Oak Bay's Finley Lillis looks to pass out of a Vancouver College double team which including Irish big man Roko Maric during TBI Super 16 semifinal Friday night at the LEC. (Photo by Gary Ahuja property of Langley Events Centre 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Super 16’s Final 4 Friday: In a galaxy of Oak Bay stars, Arnatt’s 32-point night helps Bays outshine VC Irish en route to title game!

OAK BAY 85 VANCOUVER COLLEGE 70LANGLEY — It stood as a testament to toll to be paid along the build-up towards the character-testing nature of a fourth-quarter stretch drive.On Friday, there was nothing to choose between Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays and the Vancouver College Fighting Irish in the second of two Tsumura Basketball Invitational Super […]

Burnaby Mountain's Aidan Lear (left) is defended by Vancouver College's Aidan Lear during opening-round play in the TBI Super 16 draw Wednesday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: We’ve gone final for Day 1 of the TBI Super 16 draw! Game reports, photos and Thursday’s schedule are all here!

LANGLEY — We are complete here after Day 1 at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational’s senior boys Super 16 draw.THURSDAYQUARTERFINALS (all games at Centre Court)3:30 p.m. — Kelowna vs. St. Patricks5 p.m. — Burnaby South vs. Enver Creek6:45 p.m. — Vancouver College vs. Fleetwood Park8:15 p.m. — Oak Bay vs. Sir Winston ChurchillWEDNESDAY’S GAMESVANCOUVER COLLEGE 83 […]

Lord Byng point guard Eli Mullin (left) drives past Brookswood's Logan Stewart at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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WE’RE COMPLETE! DAY 1 at Tsumura Basketball 2022: Complete game reports from our senior boys Rising 8 draw!

We are now complete after Day 1 of the inaugural Rising 8 bracket here at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.SCHEUDLETHURSDAYSEMIFINALS(games at South Court)6:45 p.m.– Spectrum vs. Lord Byng8:15 p.m. — Steveston London vs. North DeltaFor a complete report of the Local 8 tournament, please go to the bottom of this story for a filing from […]

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 […]

Burnaby South big man Karan Aujla goes to the glass to score two of his 19 first-half points Saturday in a win over host Vancouver College. (Photo by Burnaby South media team of Shamira Alberts and Sarah Lewis property of Rebels Athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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In front of empty gym, No. 1 Burnaby South gets its toughest test yet, but 16-0 Rebels let guards roam free in 77-64 win over No. 2 Van College Irish!

VANCOUVER — It was likely the quietest top-tiered No. 1 vs No. 2 senior boys basketball game in B.C. high school history.Yet the No. 1 Burnaby South Rebels’ 77-64 win over the host, No. 2-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish on Saturday night, played in front of an empty set of stands at the host site […]

St. Thomas More's Sebastian Gorrie sacks Vancouver College quarterback Finn Teasdale, forcing the Irish to kick a short field late in the third quarter of Subway Bowl B.C. AAA Coastal junior varsity final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Coach Dave Ruzycki gets a hero’s send-off! STM coach ends 20-year career with Subway Bowl B.C. junior AAA Coastal title after win over Fighting Irish!

VANCOUVER — The championship photo had been taken under the goal posts at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday, and that’s when St. Thomas More’s Subway Bowl B.C. junior AAA Coastal championship final was official.Wait, not until virtually every player on the squad came over to offer a hug to the Knights’ longtime head coach Dave […]

Notre Dame Jugglers' running back Klyde Tan is slowed by Vancouver College defensive back Nolan Li during Quadra Cup Subway Bowl B.C. Grade 8 championship final played Saturday morning at B.C, Place. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Quadra Cup Grade 8 Finals: Blocked punt, key pick tell the tale of a long journey as Fighting Irish top Notre Dame for Subway Bowl title!

VANCOUVER — Matt Esaw’s mind couldn’t help but drift back in time to the start of Vancouver College Grade 8 football training camp in late August.“Man alive, I cannot begin to imagine this, after what these guys looked like in August,” the Fighting Irish head coach said Saturday morning after high school football returned to […]

Centennial head coach Dino Geremia chats with his team, including right guard Cam Keeskotagan (52). (Photo by Wilson Wong. All Rights Reserved 2021)
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Where’d they come from? After three straight winless league seasons, Centennial Centaurs loving late-November Subway Bowl football!

COQUITLAM — If there was an award for Most Improved Team in B.C. high school football each season, 2021’s would belong to the Centennial Centaurs.After all, when you’re coming out of the cancelled 2020 season following three straight 0-7 conference campaigns, advancing to the final eight with the chance to play a meaningful football game […]

Vancouver College's Iain St. Arnault scores his team's final touchdown of the first half Saturday in a win over South Delta at O'Hagan Field. (Photo by Dave Fong property of Vancouver College athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Irish blank South Delta behind Roberts’ three-TD day, countdown begins to Archbishops Trophy clash as No. 1 VC set to host No. 2 Jugglers in ‘Battle of Unbeatens!’

VANCOUVER — It took a global pandemic to halt B.C.’s most enduring high school football rivalry series, yet when the annual Archbishops Trophy game kicks off for the 64th time this Saturday, its combatants will not only each be undefeated, they will continue to hold down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Varsity […]

After the first game on its new turf field on campus at Notre Dame Secondary in Vancouver, Jugglers' players celebrate a win over the New Westminster Hyacks. (Wilson Wong photo property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters’ 10.22.21 B.C. High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights early edition!

Welcome to another edition of the B.C. High School Football Report for Oct. 22.Please continue to check back on this posting throughout the evening for updates from games around our province.AAA WESTNEW WESTMINSTER 9 at NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 40VANCOUVER — It took what seems like forever, yet for the crowd on hand to christen […]