SMUS' Karter Fry, drives to the basket between Tupper's DJ Laconsay (left) and Matthew Dunkerley during Wednesday's TBI Round 1 game at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2019 Boys – Our game-by-game reports live from the Langley Event Centre

LANGLEY — Welcome to the first day off the 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.Please check back on this posting throughout the day for reports from the opening round’s four preliminary round games.SIR CHARLES TUPPER 56 SMUS 50LANGLEY — It was a game in which both teams could claim a disadvantage.East Vancouver’s Triple A No. 2-ranked Sir […]

With New Westminster's Austin Galbraith in coverage, Lord Tweedsmuir's Terrel Jones (left) just fails to squeeze a pass from quarterback Key-shaun Dorsey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA Final 8: Tweedy’s special teams are oh-so-special, No. 5 Panthers prove to be No. 4 Hyacks’ worst nightmare

VANCOUVER — How special can your special teams possibly be?Well, with the playoff season here, it was hard to imagine a better performance from the sport’s oft-times under-valued third phase unit than the one turned in over the third quarter Saturday afternoon by Surrey’s No. 5-ranked Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers.As part of a 23-point outburst in […]

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 […]

New Westminster Hyacks players Nick Toews (17) and Ian Zhou (5) are two of the big reasons why Royal City high school volleyball is sitting amongst the best programs in B.C. this season. (Photo by Billy Lee property of New Westminster Hyacks volleyball 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The rise of New West boys volleyball: Huh? Yes, these 7-0 Hyacks ride a different spike in fortunes with star setter Toews leading the way

NEW WESTMINSTER — Sure, football may be king in the land of the Hyacks, but they aren’t the only team in the provincial spotlight as the 2019 fall season of B.C. high school sports begins to wind its way towards championship conclusions.“I haven’t seen any of them in the crowd when we play, but maybe […]

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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 […]

Lord Tweedsmuir's Noah Anderson will face the wrath of the Kelowna Owls defence on Friday when B.C.'s No. 1-ranked team plays its home opener in Cloverdale. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The Big 5: Varsity Letters breaks down the five biggest B.C. Triple A high school football games of the weekend

Welcome high school football fans.It’s a big week in the Triple A ranks and the fervour of conference clashes just adds to the excitement.Here’s our in-depth look at five games to watch this weekend:EASTERN CONFERENCEKELOWNA OWLS VS. NO. 1 LORD TWEEDSMUIR PANTHERS3 p.m. on Friday at Lord Tweedsmuir SecondaryAbout the Panthers: Lord Tweedsmuir’s defence has […]

With solid play in all three phases of play, Hyacks' head coach Farhan Lalji was satisfied with the performance of his team in the provincial capital on Friday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ 09.20.19 Friday Night Lights B.C. High School Football Report

Welcome to the final edition of Varsity Letter’s Friday Night Lights B.C. high school football report. We’ve got the lowdown from all 14 games played today around our province.Be sure to visit us often throughout the weekend. We’ll have Saturday’s package as well right here at VarsityLetters.caTRIPLE AEASTERN CONFERENCENO. 2 LORD TWEEDSMUIR 27 at TERRY FOX 0COQUITLAM — Three players went over […]

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)
W.J. Mouat's Tyler Nelson (left) and Gavin Bhullar of the New West Hyacks eye the prize Saturday at Terry Fox's Legal Beagle. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)