Vancouver College's Vince Velasquez and SMUS' Camilo Libreros (bottom) illustrate the abandon to which the two history-laden programs attacked Sunday's B.C. junior quarterfinal at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Jr. Boys Elite 8: Van College’s 29-0 Fighting Irish top SMUS as team defence continues to be its baromtre!

LANGLEY — The Vancouver College Fighting Irish are taking care of one thing first and foremost, and it’s served them well as B.C.’s No. 1-ranked team heads into the semifinals of the provincial junior boys basketball championship semifinals on Tuesday.“I think we’re continuing to play well, and the focus is getting stops on defence,” said […]

Seaquam's Amar Thiara (left) looks to dish in the face of defensive pressure from Argyle's Nathalie Francis during the Tsumura Basketball Classic in December of 2021. A re-birth in girls basketball at Seaquam has both its senior and junior varsity teams each sitting in the Top 10 rankings as March Madness approaches. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Seaquam revels in a girls basketball renaissance! The Seahawks of Sunshine Hills bring long-lost, late-1980’s vibe back to their North Delta neighbourhood!

NORTH DELTA — When it comes to senior varsity girls basketball, the high school from that North Delta neighbourhood known as Sunshine Hills is finding out how good it feels to find its place in the sun.When rankings were released earlier this week, not only was the Seaquam Seahawks senior girls team ranked at No. […]

Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags beat Kelowna to earn a spot in Saturday's B.C. junior girls basketball final at the LEC. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons set to face Victoria’s SMUS Blue Jags in B.C. junior girls basketball final Saturday at the LEC

By Gary Ahuja (Special for Varsity Letters)LANGLEY — The Interior or Vancouver Island … where will this year’s championship trophy travel to? That is the question as the 2020 Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Invitational Tournament concludes.Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons have their sights set on capturing the title while Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags […]

SMUS' Karter Fry, drives to the basket between Tupper's DJ Laconsay (left) and Matthew Dunkerley during Wednesday's TBI Round 1 game at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2019 Boys – Our game-by-game reports live from the Langley Event Centre

LANGLEY — Welcome to the first day off the 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.Please check back on this posting throughout the day for reports from the opening round’s four preliminary round games.SIR CHARLES TUPPER 56 SMUS 50LANGLEY — It was a game in which both teams could claim a disadvantage.East Vancouver’s Triple A No. 2-ranked Sir […]

St. George's Jacob Murkur navigated the heavy traffic of the SMUS Blue Jags on Thursday, scoring a try as part of a 24-15 Saints' B.C. junior varsity championship win at Rotary Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Bench power rallies St. George’s Saints past SMUS Blue Jags in B.C. junior varsity rugby championship match

ABBOTSFORD — Plucky St. Michaels University School scored three tries, each of which lifted Victoria’s Blue Jags into the lead over their Vancouver arch-rivals, the St. George’s Saints.

Luke Rainier-Pope, a senior centre with three-time reigning B.C. AA Tier 1 champion St. Michaels University School Blue Jags is tackled by the Rockridge Ravens during round one action of the BCSSRU's Stadium Series, April 6 at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Stadium Series ’18: Double-A dogfight resumes in capital city as reeling No. 1 SMUS Blue Jags prep for No. 2 Collingwood Cavs

VICTORIA — In the lead-up to Alumni Saturday and its traditional first XV rugby test on the campus of St. Michaels University School in the provincial capital is tonight’s precursor, the annual Captains’ Dinner.

Austin Siemens is one of a number of underclassmen rising up the ranks for North Vancouver's No. 1-ranked AA Seycove Seyhawks. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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03.17.18: North Van’s Sey-Hey kids top the charts! Seycove Seyhawks, Shawnigan Lake Stags open 1-2 atop B.C. boys AA hoop rankings

LANGLEY — Since moving to its new home at the Langley Events Centre in time for March Madness 2014, the B.C. senior boys AA championships have been won just once by a public school. That was back in that first year when Victoria’s Lambrick Park Lions took the title.

Langley Fundamental's Jacob Sol is the picture of elation after scoring his second goal of the match Wednesday in the Titans' BC AA title-clinching win over Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags at Burnaby Lakes. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Fantastic Fundamentals! First-half barrage carries Langley Fundamental’s Titans to B.C. AA soccer crown

BURNABY — It’s hard to nurse a case of the jitters for very long when a substitute makes his way onto the pitch in the biggest game of the season and promptly scores a goal to open the floodgates.

The Province's 2017 Head of the Class debits today. (Richard Lam, PNG photos)
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Proud to present my picks for The Province’s 2017 Head of the Class

VANCOUVER — Yes, it was hard to leave The Province after 26 years this past January. It was easy, however, to say ‘Yes’ when asked by my old employer to continue steering and guiding what I feel has become the benchmark in terms of high school sports journalism in our country.

A shutout win by Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags on Thursday over R.A. McMath of Richmond gives the Victoria school a chance to win its thirds straight B.C. Double A Tier 1 title on Saturday. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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All You Can Eat: Our full report from Semi-final Thursday at BC High School Rugby 2017

ABBOTSFORD — It’s a rematch of the Vancouver Island championship final, and for Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags, an opportunity to win its third straight provincial title.