Lord Tweedsmuir's Maryn Budiman (right) hits the deck to battle for a loose ball with Panorama Ridge's Savannah Dhaliwal on Friday at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Tweedy Panthers top Thunder in Surrey derby, Sidhu carries team into B.C. title tilt

LANGLEY — Maryn Budiman and the rest of the seniors with Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers have one more game remaining in their high school basketball careers.

Abbotsford's Gabrielle MacGregor (left) digs in against Brookswood's Louise Forsyth on Friday at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Abby ends Brookswood title streak at three, will play for first B.C. final since 1984

LANGLEY — There is one thing that Abbotsford Panthers head coach Prentice Lenz swears never comes up in conversation as he and his players dissect the day-to-day workings of a high school basketball team.

Panorama Ridge guard Simrat Dosanjh and the rest of the Thunder are Final Four-bound on Friday. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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A Dhaliwal delight: Thunder’s ‘Super Sav’ leads Panorama past Grove, into Final Four

LANGLEY — Surrey’s Panorama Ridge Thunder had a sneaky feeling that bringing an ultra-aggressive mindset and leading with their physicality would help them sweeten the aftertaste of an ugly batch of numbers and help them snap a losing streak against their foes.

Abbotsford's Sienna Lenz scored a game-high 21 points in the Panthers' AAA quarterfinals win over Argyle. (Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters.ca photo)
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Winning games on grit sign of Abby’s maturity, Panthers are Final Four-bound

LANGLEY — They may be young, but if you listen to head coach Prentice Lenz talk about his team, it seems pretty clear that the Abbotsford Panthers have learned to embrace some pretty big concepts well ahead of their time.

Brookswood's Tavia Jasper has embraced her defensive stopper role with the Bobcats. (Howard Tsumura, Varsity Letters photo)
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Jasper, Bobcats turn up defensive heat to top Owls in Final 4 return

LANGLEY — If the Brookswood Bobcats are going to put themselves into their fifth-straight Telus B.C. senior girls basketball championship final on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre, it’s their role players that will have to help carry them through Final Four Friday.Led by B.C. girls Player of the Year Louise Forsyth, who scored […]

The small (Shemaiah Abatayo) and the tall of Vancouver's Britannia Bruins. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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Comic book marvels: Britannia’s shrink-&-stretch roster confounds Condors

LANGLEY — In the classic Marvel comic tales of The Fantastic Four, Mister Fantastic is the genius scientist who has been given the power to stretch his body into any shape he desires.Think about that ability to go from large to small and any dimension in between, apply it to the roster of a girls high school […]

Panorama Ridge's Savannah Dhaliwal hangs on during collision with Churchill's Michelle Huang during opening-round action Wednesday at the Telus BC Triple A girls basketball championships. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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FINAL: 03.01.17: Day 1 from the Telus B.C. girls basketball championships

It’s a wrap from Day 1 at the 2017 Telus BC girls high school senior varsity basketball championships.Here are game recaps from all 16 sudden-elimination contests. First we lead off with a look at Thursday’s schedule.DOUBLE AQUARTERFINALS12 p.m. — South Kamloops vs. Immaculta, 1:45 p.m. — Seycove vs. Ballenas, 3:30 p.m. — Vernon vs. Windsor; […]

Prince George Polars guard Erin Cole (right) has played through her pain to step on the LEC court for provincials this week. (Photo courtesy Cole family)
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ERIN COLE: The PGSS Polar brings a fighter’s will to the LEC

(Editor’s note — Each year, in advance of the girls championships, I send out requests for information on teams I never get to watch during their season of play, hoping coaches will take the time to enlighten in all manner of team aspects.This year, Prince George Secondary head coach Tracy Cole took the time to […]