Gabe Olivares is back with the UBC Thunderbirds after taking a season away. The former G.W. Graham Grizzlies star is part of a five-man battle to win the team's starting quarterback job this fall. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Who is UBC’s next starting quarterback? Five pivots form preliminary pecking order as the Michael O’Connor era comes to an end

LANGLEY — UBC football fans knew the Michael O’Connor era was officially over early last month when the Toronto Argonauts made him the second-highest selected Canadian quarterback in draft history.

Windsor Dukes' quarterback Ryan Baker sizzled on the turf of B.C. Place in December, leading Windsor to the Subway Bowl AA title. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Ten years after Billy Greene, UBC tabs another top B.C. quarterback prospect in Windsor’s Ryan Baker

VANCOUVER — The UBC Thunderbirds are bringing B.C. high school football’s touchdown maker to the Point Grey campus.And ‘Birds head coach Blake Nill is not holding back his optimism for the future of Windsor Dukes’ superstar senior Ryan Baker.“To me, Ryan Baker is as close to a can’t-miss prospect as you can have when you […]

Windsor Dukes linebacker Jeremy Sinclair (right) closes in to make a tackle on Jesse Hough of the G.W. Graham Grizzlies last Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Joltin’ Jeremy: Windsor’s heart-and-soul linebacker beats back the medical odds to join his Dukes for Subway Bowl title run

NORTH VANCOUVER — B.C.’s only undefeated high school football team has an offence so productive, it’s easy to get lost in all the different ways in which North Vancouver’s Windsor Dukes have gone about putting points on the board this season. 

Windsor Dukes' receiver Julien Perri churns out some yards-after-the-catch Saturday in his team's Subway Bowl semifinal win over GW Graham. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Presto! Schuman’s football symphony puts pace into performance, Windsor tops Grizz to earn return to Subway Bowl AA final

VANCOUVER — A former B.C. Double A football dynasty has enjoyed a glorious season of re-birth. Not surprisingly, Windsor Dukes head coach Jim Schuman is savouring every moment of the journey this season with his undefeated, No. 1-ranked North Vancouver squad

G.W. Graham's Von Richardson (left) and Windsor's Ryan Baker are a pair of leading men squaring off Saturday under the dome at BC Place. (Bob Fugger, Varsity Letters photos)
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Ryan vs. Von, or Von vs. Ryan? Just call Saturday’s Subway semi-final Von Ryan’s Express and don’t forget the popcorn

VANCOUVER — Ryan Baker and Von Richardson. Or should that be Von Richardson and Ryan Baker? Hey, wasn’t there a 1965 war movie once titled Von Ryan’s Express. OK, so it was Van Ryan’s Express. Details, details.

Windsor Dukes' quarterback Ryan Baker (left) straight-arms his way past Holy Cross tackler Jamal Osei-Anim last Saturday in Surrey. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Windsor Dukes: Roster numbers so low, coach Schuman says ‘an injury or two could end our season’

NORTH VANCOUVER —The head coach of B.C.’s undefeated, No. 1-ranked Double A football team says there is no guarantee his team will even be able to finish the regular season.