The 2017 G.W. Graham Grizzlies parlayed solid team defence into a long AA Subway Bowl run. Now, after nine years at that tier, the Grizz played their first game as a AAA team Friday and came away with a shutout win over the Robert Bateman Timberwolves. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 09.03.21: B.C. High School Football Report-Friday Night Lights edition… GW Graham defensive front dominates in win over Bateman’s T-Wolves

Welcome to the first 2021 Friday Night Lights edition of the Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.Week 0 brings just one game.ROBERT BATEMAN 0 at G.W. GRAHAM 35CHILLIWACK — The host G.W. Graham Grizzlies, set for new beginnings this season in the AAA ranks, opened the 2021 campaign at Exhibition Stadium with the kind […]

Abbotsford Panthers head coach Jay Fujimura chats with former Panthers' great Chase Claypool during a recent Subway Bowl playoff game at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Chase Claypool: How four games from his standout 2015 senior season at Abby Senior left the clues which have now become conclusive with Steelers Nation!

ABBOTSFORD — Watching the breakthrough game of Chase Claypool’s young NFL career this past Sunday proved to be a prideful moment for John Barsby head football coach Rob Stevenson, despite the fact that back in 2015, his Bulldogs found themselves on the wrong end of a season-ending playoff loss fuelled by a performance many agree […]

Robert Bateman guard Cally Izbicki, part of a small core of returning seniors, helps lead host Robert Bateman into the 2020 Timberwolves Classic beginning Thursday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Rick MacDonald property of Robert Bateman athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Timberwolves Classic 2020: In a new, four-tiered girls basketball world, Bateman’s annual 16-team classic pays homage to changing times

ABBOTSFORD — Study the draw for the 2020 Timberwolves Classic tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary this weekend, and by its composition alone, you get the truest indication of where we stand two months into the first season of four-tiered senior varsity girls basketball in the province of B.C.

Ty Martens (right) got into the swing of things on Friday, throwing a touchdown pass and helping lead the host Robert Bateman Timberwolves to a season-opening win over Surrey's Sullivan Heights Stars in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ Week 1 B.C. High School Football Report for 09.06.19

That’s a wrap for Week One of the Varsity Letter’s B.C.High School Football Report!We’ve got an abbreviated schedule on Saturday, but check back with us for the results of some very big games!Thanks to all of the coaches who took part today.FRIDAYEXHIBITIONCARSON GRAHAM 0 at CLEVELAND (Wash.) 13 SEATTLE — Host Cleveland made it a battle for […]

Earl Marriott Mariners players celebrate the program's first-ever B.C. boys high school rugby title Saturday afternoon in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Mariners find their rugby treasure! With the speedy McMullins carrying the torch, Marriott tops Bateman for Triple A Tier-1 gold

ABBOTSFORD — They celebrated a program first knowing full well that their future is bright.With a starting XV boasting 14 Grade 11 players along with its graduating senior captain Erik Niehbur, Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are a juggernaut waiting to happen in 2020.But forget about all of that. How about what they did Saturday?“It was […]

St. George's Dillon Hamilton (with ball), pictured here during the 2018 New Zealand Shield final against Carson Graham, scored a try as part of his team's LM semifinal win over Handsworth last week. The Saints and Eagles clash again for the Mainland bragging rights on Thursday at Brockton Oval. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Rugby Report 05.20.19: Get ready for St. George’s vs. Carson Graham, Collingwood vs. Rockridge in New Zealand Shield title tests

Welcome to Varsity Letters’ weekly B.C. boys high school rugby report. Conference semifinals dominated the landscape as Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland teams geared up for title tilts Wednesday and Thursday.

Robert Bateman's rising senior linebacker/fullback Jack Weinkauf (right) celebrates with SFU-bound teammate Sam Davenport during the Wolves' decisive Subway Bowl AA semifinal win over Holy Cross last November at B.C. Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Robert Bateman looks to its rising senior Phoenix! Wolves come in at AA No. 5 as countdown to B.C. high school football 2019 begins

High school football season may still be over three months away. Yet how far can it really be when Varsity Letters starts its annual countdown of B.C.’s best teams?

They did it! The 2018-19 Robert Bateman Timberwolves officially became the first senior girls varsity basketball team from the school to qualify for the provincial championships. (Photo courtesy Robert Bateman athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Four-year goal accomplished as Bateman tops Killarney to earn first-ever senior girls B.C. tourney berth

BURNABY — They set a goal, four years ago, of giving themselves a chance to compete for a banner as Grade 12s at the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. On Wednesday, nobody had to remind Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Timberwolves that they had indeed achieved their goal.“They are a pretty calm and cool group, but the […]

Timberwolves Classic MVP Norben Bulosan (right) of the Sir Charles Tupper Tigers sharers a lighter moment with teammate Gaurab Acharya (3) Saturday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Timberwolves Classic ’19: Topping No. 2 Vernon Panthers no small feat for compact MVP Bulosan and No. 1 Tupper Tigers

ABBOTSFORD — Until we meet again? East Vancouver’s No. 1-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers and the No. 2 Vernon Panthers may well have given an advance showing of the B.C. senior boys Triple A basketball championship final deep in the Fraser Valley on Saturday night.

Vernon's Liam Reid (right) guards Lord Tweedsmuir's Jackson Corneil during B.C. JV quarterfinal OT classic last season at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Vernon’s ‘Cats in the Cradle’ growing up fast! Young, talented Panthers take No. 2 rank into Bateman’s T-Wolves Classic

ABBOTSFORD — It’s happened precisely twice. That’s how many times over the first 73 years in which the B.C. senior boys basketball championships have been staged that a school won both senior varsity football and basketball championships in the same academic year.