Abbotsford's St. John Brebeuf Bears are headed for their first ever B.C. senior girls AA tournament. (Photo property of St. John Brebeuf athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The adventure of Brebeuf’s basketball Bears: Big dreams and baby steps have Abby’s SJB senior girls B.C. AA tourney-bound!

ABBOTSFORD — Put enough baby steps together, and it’s only just a matter of time before you begin to make a path out of the wilderness along a journey you can call your own.

Chris Kennedy was once again the host of the B.C. girls basketball live draw presentation which aired Wednesday evening from the Langley Events Centre. (LEC photo)
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Your home for B.C. championship brackets: Plan your hoops week right here with all five upcoming provincial tournament draws

LANGLEY — We’ve got all five of the B.C. high school championship draws released over the past few days right here in one place.In order, you’ll find the B.C. senior girls 4A, 3A and 2A tournament draws, followed by the B.C. junior girls and boys draws.Under each draw, we’ve provided a handy URL to click […]

Following her stint playing for Canada at the NORCECA qualifier in October, Hilary Howe has been playing at a new level for the 22-2 TWU Spartans women's volleyball team. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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After 2019’s five-set national tourney heartbreaker, TWU Spartans head coach Ryan Hofer asks “…how can we all be two points better?”

LANGLEY — The more Ryan Hofer stared at a set numbers which represented perhaps the most crushing defeat in the history of Trinity Western women’s volleyball, the more clearly he was able to decipher their truest meaning.“Two points,” Spartans’ head coach Hofer exclaimed Wednesday morning when the topic got around to his team’s epic five-set […]

Heritage Woods' Kiara Kozak, shown here at last December's TBI, pulled down an amazing 30 rebounds on Wednesday to lead the Kodiaks past North Surrey and into the B.C. Quad-A championships beginning next Wednesday right back at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Kozak grabs 30 caroms, Alyza Aikins goes wild from three: Here’s how Heritage Woods, Tweedy, Cowichan punched Big Dance 2020’s final tickets

LANGLEY — The final three pieces of the puzzle have been fit into place, and that set’s the stage for tonight’s official unveiling of the B.C. senior girls AA, AAA and inaugural AAAA 16-team draws.

When Oak Bay's Griffin Arnatt (left) and A.R. MacNeill's Everett Swaim clashed back in December at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, the provincials were a long ways off. This week, with the Vancouver Island championships set to tip off, the Bays move back into the spotlight as a Quad-A honourable mention. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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02.19.20 edition Varsity Letters B.C. boys high school basketball rankings: Bays, Flyin’ Lions, Fighting Saints and Deer Lake all rise up!

NORTH DELTA — We’ve hit the start of zone championship tournaments.They’ve got new names… like South Fraser, Fraser North, East Valley and Sea-to-Sky, yet the stakes are still high for the 16 teams at each tier attempting to punch tickets to the B.C. tournament March 4-7 at the Langley Events Centre.There was plenty of 4A […]

UBC head coach Kevin Hanson wants his star senior Jason Cohee "...to just be himself" when the 'Birds open against Saskatchewan on Friday as part of the Canada West's revamped post-season format. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC men’s basketball: Thunderbirds’ head coach Kevin Hanson weighs the pros and cons of new Canada West playoff format

VANCOUVER — The eight remaining Canada West men’s basketball teams have no margin for error under the conference’s new and radically-revamped playoff system.

Cowichan's Talon Hird, picked the Most Outstanding Male Wrestler of the 2020 B.C. high school championships, took a place among our province's most decorated prep grapplers. (Photo property of Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Wrestling Championships 2020: Maple Ridge’s Ramblers, Cowichan’s Hird make their mark on LEC mats

By Gary Ahuja(Special for VarsityLetters.ca)LANGLEY — The Maple Ridge Ramblers were the big winners, taking home a bevy of team and individual prizes while Cowichan’s Talon Hird joined an exclusive list of past champions.Competing at the 2020 B.C. Secondary School Wrestling Association Championships presented by Onni Group on February 16 and 17 at Langley Events […]

John Oliver Jokers' Queenie Salazar can't fight back her tears of joy after the Grade 9 guard helped South Van's John Oliver Jokers to their first B.C. senior girls basketball championship tournament berth in 27 years last week in the school's own gym. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The Joy of John Oliver’s basketball Jokers: After 27 years, ‘perpetual underdogs’ have their day, punch tickets to B.C. Quad-A championships!

VANCOUVER — Before he can can even begin to express the joy these days that comes from being a John Oliver Joker, Pat Lee offers an apology to the curious reporter at the other end of his cel phone connection.

Seaquam's Bob Hoy (left) and Richmond's Ron Putzi eye a free throw during the 1988 title game at the PNE Agrodome. (Photo property of the BCHSBBA 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Who made the Diamond Jubilee Elite 8? Let’s just say the 1970’s looking like a new Golden Age!

(Due to technical difficulties encountered here at VarsityLetters.ca over the past two weeks, several stories, including this one, had not been posted here on our main site, which is now back to being fully operational as of Feb. 17, 2020. We thank you for your patience and your continued loyalty to B.C.’s most trusted source for […]

Fraser Valley's Deanna Tuchscherer has enjoyed a brilliant rookie debut in the Canada West. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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“…Hey, she just pulled a Dirk!” UFV’s fab frosh Tuchscherer making like a U Sports’ Nowitzki

(Due to technical difficulties encountered here at VarsityLetters.ca over the past two weeks, several stories, including this one, had not been posted here on our main site, which is now back to being fully operational as of Feb. 17, 2020. We thank you for your patience and your continued loyalty to B.C.’s most trusted source for […]