Kelowna Owls' star outside hitter Sebastien Manuel, the unanimous choice as Varsity Letters' 2021-22 B.C. Boys High School Player of the Year, will stay home and begin his university career next season with the UBC Okanagan Heat. (Photo property of UBC Okanagan Heat athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna Owls’ Sebastien Manuel: B.C. Boys Volleyball 2021-22 Player of the Year brings a heart-and-soul love for the game to his hometown UBC Okanagan Heat!

KELOWNA — Let Sebastien Manuel tell you a volleyball story and before long you start to realize, from the conviction of his delivery, that he’s actually talking about what matters most to him in life.Is there a way to best describe him?How about the word ‘steeped’ as in “…to be surrounded by or filled with […]

Trinity Western Spartans' point guard Mason Bourcier during his team's 93-84 exhibition win over the Calgary Dinos on Oct. 7 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Mason Bourcier: With three triple-doubles over his past six games, Trinity Western’s well-travelled guard puts down his hoops roots at Langley Events Centre!

LANGLEY — Ask Mason Bourcier about the good times he is starting to have again on the basketball court, and he seems to first take a backwards glance into his own figurative rearview mirror before speaking.“I used to be that kid, who if you showed him a brick wall, he’d run right through it,” Trinity […]

Kelowna running back Jack Nyrose celebrates his third quarter touchdown which, after the point-after, held as the winning margin in the Owls 21-20 Subway Bowl win over Vernon. (Photo by April Anderson property of A-Game Photography 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna holds on to edge Vernon, Owls’ last-second tackle thwarts Panthers in dramatic 21-20 Interior/Subway Bowl final!

VERNON — The Kelowna defence came up with their play of the year to end their season on Friday, and it was a team tackle which lifted the Owls to a 21-20 win over the Vernon Panthers for the Subway Bowl B.C. Interior/Northern championship title.Trailing 21-14 with 1:17 to go in the fourth quarter, Panthers’ […]

The Kelowna offensive line stepped up and shone Saturday as the Owls topped host South Kamloops to advance to the Subway Bowl B.C. Interior-Northern AAA/AA championship game next week. (Photo by April Anderson, A-Game Photography property of Kelowna Owls football 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway AAA/AA Interior-Northern Semifinals: Howorko throws for three scores as Kelowna tops South Kam, sets sights on finals clash with Vernon Panthers!

KAMLOOPS — The Kelowna Owls are headed to the Subway Bowl’s B.C. AAA/AA Interior/Northern championship final next week.Owls’ quarterback Joey Howorko went 14-of-24 for 211 yards and three touchdowns as part of a 37-8 win Saturday over the host South Kamloops Titans.Receiver Jaeke Schlachter caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including one […]

The Riverside Rapids' Red Serge Invitational continued to re-shape the upper reaches of the B.C. senior girls Quad-A Top 10. (Photo by Riverside athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls high school volleyball rankings 11.10.21 edition, plus the complete wrap from Riverside’s blue-chip Red Serge Invitational!

LANGLEY — Quarterfinal victories at the Red Serge Invitational spurred the most significant movement within the B.C. Quad-A Top 10 senior girls volleyball rankings.And that movement came courtesy of two Kelowna schools.The Kelowna Owls moved up two places to No. 4 with a 2-1 win in the quarters over East Vancouver’s dynamic, Double A No. […]

With teammates Abby Hettinga and Cali Cencig in support, Kelowna Owls' Ryenn Schutz rises for a block during the Best of the West girls and boys volleyball tournament staged at Kelowna Secondary this past weekend. Owls teams won both championship finals and the boys, who topped Langley Chrisitan for gold, can be seen in the midst of their match as well. (Photo property of KSS athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A golden moment times two as Kelowna Owls girls & boy volleyball win simultaneous, side-by-side double gold at own Best of the West invitational!

KELOWNA — In case you were looking for signs of school spirit coming out of COVID’s lost 2020-21 season, the fans inside the gym as Kelowna Secondary School this past weekend, although limited by health protocols, gave every indication that it’s clearly alive and well.The Best of the West senior boys and girls volleyball tournament, […]

When you ask Kelowna Owls' head football coach Chris Cartwright about the hurdles all high school teams face, he says "When we talk about adversity, we always talk about it being a part of our story." (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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The beauty of high school school sports: When Kelowna Owls’ team bus blows a tire on Coquihalla, its game-day football trip to Abbotsford takes on a higher meaning!

If you happened to be headed south on the Coquihalla last Friday morning, somewhere in the range of 20 minutes outside of Merritt, then maybe you witnessed first-hand what one venerable B.C. high school football coach so passionately labels “… one of those moments along the journey.”There it was: A school bus from Kelowna Secondary, […]

Carson Graham senior quarterback Logan Mellish engineered the winning drive on Friday as Carson Graham edged West Vancouver. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL: Varsity Letters’ 10.08.21 B.C. High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights LATE-NITE edition!

LANGLEY — Welcome to another addition of the 2021 Varsity Letters B.C. High School Football Report for the Thanksgiving Day long weekend.Keep checking back on this post throughout the evening as we continue to update games from around the province and remember that the records you see for all of the teams is their conference […]

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 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 […]

Fresh off a championship title at the UBC Thunderbirds Invitational this past weekend on the Point Grey campus, the Kelowna Owls open at No. 1 in the first AAA rankings of the 2021 season. (Photo property of Kelowna Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Volleyball Rankings 2021: Kelowna Owls, fresh off UBC Invite title open at AAA No. 1, MEI Eagles and Abby Christian also open the re-start at No. 1

LANGLEY — The B.C. senior boys volleyball season,already underway underway the past three weeks, on Tuesday issued its first set of provincial rankings for the 2021 season, one which will be capped Dec. 1-4 when Kelowna and Okanagan Mission secondary schools play host to the provincial championships.The Kelowna Owls, who open 2021 at No. 1 […]