Seycove's Brianna Norman, a rising senior ahead of the 2021-22 season, is one of the players to watch next season in the B.C. senior AA ranks. (Photo by Sean Clancy property of Seycove athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 players to watch in 2021-22: B.C. girls basketball Double-A ranks filled with a class of rising senior talent

LANGLEY — Based on the tier’s senior Class of 2020, a group filled with as much dynamic talent as we’ve perhaps ever seen, the Double-A girls Class of 2o22 has a lot to live up to.Yet consider all of the senior varsity experience they have already accumulated and the betting money says they won’t disappoint.Day […]

Few shoot the three-ball like Jenna Talib, a rising Grade 10 at West Vancouver's Mulgrave School. (Photo by Mark Steffens property of Mulgrave athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 Players to Watch in 2021-22: Our four-day run of B.C.’s top rising girls hoops talent opens with kudos to Single-A’s small-school excellence!

Welcome to Day 1 of March Madness.Today, in lieu of a 2021 B.C. senior girls basketball championship run which was to have begun this week, we present our first look at next season.Coaches from all four tiers of the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association put their heads together to select 15 Players to Watch […]

You can re-watch the Britannia Bruins and Langley Christian Lightning in their 2020 B.C. AA title clash this week. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura: Join me for the LEC’s Must-See-TV! Tune in Tuesday to Saturday for classic re-plays of B.C. senior girls, junior boys championship finals!

LANGLEY — Last season, observers labelled the 2020 B.C. junior boys championship final between St. Pat’s and Sir Winston Churchill one of the best high school basketball games they had ever seen… at any level.How about that classic, as well as a huge helping of some of the best recent B.C. senior girls basketball championship […]

B.C. high school basketball's annual finale has fallen strangely silent this season. Nonetheless, Varsity Letters is determined to celebrate the spirit of March Madness. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Welcome to March Madness! Varsity Letters tips it all off Monday as we begin the four-day countdown of B.C.’s Top Girls Players to Watch in 2021-22!

Welcome to March Madness!While we all recognize our shared fortune in being able to complete last season’s 2019-20 B.C. boys and girls basketball championships just days ahead of the global pandemic’s arrival, there is, of course, the disappointing reality of having this season’s provincial tournaments cancelled.And although any kind of virtual celebration of our yearly […]

Karn Dhillon (left) who has reffed in parts of the last six decades posed at KitsFest with the late Felix Gonzales. Dhillon eulogizes his friend, who passed suddenly this week, remembering him for his huge heart and his love for his family. (Photo by Tim Braund property of Tim Braund Photography 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 02.24.21: Veteran referee Karn Dhillon, who reflects on the sudden passing of friend Felix Gonzalez, speaks to the tight-knit bond of BC’s hoops community

Welcome to the latest edition of the Varsity Letters podcast. Today we chat with longtime basketball referee Karn Dhillon on a variety of topics spanning a career that began not too soon after he graduated from Vancouver’s Sir Winston Churchill in the late 1970s. Dhillon also eulogizes his friend, longtime and well-loved referee Felix Gonzalez […]

If Utah Valley's Fardaws Aimaq can maintain his current pace and win the NCAA Div. 1 rebounding title, he would have the highest average since the late 1970s. (Photo by Jay Drowns, property of Utah Valley University Marketing 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Richmond’s rebounder for the ages: A craving for caroms has Utah Valley’s Fardaws Aimaq treading on historic NCAA Div. 1 hardwood!

As the NCAA men’s Div. 1 regular season draws towards its completion, the microscope trained one of B.C.’s high school basketball’s most remarkable grads has continued to intensify.Yet nothing is slowing down the per-game rebounding average of former Steveston-London grad Fardaws Aimaq, the 6-foot-11, 260-pound redshirt sophomore centre with the Utah Valley Wolverines.With four more […]

The work towards selecting the BC Secondary Schools Football Association All-Decade teams from the 1930s through the present day, is just beginning. A certain Pittsburgh Steelers receiver, however, is sure to be among those honoured this coming season.
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The All-Time Dream Teams of B.C. High School Football: BCSSFA wants your help in selecting our best teams, by the decade, since the 1930s!

The longest championship streak in provincial high school sports history was snapped this past fall at 86 straight years.Ever since King Edward won the first B.C. high school football title in 1934, a gridiron champ has been crowned in our province.Thankfully, those behind the scenes at the B.C. Secondary Schools Football Association are trying to […]

G.P. Vanier Towhees head coach Larry Street. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 02.17.21: From Bby South to SFU to Fox, Moody, Vanier and the world, Larry Street has been a ‘Mr. Basketball’ for the ages!

Varsity Letters is back this week with one of B.C.’s most enduring basketball coaches and personalities: Larry Street. The former Burnaby South grad, who played collegiately at Simon Fraser and has, for the past generation, coached the senior boys varsity at Courtenay’s G.P. Vanier Secondary, Street joins host Howard Tsumura to chat about his lifelong […]

First a topic of conversation in the 1960s, Notre Dame Regional Secondary's new on-campus turf football fields with seating for 730 expected to be a reality by April. (Graphic property of Notre Dame Regional Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved).
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Notre Dame’s new Juggler Field all-turf field complex set for April completion: With 700-plus seats, on-campus football looks hopefully to a fall reality!

Amidst what has been a nightmare of a high school sports season in B.C., a football Field of Dreams with the figurative spirit to go the distance, looks to have finally come to fruition at its East Vancouver campus.Notre Dame Regional Secondary, home to a Jugglers’ senior varsity football program which is the most decorated […]

Fraser Valley Cascades' guard Jordyn Sekhon has remained ready for his big opportunity at the U SPORTS level. Until the pandemic hit, many felt that breakthrough was going to happen in 2020-21. Now, the former W.J. Mouat grad is counting the days until next season tips off. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: After making the biggest shot of his life, UFV Cascades’ guard Jordyn Sekhon reflects on the power of preparation!

It was the late, great John Wooden who once quipped: “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.”Delivered a full half-century ago, in an era where catchphrases weren’t so immediately fated to become commercialized cliches, the wise words of the Wizard of Westwood have retained a dignity and a depth of meaning so instantly relevant […]