Avery Sussex exerted her on-court generalship in ways that reminded of you of the Riverside Rapids run to the B.C. Quad-A championship game last March as the Grade 11 point guard scored 33 points and led her team past OKM and into the finals Saturday against Walnut Grove. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: It’s Kiera and Avery in TBI’s title tilt tonight after Pemberton & Gators top Mulgrave, and Sussex & Rapids top OKM’s Huskies!

LANGLEY — The two teams ranked at the very top of the B.C. senior girls Quad-A Top 10 poll have done their part to help create a dream championship final here at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.And the best part of all?The No. 1-ranked Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam and the No. 2-ranked Walnut Grove […]

South Kamloops' Grade 11 guard Kiana Kaczur gets in a stance to oppose Vernon's Beth Butler during TBI Rising 8 final Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: Like Maddy Gobeil before her, South Kam’s Kiana Kaczur sets the bar high in TBI Rising 8 title win over Vernon!

SOUTH KAMLOOPS 52 VERNON 28By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Kiana Kaczur was an impressionable sixth-grader back in the 2017-18 school year, and in March of that year she watched a South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team led by a special player named Maddy Gobeil win the B.C. senior girls Double-A title for er school.All these […]

TBI Local 8 championship MVP Sevene Grewal (left) battles with Maple Ridge's Kayleigh Mark on Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: Tweedy’s MVP Sevene Grewal puts her heart on the three-point line, leads Panthers past Ramblers for Local 8 title!

LORD TWEEDSMUIR 69 MAPLE RIDGE 43By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — In the tradition of all great shooters, Sevene Grewal knew just how to shake off the doldrums of a slow day on the court.She trusted that shot of hers, and in the end, it rewarded both her and the rest of Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers with […]

Kelowna's Laila Ausenhus does her best to try and slow Walnut Grove's dynamic Kiera Pemberton during TBI Super 16 quarterfinal play Friday in Langley. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI Super 16 quarters: As Walnut Grove tops Kelowna, it’s time to talk about the joy Gators’ superstar Kiera Pemberton brings to the game!

WALNUT GROVE 82 KELOWNA 48By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Kiera Pemberton’s joy for the game can not be hidden.In fact you can tell simply by watching her in action just when the Walnut Grove Gators 6-foot senior guard is at her most joyous on the court.And so, it turns out, can she.On Thursday night, on an […]

Riverside post Natalie Curley does her best to move the ball facing a tenacious Burnaby Central defence on Thursday in the quarterfinal round of TBI 2022 at the LEC. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI Super 16 quarters: Quad-A No. 1 Riverside prevails, but everyone finding out that Burnaby Central is for real!

RIVERSIDE 73 BURNABY CENTRAL 53By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Don’t try tell Paul Langford that his Quad-A No. 1-ranked Riverside Rapids are advancing to the Tsumura Basketball Invitational Super 16 Final Four on the strength of a 20-point win over the Burnaby Central Wildcats.Sure, the Rapids beat the Burnaby Central Wildcats 73-53 in the quarters on […]

Okanagan Mission's Kanani Coon helped her Kelowna-based Huskies past Sir Winston Churchill and into Friday's Final Four at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI Super 16 quarters: Three seasons after winning 2019 Tsumura title, Okanagan Mission tops Churchill for Friday Final Four berth!

OKANAGAN MISSION 57 SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 49BY Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Last season’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational just managed to beat the shutdown of all high school basketball tournaments in the new year owing to the spread of the Omicron variant.Still, the threat was still real enough to keep up-country teams on a travel ban and off […]

Eva Ruse of the Mulgrave Titans scored a dozen points Friday as her West Vancouver squad topped SMUS of Victoria 54-45 in the quarterfinals of the TBI Super 16. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI Super 16 quarters: Another Titan-ic effort from Mulgrave’s Wilson-Talib-Ruse-Xu quartet proves to much for SMUS Blue Jags!

MULGRAVE 54 SMUS 45By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Ask Claude Leduc about one of the most talented Grade 11 quartets in the B.C. senior girls high school basketball world, and head coach of the Mulgrave Titans seems to take a zen moment before offering his reply.“They radiate calm, they radiate ‘We got this’ and they are […]

Lord Tweedsmuir's Sevene Grewal finished with a game-high 24 points as the Panthers topped Langley's RE Mountain Eagles 65-52 in the first semifinal of the Local 8s semifinals at TBI 2022 on Thursday at the LEC. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 12.15.22 Day 2: Full reports from the Rising 8’s and Local 8’s semifinal clashes at the LEC!

By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — Thanks for coming back for Day 2 of the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.We have decided to present the Rising *’s and Local 8’s as a standalone post.I will be following with game-by-game separates on each of Thursday’s four Super 16 quarterfinals on another posting.RISING 8 BRACKETSEMI-FINALSVERNON 61 COLLEGE HEIGHTS 57By Howard […]

Credo Christian's Mikayla Stam (right) tries to shake the coverage of Maple Ridge's Jenna Hampton during Local 8 opening-round action Wednesday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION! Tsumura Girls Basketball 2022 has put Day 1 in the books! We’ve got reports and photos from all 16 games right here!

LANGLEY — We have officially gone FINAL on Day 1 of the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.And we’re proud to offer you, our loyal readers, stories on all 16 championship round games, all with live quotes from coaches and players, and all with game photographs.A huge tip of the Tsumura cap to my LEC mates Gary […]

Riverside's Avery Sussex helped her Rapids to a TBI-title win in 2021 over the crosstown Terry Fox Ravens in what was a precursor to the 2022 B.C. senior girls Quad-A championships won by the Ravens. The 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off a four-day run Wednesday and you can be sure there will be plenty of clues offered as to who might well win the 2023 B.C. crowns at Quad-A, Triple-A and Double-A. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: Our 32-team girls event tips off Wednesday in historic fashion with all four preseason No. 1’s set to take part!

LANGLEY — The 2022 senior girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational, set to open a four-day run Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre will unveil something of an historic opening-day draw.No official records have been kept, but our star-studded 32-team tournament, broken down into three separate draws this season, may well likely be the first to ever […]