From the classroom to the court, Rick Hansen head coach Steve Twele is inspiring his defending B.C. champion Hurricanes. (Photo through permission of Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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B.C. Triple A ranks get a Hurricane warning, yet Rick Hansen coach Twele forecasts parity on playoff horizon

ABBOTSFORD — Steve Twele has surveyed the landscape, and the head coach of Abbotsford’s defending B.C. Triple A champion Rick Hansen Hurricanes is confident that you can throw predictability out the window from here until the end of the Fraser Valley senior boys basketball championships on March 2.

Riverside's Jessica Parker, here being guarded by Abbotsford's Marin Lenz during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational in December, is thriving in her adopted home of Port Coquitlam. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
How tight is the Fraser Valley AAAA world these days? Just ask Holy Cross'Grade 11 standout Michael Risi, pictured here attempting to split the defence of Semiahmoo Totems' Jordan Chen (left) and Adam Paige at the Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.24.18: No. 1 Bays widen 4A gulf, healthy Titans top 3A poll as all four tiers release B.C. Big 10 boys rankings

LANGLEY — Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems climb to No. 2, likely the highest position in the history of its senior varsity boys basketball program, following an impressive win Saturday over crosstown rival Tamanawis Wildcats in the championship final of the Surrey RCMP tournament.

G.W. Graham's Sydney Owens and the rest of her Chilliwack-based Grizzlies are the Fraser Valley's highest ranked AA girls senior varsity team, checking in at No 4 provincially this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.24.18: Gators, Titans strengthen grips on No. 1 , Kodiaks and OKM Huskies make elite climbs in B.C. girls Big 10 rankings

LANGLEY — So ably led by its trio of Tavia Rowell, Jess Wisotzki and Natalie Rathler, the Walnut Grove Gators stormed to first place at last weekend’s Top 10 Shoot-Out at Centennial Secondary, a performance which solidifies its hold on the No. 1 spot in this week’s Triple A poll.

UBC's Mason Bourcier is bringing his scoring and playmaking skills to the fore in his freshman season with the Thunderbirds. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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Racin’ Mason: UBC’s freshman point guard Bourcier, set for a weekend return to his old Kelowna digs, grabs a piece of ‘Birds hoop history

VANCOUVER — Put Mason Bourcier’s basketball career on a one-year rewind, and over the final weekend of January, you would have caught the then-Kelowna Secondary senior star preparing with the rest of his Owls for the team’s annual Western Canada invitational.

Tavia Rowell of the No. 1-ranked Walnut Grove Gators (centre) tries to come to grips with a loose ball while being book-ended by Kelowna Owls' Kennedy Dickie (left) and Taya Hanson during championship final at Centennial's Top 10 Shoot-Out invitational Saturday evening in Coquitlam. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TOP 10 SHOOT-OUT ’18: Rowell’s excellence, Rathler’s rugged spirit carry No. 1-ranked, 24-0 Walnut Grove Gators past No. 2 Kelowna Owls

COQUITLAM — There was a moment late in the third quarter of Saturday’s Top 10 Shoot-Out championship final, when Walnut Gators’ senior forward Natalie Rathler seemed to be checking to make sure she still had all of her teeth.

Duchess Park Condors' Rebecca Landry (left) gives chase to Centennial Centaurs' Grace Killins during early Saturday morning action from Centennial's own Top 10 Shoot-Out in Coquitlam. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Top 10 Shoot Out Saturday at Centennial: Varsity Letters’ live reports from the heart of Coquitlam

COQUITLAM — Welcome to the final day of the 2018 Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out! Today we find one of the most enduring invitational sites in B.C. girls high school history in a state of flux. With construction continuing towards the ‘new’ Centennial Secondary, we’re down to one gym!

Simon Fraser women's basketball brings three explosive guards to the fore as part of its 2018 recruiting class in (left to right) Sienna Lenz, Emma Kramer and Georgia Swant. (Varsity Letters photos by Howard Tsumura)
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The power of three! How SFU’s 2018 recruits Lenz, Swant & Kramer will flip the script and re-fortify depth of Clan women’s hoops

BURNABY — College basketball is filled with unexpected contingencies, the likes of which can, in the course of one offseason, drastically change the fabric of a program. Take the Simon Fraser Clan women’s basketball team as a prime example of that.