The pandemic may have scrubbed the 2020 B.C. senior girls volleyball season, but nothing can stop the Varsity Letters annual B.C. Super 15 poll. Among this season's top players are (left to right) Kelowna Owls' Anya Pemberton and Madison Shanks, Sydney Wright of Surrey's Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, Madison Gardner of Vernon's W.L. Seaton Sonics and Eva Person of Victoria's Stelly's Stingers. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 12th annual edition: Who are B.C.’s Top 15 Grade 12 girls volleyball players? Check out our 2020-21 Dream Team!

LANGLEY — Way back in December of 2009, when UBC Thunderbirds’ head coach Doug Reimer floated an idea past me to honour the best girls and boys high school volleyball players in B.C. on an annual basis, little did either of us know that a dozen years later, the concept would be as fresh today […]

MEI's Hunter Arulpragasam was the fastest rising talent in B.C. boys high school volleyball. Check out where the Eagles' senior finished in our annual coaches poll of the province's best boys senior talent. (Photos by Paul Yates and Jon Hayduk property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Our 12th annual edition: Who are B.C.’s Top 15 Grade 12 boys volleyball players? Check out our 2020-21 Dream Team!

It’s Year No. 12 for the Varsity Letters’ B.C. boys Super 15 senior boys volleyball player rankings.Once again, our sincere thanks go out to the head coaches of four B.C. men’s Canada West volleyball programs who cast their votes from a pool of this province’s top graduating Grade 12 talent.COVID-19’s appearance on the scene could […]

Fraser Valley Cascades' fifth-year guard Sukhjot Bains has looked to bring a more consistent shooting touch to the floor over his final season of university basketball. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Sukhjot Bains: In his quest for long-distance shooting mojo, Cascades senior guard says it’s the mind that matters most

ABBOTSFORD — Last season, Sukhjot Bains traded snow for rain in a transfer from NCAA Div. 1 Wisconsin-Green Bay back to his home province and a spot in U Sports with Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Cascades.Yet while frozen tundra gave way to puddles, the former high school superstar with Surrey’s Tamanawis Wildcats is the first to […]

After a late start to her university track career, Salmon Arm's Sandra Kilmartin wraps up her career this weekend with her third straight trip to the NAIA national championships in Alabama. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC’s Sandra Kilmartin: From humblest of beginnings to NAIA nationals, ‘Birds runner has her own recipe for success

VANCOUVER — There is an old saying about how a favourite recipe, in some way, can tell the story about the family from which it came.That’s especially true, as you will discover, in the case of UBC Thunderbirds’ senior middle-distance runner Sandra Kilmartin.Yet if you ask the dietetics major — a foodie with a pay-it-forward […]

Parker Simson wanted to reach a new level following a B.C. AAAA high school basketball championship title with the Kelowna Owls in 2016. He gets a chance to meet that goal this weekend back in his hometown, this time with the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo used through the permission of UBC athletics)
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A weekend for history: Parker Simson aims to become second UBC athlete in 57 years to play football, basketball in same school year

VANCOUVER — As Parker Simson prepared for a most unique moment in UBC sports history this weekend, and in of all places his hometown of Kelowna, he was professing an appreciation for one of sport’s oldest cliches.

UBC's Mason Bourcier is bringing his scoring and playmaking skills to the fore in his freshman season with the Thunderbirds. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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Racin’ Mason: UBC’s freshman point guard Bourcier, set for a weekend return to his old Kelowna digs, grabs a piece of ‘Birds hoop history

VANCOUVER — Put Mason Bourcier’s basketball career on a one-year rewind, and over the final weekend of January, you would have caught the then-Kelowna Secondary senior star preparing with the rest of his Owls for the team’s annual Western Canada invitational.

Not known as a traditional boys volleyball power, the Argyle Pipers made a big splash this season behind the play of Varsity Letters' Super 15 select Markus Bratsberg (left). (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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The Varsity Letters’ Super 15! It’s our annual list of B.C.’s top senior boys volleyball players!

LANGLEY — The coaches of B.C.’s four U Sports men’s volleyball programs have answered our call and cast their votes to determine B.C.’s top Grade 12 senior varsity boys volleyball player.

Handsworth's Kayla Oxland was voted B.C.'s top girls high school volleyball players. (Photo courtesy Paul Yates/Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Kayla Oxland: Baby sister grows up, Handsworth’s UBC-bound setter sets pace as Varsity Letters’ Player of the Year

LANGLEY — Over our first eight years of joining forces with the head coaches at UBC, Simon Fraser, Trinity Western, UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers universities to select our annual B.C. high school girls volleyball Player of the Year, a universal truth has revealed itself.

Delaney Aikens of Shawnigan Lake will play her collegiate rugby for the UBC Thunderbirds. (Varsity Letters photo by Wilson Wong/UBC athletics)
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2017 FINAL BC Recruits List baseball, hockey, athletics, field hockey, rowing, wrestling, LAX, golf

It has been so rewarding seeing all of the response and interest to the 11th annual B.C. Recruits List Week which wraps up today with our overall list! After spending its first decade in the pages of The Province newspaper, it has found a happy home here at Varsity Letters

Kelowna's Grant Shephard makes his return to Canada, signing with the UBC Thunderbirds after one season at Florida's Montverde Academy. (Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2017: Men’s and women’s basketball

Welcome to Day 4 of Varsity Letters’ 2017 Recruits List week.Thus far we’ve presented soccer, football and volleyball. Today, it’s time to look at basketball.The following is our schedule for the rest of the week:Saturday, July 8 — The entire list, including baseball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby, swimming, track and field, […]