Captured hugging the basketball, could there be a more apropos image of St. Patrick's B.C. tourney MVP Irish Coquia at the B.C. Triple-A senior boys basketball championship final Saturday at the Langley Events Centre? (Photo by Blair Shier property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ: How the simple words “…Irish, it’s your time” lifted St. Pat’s Celtics past Elgin Park and to a B.C. Triple-A title dedicated to a hurting teammate!

LANGLEY — In the biggest games of his young basketball life, Irish Coquia has averaged an amazing 30 points per game.Yet in any description of the seemingly-indescribable St. Patrick’s Celtics’ Grade 11 guard, it’s important to note that despite his gaudy point totals, he scores higher in the intangibles department than any other statistical category.On […]

Nick Johnson (7) and Kendall Homenick (8) have been two of the senior leaders for Surrey's Quad-A No. 2 Elgin Park Orcas this season. The entire program is thriving due to the efforts of a simple but unique way of introducing its youngest player to the sport. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ: How to keep kids invested in B.C. high school sports? By using a unique no-pressure introduction, Elgin Park boys volleyball creates model success, and a B.C. Triple-A No. 2 ranking!

SURREY — To the wise and sage among us, the B.C. high school sports experience continues to represent the ultimate environment for student-athletes to glean the kinds of lessons which have always transcended the games themselves.Mike Jamieson needs no convincing in that regard, yet the teacher-coach at Surrey’s Elgin Park Secondary will be the first […]

Oak Bay senior boys volleyball coach Allan Carmichael and his Barbers sit at No. 9 in the recent AAA boys volleyball rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys volleyball rankings Week 2 10.06.21 edition: Owls, Eagles, Knights hold court at No. 1, biggest climbs taken by McMath, Duchess Park!

VICTORIA — Last week’s initial set of rankings at all three tiers of B.C. boys senior varsity volleyball, coming off a cancelled 2020 season, held remarkably true over the past seven days.Top threes at all three tiers remained static with Kelowna, MEI and Abbotsford Christian set to spend another week defending their No. 1 status […]

Trinity Western's Aaron Boettcher has put shoulder surgery and a missed 2017-88 season behind him, helping lead the Spartans back to the national championships which open a three-day run Friday in Quebec City. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A better Boettcher? You bet! Trinity Western’s Aaron Boettcher older, wise, happier in his last trip to U Sports nationals

LANGLEY — Aaron Boettcher’s greatest skill had always been his ability to rise above the crowd and block out any obstacles that came his way.

Luke Wagner helped lead Surrey's Elgin Park Orcas past Kelowna's Mt. Boucherie Bears and into the Final 8 at the Big Kahuna boys AAA volleyball championships Thursday at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Orcas surface in B.C. AAA quarterfinals! Elgin Park’s 8-man squad finds a way into provincial Final 8

LANGLEY — There were more than a few sage experts who felt that Surrey’s ‘Little Team That Could’ would be in for a real battle just to qualify for the Big Kahuna B.C. Boys Triple A volleyball championships, which opened Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.

Luke Stroud is one of only eight Orcas making up the 2017 Elgin Park senior boys volleyball team. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TSUMURA: A coaching co-op which empowers youth? Rare vision, ingenuity creates volleyball family at Elgin Park

SURREY — No less wise a person than the Greek philosopher Plato once opined that necessity is the mother of invention. Over the past few seasons at Surrey’s Elgin Park Secondary School, it has been the mother of a recent grad who has embraced that old saying with gusto, and in the process helped make the […]

Elgin Park's Claire Eccles, a UBC softball player, will pitch for the Victoria HarbourCats' men's baseball team this summer. (Photo -- Baseball Canada)
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UBC softball’s Claire Eccles set to pitch against the guys, HarbourCats sign southpaw knuckler

Claire Eccles throws a pitch that makes batters buckle at the knees. On Tuesday, one of those rare days when your passions and your dreams come together in historic fashion, Eccles could be excused for feeling a little wobbly herself at times.

Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags continued their winning ways in an offensive showdown against Richmond's RA McMath as Stadium Series 2017 hit Round 2 on Friday in Victoria. (Photo courtesy Kyle Slavin/SMUS athletics)
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05.07.17 Stadium Series edition: Varsity Letters B.C. High School Rugby Report

Welcome to Varsity Letter’s weekly B.C. High School Rugby Report.Please check back throughout the day for updates as coaches have been encouraged to send their game reports to varsitylettersbc@gmail.com or howardtsumura@gmail.com