Last season, in his team's upset win over the UBC Thunderbirds at Envision Athletic Centre, Fraser Valley Cascades' guard Vick Toor led the way with 19 points. In an uncertain 2020-21 season, he is being looked upon as one of the team's foundational players. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Toor de Force! With his deep cache of skills rising to the fore, Cascades’ guard Vick Toor is an anchor in these uncertain times

ABBOTSFORD — His game has always been built around such a diverse package of skills that perhaps it’s taken all of us these past three seasons to appreciate the true depth of his talents.Yet if the practice sessions which have just now begun wind up leading to some semblance of a men’s basketball season in […]

Joe Enevoldson, coming off a 17-1 PacWest season with the Douglas College Royals, was last week named the new head coach of the Fraser Valley Cascades' men's team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The VL podcast for 11.06.19 welcomes VC Irish football’s Todd Bernett, DC Royals hoops coach Joe Enevoldson & Tupper hoops guru Jeff Gourley

Welcome to November! The 11th month means playoff football and the start of the basketball season, and our line-up of guests reflects just that. Vancouver College Fighting Irish head coach Todd Bernett stops by to break down his team’s incredible defensive play this season ahead of its Subway Bowl opener Saturday at home to Rutland. […]

A power in the paint, Douglas College's new post player Bollo Gnahore (left) puts the moves on Capilano's Niko Mottus this past weekend, while help-side defender CJ Campbell looks on. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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The Shaq of the Pac: Douglas College’s new big man & NCAA D1 transfer Bollo Gnahore a hoops vagabond who finds the PacWest

NEW WESTMINSTER — The PacWest Conference welcomed its next big star to the court for the first time this past weekend. And when you ask his head coach for some initial impressions, Joe Enevoldson didn’t pull any punches.

Parker Simson is enjoying his first basketball-only off-season and that's good news for his new team, the Douglas College Royals. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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After CCAA national title-game appearance, Douglas men’s hoops looks to build new Royal family with UBC as first test

NEW WESTMINSTER — The Douglas College Royals may only be six months removed from their journey to the CCAA national men’s basketball championship final, yet the sport’s insuppressible nature of seasonal renewal is helping head coach Joe Enevoldson keep things very real.

Douglas College freshman Josiah Mastandrea came off the bench Friday in Laval to hit four triples and help Douglas College past defending national champion Montmorency and into a berth in Saturday's CCAA national final. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letter.ca)
Former Kits Blue Demons' star Noah DeRappard-Yuswack, now a fifth-year senior, was outstanding Thursday in leading his Douglas College Royals to within a win of appearing in Saturday's CCAA championship final in Laval. (Varsity Letters file photo by Howard Tsumura)
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DeRappard-Yuswack, Morris clean the glass, Douglas College Royals show grace under pressure to punch CCAA Final Four tickets

It was the kind of game, you figured, that Randy Coutts and Aaron Mitchell, high school head coaches past and present, were watching on their laptop computer screens Thursday night, nodding their heads in recognition of the hustle and the skill that their respective former players made a habit of showing though pre-university careers.