Riverside's Carlo Muro, a true coach for all seasons, is retiring after a 47-year career. Said former Riverside principal Chris Kennedy: “Carlo is what is the very best of school sports.” (Photo by Mike Schoenhals special for Varsity Letters, property of Riverside Secondary athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Carlo Muro: “Oh hamburger, I gotta go!” After a near half-century as a teacher-coach, one of B.C.’s best takes retirement with no regrets

PORT COQUITLAM — Anthony Ciolfitto asked a simple question, yet the answer he received spoke volumes about one of the most enduring teacher-coaches in B.C. high school sports history.“It was maybe four years ago, and he and I were having a conversation about retirement,” the former principal at Riverside Secondary remembers of a casual chat […]

North Delta's Suraj Gahir (left) has added almost 30 pounds of muscle the past three seasons as he prepares for an NCAA Div. 1 career in the WAC with the Cal Baptist Lancers. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Suraj Gahir: The ex-Huskies star, stronger and wiser, set to pay heartfelt homage to his North Delta neighbourhood when NCAA Div. 1 career begins at Cal Baptist

NORTH DELTA — No one can escape a future full of unknowns, especially these days, but the best way to brace for its inevitable challenges as you set out on a journey is to gain strength from the collective embrace of the neighbourhood which helped define you.For North Delta Secondary’s 2019 grad Suraj Gahir, such […]

Abbotsford Panthers' graduating seniors (left to right) Josiah Levale, Jalem Catlin and Marley Edwards were all members of the senior boys basketball team, yet the entire trio will play different sports at the U Sports level come 2020-21. (Photos by Howard Tsumura, photo collage by Gabriel Lynn property of Varsity Letters 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Three for the show! Abby Panthers’ rare hoops trio of Jalem Catlin, Marley Edwards & Josiah Levale embark on U Sports careers in football, soccer, rugby!

ABBOTSFORD — Greg DeVries is some 30 years into a life of meaningful basketball games and practices, and as such, the head coach of the senior boys varsity at Abbotsford Secondary knows just how special and rare the make-up of his 2019-209 Panthers actually was by asking himself a simple question.

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.

Handsworth's head coach Randy Storey trumpets the leadership skills of graduating senior forward George Horn, who will play for the OUA's Western Mustangs this coming season. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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George Horn: Leadership, confidence blossom from within as Handsworth’s B.C. 4A all-star forward charts course for OUA’s Western Mustangs

NORTH VANCOUVER — If you saw George Horn doing his thing in the paint this past March during the B.C. senior boys Quad-A basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre, from those outstretched arms down to the solid base of that 6-foot-8 frame, his presence seemed to mimic that of a mighty oak tree.

Kelowna's Jonathon Haughton (centre) along with Handsworth's George Horn (right) were two of the 10 players picked to the 2019-20 BCHSBBA Quad-A all-star team. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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BCHSBBA’s 2019-20 Quad-A all-stars, plus the complete list of provincial 3A, 2A and 1A all-stars all right here!

Varsity Letters congratulates those players announced Friday to the 2019-20 BCHSBBA Quad-A provincial all-star team.Check back with us later in the afternoon for a feature story on one of the Quad-A all-stars!BCHSBBA 2019-20 QUAD-A ALL-STARSNavi Aggarwal (6-2 G/F, Kamloops-Norkam)Ethan Boag (6-9 F, Victoria-Claremont)Hunter Cruz-Dumont (6-3 G, Vancouver College)Peter Greaves (6-8 F, Courtenay-G.P. Vanier)Malcom Greggor (5-10 […]

Jackson Kuc of the Duchess Park Condors was one of three members of the Prince George-based team to be named to the BCHSBBA 2019-20 Triple-A B.C. all-star team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys Triple-A all-stars 2019-20: Trio of Duchess Park Condors rated among province’s finest!

This past March, Prince George’s Duchess Park Condors came about as close as you can to existing in a perfect basketball universe.On the 40th anniversary of the team’s historic 1980 top-tiered B.C. senior boys championship victory, the 2020 Condors won in the provincial semifinals, met the members of that pioneering team in the post-game locker […]

Zac Meinen (right) of the Abbotsford Christian Knights finished his high school basketball career with a 42-point performance. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Small-school stars! Meet Abby Christian’s Zach Meinen and the rest of the BCHSBBA’s 2019-20 Double- and Single-A all-stars

ABBOTSFORD — If you want to know just how good a point guard Abbotsford Christian’s Zach Meinen was over his senior year, first ask his basketball coach to tell you a story about how well Meinen played his second-favourite sport: Volleyball.“Zach’s had been an outside hitter his whole high school career,” begins Abby Christian head […]

Following championship careers at Burnaby South, the basketball recruiting road has brought Rebels' stars Jusuf Sehic (left) and Sasha Vujisic to Kamloops' Thompson Rivers WolfPack for the 2020-21 Canada West season. (Photos by Wilson Wong property of UBC Athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A northern migration: Why Burnaby South’s Vujisic and Sehic seem a perfect fit in their hoops reunion with Kamloops’ TRU WolfPack

BURNABY — Back in 2018, over a precious few weeks of March Madness, Jusuf Sehic and Sasha Vujisic wrote one heck of a first chapter together on the basketball court.It was a budding storyline, co-penned between a pair of Burnaby South Secondary stars, which seemed to cry out for more.After all, when was the last […]

Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls visited Vancouver as an NBA city during the Grizzlies short life here, yet MJ almost paid a private visit to a B.C. high school hoops powerhouse a back in 1990. (ESPN photo graphic)
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The Last Dance, Vancouver style! Thirty years later, the story behind Michael Jordan’s planned 1990 trip to Richmond High

RICHMOND — Cell phones had not yet gone mainstream, and the internet was about a year away from its official launch.The year was 1990, although that might not seem like so long ago to some, the world was still an innocent enough outpost that picking up the phone and making one call could still get […]