St. Thomas Aquinas guard Kristinn Black (left) keeps an eye on South Kamloops' Maddy Gobeil during 2018 B.C. AA Final Four at the LEC. The two teams open next season as the province's top two teams. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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A repeat title for Titans? South Kam tabbed as team to beat in first-look at 2018-19 B.C. senior girls AA hoop rankings

LANGLEY — It might be the collection of teams with the best geographic representation in the province when it comes to top 10 teams.The race for the B.C. senior girls AA title in 2019 has a favourite in the defending champions from the Okanagan zone, yet they have some very stiff competition right behind them […]

A star on the basketball court as a 20-plus ppg point guard with the Carson Graham Eagles, Alex Walker will continue her student-athlete life as a tennis collegian next season with the NCAA D-1 Montana Grizzlies. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Alex Walker: Carson Graham’s blue-chip guard gets an all-star curtain call as she says ‘goodbye’ to hoops, ‘hello’ to tennis

LANGLEY — Alex Walker thought her basketball career was over earlier this month after she helped lead North Vancouver’s Carson Graham Eagles to a berth at the B.C. senior girls AAA championships at the Langley Events Centre. But then she got the call to lace up her sneakers one more time.

Walnut Grove's Tavia Rowell (left) and Surprise Munie of Vancouver's Britannia Bruins will oppose each other in the Futures portion of the Lower Mainland vs. Fraser Valley girls high school basketball all-star game Tuesday at Burnaby's St. Thomas More Collegiate. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Lower Mainland vs. Fraser Valley: Full rosters for 2018 girls high school all-star games Tuesday at STM

BURNABY — The B.C. high school Lower Mainland vs. Fraser Valley all-star basketball games will be played Tuesday evening at Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate.

The engine of the 2018-19 Kelowna Owls, Jaeli Ibbetson (left) and Kennedy Dickie embraced earlier this months in the seconds before their team won the B.C. AAA title at the LEC. Kelowna will open next season at No 1. (Photo by Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre)
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03.15.18: Our first look! The Varsity Letters/BCSSGBA Big 10 Pre-Preseason senior girls AAA basketball rankings

We’ve just finished the 2017-18 season, but we here at Varsity Letters are already looking ahead to next season.

South Kamloops' Maddy Gobeil was the class of the field in leading the Titans to the BC AA title on Saturday. (Scott Stewart photo, Trinity Western athletics)
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Making her own history, South Kam’s Gobeil goes big, leads Titans to first BC title since 2013’s LEC debut

LANGLEY — Maddy Gobeil wasn’t even a teenager when the South Kamloops Titans came south and won the B.C. Triple A senior girls basketball championship title back in 2013, in the first year of what has now become an annual March tradition here at Langley Events Centre.

Kelowna Owls (left to right) Jaeli Ibbetson, Paige Watson, Rylee Semeniuk, Jordan Kemper and Jenna Holland celebrate the school's first B.C. senior girls varsity basketball championship Saturday in Langley. (Photo by Garrett James for Langley Events Centre)
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Owls wise enough to embrace their re-invention, Kelowna’s first-ever B.C. girls varsity hoops title comes on the wings of pressure defence

LANGLEY — Darren Semeniuk is not kicking himself  because he didn’t realize it earlier. He’s just happy that somewhere along the road of a long senior girls basketball season, he realized that the roster of his Kelowna Owls was perfectly suited to embrace every aspect of becoming a team which could press, trap and suffocate B.C.’s […]

Walnut Grove's Natalie Rathler tries to clear her head after taking an early tumble during Friday's Final Four AAA clash with the Abbotsford Panthers. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Who else rather than Rathler? Senior post re-invents her foul-ridden self, leads Walnut Grove into B.C. AAA final

LANGLEY — Natalie Rathler turned her version of a basketball nightmare into a dream finish as the Final Four hit the Langley Events Centre on Friday.

Kelowna's Jaeli Ibbetson (centre) casts a smile has her teammates Kennedy Dickie (left) and Taya Hanson celebrate a Final Four win over Semiahmoo on LEC Centre Court Friday afternoon. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Jaeli gives these Owls a ‘Power of Three’, Ibbetson joins Hanson, Dickie as trio powers Kelowna into B.C. AAA final

LANGLEY — The power of three looks to be one of the most important themes for whichever team emerges victorious Saturday night to win the 2018 B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championship.

How sweet it is for the G.W. Graham Grizzlies, who on Friday night came together to celebrate the program's first-ever trip to a B.C. senior girls varsity basketball championship final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Grizzlies make history: G.W. Graham senior girls top Britannia in AA Final Four, set to play in first-ever B.C. varsity final

LANGLEY — There was a season of unprecedented growth within her roster, and as the calendar turned to a new year, there seemed to be hints everywhere that great things were possible.