Abbotsford's Sienna Lenz scored a game-high 21 points in the Panthers' AAA quarterfinals win over Argyle. (Howard Tsumura, VarsityLetters.ca photo)
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Winning games on grit sign of Abby’s maturity, Panthers are Final Four-bound

LANGLEY — They may be young, but if you listen to head coach Prentice Lenz talk about his team, it seems pretty clear that the Abbotsford Panthers have learned to embrace some pretty big concepts well ahead of their time.

Brookswood's Tavia Jasper has embraced her defensive stopper role with the Bobcats. (Howard Tsumura, Varsity Letters photo)
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Jasper, Bobcats turn up defensive heat to top Owls in Final 4 return

LANGLEY — If the Brookswood Bobcats are going to put themselves into their fifth-straight Telus B.C. senior girls basketball championship final on Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre, it’s their role players that will have to help carry them through Final Four Friday.Led by B.C. girls Player of the Year Louise Forsyth, who scored […]

The small (Shemaiah Abatayo) and the tall of Vancouver's Britannia Bruins. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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Comic book marvels: Britannia’s shrink-&-stretch roster confounds Condors

LANGLEY — In the classic Marvel comic tales of The Fantastic Four, Mister Fantastic is the genius scientist who has been given the power to stretch his body into any shape he desires.Think about that ability to go from large to small and any dimension in between, apply it to the roster of a girls high school […]

Panorama Ridge's Savannah Dhaliwal hangs on during collision with Churchill's Michelle Huang during opening-round action Wednesday at the Telus BC Triple A girls basketball championships. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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FINAL: 03.01.17: Day 1 from the Telus B.C. girls basketball championships

It’s a wrap from Day 1 at the 2017 Telus BC girls high school senior varsity basketball championships.Here are game recaps from all 16 sudden-elimination contests. First we lead off with a look at Thursday’s schedule.DOUBLE AQUARTERFINALS12 p.m. — South Kamloops vs. Immaculta, 1:45 p.m. — Seycove vs. Ballenas, 3:30 p.m. — Vernon vs. Windsor; […]

Prince George Polars guard Erin Cole (right) has played through her pain to step on the LEC court for provincials this week. (Photo courtesy Cole family)
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ERIN COLE: The PGSS Polar brings a fighter’s will to the LEC

(Editor’s note — Each year, in advance of the girls championships, I send out requests for information on teams I never get to watch during their season of play, hoping coaches will take the time to enlighten in all manner of team aspects.This year, Prince George Secondary head coach Tracy Cole took the time to […]

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The Super 15: Our B.C. girls high school basketball 2017 Dream Team

LANGLEY — Ladies, you’re our B.C. high school basketball Dream Team.As the 2016-17 season hits its final four days this week, Varsity Letters and the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association are happy to announce our annual Super 15 and our Player of the Year.The next four days, starting Wednesday, marks March Madness with three […]

Hey Lou! Brookswood's No. 5 Louise Forsyth says goodbye to high school basketball this week as she aims to lead Brookswood into its fifth straight BC Triple-A final at the LEC. (VarsityLetters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hey Lou! Five B.C. finals in cards for ‘Cats No. 5? Forsyth our 2017 POY

LANGLEY — Louise Forsyth joined the basketball program at Brookswood Secondary as an eighth grader back in the fall of 2012 as a player oozing promise.Yet if you had peeked in on one her earlier phys-ed classes being run under the watchful eye of Neil Brown, the architect of one of Canada’s most successful high […]

Brookswood Bobcats' guard Tavia Jasper will draw some tough defensive assignments at the 2017 Telus B.C. senior girls basketball championships. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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Oak Bay, Seycove grab No. 1 seeds, draws for BC 2A, 3A tourneys here

LANGLEY — The Brookswood Bobcats’ bid to become the first B.C. senior girls basketball team to win four straight Triple-A provincial titles since the Salmon Arm Jewels did it to close out the 1970s remains in tact.But if they are going to do it, the three-time defending champs and No. 3 tourney seeds may well […]

I try and do the impossible: Put together the bracket for the BC girls AAA basketball championships!
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Tsumura: Here’s my draw for the 2017 B.C. AAA girls hoops tourney

Impossible to seed, impossible to please.Just downright impossible.Greater minds than myself have been entrusted with putting together tonight’s draws (7 p.m. live stream, click here) for both the B.C. AA and AAA senior girls basketball championships.So I figured I would give the AAA draw a shot. (For fun coaches, please keep this in mind).TOP HALF […]