The Alberni District Armada repeated as aggregate winners at the B.C. high school wrestling championships. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Stef Young (8) and the rest of Kelowna's OKM Huskies have advanced to the B.C. AAA championships next week at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Despite heavy grad toll and a move to AAA, OKM’s amazing Huskies punch wild-card tickets to B.C.’s

MERRITT — It was supposed to be a re-building year, especially because the Okanagan Mission Huskies were not only replacing a talented core of seniors, but because they were moving up tier to Triple A this season.

They did it! The 2018-19 Robert Bateman Timberwolves officially became the first senior girls varsity basketball team from the school to qualify for the provincial championships. (Photo courtesy Robert Bateman athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Four-year goal accomplished as Bateman tops Killarney to earn first-ever senior girls B.C. tourney berth

BURNABY — They set a goal, four years ago, of giving themselves a chance to compete for a banner as Grade 12s at the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. On Wednesday, nobody had to remind Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Timberwolves that they had indeed achieved their goal.“They are a pretty calm and cool group, but the […]

Brookswood senior guard Jenna Dick (left) helped lead her 'Cats past Handsworth and back to the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Jenna Dick dishes dimes as Brookswood tops Handsworth, Bobcats book passage back to B.C.’s

SURREY — No where was there more proof of the Fraser Valley’s depth of strength this season than the fact that Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats were playing a sudden-elimination game less than three full weeks into February.The Bobcats, however, marshalled their best qualities and more, as point guard Jenna Dick scored 15 points and dished eight […]

Abbotsford's Marin Lenz scored 35 points on Tuesday at Saanich's Stelly's Secondary as her Panthers punched B.C. tourney tickets with a win over Claremont in the wildcard round. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Marin Lenz scores 35, Abby Panthers find way back to B.C.’s with wildcard win over Claremont

VICTORIA — It hasn’t been their normal road to the Langley Events Centre, but the Abbotsford Panthers are back on track to the home of the B.C. championships thanks to the second sudden-elimination victory of their post season.Grade 11 guard Marin Lenz poured home 35 points and the Panthers used a 33-11 run in the […]

W.J. Mouat Hawks' Jade Trolland (red) has found her way to Tuesday's gold medal final at 64 kilos. (Photo by Gary Ahuja property of Langley Events Centre 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. High School Westling 2019: Finalists all set for Tuesday’s 29 boys, girls B.C. weight-class finals

By Gary AhujaSpecial to VarsityLetters.caLANGLEY — Following 10 hours of wrestling and 602 bouts on Monday, the finals are set to determine which wrestlers will be crowned provincial champions.

Chris Graham of Victoria's No. 1-ranked B.C. Single A Glenlyon Norfolk (centre) will be one of the most dynamic scorers in the 16-team field if his Gryphons qualify for the 2019 provincials next month at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Topping B.C.’s Single-A charts with extended run at No. 1, Victoria’s 25-3 GNS Gryphons re-kindle magic of 2007’s title-winning team

VICTORIA — When you’ve coached a senior boys varsity basketball program at one school for over 30 years, you build an extremely large and reliable sample size as a base of comparison.

Vancouver College's Damien Clark is an exciting Grade 9 talent guided by Fighting Irish head coach Mike Roselli. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Van College’s wrestling Irish: Rising stars like Grade 9 Damien Clark signal rise in fortunes as B.C. tourney opens Monday at LEC

VANCOUVER — At a school were football, basketball and rowing are king, and where soccer came out of nowhere this past November to claim its first-ever top-tiered B.C. title, you’d think the student body was already pretty much picked over for athletes.

Kitsilano's charismatic senior guard Luka Dolman dodged the surgeon's knife and cut weeks off his return from an ACL injury in time to lead the Blue Demons into next week's Lower Mainland Quad-A championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)