Semiahmoo head coach Allison McNeill reflects on her playing and coaching career. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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VL Podcast 11.25.20: Canadian coaching great Allison McNeill reflects on a hoops life with stops at Oregon, Semiahmoo, Laurentian, SFU and more!

This week, the Varsity Letters podcast welcomes a giant in Canadian basketball circles. Allison McNeill has touched the stars at every level at which she has played or coached, and today we cover some of the facets of her basketball life that don’t get as much attention!   But first, we will talk with Coach […]

Okanagan Mission's Makenna Jacklin will play her collegiate basketball with the Idaho Vandals beginning in 2021-22. (Photo graphic property of Idaho Vandals athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Makenna Jacklin: She’s not just a post player! OKM’s 6-foot-1 star works to extend game beyond arc ahead of NCAA D-1 career with Idaho Vandals

LANGLEY — If Makenna Jacklin has her druthers, the trajectory of her NCAA Div. 1 basketball career is going to follow a script similar to the one she so dramatically penned en route to helping her Okanagan Mission Huskies beat East Vancouver’s Britannia Bruins in the championship final of last December’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational at […]

Terry Fox's Karin Khuong lost her battle with cancer on Sunday at age 16. Despite a recurrence of her illness in January, she still mustered the strength to join her team on the floor at the B.C. AAA championships this past February. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Terry Fox’s Karin Khuong loses two-year battle with cancer, coach Carkner says her “courageous, fearless” influence continues to propel her Ravens

PORT COQUITLAM — Karin Khuong’s indomitable spirit has always been a vital part of the DNA of the Terry Fox Ravens’ senior girls basketball team.

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 […]

Longtime former Brookswood Bobcats' head coach Neil Brown saw superstar 2016 grad Aislinn Konig play live six times over the course of her MVP career with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. (Photo courtesy Neil Brown)
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Neil Brown: Brookswood’s legendary ex-coach on hoops retirement, Ace Konig and the path to hardcourt enlightenment

LANGLEY — If you followed Neil Brown’s Twitter feed this past season, then you know that in retirement, one of the most decorated members of the B.C. high school basketball fraternity is enjoying the full measure of connectedness that comes with mentoring hundreds upon hundreds of student-athletes over a coaching career that has touched parts […]

Semiahmoo head coach Allison McNeill will try to coach her Totems to a threepeat B.C. title in the spring of 2021. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Quad-A girls 2020-21 preseason hoops rankings: With No. 1 Semiahmoo eyeing a three-peat run, we break down the Top 10 teams

LANGLEY — For Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems, the beat goes on.Fifty-seven straight victories and counting against B.C. foes, back-to-back senior girls Quad-A titles, and this coming season, a chance to complete as dominant a three-season span as any team across any sport in the history of B.C. high school athletics.It was back on March 3 of […]

B.C. Double A MVP Shemaiah Abatayo drives on Langley Christian's Makenna Gardner during B.C. Double A championship final Saturday at the sold-out LEC Centre Court. Trailing on the play is Britannia's Tiana Sacco. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Britannia’s B.C. AA girls hoops title “…is for East Van, for public schools, for a community which has been with us from Day 1′

LANGLEY — They weren’t underdogs, yet provincial high school basketball championships don’t exactly grow on trees in the East Vancouver neighbourhood they call home.And so on the occasion of Saturday’s 81-73 win over the Langley Christian Lightning in the championship final of the B.C. senior girls Double-A basketball tournament, the words of Britannia Bruins’ assistant […]

Abbotsford senior Lindsey Roufosse, guarding OKM's Makenna Jacklin, was a force Saturday collecting 10 points and 12 rebounds. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Marin Lenz’s 44 points net Abby star MVP spoils in win over OKM Huskies, but its forward trio also huge as Panthers win first crown since 1984

LANGLEY — In both the biggest the final game of Marin Lenz’s high school basketball career, the Abbotsford Panthers’ guard knew that her part of the bargain was to figuratively throw everything she had but the kitchen sink at Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies.On Saturday, in the B.C. senior girls Triple A final here at the […]

Semiahmoo players celebrate a 52-point win over Terry Fox, which surpassed the record 38-point win in 1990 by North Vancouver's Windsor Dukes as the largest in B.C. top-tiered senior girls championship final game history. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Semiahmoo’s win over Fox most decisive win in B.C. girls title-game history as Totems’ season peaks with the perfect basketball storm

LANGLEY — Exactly 30 years after the most decisive victory in B.C. senior girls top-tiered high school basketball championship finals history, the Semiahmoo Totems have arrived to re-set the bar as far as gold-medal moments are concerned.Led by the 29 points and 23 rebounds of 6-foot-2 forward and tournament MVP Tara Wallack, the Totems beat […]

Reegan Bond (right) of Kelowna's Dr. Knox Falcons was selected MVP of the B.C. junior championship final. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Adversity just what Dr. Knox ordered, but Falcons fight through to top SMUS and win 2020 B.C. junior girls championship

LANGLEY — Last weekend, while getting in little exercise up in Kelowna, Lisa Nickle took a spill and wound up tearing her Achilles.Not only was it painful, but it was a dose of adversity the head coach of the B.C. junior championship-bound Dr. Knox Falcons surely didn’t need.On Saturday morning, however, as her team stood […]