Trinity Western's fourth-year transfer Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath has brought his Texas-sized smile, heart and skill-package north to Langley from the Lone Star State. He's currently the leading scorer in all of U Sports men's basketball. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved
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Trinity Western’s Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath: For a rebuilding Spartans’ program, the man they call ‘Q’ has arrived on cue to lead U Sports’ hoops in scoring

LANGLEY — He’s the guy they all call Q, which in an unintentional way is actually quite fitting because once you watch him play for the first time, all you have are questions, questions, questions.

Robert Bateman guard Cally Izbicki, part of a small core of returning seniors, helps lead host Robert Bateman into the 2020 Timberwolves Classic beginning Thursday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Rick MacDonald property of Robert Bateman athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Timberwolves Classic 2020: In a new, four-tiered girls basketball world, Bateman’s annual 16-team classic pays homage to changing times

ABBOTSFORD — Study the draw for the 2020 Timberwolves Classic tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary this weekend, and by its composition alone, you get the truest indication of where we stand two months into the first season of four-tiered senior varsity girls basketball in the province of B.C.

Allan Pan (right) helps lead his No. 9-ranked, host St. John's Eagles into the annual St. John's Jam which begins a three-day run Thursday at the Kitsilano-area school. (Photo courtesy of St. John's School. All rights reserved)
Jimmy Zaborniak (centre) and the rest of the Burnaby South Rebels are back to the No. 1 spot in the B.C. senior boys Quad-A rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior boys basketball rankings 01.22.20: Burnaby South regains it’s hold on Quad-A No. 1, while 49ers, Sabres, Sharks jostle in Double-A waters

NORTH DELTA —Almost two months after it started off the 2019-20 B.C. senior boys basketball season as the preseason No. 1-ranked team, the Burnaby South Rebels are back on top.

St. Thomas More's Bella Gaspar (left) and her Knights climbed into the No. 3 spot in the B.C. Double-A girls basketball rankings this week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior girls basketball rankings 01.22.20: Semiahmoo flirts with season-long perfection atop Quad-A poll, STMC climbs 2A’s tough top four

LANGLEY — Quad-A No. 1 Semiahmoo was as visible locally as it has been all season, sweeping all foes en route to the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out championship tournament Saturday at Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary.Both Quad-A and Double-A tiers issued Top 10 rankings this week:QUAD ATOP 101 Semiahmoo Totems (White Rock) (66 points) (LW-1)2 tie Kelowna […]

Britannia seniors Surpise Munie (left) and Shemaiah Abatayo have helped the East Vancouver squad reach its potential with two weeks remaining until the start of playoffs. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letter 2020. All rights reserved)
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VGBA Langara Challenge 2020: On a three-tourney win streak, Britannia’s superstar senior duo imbues Bruins’ roster with confidence

VANCOUVER — It was back six weeks ago, at mid-December’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational, that East Vancouver’s Britannia Bruins announced themselves as a team with the wherewithal to embark on a provincial championship-title journey.On their way to knocking off ranked Quad-A powers Kelowna, Yale and Riverside before finally falling to Triple-A No. 1 Okanagan Mission in […]

In a celebratory mood, Semiahmoo Totems (left to right) Nicole Pajic, Tara Wallack, Raushan Bindra, Izzy Forsyth and Emily Wubs each react to the buzzer-beating 60-foot trey sunk by teammate Deja Lee (fourth from left). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Semiahmoo’s Tara Wallack and Izzy Forsyth lead No. 1 Totems to Top 10 Shoot-Out title with a dominance that harkens back to the early 2000’s

COQUITLAM — Semiahmoo’s Tara Wallack and Izzy Forsyth are setting enough of a standard these days as a high school front-court pair beyond compare that at least one rival coach found himself thinking back to the turn of the century for an apt comparison.“I coached against Kim Smith, Katja Fuess and Julia Wilson, and so […]

It's a battle of 10th graders Saturday at the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out as Langley Christian's Sydney Bradshaw (left) guards Terry Fox's Alisha Weloy. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out 2020: Double-A No. 1 Langley Christian’s Grade 10 duo of Shelvey and Bradshaw shines in win over Terry Fox

COQUITLAM — It seems there is a youth movement wherever you care to look these days in the B.C. senior girls high school basketball world.From teams comprised almost entirely of underclassmen, to those with quality smatterings of non-seniors, that was clearly the theme of this week’s 2020 Top 10 Shoot-Out at here at Centennial Secondary.And […]

Valleyview's Indigo Learie (left) drives past Claremont's Kamryn Allen on Saturday at the Top 10 Shoot-Out in Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out 2020: Valleyview’s road-warrior Vikes show their pluck as Learie leads Kamloops squad past Claremont

COQUITLAM — No amount of snow was going to keep the Valleyview Vikings from their appointed rounds at the 2020 Top 10 Shoot-Out this weekend at Centennial Secondary.

Terry Fox's Alisha Weloy was one of four Ravens to hit double figures on offence in its win over Langley's Brookswood Bobcats. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial’s Top 10 Shoot-Out: Live reports from the heart of Coquitlam on the final day of the 2020 girls hoops classic

COQUITLAM — We’re here at the nine-team Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out tourament in Coquitlam.Stay tuned for updates on this posting throughout the afternoon.Here’s a look at what we’ve been able to see since setting foot in the gymnasium.VALLEYVIEW 74 CLAREMONT 70COQUITLAM — No amount of snow was going to keep the Valleyview Vikings from their […]