Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers' guard Josh Hendricks (left) keeps a close eye on Holy Cross Crusaders' guard Tee Osei-Anim during recent Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
Veteran Britannia Bruins' head coach Mike Evans addresses his team, including senior guard Devon Herrin, during a time-out on Day 1 of the 2017 TBI last Thursday at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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12.20.17: Abby, Semiahmoo make huge strides in girls AAA hoops poll, South Kam, Brit hold ground at AA

LANGLEY — The final B.C. girls high school basketball rankings of the 2017 calendar year reflect the impact of last week’s TBI at the Langley Events Centre.

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.

Langley Christian's Brodie Hofer finished one vote shy of a perfect 10 in Varsity Letters' 2017 B.C. boys high school Player of the Year poll. (Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures)
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Brodie Hofer: From volleyball toddler to Mr. MVP, Trinity Western’s star recruit tabbed Varsity Letters’ Player of the Year

LANGLEY — If Ben Josephson didn’t have a history with his star recruit, then the head coach of the powerhouse men’s volleyball team at Trinity Western University might have been surprised with what he saw at the recently-completed Big Kahuan B.C.senior boys AA volleyball championships.

Walnut Grove's Jessica Wisotzki (9) is congratulated by teammate Tavia Rowell on Saturday as the LEC hosted the championship finale of the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Wilson Wong photo/UBC athletics)
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TBI 2017: Nobody beats the Wiz! New star born in Gator Country, as Jess Wisotzki scores 41 in Walnut Grove’s title finale win over Abby

LANGLEY — In the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy wanted to get back to her most familiar and comfortable place, she put on her ruby red slippers and uttered the famous line “Click your heels together three times and say ‘There’s no place like home’ and you’ll be there.”

Riverside Rapids' Grade 11 guard Tessa Burton hits the deck while trying to play keep-away from Abbotsford Panther guards Sienna Lenz and Sydney Fetterly (obscured) during TBI semifinals Saturday morning in Langley. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: It’s No. 1 Walnut Grove vs. No. 5 Abbotsford in a battle for early-season B.C. girls hoops supremacy

LANGLEY — They don’t have a ton of history as far as each other is concerned, but the No. 1 Walnut Grove Gators of Langley and the No. 5 Abbotsford Panthers just might write the first chapter on Saturday night (8 p.m.).

Riverside's Alanya Davignon (left) hounds Lord Tweedsmuir's Harneet Sidhu during quarterfinal round action Friday at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Abby, Grove suddenly the veteran teams, Grade 9 factor strong with Final 4 teams Riverside, Semiahmoo

LANGLEY — The Walnut Grove Gators and the Abbotsford Panthers have been applauded for playing beyond their years as a pair of the youngest title-contending teams in the recent history of B.C. senior varsity girls basketball.

Semiahmoo's Tara Wallack (left) drives against Janessa Knapp of Langley's Brookswood Bobcats during Sweet 16 action at the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational on Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Round of Sweet 16 announces arrival of some of B.C.’s best young senior varsity girls teams

Welcome to Day 1 of the senior girls varsity Tsumura Basketball Invitational. Here’s our look at all eight games from the opening round of Sweet 16.

G.W. Graham guard Jaya Bannerman and her Chilliwack-based Grizzlies will get the best competition of their season Thursday through Saturday at the LEC for TBI 2017. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Latest B.C. girls basketball rankings shows best-of-the-best squads headed to the LEC this week

LANGLEY — The senior varsity girls take centre this weekend at the Langley Events Centre as the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off a three-day run Thursday.Keep the latest provincial top 10 rankings nearby for handy reference.The TBI will feature eight of the current Top 10 AAA teams, plus three of its five honourable mention […]

In honour of our weekly Big 10 rankings, we give you one of B.C.'s best No. 10's, Walnut Grove's Alasdair Coyle, in action this past weekend at the TBI 2017. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)