Riverside's Avery Sussex (left) and Riverside's Grace Bradshaw turned in two of reporter Howard Tsumura's most impressive moments over the course of the BC senior girls high school basketball championships. And none of them had anything to do with statistics. (Photos by Wilson Wong and Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre, TFSE 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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The story of Grace and Avery: On a red-letter day for BC girls hoop, two high school seniors show, through their incredible selflessness, why our great game has never stopped doing what it does best!

LANGLEY — There is a good case to make for Saturday’s menu of four B.C. senior girls basketball provincial championship finals as the stuff which constitutes the greatest single day in the history of the girls high school game in this province.The Double-A, Triple-A and Quad-A games were all decided by six points, each characterized […]

All season, he told his players that basketball is a game of runs and to never stop believing. On Saturday, Seaquam head coach Lucky Toor was wearing the spoils of victory as his Seahawks became the first team in Delta history to win a B.C. senior girls basketball championship title. (Photo by Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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BC Girls Quad-A final: In a zone of their own, Seaquam rallies with a perfect fourth quarter to stun defending champs & No. 1 seed Riverside, becoming Delta’s first-ever senior girls provincial hoop champs!

No. 3 SEAQUAM 79 No. 1 RIVERSIDE 73By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — It’s one thing to have a secret weapon you’re pretty sure can get you out of just about any sticky situation you might run into on the basketball court.It’s another thing entirely to have the patience which allows you to actually keep that secret, […]

Simon Fraser head women's basketball coach Bruce Langford reached the 500-win milestone on Saturday with a win over Western Washington. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Bruce Langford: Simon Fraser women’s head basketball coach reaches 500-win milestone with Seniors’ Night win over WWU! “Who would have thought a 51-year-old high school coach could get 500 wins? Not me!”

BURNABY MOUNTAIN — It was about two years ago that Bruce Langford decided to make a donation.Just ahead of his 70th birthday, Simon Fraser’s longtime women’s basketball coach decided to pay forward his own hoops education by packing up his 100 or so coaching books and manuals so that the impressionable minds of the future […]

Brookswood Bobcats guard Jordyn Nohr led her team to the B.C. senior girls Triple A title Saturday over St. Michaels University School at the LEC. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of Langley Events Centre 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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As Bobcats edge SMUS Blue Jags in B.C. Triple-A overtime thriller, MVP Jordyn Nohr talks Ace Konig, showtime passes & helping to re-kindle past glory at Brookswood: “I think we have the group to do it”

No. 1 BROOKSWOOD 69 No. 2 ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 63 (OT)LANGLEY — Jordyn Nohr knows her way around the historical section of the annual B.C. girls basketball championship program.And the Grade 9 guard with Langley’s top-seeded Brookswood Bobcats, who on Saturday added yet another MVP trophy to place up on the family mantle following […]

Burnaby South Rebels head coach Mike Bell has his Rebels ready to roll as a No. 7 seed and 10 am date this Wednesday against the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Basketball Championships 2024: Your roadmap to the LEC’s March Madness adventure! Here’s all four tiers to follow all four glorious days of action at Arena Bowl, Centre Court, South Court and the Fieldhouse!

LANGLEY — Here’s all four 16-team draws as the B.C. senior boys high school basketball championships open Wednesday for a four-day run at the Langley Events Centre.QUAD ATRIPLE-ADOUBLE-ASINGLE-AIf you’re reading this story or viewing these photos on any website other than one belonging to a university athletic department, it has been taken without appropriate permission. […]

A coach's tears of joy. Langley Christian head coach Danielle Gardner took a private moment amidst the celebration of her team's B.C. Double-A championship win over Mulgrave during Day 4 championship game play at the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships March 2, 2024 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: How this photo tells a thousand words about why our high school coaches coach! Here’s why I am writing about what Danie Gardner’s face says to me as her Langley Christian Lightning win B.C. girls Double-A title!

No. 3 LANGLEY CHRISTIAN 75  No. 1 MULGRAVE 69By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Somehow, somewhere amidst the sea of Langley Christian players, parents and most of all fans, the latter of whom just a minute or two prior had stormed the court at the Langley Events Centre, Lightning coach Danielle Gardner found a tiny sliver of […]

The star of the show, Miah Schuurman, played like a force of nature against Pacific Christian during Day 4 championship game action at the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships March 1, 2024 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Schuurman’s historic showing earns Unity Christian Flames first Single A title in five years in win over Pacific Christian’s Pacers!

By AARON MARTIN (Special for Varsity Letters)LANGLEY — If you’re put on the big stage, you’re expected to put on a big show.In the B.C. senior girls Single-A championship final Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, Miah Schuurman and Chilliwack’s Unity Christian Flames more than obliged, delivering a high-flying, 83-75 win over Victoria’s Pacific Christian […]

Who says third-place games don't matter! The Okanagan Mission Huskies (pictured) and the Yale Lions put on a tremendous show in the Quad-A third-place game on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Mark Steffens property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Why bronze is still golden! Hopf’s two clutch free throws allow OKM’s Huskies to have their Quad-A medal moment at the LEC!

BY AARON MARTIN (Special for Varsity Letters)(Note — Varsity Letters will do it’s best to post championship game stories form the 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A finals today from the LEC. Please check back later tonight for updates. For stories you don’t see out promise is to get them to you as quickly as possible […]

South Kamloops' Kiana Kaczur (back) and SMUS Alex Motherwell crashed and banged into each other all game long MARK STEFFENS during Day 3 Final Four play at the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships March 1, 2024 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Mark Steffens property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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TRIPLE-A B.C. girls Final Four 2024: No box score can paint this kind of hoops beauty! Physicality carries the day as SMUS edges South Kam for return to title-game stage!

No. 2 SMUS 55 vs. No. 3 SOUTH KAMLOOPS 54By HOWARD TSUMURALANGLEY — They don’t give out an award for the Most Physical Game played here at the B.C. senior girls basketball championships.But if they did, the Triple-A semifinal played Friday between the Vancouver Island and Thompson-Okanagan champs would win hands down.And in a game […]

Miah Schuurman drives past Credo Christian during Day 3 Final Four play at the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships March 1, 2024 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Mark Steffens property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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SINGLE-A B.C. girls Final Four 2024: Miah Schuurman catches fire for Flames, pours home 36 points as blue-collar Unity Christian pulls upset for BC finals berth!

No. 8 Unity Christian Flames 49 No.5 Credo Christian Kodiaks 37LANGLEY — The Unity Christian Flames are not about the glitz, glam, or fashion.The Flames play gritty, tough basketball and head coach Kyle Smiens fully embraces his team’s mentality.“We’ve been grinding out games all year,” he said following his No. 8-seeded team’s 49-37 upset win […]