Vancouver College's Levi Dvorak, blocking out against South Kam's 6-10 Ripley Martin earlier this season, was a difference maker Friday as the Fighting Irish repeated as Lower Mainland AAA champs with a win over St. George's at the Richmond Oval. (Varsity Letters file photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Van College’s Levi Dvorak: Irish senior conducts a symphony in rebounding en route to 4A Mainland title win over Saints

RICHMOND — Levi Dvorak shares a surname with one of classical music’s giants of symphonic composition. And while Vancouver College’s Dvorak, at 6-foot-3, may not have been gifted as a giant to do the kind of work he does in the trenches for the Fighting Irish, there is no doubt that the senior lifted the art […]

Suraj Gahir (left) of the 3A North Delta Huskies, as well as both Valdi Alarie-Hill (middle) and Ewan MacKenzie of the 4A Oak Bay Bays both have their teams in the top four of their respective tiers this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.21.18 B.C. senior boys Big 10 basketball rankings: Tweedsmuir, Mouat the big 4A climbers

LANGLEY — With just one more set of rankings will follow after the completion of zone championships, it’s that time of year that even ranked teams face: Sudden elimination.

A packed house watched Burnaby South defeat Sir Charles Tupper in last season's BC JV final at the LEC. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Fighting Irish, Tupper Tigers take top two seeds into 2018 B.C. Junior Boys Basketball Championships

LANGLEY — Welcome to March Madness, February style.The B.C. junior boys basketball championships is, by the odds, the toughest high school basketball title to win, given it’s open-tiered, 32-team format.Vancouver College’s Fighting Irish go in with the No. 1 seed while its public school rivals, East Van’s Sir Charles Tupper Tigers, go in at No. […]

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 […]

St. George's Saints guard Jerric Palma (right) has carried the load over his Grade 11 season and on Wednesday faces the Vancouver College Fighting Irish. (Photo courtesy Jon Hayduk/St. George's athletics)
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Jerric Palma: Tipping the scales through tenacity, St. George’s plucky guard has learned to carry his weight for the Saints

VANCOUVER — In the time reserved for preparation, those quiet pre-game moments where each player is left to his own devices, Jerric Palma finds a place where he can bring his heart and mind together in a single, perfect sphere.

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.