South Kamloops' big man Ripley Martin, sporting the scars of an on-court battle last month in PoCo, has gone through a crash course in basketball fitness after a serious pre-season ankle injury. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Ripley Martin: South Kam’s battle-scarred big man fights for his fitness as AAA Titans think big on road to the LEC

LANGLEY — If you happened to catch Ripley Martin with his teammates at the recent Legal Beagle Invitational at Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Secondary, just one look at his face would have told you that battle scars are all a part of the journey when your goal is to return to the B.C. AAA championship […]

Now a mainstay with his school's AAAA powerhouse at Burnaby South, Jiordano Khan (left) helped lead the Rebels to the the 2017 B.C. JV title at the Langley Events Centre last February. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.31.18 B.C. JV boys rankings: Rebels and Tigers, 2017 title combatants, resume familiar perch in latest poll

LANGLEY — The fourth B.C. junior boys basketball poll of the season, coming 24 days ahead of the B.C. championship tourney’s opening-day tip at the Langley Events Centre, finds the province’s powers keeping some faithful company.

Jordin Kojima (right) and the rest of Richmond's R.A. McMath Wildcats moved into sole possession of No. 6 in the most current B.C. senior boys AAA rankings this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
Lord Tweedsmuir's senior point guard Dylan Kinley has learned to maximize the gifts he's been given and not harbour resentment for the ones he hasn't. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Dylan Kinley: Dyslexia can’t stop Lord Tweedsmuir’s basketball star from writing his own story of hope and inspiration

SURREY — It takes but a second to step outside the box, and that’s what both Dylan Kinley and I are doing on a weekday afternoon, chatting about perception, reality and how, in the end, what matters most is the wiring between the heart and the brain.

From the classroom to the court, Rick Hansen head coach Steve Twele is inspiring his defending B.C. champion Hurricanes. (Photo through permission of Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
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B.C. Triple A ranks get a Hurricane warning, yet Rick Hansen coach Twele forecasts parity on playoff horizon

ABBOTSFORD — Steve Twele has surveyed the landscape, and the head coach of Abbotsford’s defending B.C. Triple A champion Rick Hansen Hurricanes is confident that you can throw predictability out the window from here until the end of the Fraser Valley senior boys basketball championships on March 2.

How tight is the Fraser Valley AAAA world these days? Just ask Holy Cross'Grade 11 standout Michael Risi, pictured here attempting to split the defence of Semiahmoo Totems' Jordan Chen (left) and Adam Paige at the Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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01.24.18: No. 1 Bays widen 4A gulf, healthy Titans top 3A poll as all four tiers release B.C. Big 10 boys rankings

LANGLEY — Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems climb to No. 2, likely the highest position in the history of its senior varsity boys basketball program, following an impressive win Saturday over crosstown rival Tamanawis Wildcats in the championship final of the Surrey RCMP tournament.

UBC's Mason Bourcier is bringing his scoring and playmaking skills to the fore in his freshman season with the Thunderbirds. (Richard Lam/UBC athletics)
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Racin’ Mason: UBC’s freshman point guard Bourcier, set for a weekend return to his old Kelowna digs, grabs a piece of ‘Birds hoop history

VANCOUVER — Put Mason Bourcier’s basketball career on a one-year rewind, and over the final weekend of January, you would have caught the then-Kelowna Secondary senior star preparing with the rest of his Owls for the team’s annual Western Canada invitational.

Byrne Creek's senior guard Martin Djunga has found a family of basketball brothers at his Burnaby-Edmonds high school. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Byrne Creek Tip-Off Invitational: Djunga, No. 1 Bulldogs springboard into tourney-host role following Chancellor championship

BURNABY — For about as long as Martin Djunga can remember, he’s been surrounded by his basketball brothers, the ones he’s teammed with to help lift Burnaby’s Byrne Creek Secondary to its greatest athletic heights.