Connecting with players and a creating a connected culture between the program and its community was a founding principle of outgoing Hyacks head coach Farhan Lalji. (Photo by Alan Wardle property of New Westminster Hyacks football 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Farhan Lalji: As the New West Hyacks’ football founder bids adieu, his charter words from 2003 continue to speak an essential & universal truth!

“One of the parents of a player came up to me and said, ‘You’ve basically given my son his life back because this has helped motivate him in so many other areas.’ I don’t take myself seriously enough to think that it’s because of me, but it is because of this whole package that we’ve […]

Terrell Jana of the Virginia Cavaliers brings a pair of sure hands to the CFL next season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Photo by Matt Riley property of University of Virginia media relations 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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CFL Draft 2021: A true purist’s receiver, STM grad Jana puts his hands to an ‘instrumental’ test as he prepares for rookie season with ‘Riders!

As a budding musician, Terrell Jana has discovered that striking a chord or two has not only helped relax his mind, but keep his hands dexterous and strong in his endless pursuit of catching the football.Taken on the whole, it’s just another example of the purist’s approach the Burnaby native and Virginia Cavaliers receiver will […]

New Westminster Hyacks' coach and B.C. high school football caretaker Farhan Lalji joins the Varsity Letters' podcast. (Photo by Alan Wardle property of NWSS athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 12.03.20: TSN’s Farhan Lalji on Subway Bowl, the Seahawks, Claypool and a coaching life well-mentored!

This week, the Varsity Letters welcomes an enduring friend of the podcast! TSN’s Farhan Lalji, a 31-year high school football coach in the province of B.C. stops by to chat with host Howard Tsumura about a whole host of topics.   This coming Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium would have been the 2020 Subway Bowl […]

Greyson Planinsic (left) and Michael Udoh comprise B.C.'s most devastating offensive backfield. (Photo by Alan Wardle property of New Westminster Hyacks football 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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New West’s dynamic RB duo: With Greyson Planinsic and Michael Udoh, the whole & the heart of these Hyacks always greater than the sum of its parts

NEW WESTMINTSER — Their running styles are a study in contrasts, and the length and the breadth of their respective resumes couldn’t be any more different.Yet the bottom line in the New Westminster locker room following every Hyacks football game this season is the single-mindedness which drives every post-game gab-fest between running backs Greyson Planinsic […]

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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 […]

New Westminster Hyacks head football coach Farhan Lalji (left) and UBC head men's basketball coach Kevin Hanson each visit with host Howard Tsumura as Varsity Letters -- The Podcast returns to the pod stream. (Photos by Howard Tsumura and Richard Lam property of VarsityLetters.ca and UBC athletics)
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We’re back! Varsity Letters – The Podcast makes its return! UBC hoops coach Hanson, New West football coach Lalji stop in to chat

LANGLEY — There’s a sense deja vu filtering through the airwaves this week around the province of B.C. with return of Varsity Letters-The Podcast. Long a weekly staple during my years at The Vancouver Province, we’re back for the first time since 2016, right here at our new home at VarsityLetters.ca This week, we’re honoured […]

If New West's Greyson Planinsic (left) snuck up on teams last season, he won't this coming campaign as one of the key components of the Hyacks' 2019 offence. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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.

Simon Fraser head coach Thomas Ford love the old school fire and work ethic of New Westminster Hyacks senior defensive end Evan Nolli (76). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU Football Signing Day 2019: DE Evan Nolli of New West Hyacks highlights a freshman defensive class with a true B.C. flavour

(Welcome to our second of two stories on the Simon Fraser Clan football program and the incoming class of recruits announced today as part of NCAA National Letter of Intent Day. This story will focus on the defence and open by featuring a versatile lineman from New Westminster)BURNABY — Thomas Ford has a pretty simple […]

Mt. Douglas Rams' Dante Carbone (left) and Greyson Planinsic of the New Westminster Hyacks will battle for a Subway Bowl AAA title on Saturday night at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photos by Howard Tsumura, Varsity Letters.ca and Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2018’s inner secrets: One sleep ahead of Rams-Hyacks AAA finale, Mt. Doug’s Kremler says: “…it’s been a Clash of Titans every time.”

VANCOUVER — Nov. 2. Mercer Stadium. One minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Gideone Kremler to Eddy Shala. Sixteen yards. Touchdown. Final score: Mt. Douglas 34 New Westminster 28.