The 24-team B.C. junior girls basketball championship draw is now live! LEC
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Walnut Grove takes No. 1 seed in 2018 BC junior girls draw, enviable depth on hand for head coach Grant Inkster

LANGLEY — Fraser Valley teams have taken the top three seeds for the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships set to tip off Feb. 28 at the Langley Events Centre. Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators, taking a 24-4 record and a Fraser Valley title into the proceedings, have been installed as the No. 1 seed (draws included […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

The Province's 2017 Head of the Class debits today. (Richard Lam, PNG photos)
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Proud to present my picks for The Province’s 2017 Head of the Class

VANCOUVER — Yes, it was hard to leave The Province after 26 years this past January. It was easy, however, to say ‘Yes’ when asked by my old employer to continue steering and guiding what I feel has become the benchmark in terms of high school sports journalism in our country.

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.

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 […]