Reaching ever higher, Duchess Park Condors' senior point guard Cole Laing plays with an edge that is hard to match. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Duchess Park’s Cole Laing: Unflappable and focused, “…he has that dog mentality” says head coach Jordan Yu!

Cole Laing is on the phone from Prince George, chuckling at a reporter’s dogged line of questioning, one clearly aimed at getting him to acknowledge that every time he steps between the lines, he plays like a mean piece of business.“Yeah, I play angry,” the Duchess Park Condors’ 6-foot senior point guard finally offers. “My […]

A take-charge leader on the floor, King George point guard Max Astak (left) drives past Burnaby's South's Zach Chan during the 2021 TBI championship final Dec. 11 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong protected image of photographer via Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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The inner fire of King George’s Dragon king! Basketball gave Max Astak the voice to become a leader in tough times!

VANCOUVER — Growing up as the son of immigrant parents, Max Astak admits it wasn’t always easy to traverse cultures and make the kinds of social connections so important in the lives of young people.“But for me, basketball united me with others,” the senior point guard with Vancouver’s King George Dragons explains.“My parents came here […]

Abbotsford's Jahvon Maksymiw (right) and the rest of the Quad-A Panthers have moved up to No. 5 in the latest B.C. Top 10 rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys high school basketball rankings 01.18.22 edition: Top 10’s top climbers include Abbotsford, Pacific Academy, Mark Isfeld and Unity Christian!

LANGLEY — Cancellations seemed to rival actual games played over another tough week in the B.C. boys high school basketball week.Teams of the week?Quad-A’s Abbotsford Panthers and Semiahmoo Totems of Surrey, Triple-A’s Mark Isfeld Ice of Courtenay, the Double-A Pacific Academy Breakers of Surrey, and the Single-A duo of Chilliwack’s Unity Christian Flames and Maple […]

On a team filled with talented Grade 11 players, St. Thomas More point guard Tarrence Booker is one of the big reasons that Burnaby's Knights sit at No. 6 in the B.C. Triple-A rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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St. Thomas More’s Tarrence Booker: Through his basketball bloodlines & Knights’ hoop traditions, Grade 11 point guard gains deeper appreciation for the game!

BURNABY — At the age of 16, you could say that the pages of Tarrence Booker’s basketball life are just now being written.Yet engage the St. Thomas More Collegiate Grade 11 point guard on any number of topics, both on and off the court, and it becomes pretty clear that he’s already a few chapters […]

Burnaby South big man Karan Aujla goes to the glass to score two of his 19 first-half points Saturday in a win over host Vancouver College. (Photo by Burnaby South media team of Shamira Alberts and Sarah Lewis property of Rebels Athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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In front of empty gym, No. 1 Burnaby South gets its toughest test yet, but 16-0 Rebels let guards roam free in 77-64 win over No. 2 Van College Irish!

VANCOUVER — It was likely the quietest top-tiered No. 1 vs No. 2 senior boys basketball game in B.C. high school history.Yet the No. 1 Burnaby South Rebels’ 77-64 win over the host, No. 2-ranked Vancouver College Fighting Irish on Saturday night, played in front of an empty set of stands at the host site […]

KIng George Dragon senior guard Palmer Currie (right) looks to try and slow McMath's 6-foot-10 centre Kyle Christofferson Dec. 9, 2021 at the Langley Events Centre during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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“Just encourage the coaches to get their schedules to me!”BCboysbasketball.com’s Tom Tagami asks B.C. boys coaches to keep site’s content as reliable as ever!

LANGLEY — B.C. boys high school basketball has the website that is the envy of the entire B.C. high school sports world.Voluminous and complete, it has for years been the lifeline of information for its teams, coaches, players and just as important, its fans and the media, providing not only complete schedules, but scores updated […]

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A Vancouver College vs. Walnut Grove clash for the 2022 B.C. junior boys championship? If the latest rankings play out, that would be the matchup! (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. junior boys basketball rankings 01.11.22: WGSS Gators move up to No. 2, Byrne Creek and Spectrum inch closer to Top 10!

Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators have moved into the top two in the latest B.C. junior boys Top 10 basketball rankings released Tuesday. Vancouver College continues to hold down the No. 1 spot.Meanwhile, Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers crack the top 10, while Burnaby’s Byrne Creek Bulldogs, and the Spectrum Thunder of Victoria work their way into […]

While Fleetwood Park head coach Jordan Taylor (right) peers back at the score clock, Grade 11 Dragons' forward Eesher Sarai (6) steps off the floor during Dec. 10 contest at the 2021 TBI at the Langley Events Centre. Fleetwood Park remains No. 5 in the most recent B.C. AAAA rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys high school basketball rankings 01.11.22 edition: After a quiet holiday break, tip-off tempo picks up! Brentwood moves in B.C. Double-A No. 1!

LANGLEY — Games have been sparse from the start of the holiday break through the re-opening of schools around the province this week.Nonetheless, their frequency will continue to pick up steam.As a result, these are our first set of B.C. senior boys basketball rankings since Dec. 20.Quad-, Double- and Single-A tiers all check in with […]

Victoria's Claremont Spartans and the Centennial Centaurs of Coquitlam continued to remain a presence within the B.C. boys Quad-A basketball rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys high school basketball rankings 12.21.21 edition: Dover Bay, Mark Isfeld, Summerland all climb into Top 10 poll position!

LANGLEY — Our final set of senior boys basketball rankings of 2021 have arrived, and as usual, there were many tough decisions which had to be made.All the best over the holidays and we will return with our next rankings in 2022.SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Burnaby South Rebels (13-0) (FN) (LW-1)Last week — Won all three […]

McArthur Hilton of Byrne Creek and the rest of the Bulldogs climb one spot to No. 6 in the latest B.C. AAA rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys high school basketball rankings 12.14.21 edition: Fleetwood Park, A.R. MacNeill, STM take giants steps up coming off blue-chip TBI performances!

LANGLEY — No. 1 was about the only safe number this past week in B.C.’s four tiers of senior boys high school basketball.Once again, our pollsters have spoken and here are the latest in our second-to-last edition before the holiday break.SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Burnaby South Rebels (10-0) (FN) (LW-1)Last week — Won all four games […]