Keri Brar and the rest of her No. 14-seeded North Surrey Spartans earned a tough measure of respect by knocking off the No. 4-seeded St. Thomas More Knights on Day 1 of the 2018 BC junior girls basketball championships in Langley. (Photo by Wilson Wong, property of UBC athletics)
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North Surrey Spartans: Earning respect the hard way at BC JV finals starts with upset of No. 4 STM Knights

By Aly Laube(Special to VarsityLetters.ca)LANGLEY — For the  underdog North Surrey Spartans, facing Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights here on the opening day of the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships was the best case scenario.

St. John Brebeuf's Ashley Smith (left) tries to gain an edge on Alyssa Klotz of Duncan's Cowichan Thunderbirds during BC junior girls opening-round play on Wednesday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters.ca)
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02.28.2018: Results from the First Round of the B.C. Junior Girls Basketball Championship Qualification Games Are In

By Aly Laube(Special to VarsityLetters.ca)Here’s our look at the first eight games of the day Wednesday at the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre.

Langley's Christian's Grade 10 sensation Makenna Gardner scored 28 points to lead the Lightning past the Whistler Storm. (Howard Tsumura photo property of VarsityLetters.ca) (Howard Tsumura photo property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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02.28.18: Complete Day 1 reports from the B.C. senior girls AA basketball championships

We’ve got reports from all eight games played in the opening round of the B.C. senior girls AA basketball championship draw but first, here’s Friday’s championship round draw:

Heritage Woods' Breona Martin (left) contends with the defence of Kelowna's Rachel Hare during opening-round action at the 2018 B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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02.28.18: Complete Day 1 reports from the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships

We’ve got reports from all eight games played in the opening round of the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championship draw, but first a look at Friday’s championship draw:

Oak Bay's Georgia Alexander, headed to NCAA Dartmouth, has been honoured by the BCSSGBA as one of B.C.'s Top 15 high school basketball players. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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From Alexander to Wisotzki: We honour B.C.’s Top 15 girls high school basketball players; along with our POY it’s a super Sweet 16!

LANGLEY — Welcome to the Sweet 16. As has become a traditional way to welcome March Madness, the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association, in conjunction with VarsityLetters.ca presents its annual Player of the Year and B.C. Top 15 Girls Dream Team.

Still only in Grade 11, Walnut Grove Gators' point guard Tavia Rowell has been selected the BCSSGBA's 2017-18 Player of the Year. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Walnut Grove’s Tavia Rowell: The BCSSGBA’s Player of the Year on dropping dimes and picking up wisdom

LANGLEY —It was a moment of illumination that took place this past December, within the same Centre Court complex of the Langley Events Centre where she will this week try to help make history for her high school.

St. George's Sam Wooder set a benchmark for mental tenacity in Saints' win over Vancouver College on Monday for a berth in Tuesday's B.C. junior boys final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Sudden Sam helps St. George’s soldier past Fighting Irish and into Tuesday’s B.C. junior boys title tilt

LANGLEY — The St. George’s Saints graduating Class of 2020 has done a pretty fair job of holding its own against their basketball peers at Vancouver College.

Lord Tweedsmuir coach Chad Olafson congratulates his players after the Panthers won for the fourth time in three days to secure a berth in Tuesday's B.C. championship final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Tweedy’s Panthers get first-ever crack at B.C. junior boys title after ending magic run of Belmont Bulldogs

LANGLEY — The Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, like all of the teams here at the 49th annual B.C. junior boys basketball provincial invitational tournament, had watched from afar as the underdog Belmont Bulldogs rolled to upset after upset.

Belmont's 6-foot-4 Markus Modrivic (left) strains to out-reach Sir Charles Tupper's 6-foot-6 Mathew Dunkerley during B.C. junior boys Elite 8 clash Sunday at the LEC. Modrivic's 14 points led the Bulldogs to an upset 48-38 win over the No. 2 Tigers. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Belmont’s underdog Bulldogs: How a ‘heaven-sent’ text message illuminated Cinderella’s journey to BC junior boys Final Four

LANGLEY — Who are the Belmont Bulldogs and where did they come from? Beyond the obvious, the fact that they are a Victoria high school, is that as a No. 23 seed, they play in a 4:30 p.m. Final Four clash today against Surrey’s No. 3 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers here at the 2018 B.C. junior boys […]

While Mouat's Harvir Garcha (right) gives chase to Tamanawis' Miguel Tomley on Sunday night in Langley, a capacity LEC crowd looks on from the centre court stands. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Mighty Miguel drops 49, leads Tammy to epic overtime win over Mouat as big, bad Fraser Valley firms up its B.C.-bound field

LANGLEY — While it would take an exhaustive case study to call it the greatest top-tiered Fraser Valley senior boys high school basketball championship game ever, the 2,000-plus in attendance Sunday evening at the Langley Events Centre would all tell you that it needs to be in the running.