With its logo featuring both the brain and a basketball, Bigger Than Basketball event founder Bradley Braich is turning the gathering point of the gymnasium into a place where it's just as easy to talk about mental health as it is to work on your jumper. (Photo by Ryan Molag property of Langley Events Centre 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Five years his after mental health struggles nearly claimed him, ex-Yale hoops star Bradley Braich is a UBC neuroscience major whose life defines ‘Bigger Than Basketball’

Today, I wanted to share with you a little about the history of the most important story we have been able to tell here at Varsity Letters, and how that story’s subject has grown in ways which truly surpass the margins of the written page.Just weeks shy of five years ago, a courageous 17-year-old basketball […]

The Oak Bay Bays and host Vancouver College Fighting Irish were among the top three finishers this past weekend at the Irish's own Emerald invitational. (Photo by Gary Ahuja property of Langley Events Centre 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys Top 10 rankings 01.25.23 edition: Quad-A V.C. Irish, Triple-A St. Pat’s each nab fresh, new No. 1 ranks as Semiahmoo, Dover Bay each slip to into No. 2 slots! We’ve got all four tiers right here!

LANGLEY — For the first time this 2022-23 B.C. senior boys basketball season, there are new No. 1’s atop of the province’s two largest tiers of competition.Surrey’s Semiahmoo Thunderbirds fell from Quad-A 1 and were replaced by former No. 2 Vancouver College after falling to the host Irish 96-88 at the Emerald invitational final on […]

Fleetwood Park's Aaron Uppal, pictured at this past December's TBI, helped his Dragons to their first-ever championship title at St. Thomas More's Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial on Saturday in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Goulet Chancellor Memorial 2023: Eesher Sarai plenty big enough to meet the challenge as Fleetwood Park edges St. Pat’s for Dragons’ first-ever tourney title at STMC!

BURNABY — B.C.’s No. 5-ranked Quad-A senior boys basketball team is playing up to its provincial pedigree, and that means a lot of good things have been coming the way of the Fleetwood Park Dragons.On Saturday, the Surrey squad achieved a program first, defeating Vancouver’s St. Patrick Celtics 71-68 in the championship final of the […]

Semiahmoo point guard Torian Lee is guarded by Oak Bay's Thomas Beames during play at the Terry Fox Legal Beagle Invitational Jan. 7 in Port Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Legal Beagle 2023: No. 1 Semiahmoo flourishes with “team to beat” target! Thunderbirds top No. 6 Oak Bay in tourney final, while No. 4 Kelowna Owls top host Terry Fox Ravens for third

PORT COQUITLAM — Marcus Flores will admit that nothing can ever fully replicate the feeling of stepping out in front of a screaming, sold-out crowd to play for a provincial championship title at the home of B.C. high school basketball, otherwise known as the Langley Events Centre.That’s just what the 6-foot-7 senior forward/centre and the […]

The freshly-dedicated Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial gets off to an official start Wednesday at noon. Making it official was Dave Goulet (centre), the nephew of the late, great STM and Pitt Meadows coaching legend who tossed the opening ceremonial jump ball between Maeson Westerlund of Richmond's McNair Marlins (left) and Chris Ainley of the hometown STMC Knights. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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The Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial ’23: After two cancelled seasons, a grandaddy of B.C. hoop tourneys returns, its own fighter’s mentality not unlike its new namesake and foundational father!

BURNABY — They say that all great traditions, through the passing of time, seem to somehow take on the strongest characteristics of their creators.Early Wednesday afternoon, as he walked out of St. Thomas More Collegiate’s packed and deafening gymnasium having just coached the school’s first senior boys Chancellor tournament game in two years, Aaron Mitchell […]

R.A. McMath's Riley Oughtred (left) is challenged by Sir Charles Tupper's Emre Saracoglu during Round 1 action at the 55th annual (and newly-dedicated) Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial on Wednesday at Burnaby's St. Thomas More Collegiate. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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01.04.23 edition: B.C. senior boys basketball Top 10 rankings for all four tiers

BURNABY — The first set of Top 10 rankings for B.C. senior boys high school basketball have arrived for 2023, and Surrey schools have surged in the largest Quad-A tier.Here’s the lastest from our B.C. pollsters at all four tiers for Jan 4, 2023:BASKETBALLTOP 10 RANKINGSB.C. SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (SF) (LW -1)2 […]

Fleetwood Park's Aaron Uppal (left) switches to glide as he elevates above Walnut Grove's Kaiser Nostrum during opening-round TBI Super 16 boys tourney action last week at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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12.14.22 edition: B.C. senior boys basketball Top 10 rankings for all four tiers

The latest Top 10 rankings for B.C. senior boys high school basketball have arrived for Dec. 14, 2022:BASKETBALLTOP 10 RANKINGSB.C. SENIOR BOYSQUAD A1 Semiahmoo Thunderbirds (Surrey) (SF) (LW -1)2 Oak Bay Bays (Victoria) (VI) (6) 3 Vancouver College Fighting Irish (VSS) (3)4 St. George’s Saints (Vancouver) (VSS) (4)5 Kelowna Owls (OK) (10-tie)6 Burnaby South Rebels (FN) […]

In a convergence of big men, Semiahmoo's Cole Bekkering draws both Yabi Aklog and Jacob Cofie into the paint during exhibition clash Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Here’s what Semiahmoo vs. Eastside Catholic taught us all about B.C. vs. U.S. high school hoops! It’s why we can say that we’ve got a shooter’s chance!

LANGLEY — Just checking in with you all today with the latest update from the ‘Just how good is B.C. boys high school basketball compared to our neighbours from the south in Washington’ department.Reporting straight from the scene this weekend at the Langley Events Centre, your trusty agent can inform you with confidence: Our best […]

Extending to the window, Oak Bay's Griffin Arnatt, guarded by Kelowna's Aryton Daniels, led his Victoria-based Bays to the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Super 16 championship title Saturday night at the LEC. Arnatt, rebounding from an injury-plagued 2021-22 season, was later selected tourney MVP. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2022. Protected image. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: With MVP Arnatt leading the way, Victoria’s Oak Bay Bays stake ownership of the paint, ride complete performance to win TBI tussle with Kelowna Owls!

OAK BAY 73 KELOWNA 47LANGLEY — High school basketball’s version of spring reawakening doesn’t follow the standard calendar of the four seasons.Instead, it welcomes its own kind of re-birth in the early weeks of December, that time when the gymnasium, like the backyard garden, sprouts the new possibilities of the months to follow.On Saturday, that […]

Thirty years after his dad Darren starred for Kelowna, new Owls starting point guard Nash Semeniuk helped lead his team past Burnaby South in the semifinals of the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational on Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of SFU athletics 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball Final 4 Friday: Kelowna guard Nash Semeniuk, named after you know who, wears No. 13 with pride as Owls top Rebels for title game berth!

LANGLEY – If there was a heart-and-soul force on the floor at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational Super 16’s semifinal round, chances are he was wearing the No. 13 jersey of the Kelowna Owls. Leading with his heart and playing with an unrestrained purpose, there was no denying […]