They're a great eight. Yale's 2018-19 roster includes (left to right) Kyleigh Boldt, Brooklyn White, Tana Pankratz, Neelam Rai, Karishma Rai, Jessica Daley, Lily Borseth and Emmy Curtis. (Photo property of Yale Secondary athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Yale’s Pride of Lions! New head coach Bobby Braich’s five-year plan gives girls program a reason to roar

ABBOTSFORD — Like the vast majority of his contemporaries, high school basketball coaching isn’t a paying proposition for Bobby Braich.

Abbotsford Panthers' senior Kelsey Roufosse (left) contests a shot by Kelowna's Jaeli Ibbetson during second-day action at the 2018 TBI at the Langley Evernts Centre in mid-December. This week, the Panthers and four other city teams give the eastern Fraser Valley hotbed perhaps its greatest provincial ranking representation yet. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Robert Bateman point guard Jayden Gill is part of a chemistry-laden senior class of Timberwolves who, as B.C.'s No. 8-ranked AAA team welcome many of the province's elite teams to its own invitational beginning Thursday. (Photo by Rick MacDonald property of Robert Bateman athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Timberwolves Classic 2019: For host, No. 8 Bateman girls, joining B.C.’s AAA elite part of a decorated four-year journey

ABBOTSFORD — Take one look at the draw for this week’s Timberwolves Classic senior girls basketball tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary, and the natural instinct is to start counting.

Tavia Rowell of No. 2 Walnut Grove stares ahead at the challenge of Tara Wallack and the rest of the No. 1 Semiahmoo Totems. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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01.22.19 B.C. senior girls Top 10 AAA basketball rankings: Totems work hard to keep No. 1, Gators moved back to No. 2

LANGLEY — Surrey’s No 1 Semiahmoo Totems got a real push in the championship final of Saturday’s Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out, but managed to come away 75-71 winners over Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators.

When Semiahmoo's Deja Lee (left) and Walnut Grove's Sophia Wisotzki clashed Saturday in the Top 10 Shoot-Out final, it was a battle of two of B.C.'s best 10th graders. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Deja Wow! Youthful Semiahmoo Totems, led by MVP point guard Lee, top Gators to win 2019 Top 10 Shoot-Out

COQUITLAM — It was precisely the kind of late-game stretch that youthful teams are not supposed to survive. Pressure. The yips. The domino effect. You know the drill.

Heritage Woods' Maddy Counsell (left) wins a loose ball as she hits the deck along with South Kam's Kendra Kaczur during Saturday action at the 2019 Top 10 Shoot-Out at Coquitlam's Centennial Secondary. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial’s Top 10 Shoot-Out 2019: Live reports from Super Saturday’s placing games

COQUITLAM — We’re here at Centennial Secondary’s 2019 Top 10 Shoot-Out. Keep checking back on this posting for updates throughout the day from placing games leading up to today’s championship final (5:45 p.m.) between AAA powers Semiahmoo and Walnut Grove.

Semiahmoo's Deja Lee (left) helped her No. 1 Totems past Brookswood on Friday in the Top 10 Shoot-Out semifinals, setting up a clash against Jess Wisotzki and the No. 3-ranked Walnut Grove Gators in the title game on Saturday. Here, the talented pair are pictured in action at the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Tavia Rowell did her best to break the pressure of the Riverside Rapids on Friday night and help lead the Walnut Grove Gators into the Top 10 Shoot-Out championship final on Saturday at Coquitlam's Centennial Secondary. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Top 10 Shoot-Out 2019 Final Four Friday: Tavia, WGSS Gators find a way to edge PoCo’s Riverside Rapids

Here’s our report from the first of two semifinal games at the 2019 Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out senior girls basketball tournament:

Always reppin' defence? That's the new mantra of Brookswood head coach Chris Veale who chats about stops with Bobcats players (left to right) Jenna Dick, Neyha Lali and Mackenzie Cox. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Jenna Griffin is back and healthy, and that is good news for Port Moody's Heritage Woods Kodiaks, who this week take part in the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TOP 10 SHOOT-OUT 2019: Battered, bruised but buoyant, No. 7 Heritage Woods Kodiaks finding “…value in the journey”

PORT MOODY — If they wanted to, the senior girls basketball team from Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Secondary could probably start a pretty mean bonfire by just collecting all the crutches, braces and bandages they’ve used to help them limp through the first seven weeks of the high school season.Yet the same team, which counts […]