Tupper's Mathew Dunkerley (left) and Benny Bradford make life tough for Burnaby Mountain's Joao Coimra during Sweet 16 round action at the B.C. junior boys basketball championships Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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B.C. junior boys basketball at its Elite 8: Irish, Hawks, Royals, Saints, Tigers,Bulldogs and a pair of Panthers

LANGLEY — We’re down to eight teams in the chase for the 2018 B.C. junior boys basketball title, and we’ve only finished the first of four days!Sunday’s championship round quarterfinal schedule:TOP HALF DRAW3:30 p.m. — Vancouver College vs. Seaquam (South Court), Handsworth vs. St. George’s (Centre Court)BOTTOM HALF DRAW2 p.m. — Sir Charles Tupper vs. […]

Oak Bay's Katie Elsner (left) and Riverside's Alanya Davignon both have their teams sitting in the B.C. senior girls AAA top 10 this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.07.18: Oak Bay, Britannia and Whistler make climbs to contention in AAA & AA girls Big 10 rankings

SENIOR GIRLSTRIPLE A1 Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (LW-1)2 Kelowna Owls (2)3 Abbotsford Panthers (3)4 Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Moody) (4) 5 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley) (5)6 Oak Bay Breakers (Victoria) (9) 7 Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (10) 8 Sullivan Heights Stars (Surrey) (6) 9 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam) (7) 10 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (HM)Honourable mention — New Westminster Hyacks (NR), Yale […]

Senior guard Alex Tadic and the rest of Langley's Walnut Grove Gators top the B.C. AAA senior girls basketball top 10 for yet another week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.31.18: Surrey’s Sullivan Heights Stars shoot up to No. 6 in latest B.C. AAA girls Big 10 rankings

LANGLEY — B.C.’s top five AAA girls basketball teams held their ground this past week as the road to the Langley Events Centre and the 2018 B.C. championships draw nearer. The Fraser Valley continued to field eight of the top 10 with Surrey’s Sullivan Heights Stars and the Riverside Rapids of PoCo each climbing two spots […]

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.

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.

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.

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.).

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.