Back at Notre Dame and prepping for high school graduation this spring, Jugglers' standout Mackenzie Pool has prepped for a post-secondary and international career by spending the past two season's with Volleyball Canada's National Excellence Program. (Photo by Angela Rivera property of Notre Dame athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Notre Dame’s Mackenzie Pool: B.C. Girls Volleyball 2021-22 Player of the Year, a study in impassioned learning on & off court, makes Alberta Pandas her next stop!

VANCOUVER — Just as she’s done in laying the academic foundation for a potential future in law school, Mackenzie Pool has brought a student’s curiosity to everything she’s accomplished on the volleyball court as one of Canada’s up-and-coming young stars.And in keeping with that theme, it’s no stretch to say that on her way to […]

A little unscripted choreography broke out on field at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday night when the Terry Fox Ravens topped the Notrre Dame Jugglers to advance to the Subway Bowl B.C. Triple A Coastal championship final next week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway AAA Coastal semifinals: Terry Fox tops Notre Dame, Ravens just keep getting better as calendar set to reach December!

VANCOUVER — It was perhaps the first fully-dry weekend of B.C. high school football played in the Mainland-Valley corridor this season, but don’t try to tell Denis Kelly that the figurative rains didn’t somehow find a way to fall, even though all the action Saturday was under the dome at B.C. Place Stadium.“It was one […]

Notre Dame Jugglers' running back Klyde Tan is slowed by Vancouver College defensive back Nolan Li during Quadra Cup Subway Bowl B.C. Grade 8 championship final played Saturday morning at B.C, Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Quadra Cup Grade 8 Finals: Blocked punt, key pick tell the tale of a long journey as Fighting Irish top Notre Dame for Subway Bowl title!

VANCOUVER — Matt Esaw’s mind couldn’t help but drift back in time to the start of Vancouver College Grade 8 football training camp in late August.“Man alive, I cannot begin to imagine this, after what these guys looked like in August,” the Fighting Irish head coach said Saturday morning after high school football returned to […]

Playing with a relentless fervour, Terry Fox senior middle linebacker Alex Gagnon loses his helmet on a tackle against arch-rival Centennial earlier this month. Gagnon was picked B.C. AAA Defensive MVP for the 2021 season. (Photo by Becky Severy 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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“His love for the game is the most important thing…” says Terry Fox HC Kudaba of Ravens’ middle ‘backer Alex Gagnon, B.C. AAA football’s Defensive POY!

PORT COQUITLAM — B.C. high school football’s AAA Defensive Player of the Year was born to fill a middle linebacker’s cleats.But more than anything, Terry Fox senior Alex Gagnon is just one of those guys who is a football player above and beyond any kind of positional designation you might happen to put beside his […]

Brentwood College's Avik Bakshi (right) and Carihi's Kalem Lindstrom battle for possession during during Coastal AA championship match at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tough road to title! Brentwood College goes to kicks in back-to-back games Tuesday, topping Carihi Tyees to win BC boys AA Coastal soccer title!

BURNABY — When a team goes to penalty kicks to win the two biggest games of its season in back-to-back fashion within a span of about four-and-half-hours, so much of it comes down to mind over matter.And perhaps no one brought more mental tenacity to the turf at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex for the […]

Notre Dame's Ryan Torresan is slowed by a member of Victoria's Lambrick Park Lions during Monday's pivotal pool-play capper, a game the defending B.C. champion Jugglers claimed to earn a berth in Tuesday's semifinals at Burnaby Lakes. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021 exclusive property of photographer. All Rights Reserved)
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Final Four set at BC boys AA Coastal soccer championships: It’s defending B.C. champ Notre Dame, Brentwood College, Carihi and Westview!

BURNABY — The defending champs have advanced all the way to the semifinals of the B.C. senior boys Coastal AA soccer championships.Yet after what basically amounts to a week shy of two years away, Day 1 of the 2021 tournament seemed to invite even more of the unknown.“Pool play is never easy, whether it’s 12 […]

Notre Dame's senior quarter Aiden Domino threw two touchdown passes and ran for another Saturday at Juggler Field in a Coastal AAA Subway Bowl quarterfinal. (Wilson Wong photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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With a steadfast defence by its side, Notre Dame pivot Domino orchestrates AAA Subway Bowl quarterfinals win over Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers!

VANCOUVER — With defence as its bellwether, the host Notre Dame Jugglers took their best opportunities and turned them into touchdowns on Saturday, finding a way to extend an incredible season which now reaches the Subway Bowl Coastal AAA semifinals this coming Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium.“Playoff football is always a lot different and today […]

Notre Dame Jugglers senior varsity coaches George Oswald (left) and Denis Kelly have weathered all manner of opposition this season. A win over Mt. Boucherie on Saturday means B.C. quarterfinals clash Nov. 20 at Juggler Field against Lord Tweedsmuir. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Takeaways from Notre Dame’s wildcard win over Mount Boucherie? HC Kelly points to the eight collected by his Jugglers’ defence

EAST VANCOUVER — When they are firing on all cylinders, the Notre Dame Jugglers have been the kind of team, that in 2021, seem as adept in the art of the takeaway as they are in the art of the touchdown.“Winning starts with defence and we certainly did a great job of limiting the Boucherie […]

Notre Dame's Massimo Ryan is a star receiver with the Notre Dame Jugglers, but ask him about his true football identity, and he'll tell you its on the defensive side of the ball. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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BCHSF Player of the Week: Wherever you plug him in, Massimo Ryan shines bright, but Notre Dame Jugglers’ senior says his heart belongs on defence!

VANCOUVER — Massimo Ryan has just gotten out of his French class at Notre Dame Regional Secondary, so when he takes a call to chat a little Jugglers’ football, nothing gets lost in translation when it comes to his favourite side of the ball.“So many people see the long bomb and how amazing receivers are […]

Notre Dame football coach George Oswald joins his players for a photo Oct. 22, 2021 on the simultaneous occasion of his 75th birthday and the opening of Notre Dame Secondary's first-ever on-campus turf football field. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Snapshot: Why this photo of Notre Dame Jugglers’ coach George Oswald, on his 75th birthday, freezes a perfect moment in time!

VANCOUVER — Over the course of my career as a chronicler and a story-teller, I have come to appreciate that sometimes we are met by those moments when seemingly disparate elements quite suddenly become so harmonious that all we need to do is collectively close our eyes, take a deep breath and smile.On Friday night, […]