against old foe Earl Marriott

ABBOTSFORD — Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are about as expert a source as you’re apt to find on preparing for the Yale Lions within the high-stakes atmosphere of a B.C. high school rugby post-season.

The Shawnigan Lake Stags topped Victoria's Oak Bay Barbarians in a rematch of last season's B.C. Quad A title match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.15.19 Varsity Letters’ B.C. Boys Rugby Report: Stags top Barbs in B.C. Quad-A title rematch, Carson beats EMS to top Premier League table

LANGLEY — Monday’s Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school rugby report leads off with a re-match of last season’s B.C. Quad-A title final game.

Van Tech's Lachlan McBride, bound next season for an OUA career with the Queen's Golden Gaels, finished as the runner-up in Varsity Letters' 2018 Super 15 B.C. boys high school volleyball Grade 12 Players of the Year. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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10th Anniversary Edition! Varsity Letters presents our 2018 B.C. senior boys high school volleyball Super 15

LANGLEY — Hard to believe that so much time has gone by since we announced our first B.C. senior boys Grade 12 high school volleyball Player of the Year back in December of 2009.In case you don’t remember, he stood 6-foot-4 and was a dynamic outside hitter from Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Secondary.Nick Del Bianco turned […]

Earl Marriott senior Cecilee Max-Brown was voted Varsity Letters' B.C. senior varsity girls 2018-19 Player of the Year by our panel of B.C.'s U Sports and NCAA coaches. (Photo by Justin Quinn provided by Academy Volleyball)
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Cecilee Max-Brown: Despite abbreviated high school career, Oregon State-bound hitter is Varsity Letters’ B.C. Girls Player Of The Year

SURREY — Her path to top in the world of B.C. girls high school volleyball was more than a tad bit unconventional.In fact, circumstances were such that Cecilee Max-Brown basically didn’t even suit up over her last two high school seasons.Yet the 6-foot-1 outside hitter who will graduate this spring from Surrey’s Earl Marriott Secondary […]

The Earl Marriott Mariners spent a year trying to make amends for a B.C. semifinal loss last season to the Semiahmoo Totems. They arrived at their moment Saturday at the LEC. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys AAA Volleyball Final: Mariners set their compass towards perfection, topple Van Tech en route to golden destination

By Gary Ahuja (Special to VarsityLetters.ca) LANGLEY — There is winning and then there is what the Earl Marriott Mariners did to the competition these past four days  at Langley Events Centre.