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.

South Kamloop's Maddy Gobeil has averaged 33.5 points over her past two tourney games, and has shot a combined 27-of-31 from the free throw over that stretch. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Go, go, Gobeil! South Kam’s Maddy Gobeil hits 17 straight FT’s, leads Titans into B.C. AA title tilt

LANGLEY — With about 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the biggest win in the last six seasons of South Kamloops Titans senior girls, the stat monitor courtside flashed some pretty impressive numbers as they pertained to the young lady who was stepping up to shoot a pair of free throws.

Walnut Grove's Sophia Wisotzki (right) is guarded by Riverside's Sammy Shields on Thursday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Growth in the Grove: Maturity helps Gators punch Final Four tickets with deepest run in program history

LANGLEY — One year ago seems like a very long time in the maturation process of Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators.Oh yes, they took on all comers as the No. 1-ranked team for the majority of this B.C. senior girls Triple A season.And oh yes, you have to search the provincial scene long and hard to […]

Abbotsford Panthers' senior guard Sienna Lenz (right) helped her team drive past Surrey's Sullivan Heights Stars and into Friday's Final 4 at the BC AAA girls basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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Sienna Lenz: Her comeback trail complete, Abby’s star senior guard helps lead her Panthers into Final Four Friday

LANGLEY — Ask Sienna Lenz for an interview, and the Abbotsford Panthers senior star politely asks for a few seconds. After all, unstrapping the brace which she still wears to protect her formerly injured right knee is a little more involved than pulling off a pair of socks.

Semiahmoo's Grade 11 forward Faith Dut has the kind of skills, tenacity and ceiling to dominate the game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Got Faith? Semiahmoo does, and on Totems stunning Final 4 run, she’s the kind of player who is easy to believe in

LANGLEY — There was a moment just under two minutes into the fourth quarter of Thursday’s first Elite 8 AAA senior girls B.C. high school basketball quarterfinal showdown here at the Langley Events Centre where Faith Dut flashed a little bit of the comic book super-heroine side of herself.The 6-foot-3 Grade 11 forward with Surrey’s Semiahmoo […]

Langley's Christian's Grade 10 sensation Makenna Gardner scored 28 points to lead the Lightning past the Whistler Storm. (Howard Tsumura photo property of (Howard Tsumura photo property of
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02.28.18: Complete Day 1 reports from the B.C. senior girls AA basketball championships

We’ve got reports from all eight games played in the opening round of the B.C. senior girls AA basketball championship draw but first, here’s Friday’s championship round draw: