R.A. McMath's Travis Hamberger (left), here being defended by Centennial's Leif Skelding at the 2018 B.C. Junior Varsity championship tournament, will lead his Wildcats into the 2020 TBI this coming December. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI Boys 2020: With a plethora of positivity and plenty of warm hoops karma, B.C.’s best accept invites for an early-season date at the LEC!

NORTH DELTA — Jesse Davis. Everett Swaim. Justin Sunga. Bobby Mabeny. KC Ibekwe. Ben Manns. Caleb Lyons. Rav Randhawa. Clay Kurtz. Karn Shergill. Rourke MacDonald. Travis Hamberger. Gyan Sandhu. Rhys Maestre. Milan John. Daniel Marcelo. Ekman Sohal. Arars Jahangiri. Jaydan Bains. Kyle Kong.

Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers' rising senior guard Alyza Aikins will lead her team into the 2020 Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Twenty teams for TBI 2020! Our roster for the annual senior girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational features B.C.’s best of the best!

LANGLEY — Our collective fingers are crossed with the hope that a safe fall and winter season is on the horizon for high school sports in the province of B.C.And in the spirit of that positivity, we hope that one of the final highlights of a challenging 2020 calendar year will be the latest edition of […]

The graphic following his selection during the ESPN/NFL Network-produced coverage of the 2020 NFL draft, broadcast in Canada by TSN, told the story of Chase Claypool's rise from the Abbotsford Panthers to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Chase Claypool drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers! Abby/Notre Dame star receiver ready to become a Big Catch for Big Ben!

Chase Claypool’s gridiron journey will move from one fabled football locale to another.Four seasons after Abbotsford’s Big Catch announced himself to the college football world in South Bend, Ind., with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound receiver is on his way to Steel City for the start of his NFL career with the […]

Abbotsford's Karn Brar (right) is guarded by Yale's Reid Lowen during the East Valley Quad-A zone championship game Feb. 23 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Championships 2020: Who’s in the toughest quadrant across all four tiers? It’s Abby-Terry Fox, Van College-Fleetwood Park

LANGLEY — The toughest overall quadrant across all four tiers of competition at the 2020 B.C. senior boys basketball championships belongs to a quartet of teams who have been provincially ranked or owned honourable mention status for the entire season.

Abbotsford's Grade 9 star Malia Lenz (left) prepares to split the defence of Argyle's Holly Brewer (left) and Hope Pearmain on Friday in the AAA Final Four at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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It’s Marin’s world, but Grade 9 Panthers are hardly bit players as Abby tops Argyle in AAA Final Four clash

LANGLEY — On Tuesday, Marin Lenz was named the Player of the Year in B.C. senior girls high school basketball.If you saw Lenz play on Friday, as the B.C. Triple A championships reached its Final Four, you wanted to give her yet another award: Decoy of the Year.Yes, she scored 32 points and was the […]

Abbotsford's Marin Lenz, over the course of her prolific high school career with the Panthers, showed that she could not only perform magic with a basketball, but as well, put an entire team on her back. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls 2019-20 Player of the Year: Abby’s compact Marin Lenz has taken giant steps to stand at the top of her game

ABBOTSFORD — It’s the highest sign of opposition respect to have your offensive game so greatly feared that you wind up facing one junk defence after another.

Abbotsford's Lockhart MacGreggor (centre) battles through the defence of Kelowna's Everett Schmuland (left) and Ryan Braam during B.C. junior boys quarterfinal play Sunday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION B.C. Junior Boys Championships DAY 2: Top seeds all advance as Celtics, ‘Dawgs, Owls, Gators combine for a high-powered Final Four

LANGLEY — How’s that for a seeding committee that knows it’s stuff?It’s a draw that may be distinctly lacking in Cinderellas, yet there is no question that the whichever teams claims the 2020 B.C. junior boys basketball title is going to be full deserving.No., 1 seed St. Patrick’s, No. 2 seed Sir Winston Churchill, No. […]

Centennial Centaurs head coach Gordon Betcher accepts the spoils of victory in 1972 after a win over the North Delta Huskies. (Photo property of the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The 75th anniversary Diamond draw hits the Final Four! Kaz, Disbrow, Putzi, Betcher, Bradley and Parmar all share their thoughts on B.C. hoops history!

NORTH DELTA — As our Elite Eight round rolled around this week, and the committee entrusted with selecting the winners in our 75th anniversary B.C. high school boys basketball all-time tournament bracket delivered their latest set of verdicts, I knew it was time to pick up the phone and talk with some of the people […]

In their glory, Abbotsford Panthers ' team captains (left to right) Ken McIntee, Paul Gill, Lance McDonald and Lance Iten hoist the spoils of victory on a chilly night at old Empire Stadium back in 1984. (Photo provided through the permission of Paul Gill)
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Abby’s original football heroes: Some 35 years later, Panthers celebrate their biggest victory with a B.C. title rematch against Notre Dame

ABBOTSFORD — Paul Gill has never forgotten the feeling he got from winning his final high school football game.Now, 35 years later, the Abbotsford Panthers’ 14-4 victory over the Notre Dame Jugglers in the 1984 B.C. championship game is being recognized for the pioneering bar it set in the city you might just call the […]

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PODCAST — The VL Pod is back, celebrating a big anniversary for Abby Panthers football, and a new cross-country season for the SFU Clan

Varsity Letters — The Podcast is back with episode No. 2 in our re-launch. This week, we open our show with a high school football theme, celebrating Saturday’s 35th anniversary of the Abbotsford Panthers’ 1984 B.C. championship win over the Notre Dame Jugglers. Paul Gill, Denis Kelly and Jalem Catlin are all a part of […]