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 […]

South Kamloops' big man Ripley Martin, sporting the scars of an on-court battle last month in PoCo, has gone through a crash course in basketball fitness after a serious pre-season ankle injury. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Ripley Martin: South Kam’s battle-scarred big man fights for his fitness as AAA Titans think big on road to the LEC

LANGLEY — If you happened to catch Ripley Martin with his teammates at the recent Legal Beagle Invitational at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Secondary, just one look at his face would have told you that battle scars are all a part of the journey when your goal is to return to the B.C. AAA championship […]

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 […]

Parker Simson wanted to reach a new level following a B.C. AAAA high school basketball championship title with the Kelowna Owls in 2016. He gets a chance to meet that goal this weekend back in his hometown, this time with the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo used through the permission of UBC athletics)
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A weekend for history: Parker Simson aims to become second UBC athlete in 57 years to play football, basketball in same school year

VANCOUVER — As Parker Simson prepared for a most unique moment in UBC sports history this weekend, and in of all places his hometown of Kelowna, he was professing an appreciation for one of sport’s oldest cliches.

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!

Kelowna's Parker Johnstone was unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 30 points and leading the Owls past Abbotsford's W.J. Mouat Hawks. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.13.18: Legal Beagle 2018 hits Day 3, we’ve got live reports from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam

Welcome to coverage from the third and final day of the 29th annual Legal Beagle invitational senior boys basketball tournament here in PoCo. Keep checking back here throughout the day for reports from all of the games, including our championship final between the Semiahmoo Totems and the Oak Bay Bays at 7:30 p.m.

Terry Fox Grade 11 scoring guard Jacob Mand has emerged as the Ravens' go-to scorer heading into the start of Legal Beagle Week 2018. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Legal Beagle 2018: Mand, Stanyer and rest of young-and-restless Ravens carry Terry Fox’s spirit to centre stage

PORT COQUITLAM — A funny thing happened to Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens en route to being the only non-ranked, non-honourable mention team among the entire 16-school field which took part in the Tsumura Basketball Invitational about four weeks ago at the Langley Events Centre: They advanced all the way to event’s Final Four.