Anthony Luyken and his daughter Aieisha. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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The Luyken Legacy: For UFV’s father-daughter duo of Anthony & Aieisha, building community through basketball is a lifelong calling!

ABBOTSFORD — Anthony and Aieisha Luyken are a father and daughter with a most special tie to the sport of basketball.Today, Varsity Letters is happy to help share, through the efforts of one of our founding partners, the Fraser Valley Cascades, the story of their incredible, life-defining love affair with the sport and its impact […]

Sage Stobbart has carved out her niche as one of the top defenders in the Big West Conference. (Photo by Mark Honbo property of UC Davis athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Sage Stobbart: Seycove’s former B.C. AA MVP turns her shot-blocking/three-point shooting skills into a sweet science with D1 UC Davis Aggies!

As an environmental sciences major at UC Davis, Sage Stobbart is gaining an ecological understanding that makes her feel more at home than ever in the great outdoors.Yet ask the redshirt junior forward about the other side of her life as a student-athlete, that of the agile and versatile 6-foot-3 junior forward with the Aggies’ […]

Walnut Grove's Kiera Pemberton glides through the paint against Duncan's Cowichan Thunderbirds during 2019 B.C. Quad-A tournament at the LEC. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 Players to Watch in 2021-22: Meet Quad’s A’s blue-chip stars, a crop of (mostly) well-seasoned rising seniors with the itch to play!

LANGLEY — Today, we wrap up a week of looking ahead to next season with 15 B.C. Quad-A senior girls basketball players to watch for the 2021-22 season.The list was prepared by the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association. Varsity Letters did not take part in the player selection.QUAD AKIERRA BLUNDELLKIERRA BLUNDELLSchool: Brookswood (Langley)In 2021-22: […]

Kalie Saari (left) and Jayse Matonovich of Kamloops' Sa-Hali Sabres welcome one and all to the debut of the 15 Players to Watch next season in B.C. senior girls AAA basketball. (Photo by Jody Vosper property of Sa-Hali Secondary athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 Players to Watch in 2021-22: B.C. girls Triple-A basketball has its greatest strengths centred around its Class of 2023 and beyond!

LANGLEY — From an organic standpoint, it’s B.C. high school girls basketball’s most unique tier. Very quickly, however, it’s beginning to gain its own identity.With the recent switch to a four-tiered province, the former top tier — AAA — has become a melting pot of sorts, a new home with both holdover programs and those […]

Seycove's Brianna Norman, a rising senior ahead of the 2021-22 season, is one of the players to watch next season in the B.C. senior AA ranks. (Photo by Sean Clancy property of Seycove athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 players to watch in 2021-22: B.C. girls basketball Double-A ranks filled with a class of rising senior talent

LANGLEY — Based on the tier’s senior Class of 2020, a group filled with as much dynamic talent as we’ve perhaps ever seen, the Double-A girls Class of 2o22 has a lot to live up to.Yet consider all of the senior varsity experience they have already accumulated and the betting money says they won’t disappoint.Day […]

Few shoot the three-ball like Jenna Talib, a rising Grade 10 at West Vancouver's Mulgrave School. (Photo by Mark Steffens property of Mulgrave athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 Players to Watch in 2021-22: Our four-day run of B.C.’s top rising girls hoops talent opens with kudos to Single-A’s small-school excellence!

Welcome to Day 1 of March Madness.Today, in lieu of a 2021 B.C. senior girls basketball championship run which was to have begun this week, we present our first look at next season.Coaches from all four tiers of the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association put their heads together to select 15 Players to Watch […]

You can re-watch the Britannia Bruins and Langley Christian Lightning in their 2020 B.C. AA title clash this week. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura: Join me for the LEC’s Must-See-TV! Tune in Tuesday to Saturday for classic re-plays of B.C. senior girls, junior boys championship finals!

LANGLEY — Last season, observers labelled the 2020 B.C. junior boys championship final between St. Pat’s and Sir Winston Churchill one of the best high school basketball games they had ever seen… at any level.How about that classic, as well as a huge helping of some of the best recent B.C. senior girls basketball championship […]

B.C. high school basketball's annual finale has fallen strangely silent this season. Nonetheless, Varsity Letters is determined to celebrate the spirit of March Madness. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Welcome to March Madness! Varsity Letters tips it all off Monday as we begin the four-day countdown of B.C.’s Top Girls Players to Watch in 2021-22!

Welcome to March Madness!While we all recognize our shared fortune in being able to complete last season’s 2019-20 B.C. boys and girls basketball championships just days ahead of the global pandemic’s arrival, there is, of course, the disappointing reality of having this season’s provincial tournaments cancelled.And although any kind of virtual celebration of our yearly […]

Fingers are crossed that high school basketball can make its comeback for the 2021-22 season, and with that, the return of the TBI at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Optimism rules as we set tentative Dec. 2021 dates for an LEC return! Here’s our list of 40 boys and girls teams!

LANGLEY — Hope springs eternal here with all of us behind the scenes at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational.While our annual two weeks of early-season ‘Welcome Back’ to the B.C. senior boys and girls basketball world was, of course, cancelled this past December due to the global pandemic, we here at the TBI have our fingers […]

A cancelled 2020-21 U SPORTS season will wind up being the final one for UBC's Gabrielle Laguerta. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC’s Gabrielle Laguerta: Despite her battle scars and lost senior season, ‘Birds senior celebrates the silver lining of basketball’s shared experience

VANCOUVER —As Gabrielle Laguerta has gone about playing her role in the strangest year of our lives, UBC’s fifth-year senior guard has so often felt like an actor rehearsing her lines for a Broadway production she knows  will never see the light of opening night.“I’ll come off a good practice where I’ve tried out this […]