Riverside's Avery Sussex celebrates on the floor with teammate Grace Park in the TBI Super 16 final at the Langley Events Centre. The Rapids have back into No. 1 in the province's largest Quad-A tier. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls Top 10 hoops ranks 01.31.23 edition: Riverside re-claims Quad-A No. 1 from Walnut Grove after Yale’s Ella Bohn banks home 3-pt OT winner vs. Gators!

LANGLEY — There seems virtually nothing to choose between B.C.’s top two Quad-A senior girls basketball team.The latest provincial Top 10 rankings have PoCo’s new No. 1 Riverside Rapids seperated by just a single poll point from Langley’s now-No. 2-ranked Walnut Grove Gators after the results of voting were released Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m.Riverside […]

With its logo featuring both the brain and a basketball, Bigger Than Basketball event founder Bradley Braich is turning the gathering point of the gymnasium into a place where it's just as easy to talk about mental health as it is to work on your jumper. (Photo by Ryan Molag property of Langley Events Centre 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Five years his after mental health struggles nearly claimed him, ex-Yale hoops star Bradley Braich is a UBC neuroscience major whose life defines ‘Bigger Than Basketball’

Today, I wanted to share with you a little about the history of the most important story we have been able to tell here at Varsity Letters, and how that story’s subject has grown in ways which truly surpass the margins of the written page.Just weeks shy of five years ago, a courageous 17-year-old basketball […]

The Oak Bay Bays and host Vancouver College Fighting Irish were among the top three finishers this past weekend at the Irish's own Emerald invitational. (Photo by Gary Ahuja property of Langley Events Centre 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys Top 10 rankings 01.25.23 edition: Quad-A V.C. Irish, Triple-A St. Pat’s each nab fresh, new No. 1 ranks as Semiahmoo, Dover Bay each slip to into No. 2 slots! We’ve got all four tiers right here!

LANGLEY — For the first time this 2022-23 B.C. senior boys basketball season, there are new No. 1’s atop of the province’s two largest tiers of competition.Surrey’s Semiahmoo Thunderbirds fell from Quad-A 1 and were replaced by former No. 2 Vancouver College after falling to the host Irish 96-88 at the Emerald invitational final on […]

King George's Jose Zuluaga (left) is guarded by North Delta's Kristian Cabico during opening round Rising 8 bracket action at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys basketball Top 10 01.18.23 edition: Abby Panthers on the top four prowl at Quad-A, Valleyview & King George also jump!

LANGLEY — The latest B.C. senior boys high school basketball rankings for all four tiers:BASKETBALLTOP 10 RANKINGSB.C. SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (SF) (LW -1)2 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (VSS) (2)3 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (VI) (3) 4 Abbotsford Panthers (EV) (7)5 St. George’s Saints (Vancouver) (VSS) (4) 6 Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey) (SF) (6) 7 Enver […]

Adam Olsen of Surrey’s Elgin Park Orcas faced Vancouver’s St. Patrick’s Celtics in the 2022 B.C. Triple-A championship final last March at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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A phenom for the future, UBC Thunderbirds basketball spreads its wingspan and welcomes Elgin Park’s 6-foot-7 guard/wing Adam Olsen to War Memorial Gym for 2023-24 season!

VANCOUVER — Adam Olsen is all business when it comes to the level of compete he will bring to the UBC Thunderbirds basketball team next season.In fact if there was a metric capable of measuring just such an intangible among B.C.’s graduating high school Class of 2023, the 6-foot-7 guard/wing Olsen might well sit at […]

Chioma Duru (left) of Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags battles with Kanani Coon of Kelowna's Okanagan Mission Huskies during Day 4 action at the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out invitational on Saturday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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01.18.23 Triple-A and Double-A Top 10 girls hoop rankings: SMUS takes over No. 1 at AAA, Mulgrave holds on to No. 1 at AA six weeks ahead of B.C. championship tip-off at the LEC!

LANGLEY — Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags have moved to top of the Triple-A Top 10 rankings following a third-place finish at the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out.Their climb has included a split of games with current Quad-A No. 1 Walnut Grove, including a win over the Gators at the MEI Eagles Invitational.We published […]

Riverside and Walnut Grove have swapped positions in the most recent B.C. senior girls Quad-A Top 10 coaches poll released Jan. 17 after the Gators topped the Rapids in overtime on Saturday in the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out in Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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Top 10 rankings 01.17.23 edition: Walnut Grove Gators move to No. 1 in latest B.C. Quad-A girls hoops poll following win over PoCo’s Riverside Rapids!

LANGLEY — As expected, the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out has re-shaped the largest tier of B.C. senior girls high school basketball.There’s a new No. 1 for the first time this season in the Quad-A rankings after Walnut Grove’s overtime win over Riverside in Saturday’s overtime tourney title tilt in Coquitlam.No other others senior girls high […]

The Quad-A No. 2 Walnut Grove Gators react to a win over No. 1 Riverside in the championship final Jan. 14 at Centennial Secondary's Top 10 Shoot-Out 2023. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Top 10 Shoot-Out ’23: Centennial’s mid-season showcase proves no one is unbeatable! As No. 2 Gators top No. 1 Rapids in Quad-A showdown, both teams reflect on lessons learned the hard way!

COQUITLAM — They’ve always played under a moniker, which in the grand tradition of the best high school nicknames, has lacked a genuine relevancy to either its history or its geography.Yet if you were among those in attendance for Saturday night’s championship final of Centennial Secondary’s re-borne Top 10 Shoot-Out senior girls basketball invitational, you […]

Yale's Rebecca Demeter (right) steps in to guard Elly Drazic of the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs in final round play Saturday at the 2023 Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out in Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out 2023 Saturday finale! After two-year hiatus, we’ve got Day 4 placing-game-reports from the January girls hoops classic right here!

COQUITLAM — Welcome to the fourth and final day of the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out here at Centennial Secondary School.Check back at Varsity Letters through the day today as we provide game reports from several of the four-day event’s placing games.As well, we’ll have a separate posting on the championship final between Quad A’s two […]

Lord Byng point guard Eli Mullin (left) drives past Brookswood's Logan Stewart on Day 1 at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Dec. 7 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Basketball Top 10 Ranks 01.11.23 edition: The rise of the Oak Bay Bays & Brookswood Bobcats, plus Tammy’s ‘Cats surge to JV No. 1!

BURNABY — The first set of Top 10 rankings for B.C. senior boys high school basketball have arrived for 2023, and Surrey schools have surged in the largest Quad-A tier.Here’s the lastest from our B.C. pollsters at all four tiers for Jan 11, 2023:BASKETBALLTOP 10 RANKINGSB.C. SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (SF) (LW -1)2 […]