Trinity Western's new plug-and-play guard Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath showed in the preseason that he is capable of filling it up. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Feature University Men's Basketball

Trinity Western men’s basketball: Who are these guys? With 10 newcomers and a first-year head coach, Spartans begin new adventure Friday at TRU

LANGLEY — It’s hard to paint the precise picture that best captures the state of the 2019-20 Trinity Western Spartans men’s basketball team.First, you start with the basics: A team coming off an 0-20 conference season a year ago, with a brand new head coach and 10 new players, many of whom had likely never […]

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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 […]

TWU midfielder Domenic Poletto, while still nursing his way back to the lineup following a torn ACL, is all smiles about the future of Spartans' soccer and its class of blue-chip freshen players. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Renaissance in Sparta: Through the eyes of injured vet Poletto, blue-chip rookie class symbolizes a re-birth for Trinity Western men’s soccer

LANGLEY — Domenic Poletto was at a career crossroads late this past summer, but getting a chance to see the future of Spartans’ men’s soccer has him counting the days until his official return.Trinity Western’s leading point-getter a season ago as a standout central midfielder, Poletto had been a driving force in the resurgence of […]

MEI Eagles' Hunter Arulpragasam (left) and Tag Neufeld rise for a block against Lake Country's George Elliott Coyotes last Friday during the UBC Invitational at War Memorial Gym. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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MEI boys volleyball: Multi-sport players, multi-experienced coach Olfert meld to lift Eagles into B.C. AA title contention

ABBOTSFORD — The 2019 edition of the MEI Eagles senior boys volleyball team has its fair share of standouts, and none of that is a surprise for the team which last week opened at No. 1 in the first B.C. Double A rankings of the new season.Senior Tyson Ardell spent the summer with Team B.C. […]

For Trinity Western's Joanna Williams, a courageous decision to speak about her mental health struggles has put her in a joyful place, one where she has left her worries behind her. (Photo by Bailey Broadbent property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: TWU’s Joanna Williams confronts her mental health struggles and says “I think there is something so beautiful about feeling strong”

LANGLEY — She’d never had this feeling before.For the first seven seasons of her competitive running life, Joanna Williams had tried to justify the myriad reasons that she trained and she raced, yet in her deepest place, they had all rung hollow.But this new feeling? What was it? She’d never had this feeling before.Two Saturday mornings […]

Trinity Western's fourth-year defender Kristen Sakaki (left) had her love affair with the beautiful game reaffirmed during the Spartans' 12-day training camp in England last month. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Feature University Women's Soccer

TWU women’s soccer: On eve of 2019 season opener, training camp in England reminds Spartans of their “love and joy” for the beautiful game

LANGLEY — It wasn’t a trip planned specifically as a soccer pilgrimage.Training camps are serious business, and when you’ve played in five of the last seven U Sports national title games like the women’s team from Langley’s Trinity Western University have, it’s pretty clear that no part of the process can be ignored.Yet allowing that […]

Trinity Western Spartans' new Director of Rugby Andrew Evans takes the time to chat with one of his new recruits, Caleb van Til of the South Delta Sun Devils, during a Fraser Valley playoff game Thursday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: After a coast-to-coast journey, why Trinity Western’s Andrew Evans made Sparta his home, sweet rugby home

LANGLEY — Ask Andrew Evans how he got his chance to draw the blueprint and pour the foundation for a start-up Canadian university rugby program which embraces the sport’s true global spirit, and he’ll tell you that it’s because at every stop along his journey, he has seized his opportunity to glean a new perspective.

Langley's Trinity Western Spartans react to national title point on Sunday in Quebec City as No. 2 TWU won its sixth U Sports national title with a victory over No. 1 Brandon. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Trinity Western's Aaron Boettcher has put shoulder surgery and a missed 2017-88 season behind him, helping lead the Spartans back to the national championships which open a three-day run Friday in Quebec City. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Feature University Men's Volleyball

A better Boettcher? You bet! Trinity Western’s Aaron Boettcher older, wise, happier in his last trip to U Sports nationals

LANGLEY — Aaron Boettcher’s greatest skill had always been his ability to rise above the crowd and block out any obstacles that came his way.

Trinity Western's quartet of fifth-year veterans (left to right) Tessa Needham, Sarah Buckingham, Tessa Ratzlaff and Jessie Brown look to keep their senior seasons alive when the Spartans face UNBC to open the 2019 Canada West playoffs Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Feature University Women's Basketball

With ‘Fighting For Friday’ their refrain, TWU Spartans put Canada West season on line in sudden-elimination clash with UNBC

LANGLEY — It started out as the worst of times, it finished as the best of times. And now, after closing out their Canada West regular schedule with a game that serves as the perfect microcosm of their maddeningly inconsistent campaign, have the Trinity Western Spartans women’s basketball team shown enough to suggest that the playoffs […]