Abbotsford's St. John Brebeuf Bears are headed for their first ever B.C. senior girls AA tournament. (Photo property of St. John Brebeuf athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The adventure of Brebeuf’s basketball Bears: Big dreams and baby steps have Abby’s SJB senior girls B.C. AA tourney-bound!

ABBOTSFORD — Put enough baby steps together, and it’s only just a matter of time before you begin to make a path out of the wilderness along a journey you can call your own.

Chris Kennedy was once again the host of the B.C. girls basketball live draw presentation which aired Wednesday evening from the Langley Events Centre. (LEC photo)
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Your home for B.C. championship brackets: Plan your hoops week right here with all five upcoming provincial tournament draws

LANGLEY — We’ve got all five of the B.C. high school championship draws released over the past few days right here in one place.In order, you’ll find the B.C. senior girls 4A, 3A and 2A tournament draws, followed by the B.C. junior girls and boys draws.Under each draw, we’ve provided a handy URL to click […]

Heritage Woods' Kiara Kozak, shown here at last December's TBI, pulled down an amazing 30 rebounds on Wednesday to lead the Kodiaks past North Surrey and into the B.C. Quad-A championships beginning next Wednesday right back at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Kozak grabs 30 caroms, Alyza Aikins goes wild from three: Here’s how Heritage Woods, Tweedy, Cowichan punched Big Dance 2020’s final tickets

LANGLEY — The final three pieces of the puzzle have been fit into place, and that set’s the stage for tonight’s official unveiling of the B.C. senior girls AA, AAA and inaugural AAAA 16-team draws.

John Oliver Jokers' Queenie Salazar can't fight back her tears of joy after the Grade 9 guard helped South Van's John Oliver Jokers to their first B.C. senior girls basketball championship tournament berth in 27 years last week in the school's own gym. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The Joy of John Oliver’s basketball Jokers: After 27 years, ‘perpetual underdogs’ have their day, punch tickets to B.C. Quad-A championships!

VANCOUVER — Before he can can even begin to express the joy these days that comes from being a John Oliver Joker, Pat Lee offers an apology to the curious reporter at the other end of his cel phone connection.

Handsworth's Aidan Chubb (left) is one half of the Royals' twin tower front court attack. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Blair.photo 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls championships 2020: Rick Mark, a high school hoops lifer, helps get Handsworth Royals back to The Big Dance

NORTH VANCOUVER — Absence makes a basketball coach’s heart grow fonder, and in the case of Rick Mark, you can almost hear that excited pulse the second his voice comes over the telephone wires.“I thought I was getting too old for this, but after 15 years off, here I am again,” laughed Mark, 70, as […]

Port Moody's Heritage Woods Kodiaks are playing some of their best basketball of the season, as reflected by their surge in Quad-A poll points this week. They are, however, crossing their fingers that talented guard Maddie Counsell will be able to return for the season's stretch drive from a recent knee injury. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior girls basketball rankings 01.29.20: Marin & her Panthers new Triple-A No. 1, Heritage Woods Kodiaks see spike in Quad-A poll points

LANGLEY — Momentum was clearly on the side of the Heritage Woods Kodiaks and Abbotsford Panthers, the two teams who made the most of their time at this past week’s Timberwolves Classic invitational at Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Secondary.

Simon Fraser's junior guard Jessica Jones (left) hits the deck to battle for a loose ball in this past Saturday's home loss to Alaska Anchorage at the West Gym. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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With a new balance in her basketball core, gritty Simon Fraser Clan guard Jessica Jones elevates her game atop Burnaby Mountain

BURNABY — Jessica Jones always believed she had what it took to become the kind of player and leader positioned at the very core of the Simon Fraser women’s basketball team.

Robert Bateman guard Cally Izbicki, part of a small core of returning seniors, helps lead host Robert Bateman into the 2020 Timberwolves Classic beginning Thursday in Abbotsford. (Photo by Rick MacDonald property of Robert Bateman athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Timberwolves Classic 2020: In a new, four-tiered girls basketball world, Bateman’s annual 16-team classic pays homage to changing times

ABBOTSFORD — Study the draw for the 2020 Timberwolves Classic tournament at Robert Bateman Secondary this weekend, and by its composition alone, you get the truest indication of where we stand two months into the first season of four-tiered senior varsity girls basketball in the province of B.C.

St. Thomas More's Bella Gaspar (left) and her Knights climbed into the No. 3 spot in the B.C. Double-A girls basketball rankings this week. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior girls basketball rankings 01.22.20: Semiahmoo flirts with season-long perfection atop Quad-A poll, STMC climbs 2A’s tough top four

LANGLEY — Quad-A No. 1 Semiahmoo was as visible locally as it has been all season, sweeping all foes en route to the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out championship tournament Saturday at Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary.Both Quad-A and Double-A tiers issued Top 10 rankings this week:QUAD ATOP 101 Semiahmoo Totems (White Rock) (66 points) (LW-1)2 tie Kelowna […]

Britannia seniors Surpise Munie (left) and Shemaiah Abatayo have helped the East Vancouver squad reach its potential with two weeks remaining until the start of playoffs. (Photos by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letter 2020. All rights reserved)
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VGBA Langara Challenge 2020: On a three-tourney win streak, Britannia’s superstar senior duo imbues Bruins’ roster with confidence

VANCOUVER — It was back six weeks ago, at mid-December’s Tsumura Basketball Invitational, that East Vancouver’s Britannia Bruins announced themselves as a team with the wherewithal to embark on a provincial championship-title journey.On their way to knocking off ranked Quad-A powers Kelowna, Yale and Riverside before finally falling to Triple-A No. 1 Okanagan Mission in […]