South Kamloops' Grade 11 guard Kiana Kaczur gets in a stance to oppose Vernon's Beth Butler during TBI Rising 8 final Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: Like Maddy Gobeil before her, South Kam’s Kiana Kaczur sets the bar high in TBI Rising 8 title win over Vernon!

SOUTH KAMLOOPS 52 VERNON 28By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Kiana Kaczur was an impressionable sixth-grader back in the 2017-18 school year, and in March of that year she watched a South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team led by a special player named Maddy Gobeil win the B.C. senior girls Double-A title for er school.All these […]

Kelowna running back Jack Nyrose celebrates his third quarter touchdown which, after the point-after, held as the winning margin in the Owls 21-20 Subway Bowl win over Vernon. (Photo by April Anderson property of A-Game Photography 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna holds on to edge Vernon, Owls’ last-second tackle thwarts Panthers in dramatic 21-20 Interior/Subway Bowl final!

VERNON — The Kelowna defence came up with their play of the year to end their season on Friday, and it was a team tackle which lifted the Owls to a 21-20 win over the Vernon Panthers for the Subway Bowl B.C. Interior/Northern championship title.Trailing 21-14 with 1:17 to go in the fourth quarter, Panthers’ […]

Vernon's Grade 12 defensive end Grayson Statham is the B.C. high school football AA Defensive MVP despite lacking the girth and overall size of most playing his position at the senior varsity level. (Image by Darren Hove property of photographer 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Vernon’s Grayson Statham: A rush-end who tips scales at 160 pounds, Panthers’ B.C.’s AA Defensive MVP uses “…every ounce of what he has!”

It’s been a season of tumult in the B.C. high school football world.Yet despite the complexities of its final chapter being played out against the conditions of our ever-changing world, it still has the ability to lift and inspire us from its very grassroots level.When the B.C. High School AA Provincial All-Star team was released […]

Vernon Panthers' running back Joe Murphy carried 20 times for 129 yards and two TDs in Saturday's playoff win over Duchess Park. (Photo by Darren Hove property of photographer 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Vernon Panthers roar back from early deficit to topple Duchess Park Condors in Subway Bowl AA North/Interior semifinal clash!

(Note, Triple A game reports will not be published until later on this evening due to prior broadcast commitments)The Vernon Panthers advanced to what would normally have been the team’s fifth straight B.C. high school Subway Bowl B.C. AA semifinal.And although those plans were scuttled earlier this week after a decision to play a regional […]

Vernon Panthers' running back Joe Murphy attempts to break a tackle on Saturday in win over the Prince George Polars. Looking on are teammates Mats Friesen (70) and Roan Reid. (Photo by Darren Hove property of photographer 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Key forced fumble turns the tide, Vernon regains momentum, tops Polars for Subway Bowl quarterfinals berth!

There was a moment on Saturday afternoon — midway through the third quarter — when the Vernon Panthers must have felt like their bid to qualify for the Subway Bowl quarterfinal round was destined to evaporate before their eyes.Yet as a Prince George Polars’ ball carrier scampered on a 50-yard run which had taken him […]

Carson Graham senior quarterback Logan Mellish engineered the winning drive on Friday as Carson Graham edged West Vancouver. (Photo by Blair Shier property of 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL: Varsity Letters’ 10.08.21 B.C. High School Football Report, Friday Night Lights LATE-NITE edition!

LANGLEY — Welcome to another addition of the 2021 Varsity Letters B.C. High School Football Report for the Thanksgiving Day long weekend.Keep checking back on this post throughout the evening as we continue to update games from around the province and remember that the records you see for all of the teams is their conference […]

Notre Dame Jugglers' Grade 11 defensive lineman Josh Burchak times his rush and his leap, attempting to disrupt the passing rhythm of Kelowna Owls' senior quarterback Joey Howorko on Friday during AAA non-conference clash played in a torrential downpour at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL: The 09.17.21 B.C. High School Football report Friday Night Lights late-night edition: The football gods bring rain and an ensuing fest of good, old fumble-rooski!!

Welcome to a late version of the early edition of the B.C. high school football report.It was a day for rubber footballs and fumbled snaps, and for foolish reporters stuck over two hours in traffic on Hyw 1 East attempting a quick half-time exit after taking some photos for this posting at the Notre Dame-Kelowna […]

The G.W. Graham defence was kept on red alert by the host St. Thomas More Knights late in Saturday's AAA clash in Burnaby. (Photo by Michelle Hewitt property of GW Graham athletics athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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09.11.21 B.C. High School Football Report: Saturday night FINAL edition features wins by G.W. Graham, South Delta and Rutland!

LANGLEY — Welcome to the Saturday night final edition of the B.C. high school football report.Our season-opening one-day grace period for Friday night games in Week 1 allows us to publish a total of three game reports today.SATURDAYG.W. GRAHAM 14 at ST. THOMAS MORE 12BURNABY — The G.W. Graham Grizzlies varsity team, in its 10th […]

Vernon head coach Sean Smith has his AA team ranked No. 1 in Varsity Letters' Big 5 preseason coaches poll. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Our countdown to kick-off begins! Varsity Letter’s Big 5 B.C. High School Football preseason AA rankings have arrived!

In anticipation of a return to play on the high school football fields this fall, we’ve returned with the first of Varsity’s Letter’s own back-to-back preseason B.C. Big 5 rankings.Today, we will start with the AA ranks, with the AAA to follow in the coming days.Three games are scheduled in the Week 0 window Sept. […]

UBC linebacker Ben Hladik doing what he does best against the Alberta Golden Bears. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Big Ben’s time: UBC’s Ben Hladik, part of ‘Birds star-studded linebacker class, stops at nothing to impress pro football scouts!

Everything you may have already imagined about the voluminous work ethic of UBC Thunderbirds’ starting middle linebacker Ben Hladik is true.And in case you had any doubt, there’s nothing like a first-hand account from an otherwise non-descript day in the dead of winter, when no one was supposed to be watching, to stoke the fires […]