Surrey's Panorama Ridge Thunder are among the favourites heading into the B.C. high school AAA championships next week at Burnaby Lakes. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys 2019 High School Soccer Championships: Your first look at the complete AAA and AA tournament draws!

BURNABY — The Burnaby Lake Sports Complex is hunkering down for a solid week of sporting madness.The 2019 B.C. senior boys high school soccer championships invade the turfdom for six straight days of provincial tournament action beginning this coming Monday, and Varsity Letters gives you your first look at the draw for the 16-team events, […]

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Lord Tweedsmuir girls volleyball: Dedication to each other helps winning recipe take shape for Cloverdale’s Quad-A No. 1-ranked Panthers

SURREY — When the 2019 B.C. senior girls volleyball season opened back in September, the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers knew they had every ingredient necessary to produce a winning recipe.More importantly, however, they knew that the actual measures of those ingredients wouldn’t be determined without a heaping helping of regular-season trial-and-error, and that if all went […]

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TSUMURA BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL 2019: Your complete girls draw to the 20-team, four-day (Dec. 11-14) LEC hoops extravaganza!

LANGLEY — The B.C. high school girls basketball scene in 2019-20 has a fresh, new look as powerhouse programs re-load and newer, less-established programs filled with rising young talent begin to find their stride.That’s what we’re confident you’re going to see later next month at the senior girls 20-team, 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, set to run […]

As Calgary Dinos' keeper Lauren Houghton (left) looks on, UBC's Natasha Klasios (right) congratulates teammate Danielle Steer on scoring what held to be the winning goal in Sunday's U Sports national women' soccer final staged at UVic's Centennial Stadium. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC women’s soccer: In homage to program architect Dick Mosher, ‘Birds win a national title on weird but wondrous 80th-minute header

VICTORIA — The video replays proved inconclusive, but did the goal which lifted the UBC Thunderbirds to the top of Canadian university soccer world Sunday night in Victoria actually graze in off of Danielle Steer’s ponytail?“No,” the UBC Thunderbirds’ third-year forward and championship MVP explained in the aftermath of the biggest goal of her life. […]

Notre Dame head coach Denis Kelly (right), and veteran assistant George Oswald have a lot of scheming to do as the Jugglers beat Abbotsford to earn a berth in the Subway Bowl quarterfinals next week against the South Delta Sun Devils. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: The draw is all set for Subway Bowl quarterfinals! Here’s a look at Saturday’s Varsity Letters’ BCHS Football Report

LANGLEY — Saturday brought another five games, wrapping up the wildcard round of the 2019 Subway Bowl B.C. High School Football championships.First, a look at next week’s playoff bracket at both tiers, followed by our game reports. All quarterfinal dates, game times, and venues will be announced next week by the BCSSFA:QUARTERFINALSTRIPLE ATOP HALF DRAWQUADRANT […]

Holy Cross quarterback TJ Fujimura (11) threw a pair of touchdown passes as his Crusaders upset host John Barsby in an opening-round Subway Bowl playoff game played Friday in Nanaimo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ 11.08.19 Friday Night Lights B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to the post season!Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report reports from Week 1 of the Subway Bowl playoffs.As usual, you can check back on the posting throughout the evening with updates from games being played throughout the province.We’ll also be back Saturday with the remainder of the first round of playoffs, all in […]

The Langley Christian Lightning tested their mettle last weekend at the Red Serge Invitational at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam. The Lightning fell 2-0 (25-21, 25-20) in the quarterfinals to eventual tourney silver medallists Pacific Academy of Surrey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls volleyball Top 10 rankings 11.08.19: Tweedsmuir’s Red Serge triumph carries Surrey’s Panthers to AAAA No. 1

LANGLEY — Led by the play of senior middle and tournament MVP Ellie Sinclair, Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers topped Surrey’s Pacific Academy Breaks 2-1 (27-25, 28-30, 15-12) to not only win the coveted Red Serge title last Saturday at PoCo’s Riverside Secondary, but also move into the No. 1 spot in the B.C. senior girls […]

Simon Fraser junior harrier Olivia Willett (left) has been the top Clan finisher over its past eight races dating back to last season. On Saturday, she leads her team at the NCAA D2 West Regionals in Monmouth, Ore. (Photo property of Central Washington University athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Clan cross-country captain Olivia Willett embraces team aspects of her sport as SFU junior harrier leads her team to NCAA West Regionals

BURNABY — Ask any collegiate cross-country runner about the most unique aspects of their sport, and they will talk with passion about the power of the pack, and how each individual’s best performance is first-and-foremost a way to raise the level of the entire team.“You want to run with your teammates, not against them,” says […]

Holy Cross senior defensive end Uyi Ologhola prepares to sack Robert Bateman quarterback Ty Martens in a AA Eastern Conference clash played in late October in Surrey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Uyi Ologhola: Holy Cross’ menacing sack artist might be a Crusaders’ hoops star first, but wow, have you seen this kid in a helmet?

SURREY — Back in the spring of 2017, when he was still only a ninth grader but playing senior varsity basketball at Holy Cross in Surrey, Uyi Ologhola was showing himself to be a kid already capable of stunning athletic feats.That season, he put his Crusaders’ teammates on his back in the B.C. Quad-A quarterfinals, […]

After four years in the NCAA Div. 1 basketball world, former Bellevue (Wash.) High ace shooter Zack Moore has brought a more expansive game north of the line to the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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As ‘Birds prepare Friday welcome for Dinos at War, UBC coach Hanson calls new NCAA D1 transfer Zack Moore “…our secret golden nugget”

VANCOUVER — Zack Moore is more, more, more than just a three-point shooter.And while UBC head coach Kevin Hanson certainly appreciates the rare opportunity to bring in a fourth-year, NCAA Div. 1-transfer who has already proven he can step outside the arc and get his fill from distance, it seems quite clear that the Thunderbirds […]