The 2018-19 Kelowna Owls, including Jaeli Ibbetson (left) and Kennedy Dickie will help headline the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the LEC. It will be the Owls' first trip back since they won it all last March. (Photo by Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 2018 girls tournament brings the best of B.C.’s present and future talent to the LEC

LANGLEY — Gold, silver, bronze and the future beyond? That’s the theme moving forward as the countdown begins for the senior girls 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, set to tip-off a three-day engagement Dec. 13-15 at the Langley Events Centre.

It became their good luck charm earlier in the season, and this past March, the Walnut Grove Gators girls hoisted it high after winning the B.C. junior varsity title at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
South Kamloops Titans' guard Nick Sarai is a big part of the blue-chip class of incoming freshman at Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 167 girls and boys basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — It’s been a busy week thus far, unveiling the names of the over 500 student-athletes who have been a part of B.C. Recruits List Week here at Varsity Letters. Soccer, football and volleyball have had their turn. Today, we look at basketball.

South Kamloops' Olivia Morgan-Cherchas says she was unaware of the level of emotion she showed after her team won the B.C. AA senior girls basketball title, until she saw this photo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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South Kam’s Olivia Morgan-Cherchas: Her story behind the photo!

LANGLEY — A couple of weeks ago, I called Olivia Morgan-Cherchas on the telephone to ask her a simple question. “What was your reaction when you first saw the photograph I took of you, immediately after your team won the B.C. senior girls AA basketball championship?”

Fraser Heights' Yashica Parmar (right) and the rest of the Firehawks topped Coquitlam's Dr. Charles Best earlier this month to claim a dramatic Fraser Valley junior girls soccer title. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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A school to watch in 2018-19? Girls soccer, basketball on a rapid rise at Surrey’s Fraser Heights Secondary

SURREY — As the calendar prepares to hit June, and the time comes to look back on another season in B.C. high school sports, it’s the broad prism view which can reveal so much of what to expect when we gather to do it all again come September.

GW Graham's Jaya Bannerman will be one of a number of Fraser Valley North stars closing out their high school careers in Friday's Bigger Than Basketball girls and boys all-star games at Robert Bateman Secondary. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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FULL ROSTERS: Mission, Abby, Chilliwack all-stars gather Friday for girls and boys ‘Bigger Than Basketball’ all-star fund-raiser

ABBOTSFORD — The best high school basketball seniors from Mission, Abbotsford and Chilliwack will ascend on Abby’s Robert Bateman Secondary this Friday for the MAC ‘Bigger Than Basketball’ all-star games.

OK, so this is her final high school game! Argyle's superstar guard Georgia Swant wraps up her senior varsity high school career Wednesday at the Sportsplex as Cap U presents the North Shore boys and girls high school all-star games. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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More from the Shore! All-Star Wednesday at Capilano U as Blues host North Shore boys and girls all-star games

NORTH VANCOUVER — Who says it’s too late for yet another set of high school all-star basketball games? Basketball fans can rejoice with yet another collection of regional standouts on display as Wednesday, North Vancouver’s Capilano University’s Sportsplex plays host to the North Shore boys and girls all-star games.

What Sardis' Sophie Klassen lacks in experience she makes up for in grit and athleticism. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
Carson Graham's Tanis Metcalfe (centre) drives to the basket despite the active defence of Holy Cross' Shaelynn Tolereton (left) and Abbotsford's Sienna Lenz during the Fraser Valley-Lower Mainland girls high school seniors all-star game Tuesday in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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SENIOR SERVICE: Abby’s Sienna Lenz, Carson’s Tanis Metcalfe finish high school careers on a high at All-Star finale

BURNABY — The best thing about following Sienna Lenz and Tanis Matcalfe over their past few high school basketball seasons has been the way in which their respective careers just kept getting better and better.

Increased confidence in her overall game was apparent Tuesday in the play of St. Thomas Aquinas' Grade 10 forward Jessica Clark (right), here guarding G.W. Graham's Aliza Dueck in the Futures All-Star game played at St. Thomas More in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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FUTURES PHENOMS: Rowell and Clark highlight all-star undercard; Tuchscherer, Cabuco, Kamstra, Munie, Forsyth also impress

BURNABY — The format in play for 2018 Fraser Valley vs. Lower Mainland girls high school all-star games not only affords a fitting chance to say farewell to some of B.C.’s best graduating seniors.