Surrey's Panorama Ridge Thunder went 2-0 on opening day at the 2019 BC Senior Boys Triple A soccer championships at Burnaby Lakes. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Day 1 B.C. Boys AAA Soccer Championships: S. Delta, Handsworth, Matheson, Pano, Best, VC & Reynolds keep Final 4 hopes alive

BURNABY — A lot of tired teams took early harbour in their tournament hotel rooms here at the B.C. senior boys Triple A soccer championships.Two games today helped set the plotline for Saturday’s championship finale at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, yet one more group stage match remains for all 16 teams over the 9 and […]

Running through a hole created by offensive linemen Anthony Bolanos (left) and DJ Mangat, Notre Dame running back Vincenzo Nardulli cuts a swath through the South Delta defence on Saturday at B.C. Place Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019 AAA Final 8: Out of nowhere, unranked Notre Dame stuns No. 1 South Delta to move within a win of B.C. title game

VANCOUVER — There was a time earlier this season, coming off a loss to North Vancouver’s Handsworth Royals and sporting a 2-5 overall record after losing three straight games, that the Notre Dame Jugglers looked like no one’s idea of a Subway Bowl contender.Yet so many veterans from within the B.C. high school football world […]

Last season, Notre Dame's Vincenzo Nardulli (10) played his primary role at linebacker. This season, after rushing for 16 touchdowns as a senior, he's added RB-1 to that resume. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Subway Bowl 2019: From stuntman to leading man, the stunning re-invention of Notre Dame Jugglers’ running back Vincenzo Nardulli

VANCOUVER — If the fullback is football’s version of the stuntman, then the tailback is its leading man.Notre Dame’s Vincenzo Nardulli is never going to back down from the kind of blocking assignments which became his offensive bread-and-butter the past few seasons with East Vancouver’s Jugglers.Yet as the 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior prepares for the final […]

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: