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 […]

South Delta's Ben McDonald runs by Mt. Douglas' Logan Warde during the first quarter of Saturday's Western Conference AAA home clash against the Rams at Dennison Park. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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South Delta’s Ben McDonald injured: B.C.’s best high school high school QB may be lost for year after hurting collarbone today

TSAWWASSEN — The best quarterback in B.C. high school football may have been lost for the remainder of the 2019 season.Ben McDonald, the starting quarterback of the No. 1-ranked South Delta Sun Devils, suffered what his head coach suspects may be a broken collarbone, when he was tackled late in Saturday’s eventual 28-14 home win […]

After scoring his first of two second-half goals, Panorama Ridge's Armaan Bhagwani (left) is congratulated by leaping teammate Sevak Lehal on Tuesday afternoon at Tsawwassen's Winskill Park. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Boys AAA soccer: No. 1 Panorama Ridge blanks No. 9 South Delta 4-0 as dedicated defence leads to goals galore for Surrey’s Thunder

TSAWWASSEN — B.C.’s No. 1-ranked senior boys soccer team lives by its first team rule so well, that it has been allowed to do what just comes naturally.Manmeet Jhutty and Jeevan Dhaliwal scored first-half goals, while Armaan Bhagwani scored a pair in the second half to carry Surrey’s top-rated Panorama Ridge Thunder to a convincing […]

South Delta quarterback Ben McDonald threw three TD passes and rushed for another in his No. 2-ranked team's win over Handsworth. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letters’ 10.05.19 Saturday Night B.C. High School football report

Saturday night’s edition of the Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School football report is now complete.WESTERN CONFERENCEHANDSWORTH 6 at No. 2 SOUTH DELTA 30TSAWWASSEN — The South Delta Sun Devils may have scored their final 22 points in unanswered fashion Saturday to remain a perfect 5-0 on the season.Yet it was one of those days when […]

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Varsity Letters PODCAST visits with Laurier Primeau of UBC track, Ray Moon of Sun Devils football & Tom Lowndes of UFV men’s soccer

Welcome back, loyal listeners, to another episode of Varsity Letters — The Podcast, Canada’s only weekly podcast dedicated solely to the coverage of provincial and university high school sports. This week, our three guests are: *UBC’s Laurier Primeau, the head coach of Thunderbirds’ cross-country, and track and field, reflecting on last spring’s dual national championships, […]

Terry Fox's Kyle Huish (5) is one of a host of visiting Ravens attempting to slow the progress of South Delta running back Damon Badenhorst on Saturday in Tsawwassen. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Varsity Letter’s Saturday B.C. High School Football Report 09.07.19 edition

Saturday marks an end to our first week of the B.C. High School Football Report.SATURDAYEXHIBITION ST. FRANCIS (Calg.) 37 at No. 2 MT. DOUGLAS 0VICTORIA —They are No. 2 at the highest tier of competition in Alberta, and on Saturday, Tier 1 No. 1-ranked St. Francis of Calgary proved too much for the host and B.C. […]

South Delta quarterback Ben McDonald is set to install a singular identity with his 2019 Sun Devils. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2019. All rights reserved)
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South Delta opens VL’s 2019 AAA football countdown at No. 5: QB Ben McDonald and gaggle of seniors give Sun Devils a true identity

After a week away, we’re back in the high school football huddle, this time looking ahead to September with our Varsity Letters’ Big 5 AAA preseason rankings. Triple A coaches from around the province case their votes, and thus we begin the countdown today at No. 5:

South Delta's Niall Cummins (left) is back better than ever from a broken leg and torn ACL suffered on the same hit last season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Why they don’t come any tougher (or inspirational) than South Delta’s gritty rugby star Niall Cummins

ABBOTSFORD — He never doubted he’d get another chance to pull jersey No. 10 back on, and then like any fly half worth his salt, dig those cleats into the muddy pitch and sell deception to every would-be tackler.

Yale's Brayden Stewart feeds the dangerous Lions' attack which was able to feast on the South Delta defence in Thursday's Fraser Valley Triple A Tier 1 semifinal played at the Abbotsford school. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Yale’s pace wins race against No. 1 Sun Devils, pushes Abby’s Lions into FV AAA rugby title tilt against old foe Earl Marriott

ABBOTSFORD — Surrey’s Earl Marriott Mariners are about as expert a source as you’re apt to find on preparing for the Yale Lions within the high-stakes atmosphere of a B.C. high school rugby post-season.

Centennial's Meghan Harder (centre) kept her head in the game, helping lead the defending B.C. AAA champion Centaurs past host South Delta in a Fraser Valley semifinal clash at Winskill Park in Tsawwassen. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Encore, encore? Constant refinement the key as defending B.C. AAA champ Centennial preps for FV title match

TSAWWASSEN — As accomplished as they are as B.C.’s reigning top-tiered girls high school soccer champions, Coquitlam’s dynamic Centennial Centaurs aren’t above having their collective re-set button pushed in preparation for what they hope is a long and healthy run to a repeat title.At their best, like they were upon hitting full attack mode Monday […]