Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers' rising senior guard Alyza Aikins will lead her team into the 2020 Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Twenty teams for TBI 2020! Our roster for the annual senior girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational features B.C.’s best of the best!

LANGLEY — Our collective fingers are crossed with the hope that a safe fall and winter season is on the horizon for high school sports in the province of B.C.And in the spirit of that positivity, we hope that one of the final highlights of a challenging 2020 calendar year will be the latest edition of […]

Handsworth's head coach Randy Storey trumpets the leadership skills of graduating senior forward George Horn, who will play for the OUA's Western Mustangs this coming season. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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George Horn: Leadership, confidence blossom from within as Handsworth’s B.C. 4A all-star forward charts course for OUA’s Western Mustangs

NORTH VANCOUVER — If you saw George Horn doing his thing in the paint this past March during the B.C. senior boys Quad-A basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre, from those outstretched arms down to the solid base of that 6-foot-8 frame, his presence seemed to mimic that of a mighty oak tree.

Kelowna's Jonathon Haughton (centre) along with Handsworth's George Horn (right) were two of the 10 players picked to the 2019-20 BCHSBBA Quad-A all-star team. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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BCHSBBA’s 2019-20 Quad-A all-stars, plus the complete list of provincial 3A, 2A and 1A all-stars all right here!

Varsity Letters congratulates those players announced Friday to the 2019-20 BCHSBBA Quad-A provincial all-star team.Check back with us later in the afternoon for a feature story on one of the Quad-A all-stars!BCHSBBA 2019-20 QUAD-A ALL-STARSNavi Aggarwal (6-2 G/F, Kamloops-Norkam)Ethan Boag (6-9 F, Victoria-Claremont)Hunter Cruz-Dumont (6-3 G, Vancouver College)Peter Greaves (6-8 F, Courtenay-G.P. Vanier)Malcom Greggor (5-10 […]

Kelowna head coach Chris Cartwright exchanges a sideline high-five this past season with Owls' player Noah Gross during AAA action against St. Thomas More at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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How to establish a high school football culture! Owls’ HC Chris Cartwright helps kick off BCHSF Zoom Coaching series by telling a T.O.U.G.H. story

When Chris Cartwright gets his chance next month to speak to the brotherhood of B.C. high school football coaches he is so proud to be a part of, his words will be coming straight from the heart.“Humbled and honoured…” to be part of the BCSSFA’s virtual Zoom Coaching Series set to debut June 1, the […]

Jackson Kuc of the Duchess Park Condors was one of three members of the Prince George-based team to be named to the BCHSBBA 2019-20 Triple-A B.C. all-star team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys Triple-A all-stars 2019-20: Trio of Duchess Park Condors rated among province’s finest!

This past March, Prince George’s Duchess Park Condors came about as close as you can to existing in a perfect basketball universe.On the 40th anniversary of the team’s historic 1980 top-tiered B.C. senior boys championship victory, the 2020 Condors won in the provincial semifinals, met the members of that pioneering team in the post-game locker […]

B.C. high school rugby commissioner Walter Van Halst speaks to the challenges which lay ahead for his and all other high school sports. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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05.20.20 edition: Varsity Letters-The Podcast talks B.C. high school rugby with commissioner Walt Van Halst

Welcome to another edition of Varsity Letters-The Podcast. This week, we speak with Walter Van Halst, the commissioner of the B.C. Secondary Schools Rugby Union, on the future of the sport within the provincial high school ranks.   B.C. high school rugby was coming off one of its most successful seasons ever in 2019 with […]

Zac Meinen (right) of the Abbotsford Christian Knights finished his high school basketball career with a 42-point performance. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Small-school stars! Meet Abby Christian’s Zach Meinen and the rest of the BCHSBBA’s 2019-20 Double- and Single-A all-stars

ABBOTSFORD — If you want to know just how good a point guard Abbotsford Christian’s Zach Meinen was over his senior year, first ask his basketball coach to tell you a story about how well Meinen played his second-favourite sport: Volleyball.“Zach’s had been an outside hitter his whole high school career,” begins Abby Christian head […]

Following championship careers at Burnaby South, the basketball recruiting road has brought Rebels' stars Jusuf Sehic (left) and Sasha Vujisic to Kamloops' Thompson Rivers WolfPack for the 2020-21 Canada West season. (Photos by Wilson Wong property of UBC Athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A northern migration: Why Burnaby South’s Vujisic and Sehic seem a perfect fit in their hoops reunion with Kamloops’ TRU WolfPack

BURNABY — Back in 2018, over a precious few weeks of March Madness, Jusuf Sehic and Sasha Vujisic wrote one heck of a first chapter together on the basketball court.It was a budding storyline, co-penned between a pair of Burnaby South Secondary stars, which seemed to cry out for more.After all, when was the last […]

Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls visited Vancouver as an NBA city during the Grizzlies short life here, yet MJ almost paid a private visit to a B.C. high school hoops powerhouse a back in 1990. (ESPN photo graphic)
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The Last Dance, Vancouver style! Thirty years later, the story behind Michael Jordan’s planned 1990 trip to Richmond High

RICHMOND — Cell phones had not yet gone mainstream, and the internet was about a year away from its official launch.The year was 1990, although that might not seem like so long ago to some, the world was still an innocent enough outpost that picking up the phone and making one call could still get […]

Bill Stebbings (third right) is flanked by former players (left to right) Eron Labadie, Bill Richards, Charles Hotel, David Hughes, Bob Hoy and John Christie at the school's Wall of Fame induction ceremony this past December. (Photo property of Seaquam Seahawks athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Bill Stebbings 1949-2020: The architect of Seaquam Seahawks boys basketball always saw the big picture first

NORTH DELTA — He was a basketball coach who wanted the world for his players.And in the end, Bill Stebbings helped them find it by showing them that their commitment to the game was redeemable in later life in the form of wisdom and a deeper appreciation for the value of family and friends.On Tuesday, […]