The B.C. Double-A boys volleyball championship has returned to the MEI Eagles of Abbotsford. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Double A Volleyball Finals: After topping rival LCS Lightning, MEI’s Eagles soar to find golden and familiar perch

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The season has ended the way it began for the MEI Eagles: No. 1 in B.C.For the first five weeks of the 2A senior boys’ season, the Abbotsford school found itself at the top of the rankings. But in late October, the Eagles lost their perch, first to the […]

Vancouver's Little Flower Academy Angels come together to celebrate a B.C. senior girls Triple A volleyball title that seemed unlikely at time earlier in the day. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Triple A Volleyball Finals: Little Flower’s unflappable Angels find their golden finish by hitting Final Four re-set button

LANGLEY — After a semifinal scare nearly derailed their championship aspirations, Vancouver’s Little Flower Academy Angels barely gave their opponents a sniff the rest of the way.The Angels were down 2-0 in Saturday morning’s semifinal against Vernon’s W.L. Seaton Sonics and with their backs against the proverbial wall, LFA came out and delivered six dominant […]

Kelowna's gritty Owls dug deep to rally and top Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in the B.C. senior girls Quad-A championship match Saturday at the LEC. (Photo by Garrett James property of the Langley Events Centre 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Quad A Volleyball Finals: Kelowna Owls dig out of an early hole, soar past Tweedsmuir to grab provincial title

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — After looking at Madelyn Hettinga’s tear-streaked face, you may have assumed her Kelowna Owls had been on the wrong end of the final score in Saturday’s B.C. senior girls Quad A volleyball championship final.You would be wrong.Hettinga and the Kelowna Owls had rallied back from a 10-point first-set deficit […]

North Vancouver's Handsworth Royals jump for joy after securing a berth in the B.C. Quad-A semifinals on Saturday morning at the LEC. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Quad-A/Triple-A Volleyball championships: Eight teams still standing heading into Saturday morning Final Four at the LEC

By Gary AhujaLangley Event CentreLANGLEY — While the Triple A draw here at the B.C.  Secondary Schools senior girls volleyball championships has stuck to form with the top four seeds all remaining alive, the same can’t be said for a Quad A draw which has seen its share of upsets.After two days of play at […]

The Kelowna Owls show their elation after rallying past Victoria's Claremont Spartans for a four-set win in one of two semifinals contested Friday at the B.C. senior boys AAA volleyball championships. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys AAA Volleyball – Will Earl Marriott complete golden three-year run, or will Kelowna end 66-year title drought? Answer comes Saturday!

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — All that is standing in the way of the Kelowna Owls’ first AAA provincial volleyball championship in 66 years is an Earl Marriott Mariners program on a dominant three-year run.In 2017, Surrey’s Mariners were 38-0 and captured the junior boys provincial title.After graduating to the senior ranks, the core […]

MEI Eagles' Jonathan Letkemann delivers a kill Friday against Josh Apperloo and the Langley Christian Lightning on Friday in the semifinals of the B.C. senior boys AA volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys AA volleyball finals are all set: Super-powers MEI and Langley Christian book berths after impressive Friday Final Four wins

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The two preeminent AA boys volleyball programs in B.C. are set for a Saturday night showdown with the gold medal on the line.Since the turn of the century, the MEI Eagles and Langley Christian Lightning have combined to capture 13 provincial titles and a total of 27 medals over […]

North Delta's Seaquam Seahawks finished third in their pool on the opening day of the B.C. senior girls Quad A volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Volleyball Championships: Powers remain in contention at Quad-A, Triple-A tiers as LEC turns into knockout stage on Friday

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — Pool play is complete and the teams are ready for the knockout stage as the 3A and 4A tiers of the 2019 B.C. Secondary School Senior Girls Volleyball Provincial Championships got underway at Langley Events Centre on Thursday.The teams for both tiers will play the round of 16 and […]

Prince George's College Heights Cougars battled hard but failed to reach the semifinals in the Double A draw Thursday at the B.C. senior boys volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Volleyball Championships: Pre-tourney seeds prove iron-clad as Friday brings AA Final Four, AAA Elite 8 rounds at LEC

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — It’s down to the Final Four in the 2A tier while eight teams remain in the hunt for the 3A title as teams wrapped up the first two days of competition here at the 2019 B.C. Secondary School Senior Boys Volleyball Provincial Championships.TRIPLE AAll eight top seeds advanced to […]

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The Varsity Letters PODCAST 11.20.19 edition: Vernon football’s Sean Smith, UFV women’s hoop coach Al Tuchscherer & the LEC’s Gary Ahuja

LANGLEY — The Varsity Letters’ podcast is back, and ready to not only chat about football and basketball, but about the home for so many of our province’s top high school invitational and championship tournaments. First, in the spirit of this Saturday’s Subway Bowl Final Four weekend at B.C. Place Stadium, Vernon Panthers’ head coach […]

The Terry Fox Ravens used a suffocating defence to top Abbotsford's MEI Eagles and earn a berth in Saturday's B.C. JV finals. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. JUNIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 1 Terry Fox, No. 2 Kelowna clash head-on for gold in match-up of dream teams

BY GARY AHUJA, Special to Varsity LettersIt’s the No. 1 seed Terry Fox Ravens against the No. 2 seed Kelowna Owls in Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship final on the LEC’s Centre Court. Here’s a look at how both teams fared in their Friday semifinals: