UBC's latest recruit, rising fourth-year point guard Jadon Cohee has big goals for both himself and the Thunderbirds' basketball program. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
Burnaby South fans may well get a chance to enjoy another of these rare moments as the Rebels will enter the 2018-19 season as the clear B.C. Quad A title favourite. (Photo by Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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.

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 […]

Kelowna's Japleen Chahal (centre) finds the going tough against Walnut Grove's Anneke Cairnie (left) and Juliana Jacobs during Elite 8 B.C. junior girls championship play Thursday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Junior Gators, Owls draw inspiration from their senior varsity sisters, Walnut Grove and Kelowna deep from top to bottom

By Aly Laube(Special for VarsityLetters.ca)LANGLEY — When Kelowna Owls and Walnut Grove Gators junior girls basketball teams faced off on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the B.C. junior girls basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre, they both had impressive senior teams to take inspiration from.

Heritage Woods' Breona Martin (left) contends with the defence of Kelowna's Rachel Hare during opening-round action at the 2018 B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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02.28.18: Complete Day 1 reports from the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships

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

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 […]

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 […]