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 VarsityLetters.ca)
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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.

Britannia's Surprise Munie (centre) and fellow Grade 10 guard Shemaiah Abatayo were a bog load for Emilia Durfeld (left) and the rest of the Vernon Panthers on Thursday in Elite 8 AA action at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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B.C. AA senior girls B.C. Final Four now set! How the Bruins, Grizz, Titans and Saints punched March dance cards

Here’s our look at all four games played Thursday in the Elite 8 quarterfinal round at the B.C. senior girls Double A basketball championships.

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 […]

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.

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.

G.W. Graham guard Jaya Bannerman and her Chilliwack-based Grizzlies will get the best competition of their season Thursday through Saturday at the LEC for TBI 2017. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Latest B.C. girls basketball rankings shows best-of-the-best squads headed to the LEC this week

LANGLEY — The senior varsity girls take centre this weekend at the Langley Events Centre as the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off a three-day run Thursday.Keep the latest provincial top 10 rankings nearby for handy reference.The TBI will feature eight of the current Top 10 AAA teams, plus three of its five honourable mention […]

Walnut Grove senior forward Natalie Rathler (right) soars to the basket against Saturday against the Handsworth Royals, helping lead her Gators to the title at the No Regrets Classic tournament. (Photo by Blair Shier, www.blair.photo)
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TBI 2017: Walnut Grove’s Rathler brings the noise and the poise, Gators’ forward preps for B.C. title run, future with UFV Cascades

LANGLEY — Natalie Rathler has discovered that in order to stand at your true height, you first need to raise the height of your confidence. And with that said and done, it’s why the senior forward with Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators has been a player impossible to miss, especially if you’re one of those who loves […]

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 […]