Simon Fraser junior harrier Olivia Willett (left) has been the top Clan finisher over its past eight races dating back to last season. On Saturday, she leads her team at the NCAA D2 West Regionals in Monmouth, Ore. (Photo property of Central Washington University athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Clan cross-country captain Olivia Willett embraces team aspects of her sport as SFU junior harrier leads her team to NCAA West Regionals

BURNABY — Ask any collegiate cross-country runner about the most unique aspects of their sport, and they will talk with passion about the power of the pack, and how each individual’s best performance is first-and-foremost a way to raise the level of the entire team.“You want to run with your teammates, not against them,” says […]

Less than a full year removed from playing his final high school game with East Van's Notre Dame Jugglers, Simon Fraser freshman cornerback Jerrell Cummings (8) came into Saturday's GNAC clash against Western Oregon tied for the conference lead in passes defended this season. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser football 2019: Greenhouse growth spirals among Clan freshmen like cornerback Jerrell Cummings

BURNABY — He caught a touchdown pass on the turf at B.C. Place Stadium in his final high school game last Nov. 17 for East Vancouver’s Notre Dame Jugglers.Late Saturday afternoon, less than 365 days after that 35-21 Subway Bowl quarterfinal round loss to the Terry Fox Ravens, Jerrell Cummings walked off the field at […]

Simon Fraser's Ozi Nwabuko (centre) went 6-for-6 from the field Friday in the Clan's season-opening loss to the Drury Panthers of Missouri, the No. 1-ranked team in all of NCAA Div. 2 women's hoops. (File photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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SFU hoops: Clan lead with their Hart, but even Claudia Hart’s first career double-double not enough against NCAA D2’s No. 1 Drury Panthers

The Simon Fraser Clan said they wanted to start their 2019-20 women’s basketball season against the best competition they could find.On Friday, they quite literally got just that.Junior forward Claudia Hart put forth her first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, however the Clan had a hard time early coming to grips with […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST 10.23.19: We’re joined by SFU football’s Thomas Ford, W.J. Mouat football’s Andrew Harder & TWU rugby’s Andrew Evans

LANGLEY — Varsity Letters — The Podcast is back from its one-week sabbatical! Thanks for joining us and thanks for your continued loyalty to Canada’s only podcast dedicated solely to the coverage of provincial high school and university sports. Off the top, Simon Fraser Clan head football coach Thomas Ford checks in to chat with […]

Simon Fraser's Farnaaz Johal has emerged as one of the rising young stars on a Clan volleyball team riding a five-game GNAC win streak into a four-game homestead beginning Thursday atop Burnaby Mountain. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Clan ‘creating their own luck’ as preparation, opportunity meet to give SFU volleyball chance to set new program GNAC win streak on ‘Dig Pink’ night

BURNABY — You’ve no doubt heard about the concoction produced from that time-tested recipe, the one where preparation meets opportunity?Simon Fraser head volleyball coach Gina Schmidt isn’t denying the existence of old-fashioned good luck at various points of the five-match win streak her Clan (7-3) carry into the start of a four-game Great Northwest Athletic […]

SFU rookie quarterback Brandon Niksich was near perfect through the air as he engineered three second-half scoring drives to lead the Clan past host Azusa Pacific on Saturday in California. (Photo property of Crossview Studios through the permission of Azusa Pacific Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Feature University Football

A Sunday Read: How Simon Fraser football snapped its 48-game losing streak! “It’s just the beginning for us” says Clan coach Ford

Sooner rather than later, Thomas Ford wants nights like Saturday to be business as usual.But he knew just as well as anyone who has held an emotional stake in Simon Fraser football over the past five-plus seasons that Canada’s NCAA team was smack dab in the middle of very a special moment.“Oh, man it was […]

A sack artist at work, St. Thomas More's Kaishaun Carter finds his way through the Kelowna Owls last Friday at Burnaby Lake. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Kaishaun Carter: “…I pride myself on my football IQ” says St. Thomas More’s senior blue-chip defensive end

BURNABY — Last month, as the St. Thomas More Knights set off to Mission for what would eventually be a hard-fought 18-6 win over the host Roadrunners, STM head coach Steve De Lazzari sent a text to his defensive coordinator Jared Power about one of the team’s influential seniors.“Coach Power was going to be away […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST 10.09.19: SFU basketball’s Steve Hanson, Tweedsmuir football’s Kurt Thornton and Centennial basketball’s Rob Sollero

Thanks for joining us for another episode of Varsity Letters — The Podcast! Basketball season is just around the corner and with it, the start of another season of the NCAA variety atop Burnaby Mountain. Simon Fraser Clan head coach Steve Hanson has orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball over the past […]

The Simon Fraser Clan offensive line got attacked along its youthful edges Saturday in a GNAC loss at league-leading Western Oregon. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser football: WOU’s pass-rushing Wolves bring pressure galore as QB Niksich and Clan fall to GNAC leaders

Despite all of the growing pains which have been part and parcel of the first half of their Great Northwest Athletic Conference season, Simon Fraser Clan freshman quarterback Brandon Niksich still managed to find a way to pass for more yards than any pivot in the conference.On Saturday afternoon in Monmouth, Ore., however, things felt […]