Collingwood's Tyler Preston (left, stripes) scored his second try of the match as the defending B.C. champion Cavaliers topped Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags on Thursday in North Vancouver. (Photo by Mark Liu property of Collingwood athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Mark Liu property of Collingwood athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.20.19 Varsity Letters B.C. high school rugby early-weekend edition: AA’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash, plus Tweedy & Rockridge dramatic winners

Welcome to Varsity Letters holiday weekend edition of the B.C. Boys High School Rugby Report. We’re publishing ahead of the now-regular Monday posting day due to the nature of the holiday long weekend.

Britannia guard Shemaiah Abatayo will enter her senior season with the Bruins by leading the Vancouver school at the 2019 TBI. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Girls 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 20-team field features some of B.C.’s blue-chip best, plus a core of rising newcomers

LANGLEY — We opened our week by presenting the 20 teams taking part in the eighth-annual boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational. Today, here’s our look at the field for the 20-team girls tournament, set to run Dec. 11-14:TBI 2019GIRLSARGYLE PIPERS — Plenty of height with a trio of six-foot-plus players in Gabby Francis, Ella Mellinghaus and Julia […]

Kelowna's Malcom Greggor (left) keeps an eye on McMath's Travis Hamberger during opening-round of the 2018 TBI. Both players are back for the 2019 tourney. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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We’ve expanded to 20 teams! Meet the field for the 2019 senior boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational

LANGLEY — We’re getting older, and when that happens, it becomes time to extend that wingspan even further. The Tsumura Basketball Invitational, which has become early-season appointment viewing at the Langley Events Centre for B.C.’s best boys and girls basketball teams, will turn eight this coming December.

Last season, Coquitlam's Dr. Charles Best (celebrating a goal) lost in penalty kicks to Fraser Heights in the Fraser Valley junior title game. This season, Best's seniors have moved into No, 1 in the provincial rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
The Shawnigan Lake Stags topped Victoria's Oak Bay Barbarians in a rematch of last season's B.C. Quad A title match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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04.15.19 Varsity Letters’ B.C. Boys Rugby Report: Stags top Barbs in B.C. Quad-A title rematch, Carson beats EMS to top Premier League table

LANGLEY — Monday’s Varsity Letters’ B.C. high school rugby report leads off with a re-match of last season’s B.C. Quad-A title final game.

Byrne Creek hooker Jeevan Deol (left) is one of almost 100 first-year high school rugby players at Burnaby's Byrne Creek Community School this season. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Why coach Moreno Stefanon & Byrne Creek’s new rugby program has meshed with Bulldog nation’s global student body

BURNABY — It was a scene which gave you a sense of the surreal, but when you dream big and don’t let the details get in the way of trying, it’s the kind of stuff which always seems to find a way to become reality.

In his final high school game, Oak Bay's Diego Maffia scored a game-high 22 points and earned MVP honours as the Quad A team beat the Triple A team 107-100 in the featured B.C. boys high school all-star game at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
North Delta's Suraj Gahir (left) and Oak Bay's Diego Maffia comprise their own mutual admiration society. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Suraj and Diego: North Delta’s Gahir and Oak Bay’s Maffia are both a blue-chip all-star pair and a mutual admiration society

NORTH DELTA — They have played against each only one time, and yet as each counts down to Saturday, the final day of their respective high school basketball careers, maybe it’s no surprise that they have already formed a mutual admiration society.Off the court, Oak Bay’s Diego Maffia and North Delta’s Suraj Gahir showed themselves to […]

Leading the defensive wave for Charles Tupper on Thursday in its VSSAA league match against Point Grey was Kiya Vivier-Miller (left). He was joined by (front row left to right), Mitchell Morgan, Ahmad Suliman and Josh Soquila. Brining up the rear were (l to r) Aiden Vagay and Mohammad Suliman. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Oak Bay's Diego Maffia (6) pulls on Bays' colours for the final time Saturday in the 43rd annual B.C. boys high school all-star game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Diego Maffia: Ahead of his Saturday all-star finale, Oak Bay’s superstar guard chats about finding a fit with his hometown Victoria Vikes

He may not be joining the most prolific offence in U Sports’ basketball, yet high-scoring Diego Maffia likes the schematics of his hometown Victoria Vikes and the ways in which his greatest skills can potentially find their fit at the university level.