Argyle's Gerial Larose (right) wraps suits up Wednesday at the North Shore all-star basketball game at Capilano University. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Capilano U hosts North Shore boys, girls all-star games as 2018-19 high school basketball season ends Wednesday

NORTH VANCOUVER — Capilano University’s Centre for Sport and Wellness will host on Wednesday what is surely the final event on the 2018-19 B.C. high school basketball calendar. The occasion?

A long shot from the outset of her university basketball career, Fraser Valley Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer now calls rising fourth-year forward Veronica Kobes the ultimate walk-on. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Veronica Kobes: The walk-on who refused to walk away speaks to her dual dreams of a career with Cascades hoops and a med school future

ABBOTSFORD — In its most figurative sense, basketball has grudgingly given in. For years, it had watched the unrelenting will to learn from the walk-on who refused to walk away, deciding finally that she had earned the right to be its friend and confidant.

Britannia guard Shemaiah Abatayo will enter her senior season with the Bruins by leading the Vancouver school at the 2019 TBI. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Girls 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 20-team field features some of B.C.’s blue-chip best, plus a core of rising newcomers

LANGLEY — We opened our week by presenting the 20 teams taking part in the eighth-annual boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational. Today, here’s our look at the field for the 20-team girls tournament, set to run Dec. 11-14:TBI 2019GIRLSARGYLE PIPERS — Plenty of height with a trio of six-foot-plus players in Gabby Francis, Ella Mellinghaus and Julia […]

Nikki Cabuco of Coquitlam's Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils capped her high school career off in fashion Thursday in PoCo, then shared a moment with coach Anthony Beyrouti. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Best’s Nikki Cabuco: A chapter defined by her tenacity and character gets fitting all-star close ahead of bold new journey with UFV Cascades

PORT COQUITLAM — If you have annually judged our best players by the number of appearances they make in the provincial championship tournament over the course of their high school careers, you’d have missed her.

St. Thomas Aquinas' 6-foot-3 Grade 11 forward Jessica Clarke showed the rest of the country what her potential is all about as the youngest of four B.C. players at the inaugural BioSteel girls national all-star game played at the University of Toronto. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Jenna Griffin of Port Moody's Heritage Woods is one of B.C.'s best young guards and she's suiting up Thursday in the Futures Classic. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
A study in focus, Walnut Grove's Jessica Wisotzki has emerged as a blue-chip recruit of the Simon Fraser Clan.First, she makes her high school farewell Thursday in PoCo. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser’s Jessica Wisotzki: After a high school all-star game farewell, huge future awaits as WGSS star set to don Clan colours

BURNABY — Basketball has continued to evolve into more and more of a position-less sport, one in which the standard line between guards and forwards has increasingly blurred and ultimately lost much of its relevance when weighed against the virtues of the dynamic hybrid athlete.

Langley Christian's Hailey Van Roekel (left) is headed to a CCAA career at Douglas, but before then, she caps her high school career in all-star fashion Thursday in Port Coquitlam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Fraser Valley vs. Lower Mainland: Full rosters for Thursday’s senior girls swan song all-star game at PoCo-Riverside

PORT COQUITLAM — If you’re a bit of a misty-eyed girls high school basketball fan, it’s understandable. As zone realignment around the province kicks in next season, Thursday’s annual Fraser Valley vs. Lower Mainland senior girls high school all-star basketball game marks a sad farewell.

Diego Maffia wraps up his history-making high school career Saturday at the 32nd annual Vancouver Island Seniors Classic all-star game. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Vancouver Island All-Star Saturday: Oak Bay’s Maffia and 71 other boys, girls bid adieu to high school hoops in 32nd annual classic

LANGLEY — Few high school all-star basketball games in North America can claim a history as rich as this Saturday’s 32nd annual edition of the Vancouver Island Senior Classic, a three-game celebration of the Island’s best boys and girls’ graduating seniors.For example, back in the 1992 boys game, when the South beat the North 100-85, […]

Ahead of an opening-round clash at the B.C. senior girls AAA tournament, Marina Raocaj (left) and the rest of Richmond's R.A. McMath Wildcats clashed with Karsen Look and the Brookswood Bobcats last December at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational. McMath gets the early nod as B.C.'s No.-1 ranked Triple A team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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BC Girls AAA Basketball Top 10 Rankings: As a new four-tier era sets to open, Richmond’s McMath Wildcats get early nod as Triple A No. 1

LANGLEY — They took a Final Four-bound Brookswood Bobcats team right down to the wire before suffering a heartbreaking 70-68 loss in the opening round of the recently-completed B.C. senior girls Triple A championships.